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    How to Start a Pit Bull Rescue

    another good article from Annabelle's Second Chance Pit Bull Rescue.
    but i want to post this, incase anyone here starts a thread, asking how to start a bulldog breeds rescue.

    How to Start a Pit Bull Rescue
    Anyone can start a rescue, it's that easy. Should anyone start a rescue, that answer is a resounding "NO!" Rescue is hard and thankless and many times, the only thing that keeps you going is the small lives that you change. You are never going to be doing "enough" in the eyes of some people. Probably some of those people however, are angry that you aren't taking their problem dog off of their hands. What many people fail to realize is that rescues are typically private citizens doing this out of their own pocket and from the goodness of their heart and the love of “their” breed. There aren*t big public pools of money out there for the rescuer.

    Many rescues start but many many burn out in a few years. To build a successful rescue, you MUST start out with clear goals that are REALISTIC and measurable. You may want to consider contacting a pit bull rescue close to you to see how they operate and volunteer with them before striking out on your own. Start SMALL, your new manta will be:

    Understanding that will be vital to your success and longevity.
    You will never be able to save every dog.

    The Beginning:
    Stick to small manageable tasks - try sticking with ONE breed and ONE small geographical area or working with ONE shelter. Once you have a few placements under your belt, you may want to revise your goals but in the beginning, stay small.

    Know your breed - it is absolutely imperative that you get to know your breed. Do not take an all breed approach to a purebred rescue. Your breed has quirks and special needs and you need to know exactly what they are so you can make responsible placements. Especially if your breed is considered a “high risk” breed. Breed education and breed understanding are extremely important. You can not send a dog home with a new owner without educating them about the breed.

    Keep your DAY JOB - Funding is hard to come by and if you pick an unpopular breed......well, you will be digging deep into your own pockets to pay for needed vet care. Be realistic. Once you have become established, you can consider applying for non profit status. However, having that non profit status is NO GUARANTEE you are going to start getting donations. To receive donations requires marketing and getting yourself out in the public eye. Getting in the public eye also has its consequences as well.

    HAVE YOUR OWN PLACE - I can*t say this enough. Don*t start rescuing while you are a renter or don*t have a stable place to live. If the landlord calls it quits or your parents say the dog “hobby” must stop...or aren*t doing the dogs any favors nor other rescuers who will have to step in or get a bad name. If you rent an apartment or house and want to get permission from your landlord to take in one dog at a time, do it but make sure to have an agreement. Don*t go overboard. And please be of legal age.

    Questions to ask yourself:

    1. Funding - How are you going to pay for things? Adoption fees rarely cover all of the costs $#@!ociated with getting a dog healthy and fully vetted for adoption.
    2. Legal Issues - Does your state require registration or license to rescue? Will you incorporate at the state level? Non Profit?
    3. Housing - Where will these dogs be housed? In your home, boarding, shelters? Do not allow pit bulls to share kennel space with other dogs. See breed info for more details.
    4. Intake - Who decides which dogs are accepted into your program? Where will they be from? What criteria will you use? Do you accept owner surrenders? Since you are here on this site, we can $#@!ume you are interested in bully breeds? Are you sure they are the right breed for you to be rescuing? Which of the bully breeds? Will you help all or just a few of the types? Will you accept mixed breeds?

    5. Volunteers - You may want to consider recruiting others to help. They can help with expenses, fund raising, and decision making. Finding people that share your passion for your breed is not always easy, but local breed obedience or all breed clubs may be good starting points.

