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Should I Get a Pit Bull

Updated on September 30, 2015

Responsible Pit Bull Ownership

Pit bulls are truly some of the most serious people pleasing canines around. However, there are certain 'requirements' to consider if you want to be a responsible pit bull owner.

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fawn pit bull

Before You Adopt

If you are considering adopting a Pit Bull into your family there are several things you should do immediately.

Check with your local and state legislation. Pit Bulls may not even be legal to own in your locale. Be sure they are before bringing in a pup that may cause you eviction, legal issues or the need to rehome the dog.

Speak to all members of the family about roles and responsibilities they will take once the new pup arrives.

Make preparations for the dog to join the family by purchasing bedding, food and toys.

Locate a preferred veterinarian and make an appointment for your pups first shots if they do not already have them, or first the pups first well being check up if they do.

Brindle Pit Bull
Brindle Pit Bull

Are We a Good Match?

You need to consider the nature of the Pit Bull before you consider taking on a dog of this breed. Pit Bulls are notoriously loyal, affectionate and have a high desire to be around people and may suffer from anxieties when left alone for extended periods of time. To some Pit Bulls, a few seconds can be an extended period of time, so be sure if you are going to leave the dog alone while working or otherwise being away from home, that you purchase the proper size crate to contain them while you are away. Pups and dogs left alone can be destructive if they are suffering from separation anxiety.

Pit Bulls are often very high energy dogs. So if you have an active family who enjoys being on the go, jogging, hiking or any outdoor activity a Pit Bull will have no problems keeping up.

Although it is not where they got the name, Pit Bulls can indeed be 'bull headed.' A responsible Pit Bull owner supplies a bottomless reserve of love, and just as much discipline.

Pit Bulls need to please. Do not adopt a Pit Bull if you will not have the time to train it on common commands such as Sit, Stay and Lay down. With such an endless reserve of energy you will need to apply discipline and commands to remind your pup of its place in the 'pack' that is your family.

Brindle Pit Bull Fawn Pit Bull
Brindle Pit Bull Fawn Pit Bull

Who Shouldn't Own a Pit Bull

There are some real obvious answers to that but to say the least amount those who see a Pit Bull as a fighting machine should never own one. Pit Bulls were created to take down bulls, not other dogs and even then they did so only to please a master who told them to. To take advantage of that loyalty and trust is a sign of a disturbed mind. In the wrong hands, Pit Bulls can indeed become dangerous weapons.

You should not own a Pit Bull if you are a get it and forget it owner. A smaller dog may be satisfied with sitting in your lap or riding in your purse, but this big energetic dog needs not only an owner who is willing to get active, but one who knows how to lead a dog. Passive pet owners have not the skills or assertiveness to manage this breed of dog.

Those who are not as strong may also want to consider another breed. If you weigh 100 lbs or have disabilities that would keep you from holding your dog back in a pinch you will definitely want to reconsider this as your breed. Even the best trained Pit Bull still has a a chase instinct so that a cat running across their path may startle them into a chase before they realize they aren't suppose to. If you cannot physically restrain a dogs weight and strength, you probably shouldn't own it.

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      MeAndMyPitLoki 5 years ago

      I got a pit bull because I know that while being high energy, they are loyal and loving and just the right size for me. I may not have known completely what I was getting into, but I've worked hard to make my dog into a model citizen. Even if I don't know everything, I know that the reputation they have makes how I train them is even more important. I'm proud to say that my puppy (up to this point) is a loving, playful pit that is pretty well trained for a 7 month old and I plan on furthering his training even more. This is a very good article. Thanks!

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      Joy Lynskey 7 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @WildFacesGallery: You are absolutely right. These dogs require not only a bit more attention then some... they require an owner who realizes that they have to stay alert at all times if they are out and about with their dog. To do less is to continue to allow 'accidents' to cloud public perception. If people are not willing to take on this breed that is honestly nearly the same as having a perpetual 2 year old around, they really shouldn't own one.

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      Joy Lynskey 7 years ago from Moneta, Va

      @delia-delia: Yes I agree. I love Cesar and always use his tips in training my dogs.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Hello from another greeter. :) I agree with Delia. I used to be a vet tech and worked with all sorts of dogs and most pit bulls were as well behaved as any other. Frankly I was far more likely to get bit by a poodle than a pit. But I think the dog attracts a certain type of person who wants it to be a symbol for them, and thus they really don't know what they're getting into. I love all pits and bulldog types but personally stay with the softer breeds like labs. I've had a lifetime of dog training and fully understand how much work a smart powerful working type dog like a pit needs.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo Greeter! Pit Bulls get a bad wrap...but their breeding does have to be taken into consideration, one must ask, WHY do I want a pit bull? how you respond to this breed is very important...that's why I like Cesar Millan, his common sense way is important.