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The How To Evaluate & Pick a Puppy

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Patch O' Pits, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. idk

    you cant really see the body,or the struckture of the built so from what iv seen it will be medium size,just from what iv seen
  2. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Cute, I'd take a guess that she'll be around 40-45 lbs. Rule of thumb is to double the weight at 4 months to get an approximate adult weight.


    I picked out my apbt due to his temperment at 8 weeks of age to be a house dog, he was laid back and calm while the rest of the litter was running around playing. To this day he is still very calm, a perfect house dog. Theres nothing wrong with chosing your dog due to looks but if you are looking for a house dog like i was the evaluation worked for me because no one wants a hyper house dog.
  4. kell

    kell Puppy

    I don't think that any of those tests are going to assure you anything, I got Bella for the way she looked (I also could use a watch dog living in 1/2 acre), I got her from a kennel at 5 month old out of the state of Florida, she took almost a week to just come around us, the vet sad that her personality was NOT good at all (he breeds as well) and he would never pick her, I should try to return her.
    We ware very patient with her.... now a month latter, SHE IS THE GREATEST DOG EVER !!!
    She is not shy at all (with us), she has a great disposition and personality, she is a handsome watch dog, very loyal, gentle, smart !
    She is better than what we ever dream about, so if we had meet her before buying... we may would not pick her thinking she is too shy/not good personality.
    Now she follows me everywhere and thinks she is the size of my Chihuahuas when trying to lay on top of me WOW !
    I LOVE her !!!
    Is really a lucky pick, the puppy's may change they're personality's as an teenager or adult.
    I had a husky that was the sweetest and calm puppy ever, when he was about 3 month he start digging, jumping, chewing, high per active, I had him for 8 month hopping for a change, I could not deal with any more, he ruin too many things to name in my house and out... I re home him.... and the couple sad he still the same after a year old and a lots of running on the beach! You and your dogs have to bond like a marriage so you both are happy !
    My Bella is great, so are my Chihuahuas!
    Good luck !
  5. magdalena

    magdalena Good Dog

    In a perfect world with perfect breeders who do foundation socialization and perfect owners who socialize properly I think temperament tests are pretty dead on (as long as they are administered by a professional at the correct age). I am not talking about evaluations for older dogs but 8 week old puppies here.

    That said anyone can ruin a puppy easily if they don't understand the breed/training and turn a confident calm pup into a fear biter a submissive dog into a dominant dog and any other combination of traits you didn't sign up for but were too uneducated to work with.

    Lots of people think these tests are the sacred writ but then when they spend 5 months of no socialization or obedience training and get mad their medium energy dog is now chewing, digging, jumping on people and destroying their house and assume the test was obviously wrong when they are the problem.

    A good breeder will do the test and BE SURE the owner is getting the right dog (then pray for the best).
  6. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Oh I agree, age imprinting are huge factors.
    If you look that is why I have ages by when the evals should be done.
  7. pitbullsareteddies

    pitbullsareteddies Big Dog Premium Member

  8. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Yes, Diane's pages do have some great info. You'd hope that a breeder would go over all this with potential new homes, but it seems from what I've heard many don't bother. So it is very important that you know what you are looking for and more especially with a show working dog learn how to evaluate yourself. Knowing the standard and why it calls for certain things is very important.
  9. Chapstickglue

    Chapstickglue Big Dog

    Ok, so my litter is a week old...and I've got 7 males to choose from and I'm more than likely getting my first pick.

    So how do I choose??

    They're all being structurally tested by Pat Hastings. And they're being personality tested.

    I can't go through the pups in person because I'm shipping him in from Washington.
    And, it sounds like most of the pups could turn out to be show quality.

    I keep looking at their pics every day. And I've got my one favorite.. but my other two favorites change every day!

    Are there any tell-tale signs of an AWESOME dog?
  10. retro

    retro Little Dog

    any breeder that tells you that the whole litter will be show quality when the pups are 1 week old either lacks objectivity, or is just trying to sell you. if pat hastings is evaluating the litter, then i would buy her DVD "puppy puzzle" (very good) before you get your pup, that will help you understand exactly what her evaluation is evaluating.
  11. Chapstickglue

    Chapstickglue Big Dog

    I'm saying that a lot of them could turn out to be show quality, the breeder didn't say it. The dam's previous litter threw slight majority show quality.

    good thinkin on buying the dvd...will do
  12. pitbullsareteddies

    pitbullsareteddies Big Dog Premium Member

    chapstick, you're just gonna have to wait till 8 weeks to make your final decision, if possible. lol. I know it's hard, and it will be for me!! At least YOUR pups are here! Mine's STILL not concieved yet!! LMAO
  13. ...MaRley...

    ...MaRley... Puppy

    what do you think of a pup of 2months old with only one eye?will that have an effect on his life as a normal dog?and do you think i should go for it?it is a rednose and the eye was taken out by a doctor after the pup got bitten by the mother:confused:
  14. drumlord420

    drumlord420 Puppy

    Great post. I had all of these guidelines in mind when I picked my boy! Can't wait to breed/showcase him!
  15. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    The color of the pups nose doesn't mean anything. The eye being missing of courser will be an adjustment for the pup due to vision being lost, but other that most dogs cope better than humans w/ disabilities from what I've seen.
  16. mavf32

    mavf32 Little Dog

    Good post!!!
  17. sugar/bear

    sugar/bear Puppy

    me personally

    I have always picked my pups by temperment and body
    and have yet went wrong
    so i agree with patch there are a lot of factors to look at
    my father told me years ago
    when pickin a pup
    let it pick you and then measure it up
    i did with my chi
    and with my red and my new pup
    and they all are great dogs
  18. Johnny Blaze

    Johnny Blaze Banned

    conformation= pick the pups with the best conformation at the time

    performance= let the pup pick you cuz theres no tellin what your gonna get.
  19. Chuey

    Chuey Puppy

    Temperment testing for puppies?

    How can you possibly figure out the temperament of an 8 wk old puppy?
  20. Achillez

    Achillez Puppy

    I'm trying to do something even less realistic than pick an 8-week old. Can you tell *anything* about their adult nature from watching puppies at 1, 2 or 3 weeks?

    I have the opportunity to visit a new litter periodically and decide on a favorite. I'm printing out the puppy temperament chart, but it's too early for tests since their eyes are closed. The reason I'm curious about this now is that there are other people interested, and the owner will save me one once I make up my mind. I can't ask her to put them all on hold indefinitely. :) Before you laugh, I did make these observations!

    Some pups let others lay on them without protest. While nursing, one was definitely the boss and one got nudged off, so it's possible those were the meekest and most dominant. The parents are friendly & very well socialized. The mother had never met me, but politely approached with wagging tail & let me stroke her head & under her jaw. She lingered by me with a hopeful look, wanting more. Incredibly, she let me carefully stroke the puppies waiting to nurse without a sign of annoyance. I'd give her an A+++ for good behavior so if they inherit her docile nature, that'd be great. I'm hoping to find one who's going to be most like her; not the most active of the bunch but confident, gentle, affectionate and quiet.

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