So You Want a Blue Pit Bull?

You’ve made up your mind, it’s the Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­rier you want as your com­pan­ion. Are you ready for this breed? Read this arti­cle and then decide if you want to go ahead with your deci­sion.

Does your lifestyle fit the Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­rier lifestyle?

These dogs are packed with energy from head to toe. Crav­ing a good run like a cham­pion ath­lete. Exer­cise is crit­i­cal to a heathy, happy bull­dog.

High energy is their mid­dle name and is a large part of their per­son­al­i­ties. Play, work, and activ­ity is some­thing you must be able to give these dogs

If you’re a couch potato you should find another breed to live with.

Do you have the secu­rity?

Pit Bull’s are the Houdini’s of the canine world. Able to leap tall fences with a sin­gle bound, dig under them with amaz­ing speed and stealth, and unlock gates that adult peo­ple would have trou­ble with.

Escape will hap­pen if you don’t take the pre­cau­tions to secure their liv­ing area.

You should have 6’ pri­vacy fence, beware of dog signs, hot wiring at the top and bot­tom of the fence, out door hous­ing that keeps them out of the sun (even if they live indoors), and super­vi­sion are required for these dogs. You can’t leave them alone for long out­side because one of two things may hap­pen:

  1. They Escape
  2. They’re Stolen

 

Are you pre­pared for the scrutiny of neigh­bors and friends?

Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­ri­ers are noto­ri­ous. They have a bad name and the mis­in­formed pub­lic is out to get them.

It seems like every­day another “mauled by pit bull” story runs, dimin­ish­ing your choice of breed.

Peo­ple will dis­like you for your choice. Some may even try to kill your dog. Oth­ers will direct com­ments at you, vul­gar, hate­ful com­ments, and friends and fam­ily may also be in con­flict with your choice.

Be pre­pared for some rude behav­ior and pro­tect your dog by teach­ing food refusal from strangers.

Can you train your dog?

There are two meth­ods of train­ing. One is to train your dog by show­ing it how to sit and lay down and then quit­ting. The other lasts forever.

Real train­ing is life long train­ing that starts when the puppy arrives at your home and ends with death.

Unless you’re pre­pared to work with your dog 5–10-15 min­utes per day, every­day, all week, every week, all year, every year, you may want to rethink your deci­sion to get a Pit Bull.

Actu­ally, if you’re not pre­pared to train your dog, you should rethink get­ting any dog. Train­ing is a fact of life and must be done in order to pre­vent a lot of trou­ble down the road.
If you can not con­trol your dog, you don’t need one.

Can you afford them?

Dog food, vet bills, train­ing, leashes and col­lars, and dog houses all cost money.

Money you may not have right now. A qual­ity dog food can cost as much as $800 per year.

Do you have this kind of extra money to spend on food? If not, wait until you do before you bring home that puppy.

Do you want a Pit Bull to impress peo­ple?

If this is the case, stop! Do not, repeat, do not bring one home. You’re doing your­self and the dog a great injus­tice.
Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­ri­ers are in demand because of their all around strength, agility, great looks, and mys­tic. Breed­ers are pump­ing pup­pies out like unleaded gaso­line.

Pup­pies are being neglected and bad breed­ing prac­tices are pro­duc­ing unsta­ble dogs. Beware before you make any final deci­sions.

If I may point you in a dif­fer­ent direc­tion. Every day there are thou­sands of great bull­dogs put down because no one will adopt them or they are deemed “unadopt­able” by shel­ters.

Con­sider a Res­cue Dog.

Peo­ple who love this breed have cre­ated res­cues for these dogs and hun­dreds of dogs are avail­able for adop­tion.

Res­cues are a win-win-win way to go. You give a dog that would oth­er­wise not have a home, a home.

You give your money (which in most cases is a small adop­tion fee) to the res­cue so they can con­tinue their work, and you get an awe­some dog that will 9 times out of 10 deliver more than any pure-bred dog could on their best day.

In clos­ing, before you run out and buy a Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­rier, think about your options, make sure you have what it takes to provide and care for the dog, and take your time to find a dog that matches your desires.

Comments

  1. Ok, hope­fully not start­ing a firestorm here, but I’d REALLY like some clar­i­fi­ca­tion. And you do have on here to “Speak Your Mind” so I’m going to. This was an EXCELLENT arti­cle regard­ing get­ting a Pit Bull. And for some of the rea­sons you list above, I do not want a Pit Bull. 

    How­ever, on your site and many, many, many oth­ers, there seems to be no dif­fer­ence given to an Amer­i­can Pit Bull Ter­rier and an Amer­i­can Bully. Both can be reg­is­tered thru UKC, which makes it even more con­fus­ing. The only thing I can basi­cally go on from research­ing is that if they are reg­is­tered ABKC, then they are an Amer­i­can Bully, and not a “Bully Pit Bull”. I bring this up because in many cases the dis­tinc­tion is VERY important…like mine for exam­ple. I loved the look of the XL Pit Bulls, but I know how high energy they are, so I knew they were out of the ques­tion. Then I dis­cov­ered the Amer­i­can Bully, which has been bred to have the qual­i­ties I want, but also have a lower drive usu­ally. It’s no prob­lem with their breed­ing to find one that is low to medium drive but has that look I love. 

    In my case, this is EXTREMELY impor­tant because of what I am going to DO with the dog. I am dis­abled with mobil­ity issues, so I am going to be train­ing the dog as a ser­vice dog. So it needs that calmer tem­pera­ment. It also NEEDS that big­ger XL and XXL size because it will be help­ing me with bal­anc­ing issues as well as pulls for get­ting up and down at times. I bred and trained large Ger­man Shep­herds for 15 years before get­ting out of it due to my health, prior to my diag­no­sis. So yes, I know what I’m doing. And when I dis­cov­ered the Amer­i­can Bul­lies, it was awe­some! It has a fierce appear­ance, which is handy for a sin­gle female liv­ing alone, as well as a deter­rent to thieves who try to steal the exotic col­ored york­shire ter­ri­ers that I cur­rently do breed. They are not peo­ple or dog aggres­sive, which is extremely impor­tant in a ser­vice dog. They have the power and tremen­dous mus­cle strength to provide sta­ble sup­port when I need it. They have very solid dis­po­si­tions. They have an easy care coat. Per­fect!

    And then I hit the road­block of fig­ur­ing out with all these ken­nels and all these pups for sale which ones are Amer­i­can Bul­lies and which ones are Bully look­ing Pit Bulls. It’s very frus­trat­ing. So what is your take on it? Because your name itself (Royal Fam­ily Bul­lies) gives the impres­sion that you breed Amer­i­can Bullies…but you actu­ally breed Pit Bulls. Is there some­thing I’ve missed in my research that would make it eas­ier to iden­tify between the two? Because I would REALLY like to know. It’s a large money invest­ment and I want to be sure I get what I am pay­ing for. Oth­er­wise, the dog and I both will not suc­ceed.

    Thanks,
    Dava

    • Dava,the amer­i­can bully and pit­bull is still a fairly new con­cept and it basi­cally derived from mix­ing in other breeds. this can be prob­lem­atic due to the fact the other breeds tem­per­me­ant must be fac­tored in. That is why it is very impor­tant to buy from a rept­able ken­nel that breeds for not only size but tem­per­me­ant.

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