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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. Remi

    Remi Puppy

    Pick a puppy

    Thanks for the helpful information.
  2. Tarin

    Tarin Puppy

    Very cute puppy! Congratulations. I'm thinking of getting my first dog a buddy. And I want the new dog to be a puppy, so the old one can be the teacher. I've heard this works well.
  3. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    That all depedns on the individual dogs... You still have to do real the training, but sometimes an older dog can help raise/socialize pups.

    ---------- Post added at 01:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:00 PM ----------

    LOL well if you read all the research and follow the guidelines it is quite realistic picking a pup at 8 week, but really not much earlier than that and of course their are NO full guarantees.
    You can see certain things starting to develop though very young, but that often changes as they start to mature. So I wouldn't solely base a pick by looking at pups only weeks old...

  4. luvapit

    luvapit Puppy

    I do behavioral Evals at the Humane Society. You can tell alot about a puppy from thier behavior. I have seen food aggressive, kid aggressive etc puppies. I always do the baby position hold. They should relax and trust you. Also you dont want the most hyper or the most scared puppy in the litter. I do the paw pinch test and food aggressive test as well.
  5. Gulliver

    Gulliver Puppy

    rynoman, your pup is cute!! I'd help you with your question...but I've got no clue on how to tell that stuff. ;)

    When choosing a dog from the shelter, I had to make sure he was healthy and exuberant like a proper Pittie pup...of course, my Gully was the happiest, healthiest guy you could imagine. He does well and is about the same age as rynoman's pup.
  6. hello everyone im new to this site and new to raising a pit bull puppy...the dumbass breeder i got my baby from was giving away puppies at 4 weeks old...yea yea yea i know thats way to young to get her but i had no choice, it was either me get her or the pound get her...so to me that was a simple decision...but this might sound dumb but i was wondering maybe what bloodline or just what kind of pit bull she is...ive already heard about three different answers but none of them really know anything about this...i dont have a pic of her beside my name nut there is an album on my profile...any comments would be GREATLY appreciated
  7. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Congrats on the new addition... UGH though the breeder sounds horrible. Poor pups. There is no way to know what bloodline a pup comes from by just looks alone. You'd need to have papers from a reputable breeder and registry to knwo the, lines. So I wouldn't stress over it. Anyone who tells you anything different is purely guessing... Welcome to the forum and good luck with the pup.
  8. DutchyTheDog

    DutchyTheDog Puppy

    Achillez did u pick a puppy in the end..? If so are there any pics so i can see her??
  9. bamaman

    bamaman Big Dog

    nicely said!

    i like this..well put..and great info!
  10. bamaman

    bamaman Big Dog

    picking a pup..

    Most of your reputable top breeders actually plan breedings years in advance .I always ask was it a planned breeding or accident.Doesnt garuntee you the truth. But u can ask some questions along these lines and kinda feel someone out.But thier are people that breed for DA if your not into fighting dont buy from these people leave them alone!Thier are also people that breed less DA pits..But no thier are no 100 percent garuntees on anything.I also believe if you own only 1 pit and dont socialize him u stand a far greater chance of experiencing DA.I dont mean go out and by one more or four more.Puppies that r consistantly socailized for hours a day are alot less likely to be extremely aggressive.But yeah if u go out and buy a pit from someone who breeds for fighting goodluck!Those of you who live in small apartments or u can only have one dog your at a higher risk of DA!Bexuase if you only own 1 thier is no way u can socialize him enough and work a full time job.I am fortanute I have more than one dog when i have a litter ever so often the ones I keep from the time they are 6 weeks old start getting socialized..By the time they are 4 months they have as much as 2 to 5 hours a day being socailized depending on my schedule..And no I dont raise for fighting.All my pups have homes bfore they hit the ground >I only have 1 litter once every 3 to 5 years >I only breed when i need more dogs.
  11. NGK

    NGK Little Dog

    1. Pick the parents you want pups from based on your needs.

    2. Ensure that they are healthy and show no faults.

    3. Pick your favorite based on all of the above info you have read.

    4. Turn out the lights sit down and let a pup pick you.

    5. Turn the lights back on and pay for the one that felt best in the dark and picked you.

    Sounds odd?

    This info came from a 60 year breeder of gamedogs and he was right again and again.
  12. jcoco14

    jcoco14 Puppy

    Hello every one just got a pup n she is so good n a great dog
  13. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

  14. Hi, new here. I have a 10 year old pit female and we just got a 11 week old female. She is showing some signs of being aggesive towards our Corgi, but not the older pit, wish I would have read this before we got her! One question...depending on when I would try this test, if she just woke from a nap she would be much more fisky than say when she is tired and ready to sleep, when would be the best time to give her the test?
  15. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    I'd suggest starting a new thread in the training section.

    As for the puppy aptitude test it isn't really to test for dog aggression and it is also only really accurate when done when the pup is right at about 7 weeks old from everything I've read. Dog aggression can be in any breed and pop up pretty much at any time in a dog's life. However, many will show signs and develop it if they are going to by maturity.
    Proper training, knowing your dog and being on top of watching for signs is extremely helpful.

    ---------- Post added at 11:01 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:59 AM ----------

    Absolutely but even with the most well planned breedings and best parents not every pup comes out exactly the way you think it will making evals important. :)
  16. hayls25

    hayls25 Puppy

    excellent info and despite what others might say you can definitely tell a pup's personality from a month old or so.. when we went to choose our boy he was the quiet reserved puppy of the litter with a really smart pair of eyes, the most obedient and had the shiniest coat... an all rounder.. i did like his brother too but knew straight away he would be a hell of a lot more work!! so glad we made the right choice :)
  17. billkazb

    billkazb Banned

  18. Ape2013

    Ape2013 Puppy

    I have a hyper house dog. She's been that way ever since she was a pup. Though she is getting close to the two year mark and she's calmed down a lot. Still gets way too excited when new faces come in but other than that she's good. I swear that no amount of exercise will wear her out unless its blazingly hot. I can walk her for miles in the winter and when we get back home she's just as wound up as when we left. She is on point 24/7, I think I'm going to start working with her to pull weights once she hits the two year mark...not entirely sure though I may just keep a pup or two off her when I breed her and use them for weight pulls.
  19. i totally agree with this if you are looking for a pup that is going to be a mess when it gets older. you cant just pick cause of the color. and yes at that age you can tell what its temper is for the most part. when i got my female i narrowed it down to two and i spent 2 hours with both to make my choice.
  20. As I rarely buy puppies these days due to breeding my own, I would have to agree yet disagree with the original OP`s statement.
    When choosing a pup, temperment is nearly are practically impossible to evaluate. Size can also be tricky as I`ve seen a few "runts" end up out growing the majority of the litter. Basically one can check the physical attributes of a pup such as size, shape , teeth alignment etc. Also, you can see how easily a pup is to handle when held. This can "sometimes", show a slight bit of the mentality of a pup.
    Honestly, when I do, which is rarely, sale a pup, most people, regardless of how reputable they may be, use the overall size and color of a pup to determine their choice. This is normal and I do not frown on anyone because of this simply because of the high level of difficulty involved in making a more informed decision.
    In summary, choosing a pup is nearly a "crap shoot". By checking the pedigrees of the sire and dam one can see the bloodline in black and white. Using this information along with checking the physical attributes of a pup, handling the pup and trying to check toy drive is about all that can be done.

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