Should I Get A Pit Bull for A Pet?

Are you thinking about getting a pit bull? Find out what pit bull dog breed experts have to say about prospective pit bull owners.

posted: April 19, 2012, 12 p.m. EDT

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American Pit Bull Terrier enthusiasts have definite ideas as to what constitutes the right owners for a pit bull.

Jerianne Brown, a breeder from Pennsylvania, believes that prospective owners should have “time and energy to devote to the pit bull [and be] willing to give plenty of opportunities for exercise, willing to leave breeding to the experts, and to properly train and socialize the pit bull.”

Carol Gaines, a long time APBT breeder and judge, says her wish list for a prospective pit bull owner includes “someone who is a responsible dog owner, someone who has studied the breed or knows someone who can help them understand the breed and what kind of reputation pit bulls have gotten from the press and the irresponsible pit bull owner.”

Janis Snyder, an APBT enthusiast from Nevada, likes to see “a home where the people are not afraid to set and enforce rules. All large breeds, including pit bulls, should not be allowed to run the show. A dog who knows the rules and knows his place is a much happier dog and is a joy to live with.”

Shana Bobbitt, an APBT breeder and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, wants to see all those qualities in a pit bull owner, but also would like an owner to be “someone who is willing to go to city council to fight breed-specific legislation, write letters, whatever they can do to help keep their right to own the dog breed of their choice.”

Who should not have a pit bull? Bobbitt’s list of bad-owner characteristics includes those who think pit bulls are good at guarding people and property. “The American Pit Bull Terrier is not a guardian breed,” she says. “Pit bulls were not bred to be man-biters, and in the history of the breed the pit bulls who did bite were put down right away. If you want a guard dog, choose something else. Many pit bulls will help the robber carry out the goods. Pit bulls are a people-loving breed.”

Gaines’s bad-owner list includes “anyone who needs something to make them a ‘man’ or an extension of their ego. Anyone who is abusive. Anyone who is not a responsible dog owner. Anyone who will do more harm to the pit bull’s reputation.”

Excerpt from the Popular Puppies Series magabook American Pit Bull Terriers with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase American Pit Bull Terriers here.


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