    6. Care Guidelines - What will be the minimum care guidelines for your organization? What vetting will you provide as a part of the adoption package? It should absolutely include spay/neuter. Will you include training, housebreaking, crate training, etc?
    7. Advertising - How will you go about finding homes for these dogs? Will you advertise on the internet, at PetsMart, on Petfinder? PBRC is a free listing service for bully breeds (
    8. Screening - You will need to develop a process for screening applicants and determine who will be qualified to adopt.
    9. Contracts - You will want to have a solid transfer of ownership agreements for dogs coming into the program and adoption contracts for dogs going to new homes.
    10. Follow ups - How will you follow up on each rescue that you place? Will you be available to help the new owners with issues and problems that may arise during adjustment?
    11. Returns - You are responsible for the lives of the dogs you place. There may come a time when an owner is no longer able or willing to care for a dog they adopted from you. How will you handle returns? If a pit bull shows inappropriate aggression towards people, how comfortable are you with euthanasia? Pit Bull Rescue is challenging and not for the faint of heart. You will see terrible things happening to wonderful dogs and that will break your heart. Pit bulls have a strong will to survive and many are able to bounce back from abuse and still have the soft and friendly pit bull temperament. But there will always be those that you can*t save for one reason or another. Some will be too far gone from abuse or too sick from a lifetime of neglect/abuse. Take comfort in knowing you*ve done your best and some are in fact beyond redemption.

    Pit Bull Rescue is frustrating. This breed is misunderstood, maligned and legislated against. Insurance companies are canceling policies and BSL is popping up all over the US. Irresponsible owners are dumping dogs and breeders are creating more dogs that will end up in shelters because they don*t care where or to whom they sell them or for what purpose. I think it is a rare pit bull that gets in a home that will keep it forever. A huge % will die before their third birthday which is a tragedy.

    Pit Bull Rescue is REWARDING, saving that wonderful dog and placing him in a family that will love him for the rest of his days........that smile on the pittie face will stay with you forever. Focus on the positive things you do. Focus on the big picture and don*t sweat the small stuff.

    Pit Bull Rescue Code of Ethics

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    I. Introduction and Mission Statement

    Introduction: This Code of Ethics was compiled by a committee of seasoned rescuers and members of the Pit Bull Owners Alliance. It serves to provide guidelines for Pit Bull Rescuers. The term "Pit Bull" as used throughout this document refers to dogs believed to be purebred American Pit Bull Terriers (or American Staffordshire Terriers). Foster homes employed by signers of this Code of Ethics shall also be bound by the guidelines set forth herein.

    Mission Statement: The Ethical Pit Bull Rescuer holds restoration of the Pit Bull breed as paramount to their mission and activities. He/she holds public perception of the pit bull in the forefront of each decision and endeavor, and strives to place only the best representatives of the breed into homes that are fully capable of providing adequate care and training. Additionally, the responsible Pit Bull Rescuer understands that such activities require extensive knowledge of Pit Bull history, temperament, and behavior, and therefore educates themselves to the fullest extent before presenting themselves as a qualified, ethical Rescuer.

    II. Guidelines For The Pit Bull Rescuer

    SECTION 1: Selection of Rescue Dogs For Potential Placement.
    SECTION 2: Care & Handling of Rescue Dogs.
    SECTION 3: Placement of Rescue Dogs.
    SECTION 4: General Professional Conduct.

    SECTION 1: Selection of Rescue Dogs For Potential Placement.

    1. Only accepts and places breed ambassadors that meet the Standard for Pit Bull Temperament. (See ITEM 1 - below)

    2. Conducts preliminary temperament evaluations before accepting new dogs. Continues to test dogs in a variety of settings after they are brought into rescue. Holds dogs for at least a month before placing them up for adoption.

    3. Will choose among many available dogs for the one(s) that best fit the skills of the Rescuer and within the scope of available resources.

    4. When a Pit Bull Rescuer is selecting dogs that are clearly pit bull mixes, he/she will opt for those dogs that are predominantly pit bull and display classically sound pit bull temperaments. (See ITEM 2 - below).

    5. Will carefully select and place puppies based on the guidelines set forth in ITEM 3 of this document.

    6. When presented with a dog that is not potentially a good candidate for future adoption, Rescuer will either encourage humane euthanasia of the dog, or, if reasonable, will take legal possession of the dog in order to facilitate humane euthanasia.

