THE PROS, THE CONS, THE ALTERNATIVES AND THE WAY TO GO...
What follows is a chart of guidelines to help you understand what to expect with Pit Bull dogs. There are exceptions of course, and the following is only a general overview based on the most common breed's characteristics. Things are not always set in concrete. Just like people have their own personality and style, so do dogs. Due to selective breeding however, people have implemented predominant traits in certain breeds, so it is fair to say that unless a dog does not fit the breed standard, what follows is an amusing guide to help you understand Pit Bull dogs.
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE VERY PEOPLE-FRIENDLY For many, the best trait of Pit Bull type dogs is how much they love people. They always enjoy meeting strangers and usually greet everyone with a wagging tail and a tone of kisses.
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE POOR GUARD DOGS Don't count on a Pit Bull to guard your house or property or you might be disappointed. Pit Bulls were not bred for protection. While your Pit Bull may defend you if your life is in danger, chances are a normal Pit Bull would welcome just about anyone in your home like a long lost friend...
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU NEED PROTECTION, GET AN ALARM SYSTEM We don't think dogs should have the responsibility of judging a situation and making a decision based on our human concepts of right and wrong. In fact, we believe that as the "leader" of the pack, it is our responsibility to protect our dogs, not the other way around.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT A VERY PEOPLE-ORIENTED, HAPPY DOOR GREETER, GET A PIT BULL. Nuff said!
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE VERY LOVING Pit Bulls are among the most affectionate breed. They crave contacts and LOVE to cuddle. They think they are big lap dogs and are in heaven when given the chance to rest their head on someone's lap, not to say their entire body..
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE PUSHY FOR ATTENTION Pit Bulls don't like to be ignored and will let you know. Their display of affection can actually be surprising, and even overwhelming for people unfamiliar with the breed. They were bred to never give up, so if one decides you need a face wash, you're going to get one!
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU WANT AN INDEPENDENT PET, GET A CAT Unlike cats, dogs are pack animals who need strong social interaction and enjoy physical contacts. Without it they will live a sad life and can even develop behavior problems.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT A LOVING COMPANION, ALWAYS READY TO KEEP YOUR LAP WARM AND YOUR FACE CLEAN, GET A PIT BULL.
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE EAGER TO PLEASE Pit Bulls adore to please their loved ones and respond very well to positive reinforcement. They are intelligent dogs, who easily make associations. They can be a lot of fun to train and often do very well in obedience competitions.
THE CONS PIT BULLS NEED STRUCTURE Pit Bulls are strong willed dogs, bred for their determination and tenacity. They need confident and positive leadership, as well as a structured environment. Without it they might soon be running the show in your home and become more problems than fun.
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU DONT HAVE TIME TO WORK WITH YOUR DOG, GET A HAMSTER All dogs require a certain amount of training. We expect them to share our home and behave under our rules. The least we can do is to teach them those rules via positive training.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A SMART AND RESPONSIVE DOG, WITH GOOD LEARNING ABILITY AND DRIVE, GET A PIT BULL.
THE PROS PIT BULLS LOVE TO PLAY Tug-o war, spring poll, fetching, roughhousing, hide & seek, frisbee, are only some of Pit Bulls favorite games. They can turn everything into a fun time and are very easily entertained.
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN GET BORED When bored, Pit Bulls can be destructive. A destructive Pit Bull can chew you out of your house...
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU DONT ENJOY PLAYING WITH A DOG, GET A GOLD FISH Playing is part of dog-ownership's fun. Playing is also a way to reinforce the bond between people & dogs and to establish leadership.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PLAYFUL COMPANION ALWAYS READY FOR FUN AND LAUGHTER, GET A PIT BULL.
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE ENTHUSIASTIC Pit Bull dogs have a very positive outlook on life. Even dogs that have been rescued from difficult situations normally don't loose the happy spirit they were born with. Pit Bulls remain young at heart all their life and love to make their loved-ones laugh.
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE RAMBUNCTIOUS Pit Bulls are slow to reach maturity. Puppyhood can be quite intense and vigorous with this breed and can last several years. Pit Bulls do better with patient owners that know how to establish positive leadership - A good sense of humor is a must
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT YOUR TRANQUILITY, GET A BIRD Dogs will be dogs. Just a few thousand years ago they were living in wild packs, without too much limitations, regulations, and rules. So were we.... Lighten up!
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT A FUN-LOVING AND ENTHUSIASTIC PAL, EAGER AND WILLING TO FOLLOW YOU IN YOUR WILDEST ADVENTURES, GET A PIT BULL.
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE STRONG AND ATHLETIC Pit Bulls are among the most admirable athletes of the canine species. They were bred for performance and endurance. Their physical agility and strength, combined with their mental tenacity and drive, are simply unmatched in the dog world. There is nothing a Pit Bull can't do!
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE OVERWHELMINGLY CAPABLE There is nothing a Pit Bull can't do.... This means that Pit Bull owners must be ready to outsmart their dogs and have as much determination and drive to keep them out of trouble, as Pit Bulls might have to get into it. NOTE: Some Pit Bulls can be escape artists. They are capable of jumping/climbing just about any fences, or digging under, not to mention chewing through. They can also break cables, chains, or cheap leashes and collars.
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU NEED AN EASY LAZY PET, GET A SNAIL Dogs need exercise, stimulation and interaction. The ones who lack adequate exercise can become bored, destructive and difficult to handle.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT AN ANIMAL YOU CAN BE PROUD OF, GET A PIT BULL
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE TRULY BEAUTIFUL Pit Bulls come in every color pattern and combination possible. Red, white or blue, they are the all American dog. They have an outstanding conformation, a well proportionate and muscular body, a beautiful head, and a great coat and stance. Short hair, medium size and compact, they fit every lifestyles and turn heads everywhere they go.
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE TARGET FOR THIEVES The dogs are flashy looking and easily noticeable. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls often are the targets of ill-intentioned individuals looking for cheap bait dogs. They are the #1 stolen dogs in the US. Those dogs should never be left outside unattended.
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU NEED AN ANIMAL THAT WILL DETER PEOPLE, GET AN APE Pit Bulls have enough against them already. Last thing they need is people reinforcing the negative stigma associated with the breed by expecting their dog to look scary and act threatening.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU WANT TO TURN HEADS WHEN YOU WALK WITH YOUR DOG, GET A PIT BULL.
THE PROS PIT BULLS ARE VERY SOCIAL WITH PEOPLE Pit Bulls are family dogs. They love to wrestle with dad, hang out in the room with the kids, and cuddle on the couch with mom. Since their interaction with other pets might be limited, they truly enjoy spending time with people instead.
THE CONS PIT BULLS CAN BE AGGRESSIVE WITH OTHER ANIMALS Pit Bulls have been bred to fight for hundreds of years. We don't like it, but we need to accept them for what they are. It's not their fault. Animal-Aggression is now an inherent trait of the breed that must not be denied or ignored. Those dogs might require certain precautions around other dogs but they're worth it.
THE ALTERNATIVE IF YOU NEED A PET THAT CAN HAPPILY LIVE IN A COMMUNE, GET A RABBIT All dogs can fight and many breeds were developed to hunt and kill other animals. This is not unique to the Pit Bull breed.
THE WAY TO GO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN OUTGOING, FRIENDLY AND LOVING COMPANION, ALWAYS HAPPY TO BE IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING WITH THE GANG, GET A PIT BULL.