The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a playful, friendly, and loyal dog. Despite these characteristics they’ve got a fearsome reputation, mostly caused by their fighting past. Unfortunately, even today many owners breed them to be aggressive dogs, making public opinion mistakenly label any Pit Bull as dangerous.
For this breed, it is essential to find a registered breeder to buy from, and in the article below I’ll explain why.
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1. These dogs can have unstable temperaments
Generally, their unstable temperament is caused by selective breeding done in the past, when American Pit Bull Terriers were raised and trained for fighting in the ring. Today, responsible breeders are looking for different characteristics, such as playfulness, willingness to please, and a friendly nature.
If bred responsibly, an American Pit Bull Terrier loves being around humans and children of all ages. She’s affectionate, gentle, and obedient, but always ready to protect her human family in case of danger.
When it comes to living with other pets, be warned that these dogs can show signs of animal aggression, especially towards other dogs. They can also chase cats and other animals, such as chickens or livestock, and will likely injure them.
However, when introduced to each other at early ages, cats and Pit Bulls can go quite well together:
2. A good breeder provides early socialization and training
American Pit Bull Terriers are intelligent and easy to train, but they can also be stubborn once they grow. The sooner you start training, the better results you’ll have with both potty training and obedience training. A responsible breeder will start basic training with all puppies as soon as possible, meaning you get an easier time with your dog.
When it comes to an American Pit Bull Terrier, we talk about excessive chewing, destructive behavior and, in some cases, aggression towards people and animals, so there’s serious risks involved.
Early socialization is important when dealing with this breed. A dog that is around people and other animals from day one has little to no chance of becoming intolerant, or developing tendencies towards aggression as an adult.
A good start can spare you expensive obedience school and long training sessions with a behaviorist later in your dog’s life. Furthermore, by getting a puppy from a reliable source, you have a guarantee your dog hasn’t already developed these bad habits.
Buying a well-mannered puppy doesn’t mean you’re done with the job. Pit Bulls need constant training, physical exercise, and mental stimulation to remain in good shape. Leaving your dog alone for too long and not spending enough time with her can still generate unwanted behavioral issues.
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