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 and 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.
Both environment and genetics play a role in determining a dog’s mature personality. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t adopt that cute pit bull puppy. Just make sure that you are willing to keep your dog if he becomes dog intolerant or dog aggressive as he gets older. But if you want to know how your dog will ultimately act around humans and other animals, there’s something to be said about adopting an adult dog. With an adult dog, what you see in their personality and temperament is what you get. It doesn’t matter what the history was. It’s an easier decision to make because you can see whether the dog is going to be a good match for the family.
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.
How to Know If a Dog Is Right for You
When looking for the right dog for your family, it’s important to make the perfect match. First, consider the dog’s activity level. If you’re a person who loves to be active, then a more active dog will be a great match for you. But if you’re more of a couch potato, you should choose a dog with a mellower personality.
In addition to asking about how active the dog is, find out if the dog is affectionate. Ask questions about the dog’s personality. That way you’ll get a better match.
If you have young children, an adult dog may be a better choice than a puppy. Raising children and a puppy at the same time can be overwhelming. If you have kids, bring them to the shelter to meet the dog and see how the dog reacts around your children. If your children are overly energetic, look for an energetic dog.
If you have other pets, that can be a problem with a pit bull. Known for their animal aggression, many pit bulls have trouble interacting with other dogs. And cats are considered prey by pit bulls. So make sure that the dog gets along with your current pets through careful introductions in a controlled environment.
To learn more about pit bulls, go to All About Pit Bull Breeds.