Pit Bull

A complete guide to pitbull dogs

The American pitbull terrier has earned a nasty and not wholly deserved reputation for viciousness, stemming in part from its history. Pitbull puppies were originally bred to goad bulls during bullfights and for sport dog fighting. However, if socialized early and properly, pitbull dogs can become very gentle and loving pets.

Appearance

Height: The red nose pitbull, blue pitbull and standard American pitbull variants all range between 18 and 22 inches in height when fully grown.

Weight: An adult American pitbull terrier will weigh between 30 and 60 pounds.

Coat: All pitbull dogs have shiny, thick, short hair. The blue pitbull takes its name from the unique hue of its fur. Other variants of this breed display a full range of colors, including primarily white, caramel and chocolate.

Ears and Eyes: The rare red nose pitbull not only has a red nose, but also red eyes, red lips and red toenails. All pitbull variants have round or ovular eyes and floppy, medium-sized ears, which some dog owners choose to crop.

Tail: The American pitbull has a short, narrow, whip-like tail that tends to be very active.

Disposition

Pitbull dogs that have been properly socialized are loyal, courageous and friendly, even to strangers – much like their Boston terrier cousins. However, they often display hostility if they're not trained right. American pitbull terriers tend to be aggressive towards other dogs of the same sex. Because of their somewhat unpredictable nature, this breed isn't a good choice for a family pet.

AKC Group: Terrier

Training: Put pitbull puppies in obedience school early in their lives and keep a firm but gentle hand during training. For all their bad publicity, this breed is fast-learning and intelligent. Investing in proper training for pitbull puppies will almost always yield an obedient and safe pet.

Ideal Environment: Given the high energy levels these dogs display, a home with plenty of space and an enclosed yard is best. Pitbull terriers function best in a single-pet home.

Health and Care

Feeding: Given the energetic nature of pitbull terriers, they generally need a robust diet that delivers the calories they need to maintain their levels of activity.

Grooming: Generally, it's necessary only to brush or chamois the coat of an American pitbull once a week or so, since these dogs have short hair. Bathe only when necessary, as this breed doesn't particularly like water.

Exercise: Vigorous daily exercise is best for these dogs, as they're as energetic as the tireless husky. However, it's best to keep them leashed. Riding a bike with the dog running alongside is an ideal activity.

Health Problems: Like all dog types, the pitbull is prone to breed-specific health issues. American pitbull terriers frequently suffer from parasitic skin infections and heart murmurs. They also have a greater-than-average incidence of dog allergies and tend to develop hereditary canine glaucoma and cataracts.

Average Lifespan: Pitbull dogs usually live 12 to 14 years.

Buying a Pitbull

Pitbull kennels are often left with dogs that end up on the adoption block, since this breed ranks highly among the most abandoned, with many pet owners paying to kennel their dogs then never coming back to pick them up. Purchasing a puppy from a reputable pitbull breeder will generally cost between $500 and $1,100. Don't deal with puppy mills, since these farms subject their animals to poor living conditions and don't prioritize the health of their puppies.