    7. When taking custody of dogs already in the legal possession of an owner or organization, the Pit Bull Rescuer will require the submission of a signed surrender form which clearly states transfer of ownership to the Rescuer.

    SECTION 2: Care & Handling of Rescue Dogs.

    1. Will provide adequate vet care, nutrition, housing and daily exercise, as well as basic training for each dog.

    2. Willing to humanely euthanize any unsound or unadoptable pit bull in his/her possession if the dog presents highly undesirable behavior and/or is incurably ill beyond reasonable veterinary care.

    3. Spays and neuters all dogs (including puppies), administers rabies vaccine and microchip prior to placement.

    4. Does not breed rescued dogs.

    5. Socializes pit bulls with other dogs based on individual temperament. Socializes pit bulls with many people in many situations and environments. Teaches acceptable leash manners around other dogs and trains them to behave as ambassadors before placement.

    6. Uses proper containment to prevent dogs from running at large, including: sufficient fencing, crate, dog run and/or kennel at home, and proper use of leash and collar outside of the home. Insists that adopters use the same methods.

    7. Acknowledges, understands, and accepts pit bull dog aggression as a breed trait and will follow standard protocol which includes separating the unsupervised pit bull from other dogs to prevent fights and ensure successful interaction between dogs in their possession. Requires the same from adopters.

    8. Acknowledges, understands and accepts that aggression towards animals other than dogs is also a trait in the pit bull breed and will carefully manage dogs in their possession to prevent injury to other animals via standard protocol which includes separating the unsupervised pit bull from other animals. Requires the same from adopters.

    9. Will not allow pregnant females to go full-term when late term spay resources are available.

    10. Will manage, care for, and place puppies based on the guidelines set forth in Item 3 of this document.

    SECTION 3: Placement of Rescue Dogs.

    1. Screens potential adopters through an application process, interview, home check and reference check. Provides extensive pit bull breed education to the potential home and only places with qualified, stable, competent homes that are able manage a pit bull in a manner consistent with the guidelines set forth in this document.

    2. Understands that adult dogs make better adoption prospects over puppies. Educates adopters to the fact that a dog's true temperament and dog aggression potential is not known until maturity (approximately 3 years of age). Does not place dogs under 12 months of age for full adoption. Does not place dogs that have been in the possession of Rescuer for less than one month.

    3. Does not place dogs in pairs or groups.

    4. Uses legally binding contracts that ensure safe and secure homes for dogs that are adopted. This document shall also provide legal grounds for repossession of dogs that are not being cared for in a manner consistent with the guidelines set forth in this document. The Pit Bull Rescuer will follow up on placement and continue to keep in touch with adoptive homes for an indefinite period of time in order to monitor the dog's progress. Reclaims adopted dogs from situations or circumstances that prove to be neglectful, or unsafe for the pit bull, other dogs/animals or humans, or from homes that can no longer care for them. Reclaims dogs that begin to present with abnormal human aggression.

    5. Remains a resource to the adoptive home for the life of the dog. Will work with adoptive home to help remedy any problems and/or issues that arise due to adoption of a pit bull in order to ensure successful life long adoption, if this is reasonable and realistic. Otherwise refer to Section Three: No. 4 above.

    6. When using foster homes, the Pit Bull Rescuer will require the submission of a signed foster contract which allows the Rescuer to maintain full control and possession of the dogs.

    SECTION 4: General Professional Conduct.

    1. Works closely with local animal control and shelter staff to establish good rescue relationships and will offer breed knowledge and support to shelters and other rescue groups where possible.

    2. Presents themselves professionally and responsibly.

    3. Acts as a community resource for breed education and information, and provides materials and public outreach where possible.

    4. Will not buy dogs to 'rescue' them, as this only serves the breeder.

    5. Will label pit bulls and pit bull mixes (see Item 2) as accurately as is possible and will not misrepresent a dog's breed/mix in order to boost adoption interest.

    6. Will not label dogs as 'bait' or 'fighting' animals without substantial evidence and/or witnesses (the mere presence of fight wounds does not indicate that a dog was used as 'bait' nor as a 'fighting dog').

