Most Common Questions about Pit Bulls
The American pit bull terrier is by far the most misunderstood dog breed. This is due to negative media hype about the breed, stereotypes about the breed, and misinformation that is commonly spread by ignorance of the breed. Here are some commonly asked questions about pit bulls and answers from an experienced pit bull breeder, owner, and trainer that has been hand raising APBT’s for nearly 15 years.
Question: Are pit bulls Mean, Dangerous, or Vicious?
Answer: The answer is can be yes and no. Are pit bulls naturally mean, dangerous, or vicious? No, they must be raised this way intentionally by their owner. Can they be mean, dangerous, or vicious? Yes, if these dogs are in the wrong hands, are not socialized properly, or are intentionally made to be this way by the owner, they can be dangerous. While it is highly illegal to raise these dog to fight other dogs, or guard drug houses, or attack people, it is still being done. Fortunately, it is only done by a very small percentage of dog owners. The majority of pit bulls are not mean, dangerous, or vicious. When socialized with other dogs and people when they are puppies, they are an extremely lovable breed that can be trusted around other people and dogs of all ages.
Question: Are pit bulls Smart?
Answer: Yes, pit bulls are a highly intelligent dog breed. They are highly trainable, have the ability to learn complicated tasks, and preform excellently as search and rescue dogs.
Question: Do pit bulls and labs get along?
Answer: It will depend on how the pit bull and lab were raised. This is true for every dog breed. Either the lab or pit bull can be the source of the two not getting along. However, if both dogs were socialized properly when they were young, they will get along fine. If you are interested in getting a pit bull and already have a lab, it would be best to buy a puppy and socialize them daily, visa versa.
Question: Do pit bulls turn on their owners?
No, pit bulls are a highly loyal breed. If this ever occurs it is due to poorly raising and socializing the dog and would be a very rare instance.
Question: Do pit bulls have have lock jaw / locking jaws?
No, they do not. This is one of the most common pitbull myths about the breed. No dog breed has locking jaws, and pit bulls are no exception.
Question: Do pit bulls shed?
Answer: Pit bulls only shed a very small amount of hair. If you are worried about having hair all over your clothes and home, you won’t need to worry. If you have a blue nose pit bull or dark haired dog, it will even be less noticiable. With regular brushing once a month, you will never notice any shedding.
Question: When do pit bulls lose their teeth?
They start losing teeth at various ages. Playing rough and chewing bones can cause them to come out prematurely. However, most start to lose their in the 3-4 month range and are done teething by 6-8 months. The molars are usually some of the last to come out. Most of the other teeth are usually already their adult teeth.
Answer: Pit bulls usually go into their first heat around 9 months. After that, they will go into heat about every 6 months. If you are breeding your pit bull, it’s not recommended to breed them under the age of 2 years old.
Question: When do pit bulls stop growing?
Answer: Structure wise, Pit bulls stop growing around 2 years of age. However, they tend to thicken up until they are around 3 years old.
Question: Why do pit bulls have a bad rap?
Pit bulls have a bad rap due to negative media hype, stereotypes, and a small portion of bad dog owners. Media usual portrays this breed as monsters because it makes a good story. These stories are usually exaggerated, and in some cases the dog in story isn’t even a pit bull or is a pit bull mix. For the majority of the breed, they are lovable and trustworthy dogs.
Question: Why do pit bulls attack people and snap?
In the rare occasion when a pit bull turns attacks a person or snaps, it is due to the dog being raised, trained, and socialized improperly. Properly socializing your dog includes taking your dog to dog parks when they are puppies, participating in training classes, and making sure your dog is around people and dogs of all ages when they are young.
Question: Why do pit bulls turn on their owners?
In the rare occasion when a pit bull turns on their owner, it is due to the dog being raised, trained, and socialized improperly.
Question: Why do pit bulls kill?
This is both a stereotypical questions as well as a somewhat of a myth. Even when raised improperly, pit bulls very rarely kill a person. When they do, it is due to them being raised and socialized improperly by the owner. The reason that they can kill people as oppose to most other dog breeds is the fact that they are extremely strong. They were originally bred to bait bulls. Therefore they have the power to kill when they are in the wrong hands.