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Posted by john pignanelli on July 06,2014 at 05:13 PM
I have a 2 year old rednose pittbull. She is white with brindel patches. She had puppies about 5 weeks ago. Well she's been shedding so bad to the point where you can see her skin. I'm wondering what could be wrong with her.
Posted by bluenose on July 15,2014 at 10:40 AM
Mange...pittys are pron to it. That is almost for sure demodexe mange
Posted by mvallesjr on February 07,2014 at 11:26 AM
i have a 1 year old blue nose its recently started to shed his hair and started to get mucus on his eyes. is this because he might have worms? what kind of dewormer should i buy for him?
Posted by Bubba on March 18,2013 at 11:20 AM
THESE DOGS REQUIRE INSANE AMOUNTS OF EXERCISE. I take our Blue Nose on hill sprints every morning before work and play ball at night and sometime she still is ready to play. Read some books on the breed. If you can't provide an outlet for the energy it will manifest itself in a negative way else ware . Imagine you are a Olympic sprinter and all you do is walk around the block once. This dog is a commitment to raise and socialize properly. We followed Dog Whisperer principles and have a wonderful dog. She is the most balanced animal in the neighborhood and listens better than the neighbor kids. KNOW YOUR BREED!
Posted by Eileen on March 13,2013 at 12:26 PM
I have a pit that turned 1 in January. He is mostly brendel in color but has some white socks, tip of tail, and a trail going up his belly. When I got him I was told that he was full pit but wasn't told exactly what kind. I am worried that he might not be. He stands at 24" at his shoulders and most heights for them show 22" and not any taller. Could he still be a pit? His facial features, body, and tail suggest so but his height is what makes me question him. Please provide some info.
Posted by star on March 10,2013 at 06:15 PM
i have a 4month old red nose pitbull she is white and very hyper all the time , she is rough with others does listen even though we tell her over and over she is hard headed. i need help!! how to calm her down she is way to rough on everyone
Posted by Ckt on March 06,2013 at 09:30 PM
I have a 4 year old pit mix. She acks crazy when anyone comes around other then the family. I cant trust her with friends that come over and not sure what to do. She was my husbands dog before we got together and I feel that they both might need to be retrained. Not sure where to start because he knows that things need to be better both for the dog as well as us. But then never follows through with anything that involves telling her no. How can I start to fix both of their behaviors?
Posted by karla ramirez on February 20,2013 at 10:34 AM
I have a 3 month red nose pit bull her name is Barbie I got her 3 days ago and shes really shy but then she doesn't want to walk and she looks really sad and she looks sick. I get the feeling she was mistreated from the other people that had her shes really scared. I need advise! should I take her to the vet? Or what should I do?
Posted by gaetano on March 03,2013 at 09:37 AM
i would take her to a vet but her being shy and Sade looking means she is scared and un sure i have a blue nose put bull she came from a very bad and abusive home i have had her almost a year and she is just starting to play and run around the house and yard i have 5 kids and she is very protective and loving to my children
Posted by Kyle on February 20,2013 at 09:27 AM
I have an almost 7 month old red nosed pit. I just need to know what this is ASAP!!! She has greenish golden eyes, but there is a dark amber ring that is coming from the ouside of her eyes in. Please let me know what this could be!!!
Posted by Cat M on March 03,2013 at 10:15 PM
I have a blue or lavender ribbon and he has circles around his eyes. I think its juxt coloration of the skin and hair
Posted by karla ramirez on February 18,2013 at 02:32 PM
I have a 3 month red nose pit bull her name is Barbie I got her 3 days ago and shes really shy but then she doesn't want to walk and she looks really sad and she looks sick. I get the feeling she was mistreated from the other people that had her shes really scared. I need advise! should I take her to the vet? Or what should I do?
Posted by Vanessa on February 06,2013 at 05:09 PM
I have a pure breed red nose pitbull. he is 5 months old and he chews on everything to my packages that ups leaves on my door to my center coffee table.. it gets annoying. he also poops and pees everywhere! when we take him out to use the bathroom.. he bolts out and when its time to come in he just runs the other way.. i try the cute child voice"come here boy ..its time to come in." that didnt work .. i tried the aggressive voice"tiny (thats his name) its time to come inside the house". i walk towards the door but he doesnt follow... then he just started recently pooping on the neighbors yard. i need help! tips advice anything!!
Posted by Lemon on February 10,2013 at 08:09 PM
Hi Vanessa, I strongly do believe you should read Cesar's books. Just the fact that you said "cute child voice" and "agressive voice" means there's a lot you're not getting about training a dog. At 5 months, the dog should be clean. Chances are, if you don't properly correct these behavioral issues, when the dog will get to adolescence, you lose patience. Most destruction is caused by the dog being bored and wanting attention, along with other factors... If you can't get your hand on Cesar's books (although they are around 10-15$ only, on Amazon) check his website, very informative. Neutering the dog is also a good idea. He may have territorial issues if you're not being the pack leader. If you are the Alpha, he won't have the instinct to control the territory... A lot to explain via Internet... But i hope you'll sincerly try him out. I have an American Bulldog / Boston Terrier mix, in adolescence, and i swear, if I hadn't fixed the problems with patience, consistency, and a calm and assertive energy, she'd probably be a moster by the time she hit adolescence. There's still some stuff, which is normal. At this age, she's constantly testing the bondaries Ive already made. Which is normal. Best of luck !
Posted by john Doe on January 06,2013 at 12:16 PM
I have a 8 month blue american pit bull name Tsunami and i was wondering if someone else has the same kind of issues.She has red bumps all over her stomach and on her back area. I have brought her to the vet and they said it was staphylococcus intermedius infection. I had her on clavamox for 14 days and TemerilP for 3 days. The bumps settled down after meds were all done and all of a sudden, it got worse, so i brought her to the vet again. They prescribe me with Pyoban shampoo. Can someone tell me if there dog had somewhat similar symptoms i would really appreciate it, thank you....
Posted by Carla on January 15,2013 at 09:41 PM
I also had the same issue with my red nose pit, she had bumps all over and found out it was an allergy to grains . So I switched her to the Taste of the Wild grain free.. Earthborn grain free is their competitor.. get whichever is available to you.. and Good Luck
Posted by shonda on January 13,2013 at 12:40 AM
I have a dog that had red bumps it looked like little flea bites but turned out to be an allergic reaction to some dog food becuase some dogs/pitbulls are allegic to corn and thats what both of my dogs were allergic to so I switched there dog food to some that didnt contain any corn at all. I also used some flea shampoo and some regular shampoo when washing them one of m dogs I use some flea shampoo and some shampoo that helps fight off dandruff I found this on my own and been using this for a couple of months now and it has been working well for me and my dogs
Posted by Laura on January 07,2013 at 12:02 PM
I also had problems with my pitbull Troy, did the antibiotics, shampoos etc. Your dog is allergic to Wheat. I give my dog Taste of the Wild Dog food with is grain free. He has stop itching and looks great. Shop around at yur city for the best price. If you go on their website it will give you listings of where you can buy it. Good luck.
Posted by lance on July 21,2014 at 12:44 AM
i got a chocolate red nose well dad was blue and mum was red, i went through all that thought it was fd then flea bites, figured out it was seperation anxiety from me she didnt want to be lefted alone at all, so i brought a little foxy boy to keep her company, havnt had a bump come up again, also low dosage valium helps rather than a course of anti or pain killers
Posted by Booker on January 14,2013 at 12:38 PM
I put my email on there for ya to get ahold of me....I bought a 12 week old blue around July 4th...he too had some bumps but was also flea ridden...so we started with that it wasnt the only problem....took him to countless vets all said it was fleas bc he was to young to be allergic to food...well never got better got really bad like didnt take him out in public bad...took him to a dog dermatologist at UT....he did some scraps was a weird combo of bacteria and other junk....spent crazy amounts of money on prescription food and medicine including the shampoos and stuff....if it was me i would go with salmon first get away from anything beef and corn and grains...hes a little older now and eats beneful 1/3 of the price and we give him anything....but id go salmon or anything we used venicen (cant spell it) and rabbit also....pork chew toys too no beef....email me if you want if its still goin on im sure i can help i did everything was even gonna put turf outside bc i thought it was grass allergies ahhaha
