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Pit Bulls are typically loyal, tenacious and bold. Unfortunately, those traits have been exploited in dog-fighting rings. But with
training, attention and love, Pit Bulls can be docile, affectionate companions. Before you get a Pit Bull, it’s important to realize that there’s a lot of misinformation about them, and there are campaigns to
outlaw the dogs. Check local
laws and ordinances to make sure you can legally own one of these
dogs where you live and do your research about the breed, so you can educate yourself, as well as friends and neighbors, about its merits.
Learn more about the
American Staffordshire Terrier and
American Pit Bull Terrier — the two main breeds usually considered
Pit Bulls and the ones covered together in this article, because they’re so similar. Owning one of these breeds is a big responsibility, and it’s important to ensure you’re
making the right decision before you get one.
When the term “
Pit Bull” is used, it’s usually referring to the
American Staffordshire Terrier and the
American Pit Bull Terrier, or sometimes the
Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a British breed. It’s also a label given to a dog who resembles those breeds, even if he’s a mix and has little or no
Pit Bull in him.
Though the Am Staff and APBT may look
intimidating enough to scare off a potential intruder, they’re typically outgoing, affectionate and enjoy people, especially if they’re in the hands of loving owners and have had training and socialization from a young age.
Animals, however, can be a different story. They’ll likely
view cats and other smaller animals as prey, and they may not get along with other
Am Staffs and APBTs tend to be smart, strong and even a little pushy sometimes. It’s generally not in their nature to back down.
socialization are important from an early age to help them be their best.
Am Staffs and APBTs can make good
running and exercise partners. These typically
playful dogs also can enjoy swimming and retrieving and usually do well in dog sports like
agility trials and tracking.
Am Staffs and APBTs are usually playful, with a certain joie de vivre. Because of his fun-loving, mischievous personality, the APBT is sometimes even referred to as “the kid in a dog suit.”
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