    III. Additional Information


    The ?Temperament Correct? pit bull: seeks out human interaction; is responsive, biddable and eager to please; may be genetically predisposed to aggression towards other dogs or animals; is appropriately submissive; is well balanced and optimistic; enjoys handling; presents good eye contact; is able to be calm in the presence of other dogs on leash or - if initially leash reactive - can learn how to tolerate their presence; is willing to connect with handler during high arousal; can be handled safely even in times of high arousal; accepts a reasonable amount of confinement; drops arousal levels quickly when removed from a stressful situation; is social with people of all types; is responsive and good natured; is never aggressive towards humans.

    ITEM 2: Pit Bull Mixes:

    A. When dealing with Pit Bull mixes, the Pit Bull Rescuer should adhere to the same standard and code of ethics they do when dealing with purebred pit bulls. Pit Bull mixes should exhibit the same temperament as purebreds or be considered unsuitable rescue and adoption candidates.

    B. The Pit Bull Rescuer should clearly label Pit Bull mixes as mixes and attempt to identify exactly what breeds the dog is mixed with when labeling.

    C. Rescuing pit bulls mixed with guarding breeds is strongly discouraged. Extra caution and care should be taken when selecting and placing those dogs that are mixed with guard dog breeds including but not limited to Neapolitan Mastiffs, Dogue de Bourdeaux, Fila Brasileiro, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and others. Since the temperament of the pit bull is very different than the temperament of breeds in the guardian category, such mixes can create unique handling and placement challenges, and should be considered candidates for experienced homes only.

    ITEM 3: Puppies

    A. Strong preference for puppies that have both littermates and a temperament correct dam (See ITEM 1)

    B. Will not rescue the puppies of a dam of incorrect temperament.

    C. Considers puppies under 6-8 weeks of age to be high-risk and will not rescue unless moved directly into a setting that includes at least one healthy, vaccinated and well-adjusted adult role model dog able to provide appropriate dog-pup socialization. Due to the possibility of cross-contamination of fatal puppy disease it is recommended that puppies from various litters not be mixed until the health of all puppies is confirmed and adequate incubation periods met.

    ITEM 3, Sub Section One: Care of Puppies.

    A. The Pit Bull Rescuer will be well-versed and fully supported and be able to provide comprehensive socialization and evaluation.

    B. If a litter arrives without a dam, efforts will be made to socialize puppies remedially through the age of 16 weeks to as many healthy and appropriate adult dogs as possible. This is of particular importance with litters under 8 weeks of age.

    C. In the case of single puppy, the Pit Bull Rescuer will attempt to locate healthy, same-aged pups for pup-on-pup interaction after the new puppy's 10-day health quarantine has expired.

    D. The Pit Bull Rescuer will maintain puppies in-home throughout the socialization period (16-20 weeks). This practice allows the Rescuer to maximize socialization, and provides opportunities to observe problem behavior as it may develop.

    E. Socialization with humans should be considered a prime concern for puppies.

    F. Despite best efforts to nurture pups properly, Pit Bull Rescuers must be aware of the influence of nature (genetics) and be willing to humanely euthanize those pups that demonstrate incorrect Pit Bull temperament.

    ITEM 3, Sub Section Two: Placement of High Risk Puppies.

    A. Adoptions shall not be finalized until the puppy is 12 months old and temperament evaluation period is complete.

    ITEM 4: Qualities to Look For in Adopter Candidates.