Posted by Debbie on December 21,2012 at 06:36 AM
My son brought home a puppy over a year and a half ago. I just love her. Every time she comes home, she jumps all over me and nips me. It doesn't hurt but I don't like it. She has ripped my clothes with her teeth or nails. I have tried being firm and saying NO, turning my back, putting my knee up, nothing has worked. The dog just loves me too much sometimes. She barks at everything that happens around the house. Other dogs, people that walk by. She gets so excited that she just can't focus on anything else. She really is a good dog but I don't understand what I am doing wrong.
Posted by lemon on February 10,2013 at 08:22 PM
Calm and assertive behavior. My pup starting barking at 6-7 months, and everytime she'd let out a little bark, I'd IMMEDIATELY tell her to stop. What is important is the moment you tell her no, gotta be quick. and how you say it. And she's stop ! She very socialized and used to different noises. I would bring her at 8-10 weeks in downtown where there's all kinds of things going on. Now, nothing bothers her. And, to Alyssa, the dog is a year and a half, she's fully grown and ready for lots of exercice. Never assume she will calm down later, always correct, constantly... It can take months of repeting, don't loose face. When you come in, completely ignore her, don't look at her, do as if she's not there. Only when she is totally calm should you give her attention, cuz if not you're telling her that if she does certain things she'll get attention. Read Cesar,s books, helps a lot. check out his website too... :) Good luck !
Posted by Alyssa J. on January 01,2013 at 10:14 AM
It's just the puppy in her, my dog was the same way and still is a bit. All you got to do is exersize her A LOT!!! Now by a lot I don't mean take her on long jogs and agility like pros, but play with her give her mind tiering toys. Do not do very phisical work with her, because her joints are not fully developed yet and this can cause injury later on. If you got her from a good breeder she should calm down later on. Oh and TRAIN your dog this will help you to controll your dog and tell your dog you are in charge and it should be a good mind thinking "game" for her. Just keep up the good work, and spread the good word on the APBT!!! Thank you. Hope this helped a little. Alyssa J. (sorry I am not the best speller)
Posted by Serena on December 18,2012 at 11:52 PM
Hi, i have a Blue nose Pitt bull named serena, she is about 4 months old. I bought her from a guy that found her on the street and had her living in a box in a two room apartment. I know that aggression is some what in there nature, but i wish too bring her up to be as gentle and kind as possible. She whines allot when i leave her alone ( I can't have her inside the house, that was one of the agreements i had with my mother in order too keep serena) . Sometimes she doesn't listen when i call her, given that i have 3 days with her. Also she seems way to skinny, and i would also appreciate the tips on what too feed her. Im a first time pitt bull owner, and i would like too keep her. ANY ADVICE AND TIPS APPRECIATED !!!
Posted by Meg on December 22,2012 at 10:23 PM
I also adopted my pit when she was 4 months old. I have found that dog training as well as letting them be around you as much as possible helps immensely. That will be hard if your mom will not let the dog inside. Depending on what the weather is like where you live, you may need to prep it for her to live outside. For example - pits are very sensitive and cannot be outside for extended periods at a time in cold weather. My pit ended up having food allergies, which is common to the breed. I'd do some research on the breed to make sure you are all prepared. As far as making sure she matures into a sweet and kind dog, the more you can socialize her - to all different kinds of people and all different types of dogs- the better. Once she has had all her shots, take her to dog parks regularly or to socialize with friends who have well mannered dogs. Hope this helps. Enjoy the little pit. They are great dogs!
Posted by Lemon on February 10,2013 at 08:16 PM
A whinning pup often has seperation anxiety. Just keep at it and never go see when she's crying, it'll only encourage her. I've crated trained my dog (best thing ever btw !! ) And at first it was hard, she didn't do her nights, and would cry. Now, it's no problem. She sleeps 7-8 in the cage. And when we leave, in she goes ! There's never any surprises when we get home, she's calmly resting in her little den. I say den because I've fashion a slip cover with a front opening so it's warm and cozy and dark inside. And maybe you should explain some stuff to your mom. Dogs don't belong outside. A little education and consideration on her part will help you have a well balanced and healthy dog. Never forget that routine is best ! Crate training helps a lot as far as training her to be clean. Don't forget that don't shit/piss where they live/sleep. If she's always outside, it'll cancel out that naturel instinct. Yadiyada ! The best thing, is reading up on it !! :) Best of luck !
Posted by shawn mcallister on December 01,2012 at 11:28 PM
i got a 1 year okd razors edge pitty female and a 2 year old male is it ok for them to breed she is smaller then him
Posted by Alyssa J. on January 01,2013 at 10:22 AM
Personally I would wait untill she is at least 2 years old. This will give her more time to grow and get more of her mother instincs, she should also be checked up by a vet or a experienced breeder before you breed her just to make sure she is all good. I don't want to tell you what to do, but if you can please register her and show her in a ABKC or UKC or another bully good show to see how she is and how she does. I think that you should breed to get better not just cash. Love the Razors edge good luck. Keep it bully! Alyssa J. (Sorry I am a bad speller)
Posted by kim on November 30,2012 at 05:31 PM
I have a 8 mnth old chocolate rednose pit. I need some sorta advice. She is extremly hyper ive had her since she was 5 wks old . She became hyper at about 3 mnths. Old no matter what i do she wont calm down at all. I have to young children and they cant be around her cause she knocks them down. She also jumps on them i also have a 7 yr old pit and i never had this problem with her. Any help would be appreciated
Posted by lance on July 21,2014 at 12:47 AM
get a heavy duty rope tie it to a post or hand rail and let her put at it, when it backs tie it again it will soon wear her out
Posted by Lemon on February 10,2013 at 08:30 PM
What really helps when they get hyper is making them lie down on their side, and calmly make a "jaw" with your hand on their neck, llike a mother's bite. Hold it down firm but gentle. You gotta have calm and assertive energy when you do this. You wait, might take 5 minutes in the beginning. The dog might move, put him back... Eventually you'll see he'll make a big exhale... You let go of the hold. Then when you see he's staying there, and being good, you may pet him or massage him. I do this sometimes then add the leash, keep the leash on him inside. while he,s still laying on his side... Eventually when u do this, he'll just stay there. It's reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally hard to explain, but it's Cesar's method. Look up on it. I didn't believe it at first but it works. And of course daily exercice and controlled training is key. Even when you play fetch, you throw, comes back, make him sit, calm, drop it, wait, then throw. makes the dog stay concentrated on you, and not obssessed with the game or toy. good luck !
Posted by Sandro on January 01,2013 at 02:24 PM
He needs some good exercise....running is a great way of draining energy...running is a good exercise for you and him....bike ride wide him running along side is the best way. I take my pit on 1 to 2 good 1/2 hr. runs and a walk...play fetch with a squeeky tennis ball and some treats of course..socialize him alot with all types of dogs....especially right now that he is young. Cause it is alot harder later.
Posted by Alyssa J. on January 01,2013 at 10:23 AM
See a vet by the way you describe it it could be a medical issue.
Posted by shawn on November 18,2012 at 03:23 PM
I don't agree with this article, sorry. I have a red nose pitbull. She has never shown aggression toward my other dogs. She is loving, loyal, sweet natured, loveable and all in all an excellent family dog. She doesn't like cats or squirrels in her yard but loves any and all people tho she is protective of me. I think saying the pitbull doesn't make a good family dog is another stereotypical bash toward this breed. There needs to be more education on how wonderful this breed is than this ignorant mentality that they are uber aggressive and killers.
Posted by melissa on December 16,2012 at 05:02 PM
I totally disagree with this article also,I have 3 Pits and 5 small children and this is the best dog bed ever!....this is why they are the most feared dog because of this kind of article
