You've made up your mind, it's American Pit Bull Terrier you want as your companion. Are you ready for this breed? Read this article and then decide if you want to go ahead with your decision.
Does your lifestyle fit ***American Pit Bull Terrier lifestyle?
These dogs are packed with energy from head to toe. Craving a good run like a champion athlete. Exercise is critical to a heathy, happy bulldog. High energy is their middle name and is a large part of their personalities. Play, work, and activity is something you must be able to give these dogs
If you're a couch potato you should find another breed to live with.
Do you have security?
American Pit Bull Terriers are Houdini's of canine world. Able to leap tall fences with a single bound, dig under them with amazing speed and stealth, and unlock gates that adult people would have trouble with. Escaping will happen if you don't take precautions to secure their living area.
You should have 6' privacy fence, beware of dog signs, hot wiring at top and bottom of fence, out door housing that keeps them out of sun (even if they live indoors), and supervision are required for these dogs. You can't leave them alone for long outside because one of two things may happen:
1. They escape. 2. They're stolen.
Are you prepared for scrutiny of neighbors and friends?
American Pit Bull Terriers are notorious. They have a bad name and misinformed public is out to get them. It seems like everyday another "Baby mauled by pit bull" story runs, diminishing your choice of breed.
People will dislike you for your choice. Some may even try to kill your dog. Others will direct comments at you, vulgar, hateful comments, and friends and family may also be in conflict with your choice.
Be prepared for some rude behavior and protect your dog by teaching food refusal from strangers.
Can you train your dog?
There are two methods of training. One is to train your dog by showing it how to sit and lay down and then quitting. The other lasts forever. Real training is life long training that starts when puppy arrives at your home and ends with death.