Is the American Pit Bull Terrier Right For Me?

Considering a Pit Bull? Find out what Pit Bull dog breed experts have to say about prospective APBT owners.

By | Posted: September 13, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT

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American Pit Bull Terrier enthusiasts have definite ideas as to what constitutes the right owners for a Pit Bull.

Jerianne Brown, a breeder from Pennsylvania, believes that prospective owners should have "time and energy to devote to the Pit Bull [and be] willing to give plenty of opportunities for exercise, willing to leave breeding to the experts, and to properly train and socialize the Pit Bull.”

Carol Gaines, a long time APBT breeder and judge, says her wish list for a prospective Pit Bull owner includes "someone who is a responsible dog owner, someone who has studied the breed or knows someone who can help them understand the breed and what kind of reputation Pit Bulls have gotten from the press and the irresponsible Pit Bull owner.”

Janis Snyder, an APBT enthusiast from Nevada, likes to see "a home where the people are not afraid to set and enforce rules. All large breeds, including Pit Bulls, should not be allowed to run the show. A dog who knows the rules and knows his place is a much happier dog and is a joy to live with.”

Shana Bobbitt, an APBT breeder and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, wants to see all those qualities in a Pit Bull owner, but also would like an owner to be "someone who is willing to go to city council to fight breed-specific legislation, write letters, whatever they can do to help keep their right to own the dog breed of their choice.”

Who should not have a Pit Bull? Bobbitt’s list of bad-owner characteristics includes those who think Pit Bulls are good at guarding people and property. "The American Pit Bull Terrier is not a guardian breed,” she says. "Pit Bulls were not bred to be man-biters, and in the history of the breed the Pit Bulls who did bite were put down right away. If you want a guard dog, choose something else. Many Pit Bulls will help the robber carry out the goods. Pit Bulls are a people-loving breed.”

Gaines’s bad-owner list includes "anyone who needs something to make them a ‘man’ or an extension of their ego. Anyone who is abusive. Anyone who is not a responsible dog owner. Anyone who will do more harm to the Pit Bull’s reputation.”

Excerpt from the Popular Puppies Series magabook American Pit Bull Terriers with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase American Pit Bull Terriers here.


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Rachael   Lititz, Pennsylvania

7/27/2014 7:39:04 PM

My husband and I are experienced Rottweiler owners and just last week we rescued a 10 week old pure-bred Pitbull pup from the local humane league shelter. We have 4 children. I would just like to comment that we have never, ever had such a gentle, calm and good-natured pup as our new addition Gunny. I am struck by his even temper. He is eager to please, loves to train and exercise and is extremely tolerant of our busy children. I have yet to hear him growl. What a sweetheart. We have already taught him to walk on lead, follow, to wait for his food, sit, and wait to enter and leave our home. He is so intelligent! And naughty (he sure does like to chew..). In short, an awesome pup who will be a lifelong family companion.

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David   Washington, Indiana

6/24/2014 1:09:09 AM

I have found that pits can be removed from a bad home given a good home with love n rules for the dog n they r as calm n gentle as can be one pit I saved was only told the one time not to knock over or wrap his chain around a two yr old girl ,he went a step farther and went under the porch each time to keep her from harm. A very good pet ,he was given a t bone steak and has since gone on to his reward.

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Kim   Digmans Ferry, Pennsylvania

6/18/2014 7:59:59 PM

I volunteer for a humane society shelter where the vast majoity of dogs are pit bull mixes. These are called "a bully breed." Sure, if you are afraid that they might whip you to death with thier tail wagging, or perhaps lick you so badly that you may need a
These dogs are so sweet you may need to visit the dentist, not an emergency room. There was a time that I too believed the hype, but fortunately the pits themselves have convinced me otherwise and I am about to adopt a very special girl that I fell in love with. She will share my home with my family, including my 6 year old grand daughter and my 8 year old german shephard(who has her own health issues). I am not in the least concerned about either of them with her, I am confident that everyone will get along just fine. Although I do plan to do a meet and greet for the shepherd's benefit.

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laura   Dixie, Georgia

6/6/2014 7:45:23 PM

They r straight up awesome if they are treat right

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