Posted by Lisa L on December 11,2012 at 09:03 AM
I agree. We have a red nose pit along with a female terrier and two female cats. Rosie gets along with all of them and ocassionally chase the cat around the house but they are playing. She has never been aggressive toward any human or other pet. She will chase rabbits or squirrels in the yard though. Oh and she LOVES taking a bath. I can clean her ears, clip her nails and take toys away from her without any aggression. She is very loving, loyal and sweet. She always is by my side and all she ever wants is love.
Posted by ilene on November 13,2012 at 08:54 AM
I have a 1yr old red nose, she is 45lbs but she is short and slim! My neighbors 6 month old rednose is alreay bigger.then her and she gets mistakin for a puppy all the time!! Is her build normal, does this mean she may be mixed, is s a different type of pitbull?
Posted by Layla on October 31,2012 at 05:37 PM
I have a 3yr blue pit and I noticed she likes chewing on my nails is this normal?
Posted by Melissa 12yr old. on November 11,2012 at 04:49 PM
Honestly I have no idea. I've never heard of this.
Posted by Gabby on October 22,2012 at 05:06 PM
My dog is a Pit Bull Labrador Mix. He doesnt like kids or "darker" people. (sorry...) why doesnt he like kids and darker people?!
Posted by Kim Vincent on November 20,2012 at 06:21 PM
Maybe because "kids" and "darker people" are not around your dog as frequently as lighter skinned people and/or adults. Dogs see in black and white. Someone with a dark skin tone will most likely look different to them until they become used to seeing darker skinned people. I know my dogs do not like people who wear hats down low over their eyes. Probably because there is a dark shadow over their face which looks strange to them. The kid thing is a given - kids are loud, and move fast and a lot of times oblivious to the need for a dog to get to know a person before they can trust them. Just my observations - I am not an expert.
Posted by D on November 03,2012 at 02:27 AM
They do as they are trained are you a racist? that makes absolutely NO sense! DARKER PEOPLE. Wow....
Posted by Jess on January 17,2013 at 08:39 PM
i do NOT agree with the person asking if the other person is a racist, im most definately not and my pitbull was the same, didnt like anyone with darker skin whether they be maori or asian, and i did not train him to be that way. from the day i got him he was around a dark person everyday and loved him, but only him
Posted by Melissa 12yr old. on November 11,2012 at 04:42 PM
Oh my lord "D" Pitbulls can have they're own knowledge on people. My dog pittie/mastif mix and my red nose, are the same. Like when I bring my African American friends come over my pittie/mastiff growls at them, I don't know what it is, maybe they're just scared, or they just aren't used to them. My dogs are the most sweetest dog's ever. "D" don't be rude, You must have absolutely no knowledge in this topic. So please be nice.
Posted by William on October 15,2012 at 04:29 PM
I have roughly a 14wk old blue nose puppy. He is very obedient for his age and is already house broken. He shows less than average temperament typical of other puppy breeds', he almost always listens and is loving towards everything he sees. I was unsure of getting him at first due to the bad reputation, but have been more than pleased. I raised several large and small breeds alike and this has been the easiest and most loving dog I've ever personally owned.
Posted by Becky on January 12,2013 at 08:14 AM
I so agree with you. We just adopted an eight week old Razors Edge Blue Nose, and I could not be more pleased. I have owned many different large breeds, Boxers, Shepherds.... this is totally a different breed of its own. Every time we want to invite a breed into our family we read and learn all we can before we adopt, this was done before we brought Cecil into our home. He came home late Monday night and he is already going to the front door telling us he has to use the bathroom, he know where he food is kept, he is responding to his name... it is i amazing. He is so loving and so full of energy... I love playing with him and running with him and he is so photogenic, he knows when his picture is being taken, he poses lol I have never been more pleased with a dog in my entire life. This will be a long happy union, so happy to have him in our life, he is surely a blessing.
Posted by patricia on October 10,2012 at 03:40 PM
I have a 3 yr old blue nose pitt who isnt fixed, have had him since he was 10I weeks old, he weighs 100lbs and is the most docile loving dog ever, the only problem I have is him running out the door when it is opened, which hes not fixed so I know thats why, and looking out my windows and barking at everything...squirlles, birds, cars EVERYTHING! but he is the BEST dog ever!
Posted by Saria on November 05,2012 at 11:35 PM
try theperfectdog.com this program works I tried it on my blue point and he's no longer chewing things he shouldnt and he stays in the set boundaries too. give it a shot.
Posted by Twill on October 29,2012 at 06:13 PM
The reason he is barking at everything is usually from boredom. These dogs are high energy and need alot of exercise to help stimulate them. Also the fact he isnt fixed creates other issues and sexual frustration.. Do him a favor and have him fixed. The world need no more breeding for a very long time. I train for a living. Just offering my opinion.
Posted by carey on October 07,2012 at 10:59 AM
WHAT KIND OF PIT COULD SHE BE? I have a 2 year old female pit she is very stocky big head large chest her fangs or the pointy teeth interlock allot from top to bottom huge teeth all the way around with a very wide bite. She is almost all wight with a few small spots of light tan and a light tan patch over her left eye mostly pink skin with darker spots on inner cheeks all wight and pink nails tons me energy and she can leap strait upwards to take a rope out of my hands so far 7f 2in high. from a sitting position. Wight girl can jump !
Posted by Melissa 12yr old. on November 11,2012 at 04:27 PM
Well this breed might as well be either a Gotti pitbull or a Razor edge pitbull. Because they're usually very stocky and muscular, they tend to be very high jumpers too. :) If this helped you're welcome.
Posted by cjanedodson on September 26,2012 at 09:36 AM
I have a 1 yr old female pit. She was in heat not too long ago. We live in the country and ill let her out in our yard. She doesnt venture out and I usually Keep an eye on her. Although I started seeing a stray dog come around who isnt a pitbull. I am not sure if she is pregnant or not but someone told me it is unhealthy for her to be pregnant by any dog other than any type of pitbull. Especially if this is her first heat. Is this true?
Posted by V thompson on September 18,2012 at 11:17 AM
My neighbor brought home a blue pit from his Mother's property, where she and the family had additional pit bulls. This one stands to be approx 36". He said he was the smallest of the litter and brounght him home for his boys to have a pet. The boys never play with him and the dog has been chained to a tree,(heavy chain that is padlocked) and does not get fed and watered on any regular basis. I have called our local animal control, and they have responded, but nothing really has been done. We try to talk to the dog over the fence, and in the beginning, he would wag his tail. I feel for this dog and am so afraid he is being prepared to be trained to fight. This dog moans and howels all night, and is chained to a tree 24/7. What can we do?
Posted by IC on October 12,2012 at 02:02 PM
Continue callling the Local Animal Shelter.
Posted by conlin on September 17,2012 at 09:53 AM
my pittie just had her first litter of pups today.is there anyone that would like to share advice or tips with me?
Posted by Twill on October 29,2012 at 06:16 PM
The world doesnt need anymore puppies and especially pitbulls with them being killed everyday. Do your dog a favor and have her spayed. No offense!!! Encourage people to adopt one from a reputable rescue or save one from death row at a shelter
Posted by Amanda on September 08,2012 at 11:47 PM
I have a red-nosed pittie. She is just about 7 now. Has always been really sweet towards myself and my daughter, but does not like other chiildren and it really hit and miss towards men, which I believe is due to my ex-husband whom abused myself and her. Anyways, the question I'm hoping someone can answer for me is this.... I always socialized her with other dogs as a puppy and she was ok with them until about 2-3 years ago when I had to start muzzling her due to the change of laws (bsl).. She started showing quite a bit of aggression. Now iits even worse, I don't doubt for one minute she would attack another dog if the oppourtunity came up. Needless to say, there is no more socializing. Has anyone else had this happen and will I be able to get her over this somehow? I phoned trainers, the said she's too old, and they won't train her & my vet said its just in her blood because her parents were trained to be aggressive that she was bound to be.
Posted by Wallah Suriel on August 22,2012 at 08:24 PM
