First Time Pit Bull Families

September 16, 2011  

We asked our first time pit bull families on Facebook, ’Is caring for a pit bull easier or harder than you expected it to be? How so?’

Some found it harder, many because they were first time dog guardians, many found it easier because pit bulls try so hard to please. All agreed that it depends on the dog, after all pit bulls are just dogs too!

Thanks everyone for sharing.

Photos by Melissa Lipani

Easier. They seem to learn commands a lot faster than the other dogs I’ve had.

~ April Dooley

Harder. Only because I wasn’t prepared for all the work that came with raising a puppy six years ago when I got my first pittie. Also she is a headstrong, butthead of a dog. However my second pittie is a dream and so easy to care for, so it really depends on the individual dog!

~ Emily Caldwell

I just got my first pit this year and she is awesome. I thought she was going to be a little bit harder to train, but she was not. Just a great breed pure joy and love.

~ Rene’ Westberg

Both? Our first APBT, Omega, came to us as a puppy. He house-trained quickly and learned the rules faster than other dogs I have had in the past. Our newest addition, Boudica, came from a shelter with some bad habits that are taking time to break. We love them both endlessly, but we’ve certainly learned pit bulls…really all dogs…are just like people. Different personalities!

~ Cheryl Simone Miller

No harder than caring for any of our other dogs. The only thing you need to be aware of is to stay out of range of their wagging tails when they are excited. I learned the hard way! Pits are fantastic pets.

~ Magnus Gustafsson

Easier than expected except that pibble #2 is my personal stalker…that took some getting used to!

~ Theresa Mergl

We had dogs all of our lives, but it was a pit bull that taught me the meaning of obedience.

~ Tanya Copeland

Way easier! They’re just dogs! ~ Laura Pieper

For us? Easier. We expected chewed furniture, bits of the house to be eaten, etc. I think we’ve lost one shoe and a couple of McDonald’s napkins in two years. We can crate her, but we do leave her out all day in the house…too easy?

~ Kristoffer Land

I adopted a pitbull/boxer mix. The hardest part of caring for her is the reputation the pit bull breed has. My step dad won’t even look at her and all she wants is his attention. Every time I go over to his house with her, she tries so hard to get his attention and he totally ignores her.

~ Niccole Ellis

I’m not only a first-time pit (mix) owner, but a first-time dog owner! I would put Mocha on par with the golden retrievers we had growing up, although she is much more headstrong and stubborn! That just goes to show that every dog has their own personality!

~ Dustin May

Easier. I was skeptical at first, but my Nero turned out to be the most exceptional dog ever. A real pleasure.

~ Cynthia S.

For me, it was much easier than I anticipated, especially since my Capone came from a very irresponsible owner. He has always been delightful and eager to please. This is pretty typical of the breed, I have since found. Their biggest motivation is to make their owner happy.

~ Ashley Boone

I am a first time dog owner (although I’ve been volunteering at a shelter for years), and I made the decision to adopt a pit bull. It’s been more difficult than I thought it would be, lots of obedience classes, torn up shoes, accidents in the house, but it has been worth every single second! My girl is the love of me and my boyfriend’s lives!

~ Laura Latini

So much easier than ever expected. Odin is so willing to please that he will do just about anything. But, I do have to say that most of the bullies I know seem to be more needy emotionally. I always joke that they have a very low maintenance exterior, but a very high maintenance “interior!”

~ Susan Klein

Easier because they are so intelligent and want to please; our biggest problem is they need more exercise and play time than other breeds, but then again, I’m on a secluded mountain so Bailey and I run whenever/wherever [as long as he stays away from porcupines, which I think he’s learned]!

~ Helen Lo

It is the most enjoyable job I have ever had! However, I find myself being even more protective when it comes to pit bull discussions and when I have my babies in public (i.e walks).

~ Arika Brown

Personally? About the same as my other dogs. Just because he’s a pit doesn’t mean he’s different from all the dogs I’ve raised in my life. Although, Luther has a funnier disposition then the other’s. He likes to be the class clown when we make them all do training.

~ Sheila Hoogestraat West

Caring for my pit bull, Raven, is the same as caring for any other dog. The difference is the way people perceive her because of her breed. But I use it as an advantage to educate others and show them how wonderful pit bulls are!

~ Amy Rossi

Way easier than my two Pugs! ~ Natalie Kayl

Insanely easy. We were able to train our adult pit bull in a few days. She is incredibly smart and picks up on new tricks right away. I do believe pit bulls as a breed, are some of the smartest dogs.

