I picked him up and he instantly started licking me. “Pit bulls” are not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), though some recognized AKC breeds, like the American Staffordshire terrier, are often called pit bulls by the general public. Now she is still a wonderful dog, gets along with every living thing, but unfortunately has always a little bit shy (hence all the socialization!!) Not sure what buddy is but definitely lab mixed with something else. Totally true about the guard dog thing too :o) Only positive thing out of their negative rap is the fact that people actually believe they're vicious so they stay away. even though the first one was already well trained in a very loving family home i didn't have to train her. To give a brief description of where I was at in life, I was working a 9-5 full time job where pets were welcomed at all times. Passed everything else with flying colors. Both Mommy and Daddy clean the puppies it is so cute. No need to save money to buy one, check your local shelter. I don't condone fighting. Prior to the surgery, the poor dog was in a lot of pain, yet was still had the Best temperment and was so happy in spite of everything. It is important that before you take any steps towards becoming an owner that you thoroughly research the breed so that you understand the challenges of owning this loyal, yet controversial breed. What concerns me is by adding other breeds of dogs to the mix they are changing the dogs in more ways than one. Also depending on his history he may have some distrust of humans but I'm sure in due time he will come around and you'll have the best dog someone can ask for. She may throw one or two barks in there but nothing threatening. I always answered him, "No, I terrorized the cat and blamed him for eating all of the treats. Which are great family cats because of the high pain threshold. In paragraph three of "The Media And The Pit Bull" it says, "The media intentionally over reports incidents involving pit bulls, while keeping silent on attacks committed by dogs with a better reputation." I didn't really know what to say other than, people tend to gravitate towards a pet that is like them, and that I could relate to a loving dog with a tough look that is largely misunderstood and unfairly blamed. It is quite common to wake up to two dogs and 3 or 4 of our cats sleeping with us. she isn't house or leash trained (yet) but we are breaking her of that habit slowly. I couldn't agree more. These dogs deserve to find homes before breeders bring more into the world. glad to hear you rescue! Someone asked me if I could explain to her what is going through peoples crazy minds when they go out and get such a bad breed.. The matter lies at how serious it is to bring the dog to the clinic because this disease is easy to resolve by merely supportive care on the first days. I will tell anyone these dogs do need you to raise them just like your children and show them who is in charge. i dont know about anyone else with a pit but mine thinks he is a lap dog. Do i really need experience with other breeds to have a pit? and adopted dog can be as loving as any dog but i felt that i wasn't a skilled enough handler to raise an emotinally damaged dog. He loves the Trampoline and My 12 year old daughters Staffy..  Cardi (The Staffy)  Hasn't gotten on with any other dog except him. she will be 6 months in a couple of weeks. i would like her to be somewhat of an alarm dog and a protector but if someone were to break in she would be holding the flash light for them. I do not condone fighting our dogs but I do give the breeders from way back when the credit for the dogs we have today. Then Neil laughed and laughed. And her two little weiner dogs were growling and barking at everyone. Thank you for the information. The stubborness can take a bit to get used to, my boy likes to roll over on his back when he does not want to follow directions and will become dead weight. The truth is that most Pitbulls, like all other dog breeds, are absolutely reliable pets that are great with kids and love people. My 5 month old leelu is the best thing in the world. NOT ABUSED, AND OR NEGLECTED! I sometimes tell my friends he is like having another person in the bed. I LOVE my pitbull and I don't know what I'd do without him! I got two of my own and thay are great!!! "Allowing Michael Vick to have a puppy is like allowing Adolf Hitler to adopt a jewish orphan". I have two cats, a weimeriner, and our sweet bams (the pitbull). Both my dogs also love and are patient with my 93 year old grandmother. Yeah my daughter did that once. In reply to Amen....Bully would "love" a by Tonya Dean. I say we keep pit bulls! they make me laugh more than anything :], In reply to Wow! In general corn products are hard to digest and wheat is an allergen to many dogs. People think pit bulls are the only ones that attack because they are the only ones that get in the news. Were you a good dog?" My Rocks - loves her human baby sister...Bella gets upset at Rocks for licking her like crazy - she tells her to sit and Rocks obeys her...Bella is only 5. Ha funny,. that is not true generally, that they have to be trained to be people friendly, and that's what that sounds like. hER NAME WAS DANA MYTE. A Pitbull or Boerboel can be a very wonderful family pet, but it is important to be sure that the dog will fit into your family before you bring it home. I love reading all the comments on here. ESPECIALLY when they have NO trouble offending us as owners. The same goes if you have children and you don’t want them to be a regular target for face washes. Thankfully, these most misunderstood canines have another purpose in recent times as watchdogs, home guardians, catch dogs, hunters and family pets for Irish and English immigrants to America. Dogs of any breed that show fearfulness or aggression towards people or other dogs should be avoided, particularly as a family pet, unless you are willing to put in a lot of extra time and money into behavioural training. After I had my boys and brought them home Harmony was still a puppy so they have grown up together and he is by far the sweetest thing ever with the boys. I adopted a 2 year old APBT from my local Humane Society as well and she was also obviously bred way too early by some backyard breeder... she is such a great dog, but she def a handful and has raised hell in the last month - lol. And she dances when happy. My pit is a female that i took from a family