I have four adolescent APBT in which one I just adopted pregnant. She had 10 pups. My wife and I have two children. Ages 3 and 4. Our dogs have never even growled at them. Very protective over us all actually. Spread facts. Best dogs ever.
Posted by PUG LOVER on August 09,2012 at 07:14 PM
I hate when the pitt bull is trained as a fighter or guard dog. Really , ur just givin it a bad rep. there not the best family as they are strong hearted but can great with u just lovin the dog. if trained young, they can the best dogs ever (next to pugs) they are really a loving dog
Posted by cowboy4884 on July 12,2012 at 09:35 PM
First my pitbull (Bishop) weights about 140lbs. He is papered. The guy I rescued him from paid over $1000.00 for him. He was going to have him put down because he came down with parvo. He's not a healthy growing dog. I feed him a mix of Taste of the Wild & Blue. Last week there was a small petite cat someone dropped off & now Bishop protects the small cat from other cat and dogs. As far as training it an ongoing job, Bishop is so bull headed, he is always testing me.
Posted by Aaron Carpenter on July 07,2012 at 04:26 PM
i have a litter of rednose pups and in it were 2 solid white bitches ,my ? is if there albino do there eyes stay blue or turn red or what i have no idea but so far there litter mates eyes are canging and them no so much so
Posted by Sarai Velazquez on July 01,2012 at 12:13 AM
I Barely got an american pitbull terrier from a shelter and he's 1 year and a half , he is friendly i've heard him whine but Not bark Should I Be Worried? Is He Depressed?
Posted by brittney on June 14,2012 at 02:31 AM
I have a female&male APBT rednose chocolate&white 6wk puppies I loce this breed & I have a large household 9 children 3 adults now the two pups the pit bull is a awesome family dog socialized & loved takecare of them & they will take care of you extremely loyal true breed of the saying "mens besrfriend".....
Posted by mary on June 27,2012 at 11:31 AM
that is very true i have blue nosed pit bull full grown he is trained well.He likes to play with my family even if he never met them.My friends dog tried to bite my little niece and my dog got him from the neck and pulled him away i was very shocked.So when i here people say pit bulls are dangerous i say no and introduce then to my dog to try and change there mind like my friends.At first my mom was scared to buy a pit because of the stuff that came out in the news.As he grow he changed her mind i love my dog with all my heart and i would truly die for him.So yes pit bulls are loyal and love to take care of there family no matter what.a pit bull is the best dog breed you can get as a family breed
Posted by matt harry on May 09,2012 at 06:27 AM
Im looking to buy my first pit soon,ill be moving into a new house with a not very big but fenced in front and back yard and i do plan to keep him inside most of the time. I have questions about how hard it is and what the proper way to house break them would be the house i'll be moving into has brand new carpet that i would like to keep in good shape as long as i can, and when it comes to leaving them outside how cautious should i be of him trying to jump the fence or get out of the yard? Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated as this will be my first go at owning a dog of any kind as an adult, i am single with no kids im looking to buy a blue male
Posted by marcus grey on January 06,2013 at 12:38 PM
got pitts 4 sell? just askin
Posted by Jackie on July 29,2012 at 02:11 PM
Hey matt! Thought id respond as I am a female living in a city and owning a blue apbt. Hes about a year and a half now but i bought him as a puppy so ive been through his mishaps with him. Pit bulls need a lot of attention, especially younger bc of course teething and potty training is an issue. I had mine trained by coverig my entire kitchen floor in newspaper. Wherever spot he chise the most, i would slowly reduce coverage to the spots he liked. I eventually moved it outside and voila. He does have accidents here and there but i work full time and hes along inside most of the day. The yard, any size, is perfect for them. I have a small wooden deck and it has to do for him but in the future a yard is an absolute necessity only for his benefit. They love running and chasing squirrels and its hard to manage a pit that has no yard and has to be walked constantly. On the fence jumping note, i dont know if this applies to all but i feel like mine is somtimes spiteful. So when hes left alone for too long on the deck he will eat my plants out of their pots. Oh one last thing about the chewing... Give him something, anything to chew because my pit chewed my couch, my wood flooring, shoes, etc etc etc. good luckk. They are a handful but they are also loyal, loving, and sweet.
Posted by Ashley smith on July 17,2012 at 11:36 PM
There are sooooo many pits in the shelter of all ages. Please don't buy from a breeder when only 1 out of every 20 pits have a home. With that said I have 2 rescue pits 3-5yr old 5-7yr old they were badly abused and left for dead. It took 3months of slow introductions now you would never know they had a rough start. They are the best dogs you'll ever have! Mine were trained before I had them. They listen so well and are so smart very fast learners. They thrive off of human interaction. They can't tolerate extreme outside temps so they should be primarily inside. They need exercise going for a 45min walk at least each day really calms them down and they listen to you so much better. Also you want to watch leaving a pit outside because people steal them to use for dog fighting, breeding, or plain out torture them because they are a pit. Lastly, becareful with the rope pull toy my neighbors blue pit ate some of it and had to get surgery and almost died the vet it's common w that toy. Plenty of blues in the shelters currently!!! Petfinder.com
Posted by Amy on May 28,2012 at 07:35 PM
I will first start with how much I adore my blue female, with that said I have to prepare you for the negative reaction you will receive just owning a "pit". I run into prejudice people all the time, she is so loving to all people of all ages but she should be because I expose her to all kinds of situations. You will always have to be worried about others ie: people, dogs, small critters, kids being able to influence your dog at any giving time, meaning because of their stigma your dog won't get a second chance or a fair trial no matter what or who's at fault. With all that said if you still decide on a blue male- email me for the information on a family breeder with beautiful babys that are ready to go now! akallhoff13@yahoo.com
Posted by Eric on May 13,2012 at 01:38 PM
Like all dogs they need alot of attention and be ready to have your life and time altered by the dog. Have the puppy around kids and other dogs as much as possible. Make sure the interaction is healthy and friendly. This is important because it will teach the dog how to socialize and equate friendly experiences with other dogs and kids. Check with you vet on the safe age for your dog to be around other dogs due to parvo and other diseases. Beside that they are great dogs and will bring much happieness to your life.
Posted by Kat on April 14,2012 at 03:34 PM
I have an american/red nose pit bull mix. His name is Kane and he is the most loving, kind, eager to please dog i have ever met. We got him when he was 8 weeks old and now he is 8 months old. He plays with my 5 year old son on a daily basis. They rough house and roll around on the floor for hours and Kane has never bitten him or hurt him in anyway. They absolutely love each other and care for each other deeply. Pit bulls are GREAT pets for a family. They are also great protectors, if somebody breaks into your house or tries to break in then your pit bull will surely get them out and definitely will not let anybody hurt you or your family. I absolutely love my pit bull and spoil him rotten, it makes me sad when people talk bad about them..people can be very ignorant.
Posted by daniel on March 25,2012 at 05:26 PM
i have a 6 month old female red nosed pit bull she is the sweetest dog ever but what im wondering is 6 months old to late to start training
Posted by Regina on August 20,2012 at 11:35 AM
I don't think it is I have a four year old blue nose, and she was conditioned some when we got her and we are still training her to this day.
Posted by Krisztina on September 13,2012 at 04:37 PM
No it's not late at all, 6 moths is the perfect age to have them trained, they are still young yet old enough to understand and learn rules and bondaries. good luck, I have a 2 year old red nose, love him to death he is the most wonderful, smart and loving dog I ever had:).
Posted by martin on March 15,2012 at 01:08 AM
I think this was an excellent write-up,but unfortunately the "pit nutter " internet army has spared no measure in targetting this well-intentioned article.I myself own a pit bull (registered with the UKC) and he is a wonderful dog.But,I dont agree with some of my fellow pit enthusiasts when they overglorify this breed.Pits make good pets BUT they are NOT for everyone,due to their history as fighters.They are generally prone to aggression and are hyperactive,the average pet owner would be better off with a lower maintainence dog.I have plenty of experience with this breed and i absolutely love them but as a responsible pit lover,I cannot spread false info... -With regards