~ Natalie Nelson

Easier! Basic commands were conquered in an afternoon. Crating was our biggest fear and when we introduced the crate to her, she just walked right in and curled up. We were shocked because she lived outside on a rope her whole life.

~ Tanaya Burnham-Delorey

I find my pit to be a lot more stubborn than my other dog, but I don’t necessarily attribute this to her being a pit bull. She is older, had a lot more baggage when I adopted her and was pretty set in her ways. She is a lot less stubborn when food is involved and will show me all the cool tricks she can do if I have food to give her (first she sits, then she lays down, then she goes for the cute, perky ear look). I have been able to teach her a few things in her older age, but luckily she is a good dog anyway.

~ Jaime Schlusser

I believe it to be harder. There is a higher level of responsibility that comes from owning a pit bull. When we are out and about, my pit bulls attitude and behavior speaks for all pit bulls everywhere. They have to good!! So it’s daily training and nothing in life is free!

~ Julie Muhilly

Much easier. Out pit Salty is a well behaved pooch. Never chewed on anything and was trained very easily. I was so nervous when we first got him and he has turned out to be a joy. I will never be without a pittie.

~ Margaret Weichsel Radley

It’s been almost a year since we adopted our pit from animal control. She is a very happy dog, but after all I read about their energy, I started from day one exercising her twice a day. We already had a Chihuahua who is a couch potato. So the walks twice a day (and longer distances) were an adjustment. We had issues with the chewing and escaping her locked cage (still not sure how she did that) in the beginning, but I think once she realized she was “home” that behavior stopped. My husband has accidently not put her in her cage a couple times in his rush to leave for work and has never come home to a destroyed house. She’s a good girl and from the beginning seemed to know our Chi rules the roost.

~ Effie Clark

Not a first time dog owner, but I am a first time APBT owner. Taking care of him is easier than I thought it would be. Keeping my mouth shut when people make ignorant comments about the breed is harder than I thought. It seems like some people just don’t think before they speak.

~ Alyssa Edwards

Harder. My first pit mix rescue was an angel. She tricked me into thinking that all pit mix dogs were easy. The second is a great dog, but there it a lot of work for it. It is harder because if anything bad were to happen, it would automatically be my dog’s fault. Harder because I have to put so much more time and energy into keeping him a healthy and happy boy. Harder for the diet restrictions. Harder for the dirty looks. But sooo worth all the hard work. Nothing beats a pittie smile.

~ Tina Davis

I thought it would be hard, but these dogs are super smart! They learn so fast and are so lovable. They are super great with kids.

~ Helen Argueta

This is a hard question to answer because each of my dogs has a different personality, one is easier than the other in different ways. What I think is hard is that this breed is held to a different standard than other breeds. So I guess I would have to answer that I find owning a pit bull is harder than owning another breed of dog because of that double standard. But after all is said and done, the only dog I will ever have is a pit bull!

~ Joan Murphy Snow

My first pit bull foster was probably the easiest dog I’ve ever fostered, and the pattern continues — they’ve all been very easy fosters. I used to foster poodles and was always dealing with some issue or another (not their fault, of course). I’ve found rescue pitties to be amazingly resilient and forgiving. It’s part of the reason I switched my rescue format from all breed to pit bulls only. The other reason being that this “breed” needs all the advocacy it can get.

~ Tough Love Pit Bull Rescue

Welles was 7 and already trained when I was lucky enough for him to come into my life. He is spoiled, so I know he doesn’t act as well behaved as other people’s dogs, but I don’t care, because he is my baby and I think he is perfect.

~ Shannon Wescott Rascal

My pittie is the easiest of my three! ~ Carrie Caselden

Easier. Compared to my Boxer he is a breeze!! Both are very smart, but the Boxer is a devil. His only vice is the occasional mangled remote, whereas she has cost me a ridiculous amount of money in murdered shoes.

~ Keri McCann

So much easier! She was being neglected and underfed when I took her from my cousin. Not having had a dog before I was a little worried – she was so hyper and strong. When I got her home I woke up at 5 am to run with her, took her for a walk, to work with me at the gym, and by noon she passed out for the rest of the day. We entered dog school and she was head of the class not having any instruction at a year and a half! She is so calm and well behaved. She loves people, kids, dogs, and cats. I’d never choose another dog!

~ Marie Baker

Both. On one hand he’s super easy to train because he’s smarter, more food-motivated, and just wants to please me so much. On the other, he’s a pit bull and people are so awful about their prejudices that I have to work twice as hard as with other dogs just to prove he’s a Good Dog. However I think he may have been more of a challenge to someone less stubborn/pig-headed than I am!