    1. Has already done good breed research. Asks good questions. Shows willingness to learn more.
    2. Is realistic about breed challenges: Dog-on-dog aggression, high energy level, strong willed personalities, pulls on leash, strong and pushy, need to keep socialized to dogs, attracts negative attentions from some public.
    3. Shows a stable, mature, open-minded personality.
    4. Happy to be interviewed and receive a home inspection.
    5. Physically capable of handling a strong dog and demonstrates a calm, confident way with the dog.
    6. Wants an indoor pet as a companion animal/family member only.
    7. Has had some dog experience, including basic obedience training.
    8. Has a reasonably active lifestyle and is prepared to satisfy dog's daily exercise needs.
    9. Owns a home or has a secure rental that will allow a pit bull (check those leases!)
    10. Homes must provide safe containment: tall, secure fences if yard is present and working latches on gates.
    11. The entire household is involved in the decision and is able to help manage the dog (roommates, children, seniors too)
    12. Other pets in the home are a good match. No same sex pit bull placements and home understands that pit bull must be separated from other pets when not supervised.

    This document has been written and endorsed by the following, and may not be altered in any way:

    Mary Harwelik, NJ For Pit Bulls (,, NJ
    Donna Reynolds, BAD RAP (, CA
    Holly Bukes, President PBRC (
    Caped Dog Services, CA
    PitSmart, APBT Education/Rescue Resource
    APBT Rescue & Referral (, NC
    ASCPBR (, NC

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    The temperament correct Pit Bull….
    ….towards people: Is a friendly, happy, outgoing dog, never shy or fearful. Is a dog that demonstrates mental soundness (no growling, snapping, biting, aggressing, or fearful behavior, etc.) at all times, even under stressful circumstances (such as while under veterinary examination, when injured, during visits to new locations/environments, while meeting new and different types of people, etc.). Is accepting of and friendly towards all adults and children inside and outside the home. Greets new people as if they were long lost friends.
    ….Is easy to handle, allows and even enjoys extensive touch and examination; is biddable and deferential, and even submissive; seeks out human attention, and presents good eye contact with a soft gaze. Is willing to connect with people during points of high arousal/stress (never redirecting aggression towards people), is safely handled during points of high arousal/stress, and lowers level of arousal quickly upon being removed from a stressful or exciting situation. Is accepting of reasonable confinement such as is necessary during kenneling at shelters; adjusts to new settings easily.
    ….Is never wary of strangers; never snaps or growls at adults or children, nor is aggressive in any way towards adults or children; does not demonstrate predatory behavior such as stalking, staring down, or aggressive chasing of people/children. Is not a guardian or protection breed, and does not demonstrate "protective" behaviors such as growling/snapping/aggressing at people welcomed into the home, nor wariness of strangers, lunging towards strangers, etc.
    Key Points: The Pit Bull is a friendly, stable dog that in essence "loves everyone". It is never shy or fearful. Aggression towards humans (adults or children) is never acceptable, and the Pit Bull should demonstrate soundness in temperament regardless of circumstances or environment. The Pit Bull is not a guard or protection breed and should never act as such, although the breed has been known to come to the aid of its humans only under real and true (never perceived or misinterpreted) threat.
    A Word about Human Aggression
    Human aggression in the Pit Bull is rare. Those individuals who show this trait should be
    eliminated (put to sleep).
    There is simply no room in our world for a Pit Bull that bites people or is capable of biting people.
    In short a human aggressive Pit Bull is a Pit Bull that should be put to sleep. No exceptions.
    Aggressive Towards Humans
    A correct Pit Bull will never be aggressive with people. The Pit Bull has been bred for centuries to be a human-friendly dog.
    It is not a guardian breed, and therefore should not display suspicion towards strangers or view them as potential threats. It is uncommon for a Pit Bull to be overly shy.
    The Pit Bull is likely to meet all strangers with an open heart and a wagging tail. A normal Pit Bull looks upon all people as friends unless their actions prove otherwise.
    Generally Pit Bulls are submissive with people and confident in their surroundings, making for a well-adjusted family dog. Since times past when the Pit Bull was used for hunting of large game and as a farm dog, it has been a cherished fixture of family life.
    The Pit Bull has a special fondness for children and a pleased, relaxed look crosses its face when they approach. It can prove to be a safe, hardy friend that can keep up and put up with the active play life of kids. For a child, no better companion can be found.

