Adopt a Pit Bull - No Breeder Needed

Adopt or rescue a Pit Bull

Did you know the term “pit bull” does not refer to a specific breed of dog? It used to be a nickname for the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), but these days it’s a generic term applied to American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and hundreds of mixes that may or may not contain elements of those breeds. DNA analysis shows that most “pit bulls” are predominantly made up of other breeds – from Lab to Poodle.
 
Today it’s more accurate to say that the term “pit bull” designates an appearance, not a breed. And we all know you can’t judge a book by its cover … or a dog by the way it looks! Because there is so much diversity in dogs indentified as pit bulls, it’s difficult to make truthful generalizations about them. In fact, the best approach with any dog is to view them as individuals. Just like humans, all dogs are unique!
 
Energy and Temperament
Generally speaking, dogs that are identified as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs) are athletic dogs that enjoy exercise and dog sports, but visit any local shelter and you’ll find a healthy selection of laid-back, couch potato pit bulls too. Typically, APBTs are an outgoing bunch that loves spending time with people. Always looking to make a new friend, APBTs do not make good guard dogs. They are natural clowns that have a “glass is half full” view of life.
 
While many APBTS need proper management around other animals, just as many live peacefully with other pets. But it’s safe to say that all dogs should be supervised and set up for success around other animals.
 
APBTs typically have such pleasant temperaments that they have a higher than average passing rate on the American Temperament Test. Did you know that the APBT scores higher than the Beagle and the Standard Poodle? See for yourself!
 
Health Issues
In general, pit bulls are a low maintenance group of dogs when it comes to grooming and, because there is such a diversity in this pool of dogs, there are few, if any, hereditary genetic health concerns. Some of the conditions they may suffer from are skin issues and allergies to food and the environment. Make sure to check your pet insurance to ensure they cover these conditions when adopting a pit bull.
 
And no, a pit bull’s jaw does not lock.
 
Heroes and Breed-Discriminatory Legislation (BDL)
At the beginning of this century, pit bulls were celebrated in America. Sgt. Stubby, a pit bull, was a highly decorated military dog that served in WWI. Thought of as family dogs, pit bulls were routinely chosen for advertisements aimed at women and children, such as Buster Brown. And, of course, we all know Petey from Our Gang’s Little Rascals! Sadly, pit bulls followed other breeds, like the German Shepherd and Rottweiler, as a fad dog for criminals, and their reputation took a sharp turn in the last few decades, causing some areas to ban all dogs that they determine are, or might be, pit bulls.
 
Adopters should check their local ordinances to determine if their area discriminates against pit bull type dogs. Although breed bans have proven to be an ineffective method in reducing dog bites, they still exists in some areas. (What does work? Breed-neutral laws that put the focus on the humans, not the dogs. Check this out: http://stubbydog.org/2011/10/calgary-sets-the-stage/)
 
Adopters should also check with their insurance companies and landlords to determine if they discriminate. There are many insurance companies that cover all dogs, like State Farm, Farmers and USAA, so don’t be discouraged! 
 
Many families enjoy loving relationships with pit bulls. Working as therapy dogs, service dogs, police dogs and best friends, pit bulls are contributing to communities nationwide. You can read about them at Stubbydog.org
 
No Need for Pit Bull Breeders

There is no need to go to a breeder to get a pit bull type dog. There are many rescue groups and local animal shelters that can help match you to your next furry family member.  Start with these quick links below, or do your own custom search of our huge database.

 

 

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