Are You an American Pit Bull Terrier Person?

Is the American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed for you?

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American Pitbull Terrier PuppyBefore purchasing your APBT, you must give much thought to the personality and characteristics of the breed to determine if this is the right dog for you. This is not a dog for the laid-back owner who will not give the dog the training and attention that he deserves. In addition, this is not a dog for the first-time puppy owner. This is a dog for the individual who has studied up on the breed, understands its characteristics and is willing to train the dog and give him the time that he will need.

You should consider the following issues before purchasing an APBT:

1. Do you have the time to give to a dog? He will need care, companionship, training and grooming. This is almost like having a child, except the dog remains a child and will always require your care.

2. Do you have a fenced-in yard for your Pit Bull? This is not a breed that you can tie out on the porch or let roam free. He must have a secure area in which to run and exercise.

3. Have you owned a dog previously and did that dog live a long and happy life with your family?

4. Have you checked with your towns offices to make certain that there are no breed-specific laws in your neighborhood? Some communities will not allow certain breeds of dog, and the APBT may be one of them.

5. Understand that your neighbors may not be pleased with your bringing this dog into the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the Pit Bull is not looked upon kindly by many people who do not understand the breed or who have not had contact with a well-bred APBT.

6. Even if this breed requires a minimum of grooming, your dog will require some coat care.

7. Do you have the time and interest to do this?

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Tina   Croswell, MI

6/22/2011 3:04:09 PM

I am the owner of a pit bull puppy. I would never have thought I would ever own this type of dog. I have to say Frank is the best dog I have ever had. He is easy to train, willing to learn, great with kids, loyal and happy. He does have a lot of energy and needed very little prompting on how to play fetch. I believe pet owners that are responsible don't get the recognition they deserve. I have always believed it is the human that makes or breaks the dog. Its hard to break a stigma, but it can be done. My family, many of whom were very skeptical of pit bulls, adores Frank, and that is proof enough for me.

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Linda   Fort Lauderdale, FL

6/1/2011 6:04:24 PM

I had a Lab./Retriever mix for 16 years and had to put her down due to old age and my daughter brought home a Blue Seal pit bull, a breed that I had never owned before or new nothing about. This is the most loveable dog I have ever owned, they are loyal, loveable and will kiss you senseless. My only problem with them are people. He loves them but people that are ignorant to the breed cause so many problems for them. My 2 dogs broke out of the fence and went over to the yacht club across the street from me, they were not gone 10 minutes and just because they were pit bulls a guy and girl shot at them with a gun and then called the police saying they were in danger for there lives. My babies did nothing wrong they were wagging there tails happy to see people and when the police came I had already put them away and they told me had they seen them before I put them away that they would have killed them because of the breed. Alot of this we can thank the news for and I believe that Ignorant people who are uneducated really need to read up on this breed so they can understand what wonderful animals the pit bulls are. They are the most loyal,friendly, outgoing, loveable, trusting animal that anyone could have. It usually is another dog that starts the fight and yes they will finish it not because they are aggresive but because they are very strong, they are all muscle. This breed of dog would give his life for It's owner and family members they are so loyal,loveable and are great family dogs but you need to train them right from wrong when they are puppies so by the time they are 6-8 months old you have a well behaved family member. These dogs need and deserve lots of love. The problem with these dogs is people that don't know the breed and hear all the bad that a few have caused but that's the case in any breed of dog you just don't hear about it because there not a pit bull,at the same time these dogs protect you they are extremely loyal and loveable I would never have any other breed again.

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Marv   Austin, TX

2/23/2011 11:02:29 PM

I was raised by Cocker Spaniel Boston Terrier mix which came out Pit Bull dog go figure! I've had 1 Pit Bull mix and 1 American Pit Bull Terrier that I'm told could have been registered and loved all 3. Nothing plays like a Bullie!

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amanda   shelbyville, IL

4/22/2010 9:04:36 AM

I adopted a 7mos male pit bull. He is loveable and friendly with me and my family. He has human aggression towards people he don't know and i was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on how to train him to get over this.

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