All About Pit Bull Breeds

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Whatever it is that you are doing, your Staffordshire Bull Terrier will be there doing it right along with you. Because of his love for people, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier will protect them from any threat.

Because of his terrier nature, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is known for digging, chasing cats and not getting along with other dogs.

To learn more about the different types of pit bulls, go to What Are the Different Types of Pit Bulls?

What You Need to Know About the Pit Bull Temperament

If you’re thinking about getting a pit bull, it is imperative that you understand pit bull temperament.

A strong determination is one of the most fearsome pit bull temperament traits. Combine that unyielding determination with his enormous strength and powerful jaws and you’ll see why a pit bull often is dreaded. Some people believe that a pit bull’s jaws actually lock to prevent it from never letting go, but this is not the case. It is simply his strength and his undying determination that drives the pit bull. He is a superb fighting machine and a serious confrontation can be fatal for the opponent. This is one of the reasons many people believe that pit bulls should be banned. This is a debate that will no doubt continue for many years to come.

Pit bulls love people. The pit bull temperament is not vicious. Instead, their temperament is clownish, loving and loyal. A pit bull loves his family and wants to be a part of everything they do. The protective and fearless pit bull has a playful and friendly nature and it has a strong desire to please people.

Separation anxiety is a big part of the pit bull temperament. It is very important that pit bulls get enough exercise throughout the day and that they have enough activities to keep them busy while they are left alone. Otherwise, they will become destructive.

While pit bulls love people, they are not so crazy about other animals. Animal aggression is a very common part of the pit bull temperament. Some pit bulls are so aggressive that it is not safe to keep another pet in the house. Because of their fighting history, even if they are raised alongside cats or other dogs there is no guarantee that they won’t go after them one day. Pit bulls have a very tenacious and determined personality. Even the most easygoing pit bull won’t back down from a challenge. Along with dog-directed aggression, the pit bull is known for its high prey drive towards cats, rabbits, birds and other such animals.

To learn more about the pit bull temperament, go to What You Need to Know About the Pit Bull Temperament.

Should You Take in a Pit Bull Rescue?

Should you take in a pit bull rescue? Or is it dangerous to adopt a pit bull that has an unknown history and parentage?

Adopting a pit bull with an unknown history can be a risk, but each dog should be judged on its own merits by his current personality and behavior. While it is true that many pit bull rescues of unknown heritage have been horribly abused, neglected or forced to fight, they still love people more than anything and they can still become loving family pets. Responsible rescues and dog shelters will evaluate dog behavior before putting the dog up for adoption and offer only those pit bulls that display the proper temperament toward humans for adoption.

Some may think that it is better to adopt a pit bull puppy instead of an adult pit bull. But since the adult dogs are already grown up, their personality has already developed. You can see whether your pit bull is dominant or submissive with people and whether he has aggression to other dogs. Dog aggression is a trait that does not develop in some dogs until they are fully mature. So it is possible that the cute little puppy that you adopt who is friendly with all other dogs may not like dogs at all later in life. That includes dogs that they have grown up with and lived with their entire life.

Before you take in a pit bull rescue you should understand the federal, state and local laws pertaining to pit bulls. Before you adopt, make sure that pit bull type dogs are not banned in your area. Make sure that your homeowner’s association allows you to own a pit bull. Also, make sure that your homeowner’s or rental insurance policy does not prohibit you from owning a pit bull. And before you adopt, make sure that you are willing to deal with the stigma that many people believe about pit bulls.

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