Pit Bulls form very strong bonds with their owners
The Flipside: This friendship comes with a pricetag. You'll have to honor your dog's loyalty and devotion and be ready to commit LOTS of quality time (at least 2 hours a day) to your pet for life. To banish your dog to the backyard or leave him alone for long periods of time for weeks on end can cause him to become depressed, and/or destructive.
The Brightside on the Flipside: The more time you spend with your pit bull, the more you'll enjoy him. And isn't that why you wanted a dog in the first place?
Pit Bulls are Agile, Athletic and FUN
The Flipside: Pit bulls can be Escape Artists! Many can climb tall fences, dig underneath, or Houdini their way out of the most secure yards. Many are forever lost of stolen once they're out. Owners should provide a very secure set-up and supervise all play when the dog is outdoors, and keep him indoors when no one's home. If infoor accomodations are not possible, we recommend an outdoor kennel run with a good lock, or well designed cable tie-out. Always have a collar and tags on your dog in case they do get lost. Microchip your pet too! Animal shelters are so crowded that they cant hold lost dogs for more than a few days and yours could be destroyed before you can find her if she isn't tagged and/or microchipped. On behalf of all the lost pit bullies who never make it safely back to their homes, I ask PLEASE be extra safe with your dog!
The Brightside on the Flipside: Pit bulls are impressive dogs to show off in agility work, flyball, and other exciting dog sports. You can utilize a pit bull's athletic talents by having a great time with your pooch in ways that may suprise you.
Pit Bulls can be Butt Heads!
While pit bulls are bred to be gushy, affectionate and all-loving with people, they can certainly be pushy and willful. They'll happily run your household for you if you don't set up consistent guidlines and clear household rules. This means you'll need to be a fair, decisive leader/ Obedience training is the way to a happy household. If you're a first class softie and committed push-over, you may want to loof for a different breed.
Note: With Pit Bulls, Animal Aggression is a completely different behavior from Human Aggression. They've been traditionally bred to be very people friendly. Any pit bull that demonstrates unworkable aggression towards people is revealing a substandard temperament and may need to be humanely euthanized.
The Brightside on this Trait:
Pit bulls are highly intelligent and typically excel in obedience work. Because your dog loves you completely and want to please you, he'll very likely end up being one of the most impressive, best trained dogs in the neighborhood. Enjoy your opportunity to be a Pit Bull Show Off! Have you heard that pit bulls are "bullheaded" and can't be trained? You need to meet " Hemi" - a Katrina dog that we met just outside of Baton Rouge at a prison shelter project. Hemi went to Washington to become the canine partner of a WA State Police Officer for drug detection work. His bull headed nature translates into a dog that won't quit until the job is done right. Good Boy!
Pit Bulls Love To Swim, Run, Play, Frisbee and Romp in the Great Outdoors
The Flipside: Finding places where your dog can run offlead can be very difficult, if not impossible! Many areas don't allow pit bulls to be offlead and aread that do can be diffucult places to visit. If your dog gets in a fight with another dog, things could go very badly very fast. You may be the one to get into trouble and your dog could end up in jail, even if he wasn't the one to start the fight. Because of the current prejudice against pit bulls, because your pit bull can cause a lot of damage to another dog, and because it's impossible to completely avoid poorly managed loose aggressive dogs in the parks (this includes YOUR dog if you're not on top of his dog aggression potential!), smart owners of mature bull breeds choose to play it safe and steer clear of these places in favor of safer options.
The Brightside on the Flipside: Because many pit bulls tend to be happier around dogs that they know, you may be able to find or create "play groups" where your dog can regularly visit with other dog "friends" for fun and exercise. Both and you and your dog will benefit from the extra socialization.
The Other Flipside: Pit bulls can be very active dogs that need a LOT of run around time and exercise. Don't get a young pit bull if you live your life in the slow lane.
The Brightside on the Flipside: Your dog will nudge you into getting in shape, like it or not! We like to say " A tired pit bull is a happy pit bull". So your runaround time spent exercising your dog will reflect in your improved health and happy outdoor glow. Enjoy!
Pit Bulls are Social Butterflies
Your dog will LOVE to go places with you to see the sights and visit with your friends, family and strangers on the street.
The Flipside: Over the last 20 years or so, the pit bull has fallen victim to the careless deeds of unethical breeders, irresponsible and even shady owners. This bad combination, along with the handiwork of a sensationalistic media, has done a terrible thing to our beloved breed. As a result, myths, misdeeds, misunderstanding and hysteria abound! when you walk around with your bulldog, you'll no doubt encounter people who'll be afraid of her or who give you trouble for having a pit bull.
The Brightside on the Flipside: By taking your well behaved bully out into the world, you'll have the pleasant opportunity to talk to lots of folks that you meet. by doing so, you can help dispel the myths about pit bulls as you proudly show off your dog. Hanging out at the local coffee shop with your lovable pit bull by your side will probably bring you more interesting conversations then you ever thought possible. And undoubtedly, you'll be making friends while you're budy changing minds. Enjoy!
The Other Flipside: On the Social Butterfly of the Dog World - APBTs make lousy guard dogs! they may bark at a burglar looking in the window, but will lick his hand and show him to the stereo once he's in the house. The thief may even try to steal your pit bull! Do NOT get an APBT if you want a guard dog. Consider a burglar alarm instead.
Pit Bulls Love Kids
Its a well known fact - well managed, responsibly owned pit bulls are some of the best family dogs. The American Canine Temperament Test Society lists this breed as having one of the most stable temperaments of any of the purebreds, right up their with golden retrievers. Many APBTs go out of their way to lick little faces and will wag, wag, wag their tails when they see a child. Many will let kids pull their ears, climb on their backs and, rough and tumble fans that they are will love every minute of rugged kid-style attention.
The Flipside: These are strong, active dogs and can knock smaller sized kids down in their exhuberance. " As with ANY breed, no dog should ever be left alone with a young child - Buy you already knew that!
Pit Bulls are Clean Animals With Short Coats
These handsome hunks have few grooming needs and are generally easy to care for.
The Flipside: APBTs don't like to be left out in the cold. Your pit bull will want to be where its warm: inside with you! she may even insist on sneaking under your covers with you.
The Brightside on the Flipside: They'll keep you warm while trying to keep themselves warm, and, they look great in groovie little winter dog jackets and sweaters.