friend who could no longer take care of her. If they, are trained properly AS WITH ANY BREED! I hear so many things still about the Michael Vick case and I feel he should be euthanized. There are cat breed's that have high pain tolerances as well, like the ragdoll breed. Yes, people may say pit bulls have a certain look, but the truth is that could be the most loving dog that exists. But I also have had so many comments & looks. I curently have 2 beautiful boys Rocky (American Staff. BuzzFeed Staff, by Rachel … Oscar loves to sleep with me and my hubby, then goes and sleeps with my daughter and Cardi. In fact, I detest it. If we want our beloved Pitties to be treated like any other breed, we shouldn’t be forced to use PC lingo in order to keep from offending others. Neil would come home from school and I would be waiting for him. Also, in "The Media And The Pit Bull" it says, "Other breeds of dogs can and do attack people, these incidents go unmentioned in the news, even at local level." Also "Pit Bulls Haven't Always had a Bad Rep" paragraph four states, "Stubby was the unofficial mascot of the 102nd Infantry Division. and how many shelter pits that go on to live in families and are great, with little or no socialization or training,, and all the stories of strays saving or helping complete strangers. :). Couldn't agree anymore my son has totally taken over our new pit puppy well I say puppy she's really bout 6 months old. And although the media focuses on the negative aspects, in reality they can be awesome pets for the smart owner. he must have been so scared with all those cars and not able to hear. Pit bulls have changed over the years. I was raised with pits. Pit bulls were so respected and honored back then. I just adopted a 2yro female terrier/pitbull. I was sitting a friends dog, who bit my child in the face! I was actually at school, he had to move and couldn't take her so I told my parents my friend was dropping Zoe off for the weekend. We have a 3 year old boy who tends to play rather rough and tumble as most small children do (especially boys lol). I would also like to mention that we have 5 cats, and the cats are tougher than my pits. Your pit bull will be you and your family’s best friend from the day you take them home to the day they pass away. Paisley is our seventh Pitbull and we have never had a problem with any of them. He is so funny. I was like the others concerned about the breed but when I met BOOTS it changed my mind. I received my Zoe from a friend at a young age. She brought in somebody to have him tested. I just had a baby boy and I was so nervous that my Airainne was going to be jelous over my new baby. She is a licker for sure and a sleeper. My dad was a breeder. and all the pitties we see coming from abusive situations, the majority are loving and sweet, irregardless of how people treated them from the beginning. SHE SLEPT IN MY SONS BED AND EVEN HAD HER OWN PILLOW RIGHT ALONG SIDE OF HIM. They are mesh on the back with rubber palms containing many dull teeth. You are considering adopting or buying a dog, and one breed you are considering is a Pit Bull Terrier, or one of several breeds that are closely related to this breed. It is important that when considering a pitbull as a pet that you carefully screen all puppies and adult dogs to ensure that they respond positively. I am looking forward to this new step. and ABSOLUTELY true about licking you to death. They are the biggest babies in the world and it really irritates me to know end to hear people talk about these dogs like this. Most of their bad reputation can be attributed to bad owners and irresponsible tabloid journalists. not mine! With their high energy level and strength, though, pit bulls are not for everyone. This is SO true! I Love PitBulls. Pit bull—now take a moment and think about those two words. but other then that he loves people and other dogs, loves coming over to my grandparents house to see them and to my friends house where one of his sisters is. If you love being kissed get a pitbull. bad stupid people made pittbulls reputation the way it is today. I almost think it's better to adopt an older dog if you have kids just because when you buy a puppy, you dont really know what their temperament will be untill they grow up (you can get an idea by their parents but you dont know for sure). How that dog can sneak to do it is beyond me. Very cute story & just wanted to say AMEN to ur comment about 'idiot owners with no brain cells!!! If your dog is threatening to people and other dogs, we must ask you to wait away from the patrons and their pets. both of my dogs get along great, except for when my big dog likes to tackle my little dog. As a pet owner and lover, you probably have asked this question too. She was 2 at the time, so just to prove that not all these dogs are fighters, and they do get along very well with other dogs, and the ones who are were taught to fight...this is brought on by the idiot owner\owners who hasn't a brain cell in their head! our home by Rocks. The owners house cought on fire and the pit saved there lives!!! All you see is this big head and tongue. He loves it and wages his tail the whole time. The very moment that your pitbull puppy comes inside your home, you should already be teaching him how to behave. The man responded "The fish are not biting, and hope your pitbull isn't either." In reply to I don't think saying that a by amstaff adict. Although I do have one other dog named buddy. I have an amazing trainer. Rocks, I had the same issue, if you go on Pitbulls and parolees, web site, it a series from the animal plant channel they have a name of an agent you can call that works with different agencies that do cover people with Pitbulls and other SO CALLED dangerous dogs. I am appalled at some people and there ignorance regarding put bulls. I was afraid he would attack my other animals ( cats,dog and my horse) lucky for me her car broke down and she was close to our house and she had the dog with her they had no where to go so I allowed her and the dog to come to the house. After all, who would want a regular cat when they could have a serval? For every puppy your son sells, there is a loving, good, homeless pittie being put down in a shelter :(. Especially the showing affection. The American Kennel Club (AKC) doesn’t perceive this breed. My boss let me bring him to work everyday for a week. WE CALLED HER DANA. 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