Selecting the Right American Pit Bull Terrier Puppy
Several factors any future owner must consider.
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Some breeders will have the temperaments of their puppies tested by either a professional, their veterinarian or another dog breeder. They will find the high-energy pup and the pup that is slower to respond. They will find the pup with the independent spirit and the one that will want to follow the pack. If the litter has been tested, the breeder will suggest which pup he thinks will be best for your family. Even without formal testing, the breeder will know each pup very well.
If the litter has not been tested, you can do a few simple tests while you are sitting on the floor, playing with the pups. Pat your leg or snap your finger and see which pup comes up to you first. Clap your hands and see if one of the litter shies away from you. See how they play with one another. Watch for the one that has the personality most appealing to you, as this will probably be the puppy that you take home. Look for the puppy that appears to be in the middle, not overly rambunctious, overly aggressive or submissive. You want the joyful pup, not the wild one.
Spend some time selecting your puppy. If you are hesitant, tell the breeder that you would like to go home and think over your decision. This is a major addition to the family, as this dog may be with you for 10 to 15 years. Be sure you get the puppy that you will all be happy with. You are now on your way to bringing your new puppy into your household!
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Reprinted from Breeders Best: American Pit Bull Terrier © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.Page 1 | 2
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