Posted by Lydia on March 18,2012 at 01:55 AM
You are so right martin...My baby is ukc registered too..and yes,pitties are not dangerous but they should not be in the hands of idiots..
Posted by Sarah on March 15,2012 at 01:13 AM
Thanks for your sensible comment Martin,I wish more pit bull owners were as responsible as you.My Roscoe would never even hurt a fly,but I cant say the same about other pitties..we should make sure that only the right kind of people get pitties
Posted by Katie on March 06,2012 at 03:11 PM
If I get a Blue pitbull as a puppy will it attack my other dogs when he is growen up?
Posted by Jenni on November 07,2012 at 09:49 PM
No, my pits are the sweetest dogs and I've done barely any training, besides being strict but in a caring,loving way. They are very protective and I love it. Couldn't imagine not having them.
Posted by chris on July 16,2012 at 06:34 PM
:-) if u train him/her they should be fine. I have found it is the owners actions that make a dog who they are. Just like kids. I have 5 pits all dif ages 2 being pups. I havent had any problems.
Posted by Rw133 on March 06,2012 at 03:12 AM
We have a 4yr old blue pitbull and he is spoiled rotten! He has the sweetest temperament and will let our 4yr old granddaughter do anything with him. He loved our golden retriever until she died at age 14. He's the sweetest, quick to learn, and eager to please! Your article is very misleading about this breed.
Posted by Jon on December 22,2011 at 03:06 PM
That's BS, Pitbulls don't make good family pets!?!?!?!? I'll have you know more then 95% of my family, and I have a huge family, own pitbulls and have small children. I own a red nose pit, have a 2 year old son, that sometimes tugs on his tail when I am not looking, and a very small cat and he is great with them. I have been around pitbulls all my life NEVER have i seen them be a problem with family. Most people train their pits to be evil as you could with any dog! Don't be fooled people PITBULLS ARE FANTASTIC FAMILY DOGS!
Posted by Ashley on September 30,2012 at 08:13 PM
I also find it BS as well when I read that they aren't good family dogs. That was actually my first time reading that about this breed. I did a lot of research on APBT before I got my baby boy and I never read they aren't good family dogs. I make sure I socialize my boy a lot, around people , children and other animals. He is the best and loves everyone. He lives in a home with a 2 year old, and 3 miniature pinschers and gets a long with everyone! I get so frustrated when I read bad things about pit bulls, because 95% of them are amazing!!!! It is who raises them to be bad that brings the reputation down. However, this is possible with ANY breed!
Posted by Marijo on April 04,2012 at 09:41 AM
I agree with you 100%, dealing with pits for ower 20 years in Europe and USA. Newer have one inncident depend are they people want me to train there dogs for protection or in Europe i trainning pits for hunters when they go to mountains and decide to spent few days there.....and my neigbhor ask me how come,after all the stories they heard on tv about bad pits, they see my dogs on strret with cats other dogs or chasing the ball that neighbor and my kids throw...You can bringm me any kind of dogs i can make that dog pure killer,so it is not about dogs it's people who made this breed look bad....you can find pict. of my dogs all ower the internet..Azlowepitts.....sorry for my english is not my first language.........
Posted by Lisia on January 16,2012 at 01:03 AM
We since you have been around them a lot, maybe you could answer this for me. I eventually want a pit but also will want a husky at the same time. Will there be a problem since it won't be in a single pet home? I am trying to get as much information as I can about the dogs before going out to purchase either one of them. Thanks
Posted by Stacy on January 27,2012 at 05:54 PM
I have a 3 year old male intact pit bull, he has been around many other dogs male and female of different breeds. We also have two young boys, a cat, a bird and a 7 month old female pit. At one point I even had a male Newfoundland. Never at any point or time has any of my pits shown aggression to any of the animals or people in my home. I have taken him to the vet and had other dogs show aggression to him and he would growl but other then that nothing. I have never had a more loyal loving dog in my life, both of my pits absolutely love my kids and play with them on a daily basis.
Posted by yvette washington on September 02,2011 at 10:23 AM
i have my pitbull since was two weeks 2005 very friendly and spoil . its all about how you treat a pitbull .love for you to talk to her and treat like a baby, very protective. like babies stay with friend for for about three months was very protective of the childern. love to ride in the car
Posted by Rachael on March 15,2011 at 06:08 AM
I hate how people are always saying pittbulls aren't ideal family dogs... They are the perfect family dogs! When raised properly and lovingly they are the most loyal, loving, intelligent, and trainable breed! They all have their own personalities, and when you spend time with them you get to realize they have facial expressions and are extremely friendly. If you get a pittbull for the purpose of having a "chain dog" or a guard dog... Then that gives these tough guys a bad rep... Because they ARE strong! I have a purebred bluenose who is 4 and a half; he has NEVER made an aggressive move or even looked at a human in an aggressive way. He has a best friend who is a black lab/Mix and another buddy next door who is a chihuahua (spelled wrong?) he has 5 cat friends... 3 of whom he loves and let's them groom him; the other 2 he tolerates because he knows it would be wrong to harm them... Again... He has never made an aggressive move towards these cats. He loves playing with other dogs but because most people see him and don't want their dogs to meet him, he rarely gets to play with anyone other then his above mentioned buddies. He is an amazing dog. He is such a good boy... And this breed's emotions run deep... They FEEL and they show you what they are feeling through expressions and chatter. I am so impressed by my bully that a week ago I brought home yet another purebred bluenose puppy. He is 8 weeks old and the cutest thing you have ever seen. My older bully was jealous of the pup at first (pittbulls are attention HOGS, bed HOGS, and hug patrollers) but after a few snuffs and sniffs he stepped on the little guy, who yelped like he was being beaten, my older male immediately grabbed the little guy by the scruff and ran to me with him. It was the cutest thing I have ever seen. The look on his face totally said "MOMMY I HURT IT I DIDN'T MEAN TO HURT IT!!!" I wish all people had the same experiences with this breed.... Unfortunately most people don't.
Posted by Amy on May 28,2012 at 07:52 PM
I have a female blue pit and have raised her from 12 weeks old. She is the most wonderful dog and loves both my 12 lbs. miniature pinchers. I was one of the prejudice people before Jazzy came into my life- I now would put her up against ANY other bred @ ANY other situation at anytime. This dog has turned me into her sole supporter- I will fight to the death for this bully! I don't know when or how to change the masses but I do know it's not the over-all breed it's the stupid people who aren't responsible dog owners and shouldn't be allowed to have a dog of any breed much less a pit bull!
Posted by Jon on December 22,2011 at 03:08 PM
That's BS, Pitbulls don't make good family pets!?!?!?!? I'll have you know more then 95% of my family, and I have a huge family, own pitbulls and have small children. I own a red nose pit, have a 2 year old son that sometimes tugs on his tail when I am not looking, and a very small cat and he is great with them. I have been around pitbulls all my life NEVER have i seen them be a problem with family. Most people train their pits to be evil AS YOU COULD WITH ANY DOG!!! Don't be fooled people PITBULLS ARE FANTASTIC FAMILY DOGS!
Posted by A.K on December 13,2011 at 12:23 PM
What did you do during the critical periods that you think encouraged this temperament?
Posted by Jordy on January 23,2011 at 05:52 AM
I have a staffordshire/cowboy and she is my princess very lovin and affectionate but as well as very protective but loves children and other dogs i know she can tell the diff between an adult and achild the only drawback is she is very hyper but very well mannered and smart dog its all in their raising i have been raising bulldogs and pitts for almost 8 years now and are a joy for anyone to have
Posted by Evelyn Hough on September 30,2010 at 10:04 PM
Is the bluenose pitbull a specific breed or is this just because of the color of their noses?
Posted by Connie on September 28,2010 at 04:12 PM
I have a 5 year old Pitt and he is as gentle as a baby lamb.When my 3 year old Granddaughter yells he comes running to make sure she is ok.She can pull his ears and tail and he rolls over to have his belly rubbed.
Posted by kando on October 18,2010 at 07:07 AM
You will be VERY fortunate if your granddaughter doesn't get attacked.
Posted by Ashley on August 16,2010 at 07:23 PM