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    Pit Bulls Kick Butt on The American Temperament Test Society's Tests
    It is reported on temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society the American Pit Bull Terrier has a current (December 2004) passing rate of 83.9% -- compared to only 77% of the general dog population.
    Temperament tests consist of putting a dog through a series of unexpected situations, some involving strangers. Any signs of unprovoked aggression or panic in these situations result in failure of the test. (Please visit
    A Pit Bull that snarls, lunges, or growls at humans is not typical of the breed, and to keep such a dog endangers people and the image of the breed.
    If a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix shows any signs of aggression towards humans, it is strongly suggested that the dog be humanely euthanized in order to avoid possible human injury. While this action may seem harsh if you think about the damage one unstable, ill-bred Pit Bull does to the entire breed this action (euthanasia) is completely acceptable.

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    Understanding the APBT Temperment

    Temperament is the most important trait of the American Pit Bull Terrier. When adopting or buying a new puppy the first thing you should look for is a pup with a good temperament. This is why adopting is so popular today because you know the temperament of an adult or young adolescent dog up front. Puppies are always a gamble, even if the pup seems to have a solid temperament we can't forget it's still a puppy and experiences can effect the pup as it grows.

    You can buy a pup that seems to have a good temperament and end up with a nervy, scarred, fear biter. I'm not saying this is always the case, but it does happen quite often.

    How do I know if a dog/puppy has a good temperament?

    When looking for a puppy or getting a dog from a rescue you should look for a confident and enthusiastic dog that enjoys all people. Puppies that shy away or aggressively attack your leg should be avoided. Adult and adolescent dogs that are fearful of people should also be avoided.

    Extreme shyness or people aggressive APBT's are, in my opinion, not representative of the breed and should not be placed or bought from a breeder. Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world and many dogs with behavior problems are adopted and sold to first time APBT owners.

    Bottom line: a dog that is curious, confident, playful, and doesn't freak out and shake to death at the site of new experiences is a dog with a good temperament.

    A Word on human aggressive dogs.

    While other breeds display human aggression and their owner's let them get away with it. The American Pit Bull Terrier should never be human aggressive. They are not guard dogs and biting people is completely unacceptable.

    American Pit Bull Terriers with quality of character would never bite a human being for any reason.

    A word on dog aggression

    American Pit Bull Terriers are a dog aggressive breed. This is not a bad thing, but it is something we as owners must understand. Dog aggression is expected in this breed. Extreme dog aggression (i.e. over the top, tries to kill everything it sees) should not be tolerated however. Centuries of selective breeding have engrained this trait into the DNA of the breed. They are fighters by nature and their genes tell them to do this. This can not be trained out of them and in recent years "doggy shrinks" have lead people to believe it can be. This is complete BS

    Bottom line: Dog aggression is not a bad thing and a dog should not be punished for being what it is. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a fighting breed. To expect it not to fight is to expect a lab not to retrieve. We need to teach people about dog aggression, effective ways to manage this trait, and allow our dogs to live happy lives.

    Are Pit Bulls are dominant by nature?

    In a word, no. Contrary to popular and misguided belief the APBT is not dominant by nature. You will find individual dogs within the breed that do display dominate behavior but as a rule they are not dominant. I have ran into several people who say something along the lines of, "they are great dogs once you show'em who the boss is." They don't need to be shown who the boss is because they know. More times than not you will find them be quite submissive and happy to take their place in your home.

    One reason people say they need to be shown who the boss is, is that these people lack the skills to communicate to their dog what they want. They think the dog is being dominant when they don't listen or pee in the house. Which is not the case. Dominant behavior towards people is very rare in the APBT and if you find yourself thinking you have a dominant dog, consult a professional who is extremely knowledgeable about the APBT.

    In summary

    The American Pit Bull Terrier is an outgoing, confident, enthusiastic, dog that will have dog aggression to varying degrees. When selecting a puppy or accessing a young/adult dog, look for a dog that has these traits and characteristics. Spotting them isn't $#@!ce you see them.

