Pit Bulls and bully breeds: Why they make the best pets

Pit Bulls and bully breeds: Why they make the best pets


Very popular in the early part of the 20th century, the Pit Bull gradually faded into relative obscurity.

Pit Bulls and bully breeds: Why they make the best pets
Pit Bulls are one of the most loving and loyal dog breeds and have proven to be safe around small childrenWikimedia

The breed didn't reemerge until the 1980's when they were brought into the public eye after some unfortunate press pegging them as fighting machines good for nothing but the illegal and inhumane practice of dog fighting.

In Chicago, recent reports of Pit Bull attacks have become very rare. A simple Google search can prove that the last attack has not happened in the area since early January of 2011. And, even in that case, the dog reacted just like any breed would.

Even though the Pit Bull has always been known to be a safe, sound, and stable companion dog by those who care for and love them, this blitz of negative press caused mass confusion and fear of a breed that was once seen as a noble symbol of America.

The result was an increase in Pit Bulls obtained for illegal and inhumane purposes, laws emerging meant to ban the breed, and a rash of newspaper articles declaring the breed public enemy number one.

To counter-act the negativity and help the truth resurface, breed lovers rose up to defend their beloved dogs.

Pit Bull advocacy and rescue groups came to the defense of the breed, speaking the truth; debunking myths, fighting cruelty and bans, and helping the Pit Bull regain its once solid reputation as a companion dog.

Today, slowly but surely, the Pit Bull is regaining ground as a solid working dog and wonderful companion animal.

Pit Bulls make great pets for those who want an active dog, are looking to provide an outlet for the breed's drive and energy, and want a loving, loyal, silly dog to share their life with

According to the ASPCA,

"Socialization is the key to a happy and confident Pit Bull. All Pit puppies should be enrolled in a puppy class where part of the time is devoted to off-leash play with other dogs.

Pit Bulls are enthusiastic learners. They enjoy trick training and many graduate at the head of their obedience classes. There are many Pit Bull rescue groups that can recommend training classes.

Pits are moderately active indoors and extremely active outdoors—be prepared to spend a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes twice a day engaged in aerobic-level activities with your dog.

You may experience breed discrimination. Legislation may prohibit you from living in certain communities, and homeowners insurance may be harder to find. Before you adopt, call your local city hall or animal shelter to find out about your local laws.

Do your research. Are your neighbors the kind who might get concerned about a Pit Bull in the community? Bringing home a Pit Bull may be tough because many people wrongly associate them as being aggressive. Be prepared with breed facts and history to let people know that it’s bad ownership that causes Pit Bulls to be aggressive.

Adoption is the best option. By rescuing a Pit Bull, you are saving a dog that needs a home and family. Adopting a Pit from a shelter means that the dog will have had an initial health evaluation and should also have already been vaccinated and spayed or neutered for you. More and more shelters use a standardized evaluation to assess the behavior of their dogs. If the dog you’re interested in has been evaluated, ask to see the results so you can get a more complete picture of the dog’s typical reactions to things.

Consider adopting an older Pit Bull. With an adult dog, what you see is what you get. Their personality is already developed, and you'll be able to spot the characteristics you're looking for much more easily than with a puppy.

Establish house rules for your new Pit that everyone will stick to. Consistency is the key to training Pit Bulls. Decide on the behaviors you find acceptable and those that you wish to discourage, such as:
• is she allowed on the furniture?
• Is it okay for her to bark in the backyard?
• Can she play with toys in the house?
• How do you want her to behave when guests come into the home?

Set a good example for others. Become a proud parent—be sure to show your Pit Bull the love and care she deserves. And always let others know what great companions they make! "

Understand that Pit Bulls are large and strong dogs. If they aren’t used to being around small children, they may unwittingly knock them over while playing. Some Pit Bulls do best in a home with children 12 and older.

Pit Bull activist blogs are abundant on the web, and they all usually include:


Pit Bulls have locking jaws.......... FALSE!

Pit Bulls have the strongest jaws..........FALSE!

Pit Bulls "turn" on their owners............FALSE!

A higher percentage of Pit Bulls attack people than other breeds..........FALSE!

ALL Pit Bulls are aggressive............FALSE!

Pit Bulls are only good for fighting.......FALSE!