I have a wonderful reverse blue brindle 1 1/2 year old pit. He is the light of my life and loves to hog the bed. He gets plenty of exercise and loves other dogs ... if anyone is afraid of another dog its definitely him ... he loves to play and sleep .. hes a good boy. It's not the dog ... its the owner.
Posted by Lindsay on April 09,2012 at 01:58 AM
Good question. It's just the color of the nose, as is 'red-nose'.
Posted by quinn on August 11,2010 at 01:03 PM
Well i started withpitts 10yrs ago and i got a an american pitt bure bred , i got him rom a shelter he was used fr fighting but i however had him around children and eventually gave him to a friends 11 yr old daughter cause they were true sole mates, since then i now own a bull mastiff pitt cross and myfemale is a bure breed blue nose pitt and i have never had an issues with them the only time is when they are together they tend to be more protective so to remedy that i take them to the river and dog parks seperate, so i will always have pitts till i die , even when i have kids i will always have them around the child or children with no worries ever!
Posted by displeased on July 18,2010 at 07:41 PM
This article is full of mis-information. It is in your best interest to look elsewhere for credible research on the breed.
Posted by Holly on September 01,2010 at 10:40 PM
I have had my pit bull for 13yrs. She listen when she is told something the first time. I also have a 9, 3, 1yr old and she has NEVER showed any signs other than being the most sweeties dog I have ever been around. So I would have to agree that it is the owners not the dog for their behavior. I am looking on getting another one. I take my dog to the dog park and she plays with ALL dogs and gets along with them and people GREAT. I wish people would stop trashing this breed. You could say the same about any breed but the focus is on certain breeds which is why people have these thoughts. If you would hear of ALL the other attacts on people from other breeds then maybe you would change you mind. That's all I have to say about your statement. I say resue the pitts they are WONDERFUL pets!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Tyler on November 02,2011 at 11:25 AM
Im sorry displeased but ur kinda stupid u should've trained ur dog right at first and not got one if u cant... im on my 3rd and shes 8mths... i have had an acida and a husky and pitts are the best 3 bluenoses and there the best trained properly and wen young around other dogs and kids there awsome never had a problem... and what they say in the article is a little vauge but it somes it up in short terms dont have ur first dog be a pittbull if u dont no what ur doing
Posted by TyJuan on February 02,2010 at 04:39 AM
I am a pitbull owner and the article on dissin the pitbull was 100% incorrect ! I have had male and female,yet i do find the females to be somewhat more agressive,BUT, not to the point of harming anyone. pitbull are people pleasers! They aim to please. my pit is so aggressive, that he will hide and bark now you tell me!
Posted by Rebecca on January 22,2010 at 10:34 PM
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Posted by Amanda on January 16,2010 at 02:08 PM
Our blue Pitt Tyson is the best thing that could have ever happened to our family. We got him at 7 weeks and he's now almost a year old. He's great with our 5 year old, great with ALL other dogs, and the only time he's shown any aggression at all was when someone broke into our house and he protected my family. Pitts are widely misunderstood... Oh and he LOVES to swim, so that bit about the breed not liking water is a load of crap.
Posted by rob bradley on January 08,2010 at 09:56 AM
we have a 16 year old brendle pit bull land a 7 year old pit bull terrier. best dogs u could ever ask for. the grandkids love them
Posted by Jackie on December 09,2009 at 06:47 PM
I alway feed my pit Ol' Roy, never had any weight problems of any kind. But if you have the money the BEST kind of dog food to get a pitt is Eukanuba!!! and I have to say I've had 2 pitts and my bother in laws had pitts also n we all have kids and not once have ever had a problem, they are actually amazing with kids very loving and gentle, only problem is when they are excited they may accidently knock you child down, but not meaning too. And they are great with other dogs as long as you socialize them with other animals starting at a young age and keep them socialized throughout thier life. They are truly amazing I love them to death, plz treat them with love and care never treat them wrong or fight them.
Posted by hailey on November 14,2009 at 11:05 AM
i have a blue nose pit and red nose and there pups
Posted by shauna on September 21,2010 at 11:01 PM
was just wondering what the puppies look like if you could let me know i would appreciate it
Posted by justin warren on November 01,2009 at 05:26 PM
i ben tryin 2 get a pitt puppy n my stepdad jus loves his german shepard n my mom thinks there 2 violent n says it against ol base housing rules n base housing rules on base but i think thats jus her excuse!!!!!!!!! my real dad wean i lived wit him had 1 and his name was chance he was a umber color and had white spots on him iswear he was the best dog if i eva new 1. unforten ately he recently passed last month bcus he was jus dat old and i feel i should gat 1. also i feel my parents ooo me a animal bcus i had a 5 week old kitten and the german shepard i stated bit off da cats head n the body was in my sisters room then my stepfather lied 2 me and said it suffocated itself wit its flee collar wat do yaa think
Posted by Randy on January 03,2010 at 03:06 PM
Hi Justin - you really need to forget about dogs and cats and all pets for a few years and concentrate on learning to read and write. The paragraph you posted is a mess and barely inteligible. (apologies if you really are mentally challenged.)
Posted by James on March 17,2012 at 07:20 AM
lol...funniest thing I've read haha :D
Posted by hailey on November 14,2009 at 11:08 AM
in ennis tx free german shepard
Posted by Ginger on October 26,2009 at 08:47 PM
i have a Red Noise Pitt Puppy and he is sweet as heaven! He is 4 months and sexy as hell every1 loves him. Pitts are very much GREAT DOGS!
Posted by darol russell on August 10,2009 at 03:41 PM
I have a blue pitt and she is ten weeks old.. How do i get her to understand that she must use the restroom outside?
Posted by martina on August 22,2009 at 07:56 PM
If you walk your dog 5-10 minutes after she has eaten she wont go in the house; if you are taking her outside often enough for potty breaks she wont go in the house, if you are making sure she gets sufficient daily exercise.....she wont go in the house, if she messes in the house show her her mess then tell her 'no,bad dog' then immediately take her to the front door, take her paw and scratch on the door with her paw for her, then take her immediately outside. It sounds like you dont know anything about raising , caring for and training a pup, never mind the fact that you have a BLUE PIT. You didnt do your research on the breed before you got her, obviously. Its because of people like you that Pit Bulls become abandoned or returned and abused. And because of there not so deserving "Bad rap" Most animal control shelters in most states have zero tolerance for pits; and cannot be adopted out ......they are destroyed within a few days. Get a clue, know your dog if she is messing in the house thats YOUR fault not hers; shes just an animal, a pup, its up to you to teach her, train her, show her what to do. She cant read your mind! I have trained 4 pit bull pups and they all basically knew to use the potty outside within 48 hours; it takes them a week to be poop free in the home. If you take them outside often enough they CANT mess in your house. Dont be lazy.
Posted by me on April 14,2012 at 01:30 PM
Wow ! for real ? she just asked for trainng tips..it's not like she said I beat him because he uses the potty inside..chill
Posted by nicole on July 31,2009 at 09:44 AM
yo keeryon its not the best thing to be feeding the pit but my advice iz to feed him beniful thats excatly what i do
Posted by nicole on July 31,2009 at 09:41 AM
i have a pit bull mix and i feed it benifl iz that bad 4 the dog
Posted by TJP on July 25,2009 at 11:53 AM
I have a beautiful blue nose pit, I received him at a young age and he has grown up to be so loving and some what spoiled. He has a big yard to get excersize but he doesn't seem to understand that outsid is where he is to pee and poop in. In the house is his bathroom but he goes out everyday. What to do? He also doesn't like to bark at other dogs, he has this stance and I guess that's his way to what and see what happens is that normal? Some one help me?
Posted by Pitbull Mistress on July 29,2009 at 07:05 PM
Just an idea with that cause my pup had that problem also. Take him outside and refer to it as a word he knows for instance I say you gotta go potty... and when he does it give him a lil treat or a piece of his food and praise em for it so then they learn its a good thing. It took me about a wk or so and it worked like a charm cause lets face it they are stubborn!! As far as barking, its often the stance or body language and energy that matters for dogs......sounds like your dog is either a really loving and dosent like confrontation or one of those quiet kids that lashes out when u tick em off. Maybe try doing a command with em to get em to bark like " who is or what is it" but let me warn you once you start that its hard to get em to shut up I learned the hard way!! Personally I'd rather have a non barking dog then a barking all the time