    As owners we need to rethink our impact on the breed. Are you helping the breed by your actions? Or are you hurting the breed by your lack of actions? Does your dog represent the breed and it's traits? If it does, get out there and show your dog off. We will only change the public's view of the breed by showing them our dogs and their wonderful temperaments!

    Additional information on temperament

    * UKC Breed standard

    * APBT temperament information

    * The Working Pit Bull

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    Gregarious and affectionate with people, including strangers. Optimistic, confident, resilient to stress. Happy to be touched, appropriately submissive to people, biddable, good natured, reliable and well balanced. Typically very eager to please. Will not aggress onto humans, even when highly aroused. Can be intolerant of other dogs if challenged, provoked and/or poorly managed.

    Signs of an ill bred, improperly raised or damaged pit bull:

    Fearful, nervy, easily stressed. Aloof, disinterested in people or distrustful, not happy to be touched. Hyper aroused. Very territorial of humans
    and/or dominant

    (especially if mixed with a guarding breed). Willing to redirect aggression onto humans when provoked and/or aroused.

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    years of selective breeding for peoplesoft

    qualities has given us a hardy, vibrant and

    highly social little working dog that loves a good

    challenge as much as it loves a good belly rub...

    Valued for their longtime role as cherished family companions,

    your typical American Pit Bull Terrier is devoted to children

    and is outwardly

    flirtatious with strangers. True to their terrier

    temperament, pit bulls need to be managed around other

    animals, although most can enjoy a

    ffectionate friendships with

    select dogs given measured intros and proper supervision.


    ’re intelligent, eager to please and full of clownish antics.

    Many excel in dog sports, canine obedience and service work.

    The Standard:
    The UKC standard for temperament states that “APBTs make

    excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children...The APBT is not the best

    choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is

    uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.

    ” Pit bulls should be medium sized dogs, with males no more

    than 65 lbs. They

    ’re often misidentified and confused with other breeds and breed mixes.

    The Challenges:
    As charming as they are, today’s anti-pit bull climate can make it tough to own one of these

    dogs. Breed myths are widespread and can force owners to wear thick skins while defending their pets from

    hurtful biases. Finding breed

    -friendly rental properties requires persistence. Dog tolerance levels vary, so pit bull

    owners are obligated to understand terrier traits and be realistic about their responsibilities. Bred to be canine

    athletes, they can be energetic and crave ample exercise

    – a tough goal to reach in urban areas (Small play groups

    with known dog friends are preferred over chaotic, problem

    filled Dog Parks). They’re hard wired to be tenacious

    and can be pushy and demanding if not trained. Their exuberance can test a passive owner

    ’s patience.

    : Dog-dog aggression and human-directed aggression are two VERY different, unrelated behaviors. It is 100% normal to see some

    degree of dog
    -intolerance in this manageable and eager to please breed. Human-directed aggression however, denotes a damaged dog. It’s an

    unforgivable trait in pit bu(s that warrants the quick intervention of professional help and in some cases, humane euthanasia

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    A temperament-correct Pit Bull has the following temperament: Highly affectionate toward people, even strangers and children Loves physical affection and attention Never redirects aggression on humans even during times of high arousal Confident and not anxious (calm, cool, and collected) Obedient; eager to please Balanced, emotionally stable Submissive but not to a point of lacking confidence or being fearful A certain amount of reactivity toward other dogs is normal and acceptable in a Pit Bull and in many breeds of dogs
    An ill-bred or incorrectly trained Pit Bull may be: Fearful Nervous or "stressed out" Intolerant of handling or touching - avoids affection from humans or tries to get away Aloof Territorial around humans; resource guarding Aggressive toward humans Willing to redirect aggression on humans when highly aroused Overly aroused with no "off switch" Extremely mouthy

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    Regarding aggression in the breed: DOG toward DOG aggression IS a characteristic of most terriers, including the APBT. DOG toward HUMAN aggression IS NOT a characteristic of the APBT at all in any form. Any APBT that displays dog toward human aggression in any form, unless saving the life of their owners, should be euthanized.

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