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What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. July 24, 2017
What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull

Pit bulls are excellent dogs. They have very strong physical builds, shiny coats and an extreme sense of loyalty. It may be surprising to some, but pit bulls are quiet, brave and devoted to their owners.

Nowadays there are many people who consider the pit bull to be the best dog breed, and there is certainly no shortage of reasons to believe this. But the pit bull isn't a dog that adapts to any home or to any kind of family. Not understanding this simple fact can turn a wonderful dog into a dangerous dog. As can happen with any kind of dog breed.

We want to use this platform to avoid the suffering of many pit bulls by falling into the hands of the wrong owners. As such, in this AnimalWised article we will explain what to consider before adopting a pit bull.

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Can you control a pit bull?

Pit bulls aren't particularly big or heavy dogs, with males typically reaching a maximum weight of 28 kg. However, they are hugely muscular dogs which makes them very strong and energetic.

You should know that, especially during the training phase, you're going to find yourself in many situations where you will need to control your pit bull - especially when they come across other dogs in the socialization stage.

An essential requirement for pit bull owners is that they are strong enough to control their dog. This doesn't mean that they need to be dedicated bodybuilders or have a large physical frame. They just need to make sure that they are capable of handling a dog of such physical characteristics.

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull - Can you control a pit bull?

The ideal home for a pit bull

The best home for a pit bull is an adult home, in which any children are above the age of 14. A good home is also one which contains an adult person who is in need of company.

Does this mean that a couple who plan to someday have a baby can't get a pit bull beforehand? Not at all. A pit bull can be very happy in this context, we're simply stating that it won't be the ideal situation for them.

You need to understand that, with them being such energetic dogs, they can accidentally cause damage when they are extremely happy or excited. Young children might get accidentally pushed over, and they might not know how to play with such an active dog. On the contrary, older children understand perfectly well how to behave and what to expect from them. Really, including a pit bull in an environment with children will directly depend on their education.

Pit bulls don't require very big homes because of their small size. However, it's very important that the dog enjoys lots of company during the day. If there are two adults living at home and both work 8 hours a day away from the house, it might be better to choose another breed.

Pit bulls are affectionate and very attached to their owners, and they therefore need affection and company.

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull - The ideal home for a pit bull

Are you willing to be a responsible owner?

Despite this breed's unjust and undeserved reputation, the pit bull isn't a dangerous dog. They are, however, very powerful dogs, and it's essential to recognize this before taking a breed of such characteristics into your home.

The behavioral problems that can be suffered by dogs (any dog can suffer from them) are directly related to the freedoms of animal welfare.

Pit bull terriers need at least three walks a day. Although they are very quiet dogs, you need to previously channel their energy through physical exercise included in a clear and defined routine. It's crucial that you exercise your dog every day to avoid behavioral disorders. If you don't have time to do so, this isn't the right breed for you. You'll also need to provide them with toys, take them to the vets, apply pipettes, get them castrated (or spayed), and give them good quality food, amongst other things.

You also need to be very responsible when training them. It will be essential to do thorough work on their socialization. Similarly, you will need to spend a lot of time teaching them obedience commands and instilling a positive attitude in them. Give them a life free of stress and anxiety. And if you still experience problems, you have the cheap option of going to a dog trainer. Having a dog entails being responsible with the animal and their environment. You should have everything they require before adopting them.

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull - Are you willing to be a responsible owner?

The pit bull owner

Finally, we'll summarise the qualities that the pit bull owner should have so that they can enjoy a happy and balanced pet.

  • An owner who is loving and affectionate with their dog, who makes an effort to return the company that their pet gives to them.
  • They want a dog for the companionship that they give them, and not for the image or reputation associated with the breed.
  • They enjoy spending time with the dog and meeting their exercise needs every day.
  • They can give the dog a regular routine and enough company.
  • They will be responsible for meeting the dog's requirements for roughly 15 years, knowing that this dog cannot tolerate drastic changes in routine.
  • They have the necessary licence(s) depending on where they live.

Are you the right owner? Then don't hesitate. The pit bull is suitable for you, and you will have the huge responsibility of changing the prejudices that exist against this wonderful breed.

What to Consider Before Adopting a Pit Bull - The pit bull owner

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