Posted by sharenar on July 24,2009 at 08:41 AM
not all pitbulls r bad bcause my brother-in-law had pit pitbull & he was just as sweet as any other dog....may he rest in peace.
Posted by rafael sosa on July 17,2009 at 02:40 AM
I have a 2 year old red nose pitbull i was wondering what is the ideal diet for my dog, canned or dry food??? and any particula brands? any info would be apreciated. thank you.
Posted by Pitbull Mistress on July 29,2009 at 06:49 PM
I Know I feed both my 7month pitbull and Birddog Purina One sensitive systems. He has a real sensitive stomach plus it helps on reducing the really bad pitbull gas. Or Avoderm is a good one and its natrual. I tend to stick to natrual foods bc they dont have fillers and keep the dogs fuller longer. I had them on Science Diet and Iams cause the vet said it was good but then learned that they are bad and pay vets to recommend the food!!!! I can tell you this much when I had em on Iams they went through a 40lb bag of food in about 2 wks!!! I switched to Purina One 38lb and its lasts them almost a month and a half and keep in mind thats a 50lb pit pup and a 84lb birddog eating....just do some reasearch and find whats best for you......just beware that the cheap stuff is full of crap like chicken legs not liver and hearts and rice and nutrients pups need. Petsmart has a natrual food isle check it out....also be catious I've fed my pit wet food and it gave him really bad gas!!
Posted by lee on July 28,2009 at 10:42 AM
i have a 2yr old red nose pit and she eats Verus dry dog food! This is a excellent food for your dog! I've been feeding my dog this since day 1, and she loves it! She actually jus had a Healthy Litter of 11 pups in which i fed her the Verus Puppy food so she would have extra vitamins! She lost about 20lbs after that delivery and the pups were draining her nutrients so her hair started sheding very bad. I continued to give her the puppy verus and now here we are two months later and she gained most of her weight back and grew in a beautiful new shiney coat of hair!
Posted by kim on July 25,2009 at 09:51 AM
I have recently adopted a 2 year old red nose pit. My teenage son asked me for three months to meet him. After 1 second, Iknew how kind and gentle he is. He travels with me everywhere and everyone he meets absolutely loves him. I no longer believe the crap about pittbulls.
Posted by shorty39 on July 14,2009 at 02:54 PM
My 16yr. old son has been begging me to buy him a blue nose pit-bull. My concern is that there are always lots of kids at my house and I've heard that this breed of dog can be violent.
Posted by craig on April 15,2014 at 09:34 AM
i have a 5month old blue nose pitbull and a 1yr and 7month old boxer both are males and are both very loving dogs always wanting to be around you. both of my dogs eat and drink out of the same bowl with no aggression to eachother, share toys and bones too. since both of them are highly active dogs we take them out to dog parks and out on walks as much as we can and also to daycare on some days specially to help our pitbull to become friendly with other people and dogs which he is great at, will sometimes bark at other people while out on walks but will always want them to pet him which we allow people to do. when we take him into stores if there is a little kid or baby around he wants to just lick them. they are a smart loving breed dont pay attention to what the media has to says about them its all about how they are brought up and trained in your family just like anyother dog breed
Posted by j.ortega on January 14,2012 at 09:39 PM
for one a puppy is a product of there envirement, if your kid has known to be violent and untrustworthy than so will the dog, monkey see monkey be
Posted by jessie on January 10,2010 at 11:21 PM
i would highly recomend the breed for a 16 year old. my mother has 6 kids of all ages under 19 im 18 the youngest is 3 and the dogs love us to death and are great pets! i have two of my own now that im on my own. i know im only 18 but all i do is research them and look at the facts and stuff. you just have to raise them the right way. color or bloodline doesnt matter. theyre a great breed
Posted by bunny boo on November 14,2009 at 11:12 AM
no there not i have 10 pit pups a red nose mama blue nose daddy there sweet as can be
Posted by cocoa on October 28,2009 at 09:23 PM
Its not the breed thats violent its the people who raise them... i have to blue nose myself that i have had since they were 5 weeks old...i can stick my hand in there mouth while they are playing ruff, they wont bite down they will only nibble....so if you get a pup while it is still young you can train it to love being around kids and never bite...plus my dogs will play with cats and never hurt them....even my girl loves to play with babies...she will kiss them gently and play with them..
Posted by dave on August 12,2009 at 11:42 AM
u want the pitbull to be brought up in ur house hold as a puppy train him how u want him to train him always give him attention and have alot of ppl play with him this way he wont be scared of ppl when he gets older....put ur hand in his food while he eats as a puppy and take his bones and toys away from him as a puppy so he doesnt become aggressive over his food and toys as he gets older.....pit bulls r the best dogs most loyal and playful i had mine since 7 weeks old he is now 11 months oh yea and have him play with dogs as a puppy big and small so he is not pet agressive...u wont regret ur decision if u get a pitbull u will fall in love and want them for the rest of ur life
Posted by rick on July 30,2009 at 07:29 PM
I have a 7 month blue nose and a 3 year brindle and the get along with whoever comes over, be it an adult or infant. These are the most loving and caring dogs i have ever had. I will never own any other dog besides a pit. The only problem we have withthem is the gas, but we are working on that.
Posted by Melissa 12yr old. on November 11,2012 at 04:48 PM
No, These pitbulls are just bagged on by society. Pit bull puppies learn from their owners. They form aggressive behaviors if they learned that from their owners. The puppies should be socialized to other dogs if going to be around other dogs as an adult, These dogs are not aggressive.
Posted by sherri on July 12,2009 at 11:00 PM
How can you say these are not good family dogs bs i have a blue nose pit and 2 yorkies male and female an the pit is a male i also have a 3 year old daughter so thats just plain bs
Posted by Randy on January 03,2010 at 03:03 PM
How can i say they're not good family dogs? Well, I've followed news reports of pit bulls attacking people for many years. Every time, the owner says "He was always so loving and gentle until...." There's a hundred breeds of dogs out there...only one has the reputation of the pit bull...
Posted by peter on November 13,2012 at 04:48 PM
Pit bulls are great dogs, i have one and a little sister thats only 3 and he is so sweet to her. he lets her stick her fingers in his face and in his mouth. owners just abuse them so they turn vicious
Posted by g on November 13,2012 at 11:40 AM
golden retrievers have more reported attacks on ppl then pitbulls Think about that next time you think american bull terreirs are mean or aggresive
Posted by Valerie on March 17,2012 at 07:23 AM
That is so true..just because some people like these dogs (I wonder why ?),does not mean that they are right for everyone...pit lovers do not have the right to gag other people's opinions
Posted by Peter on November 13,2012 at 04:52 PM
No one is "gaging" about other peoples comments.
Posted by justin Rivera on July 12,2009 at 02:17 PM
I have a rednose pitbull and she has a pattern of small bumps around the area of where her harness goes, like little mesquito bites, should i be concerned?she dosent look to feel discomfort, i just thought it was cause the heat?
Posted by van on July 29,2009 at 01:36 PM
I have a beautiful red and brown pit named Turbo. He developed these bumps and had them for several weeks. I took him to the vet and they said he had allergies. At this time, I do not know what caused the allergies. I was given a shampoo and spray to use. It is called Douxo shampoo and spray. They also recommended giving him 25mg capsules of benadryl as needed. I have used the shampoo one time and have already seen a big improvement with the bumps. I would suggest washing the harness with mild soap and letting it air dry. The bumps i am referring to were all over his body. Not on his stomach though. I suspect food allergies.
Posted by lexi on August 15,2009 at 10:17 AM
what did u do
Posted by Teamshortbus on January 25,2012 at 02:12 PM
I used a little bit of Neosporin and it seemed to clear this issue up just fine.
Posted by keeryon on July 11,2009 at 09:44 AM
i have a blue pit and it eats purinia iz dis a bad food
Posted by huck on January 29,2010 at 06:01 PM
In have a blue pit and i feed him purinia and he weights 52pds and 6months old.
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