Thinking about buying an American Pit Bull Terrier? Read this…

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    Pit Bull is a nick name of the breed American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT). The only breed that can rightfully be called a Pit Bull is the APBT. Any other use of the name is in fact erroneous. Often times the news casts you see about “pit bulls” are actually other dog breeds that have a similar look. English Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, and many other dog breeds can be mistaken for a “pit bull”.

    The APBT can be a great family pet when raised properly. They need to be well socialized from puppyhood (as should every dog). They need firm, but fair training by knowledgeable trainers/owners. I would not recommend this dog for a novice dog owner due to their high energy levels and stubborn attitudes. APBT’s need people and are very eager to please their owner. They are known for acts of heroism and even giving their lives to protect their family.

    This dog is very strong for its size and can knock down small children when excited. This dog is not bred to be aggressive towards humans. When looking for an APBT puppy, it is essential that you find a reputable breeder who selects their breeding stock carefully. If they are bragging about their dogs protective behaviors, or their guard dog abilities, it’s a good indication that they are not aware of the true nature of the APBT. I would not recommend buying from this type of breeder. As with any breeder, ask for references. And, as with any dog, have your APBT microchipped. This breed has a higher tendency to be stolen to be used in baiting and fighting.

    This dog breed comes in a variety of colors. They are an average shedder with short hair. In the winter, you may consider buying a sweater if your dog has to be outside for long periods of time. I recommend buying from a breeder that docks the puppies tails. There are many cases of adult APBT’s having their tails amputated due to injury. Their tails are like whips and APBT’s have high pain tolerance, so they can “break” their tails by whacking them on the wall, door frames, and YOU.

    APBT’s often show dog aggression, especially towards dogs of the same sex. Carefully socialize your dog to avoid this potential problem. Responsible owners won’t allow their dog around strange dogs unattended, and know how to avoid a potential fight.

    One thing to consider when buying this breed is that there is a potential breed ban. It has happened in other areas around the country. Some places will not allow you to rent if you have this “type” of dog. There are many other dog breeds that also fall under this category.

    Overall, this is a bright athletic dog. It can excel in many areas when trained to do so. They make GREAT running companions. And since they have such a negative stigma, you don’t have to worry about anyone bothering you while you are walking your dog.

    As always, I recommend you do research of you own before purchasing any dog. Some searches I suggest:

    American Pit Bull Terrier bite
    American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament
    American Pit Bull Terrier attack
    American Pit Bull Terrier children

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