We would say that before adopting a Pit Bull type dog, people should know that there are no special behaviors that make "Pit Bulls" different from other dogs. Their behavior is canine behavior. Furthermore, all Pit Bulls (and all dogs) are individuals with vastly differing personality traits. Some are couch potatoes while others are sleek athletes. Some are party-hardies while others prefer a quiet life with just their special people.
The most important thing people should be prepared to do when they adopt a Pit Bull is to be responsible dog guardians - with any breed, training and public representation are very important but this is especially so for Pit Bull type dogs because of the burdens put upon them by ridiculous myths and media misrepresentation. Educate yourself, be open-minded, and be prepared for a lifetime of priceless, enthusiastic love.
Regarding adopting a pit bull, they are wonderful dogs for the right family! Pit bulls are very intelligent and they need a structured home that will teach them how to be well mannered and socialized. Pit bulls are not a type of dog you adopt to ignore and leave on the end of a chain. Pit bulls are great in families with kids. They are rough and tumble type dogs that are not easily scared or hurt, making them a great jungle gym. Pit bulls love their owners with a heart and devotion unlike any other breed and with this kind of admiration comes great responsibility! To know the love of a pit bull is like nothing else, and families that are responsible, committed owners know their dogs are well worth it!
Choose a dog to adopt based on whether his personality is a good match for you and your household/lifestyle. Too many dogs are returned/dumped at shelters because the owners don't have time for a high-energy dog, or the dog doesn't get along with the other pets or children in the home. Don't choose a dog because of what he looks like; choose a dog based on if he, as an individual, is a good match for you.
Attending obedience/training classes with your pit bull is a must. Remember that the dog that you are adopting will not only be a reflection of you, but a representative of his breed.
Pit Bulls tend to be high-energy dogs that need a lot of exercise, attention, and training. Be sure you are up for it.
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Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Pit Bull puppy (or, gasp! find a Pit Bull puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Pit Bull puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears. Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order. Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display. When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals. This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.
Puppies teethe. They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos. Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Pit Bull (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.
Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day? A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?
If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours). So a three-month-old Pit Bull puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on. If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Pit Bull rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.
Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Pit Bull adoption, we hear the same things over and over again. If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have. So it’s time for us to set the record straight:
Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Pit Bull, even a Pit Bull puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group. And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs. In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck. Think about it: let’s say you buy a Pit Bull puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Pit Bull if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter. The lucky person who adopts your Pit Bull would be getting a great dog! Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times. Many of them are housebroken and trained. Pit Bull rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Pit Bull you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Pit Bull to their family!