FAQ : Pit Bulls


Can I have other pets if I have a pit bull? – YES

Pits and Other AnimalsThe key here is proper socialization and obedience training.  Because of the Terrier in pit bulls, they can have a high ‘prey drive’.  But because pit bulls are so loving and aim to please their owners, they can be taught to get along with and even love your other pets.

 

Are pit bulls safe to have around children? – YES

Pit bulls can be safe to have around children just like any other dog.  They tend to be calm and they love children.  Pit bulls do need a lot of exercise and having kids that are full of energy to play with can be a good thing.  Pit bulls do have wiggly butts that could easily knock a child down – with no harm intended.  So watch out for their tail ends.  Pit bulls are loyal and thrive as part of a family. Pit Bulls And Kids

Here are some things to remember to make sure everyone is safe and happy:  never leave a child alone with any dog, make sure your pit bull is properly socialized and trained, teach your children to respect your dog – no tail or ear pulling, no hitting or teasing, know your dog’s behavior – if he seems nervous or skittish it might not be the best time to try to play, he might need to be somewhere quite.

Check out the blog on the My Pit Bull Friend page (mypitbullfriend.com).  The blog has great little stories of pit bulls and babies.  Told by the parents themselves.

 

Do pit bulls turn on their owners? – NO

NO dog ‘turns’ on their owners.  Pit bulls, like any other dog, will exhibit warning signs before resorting to using their teeth.  They do not suddenly snap without a reason.  If your pit bull has suddenly become aggressive it could be the result of any of the following:  improper handling, disease or sickness, lack of socialization, lack of training, or misreading the dog’s behavior.

 

If a pit bull has been taught to fight then it’s always going to fight, right? – NO

https://youtu.be/M2kkdDy555s  <– Here is a video of one of Vick’s fighting dogs as a part of a loving family.  Check it out!

Dogs that were once fighting dogs can make wonderful, loving pets.  We all know about Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring.  Many of those dogs were placed in loving homes.  Some of those once fighting dogs live in homes with other dogs, cats, and even children.  About a dozen of these dogs passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  Some of the dogs became therapy dogs.  These once fighting dogs are living proof that once a fighter, not always a fighter!

 

Do Pit Bulls Jaws Lock? – NO

“There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of ‘locking mechanism’ unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”   – Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia

Jesse M Bridgers III out of the Presbyterian College did a study called ‘Mechanical Advantage in the Pit Bull Jaw’.  Conclusion??   “After graphing and analyzing the derived ratios, I have found no evidence of mechanical advantage in the pit bull compared to other domestic breeds of dogs.”

It would seem that if a species had ‘locking jaws’, then they would probably die out because they would not be able to ‘unlock’ their jaws.  They would starve to death.

 

There are many negative stereotypes about the pit bull breeds out there.  Some of these negative thoughts went through my head before I adopted my boy Trago.  It was hard for me to find anything positive on pit bulls.  The one thing that changed my mind about the pit bull breeds was watching Pit Bulls and Parolees .  After binge watching a couple seasons of the show, the only fear I had left was, if I would be a good pit bull parent or not.

 

2 thoughts on “FAQ : Pit Bulls”

  1. I grew up with several different dogs, non of them pit bulls, but i reckon that there are dog people and there are cat people, they are both vastly different.
    I am a dog person. What a dog taught me growing up was that every action has a reaction. If i was good to the dog you could guarantee it would be good back.. But if you weren’t good to it the response would come back to it eventually.
    I also thought clarity of communication was very important. You need to be crystal clear with the dog (and with most people in life) exactly what your expectations are.
    Having a dog growing up is a great way for kids to learn a lot of valuable life lessons. I learned a lot of lessons from my dogs growing up that most humans wouldn’t bothered to.

    1. Having dogs as children helps to teach us how to behave with a dog (any breed). It teaches us responsibility and compassion. You are right, clear communication between you and the dog is key. Pit bulls want nothing more than to please their humans, so teaching them the ‘house rules’ can be easy.

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