~ Mélissa Keays

I believe there is much more responsibility to owning a pit bull because of the negativity attached to the breed. I have done extensive obedience training with my pit, and he absolutely loves it.

~ Kristina Parker Burris

I had never really heard about pits before my sister rescued the mother of my two dogs. I was very much a cat person, and paid no attention to the dog world. When my sister rescued Mama, I read up on the breed, heard all of the negative stereotypes and took them for what they were – fear mongering. My dogs have been a unique challenge because they are my first real dogs (we’ve had family dogs, but I had little to do with them). I’ve been frustrated with them at times (two pups at once is tough!), but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

~ Jessica Distler

Pure joy. I have never had such a smart, athletic and communicative dog before. I do believe that pitties (actually all dogs) need guidance to meet their full potential. It’s been so fun training her because she is such a quick learner. They are a very devoted breed.

~ Kari Kirby

Sam is our first pit, having had various other breeds in our earlier lives (greyhounds, JRT, Chows, mutts) and I would say it has been a combination of my expectations. He has genuinely surprised me by his crazy desire to please us–never had a dog quite so committed–but it has also been harder since he brought along some of his shelter baggage in the form of separation anxiety and absolutely not being crate-able. We’ve found a happy balance thankfully and like others, now the hardest part is the responsibility of owning the breed. I feel like it is a part-time job to take him out and show off a sociable, obedient lover-bug to the public and for the last three years, we’ve been making very positive impressions.

~ Amanda Taylor

The only hard thing is coping with the way that people treat you. Sometimes people walk on the opposite side of the street or have negative comments for you. But living with a pit bull is totally worth it! Especially when you get the opportunity to show people how wonderful they are!

~ Christina Elizabeth

Having Abbi has been more responsibility than any other breed we have had. I pulled her from a high kill shelter and she clearly didn’t have the best puppyhood. She lives with an 85 lb. pit and an 8 lb. fluffy. She does not like any other dogs. We have been working so hard with her and it is a slow but worthwhile process. We love her so much.

~ Maryann Roti

Once you do the training any dog owner should have to do, way easier!

~ Lori Beston

Easier in some ways, but harder in just one way. She is easy to train, easy to care for, so easy to snuggle. The only difficult part that I never expected, is that Rosie is a 60 lb. social butterfly. I’ve never had a dog who needed to meet everyone all the time. She’s learned how to sit and wait for people to approach and pet her, but sometimes she just can’t help herself – she needs to greet and if possible kiss – everyone she meets.

~ Cathy Becker Gonzalez

With my first pit bull it was a mixed experience. She was fantastic and super easy to care for – easier than I thought. Interacting with other people that had negative perceptions of pit bulls was harder than I expected it to be. With time and belly rub requests, she helped turn people’s perceptions around.

~ Jennifer Ferrigno

It’s just as I expected, just like any other dog, it needs love and training! ~ Bonnie Carter

MUCH easier. The pittie breed is so agreeable and eager-to-please, so self-sacrificing. The only thing they really require is a lap. Great breed, by far the best breed we’ve ever had; we’ll never get any other dog. Go pitties!

~ Cristina Falcon-Seymour

Both! Cotto is very smart so he picked up on things easily such as house training, basic commands, and being respectful of the cats. However, he’s such a sweetheart, so I really babied him and now he’s a little stubborn about listening to me…I didn’t want a pit bull, not because of the breed, but because I didn’t think such a strong dog would get along with our two cats. My husband proved me wrong on this pick, but this breed has found a special place in my heart. They are very loving and loyal, he melts my heart when I come home to him everyday. Dogs are a lot of work period, but the bond I have with Cotto makes it that much easier to look past any obstacles we have encountered as new pit bull owners.

~ Gina Messisco

I agree, both. Physically challenging, this girl has heaps of energy, we can’t walk, run or exercise enough and small barking dogs are not easy to her to figure out. But at home she’s an angel, great with the kids, our other dog, no chewing, good manners. And, when it comes to cuddling, well, she’s a champion. Thankfully we live in a rather pit bull tolerant community, but sometimes people cross the street when they see us coming.

~ Nancy Witters

Super easy! You have to be strong and stick to your guns, but I have actually found the public to be harder to deal with!

~ Ashley Gillit

Easier! I mean, training and raising any type of dog isn’t easy! Their personalities make it worth every chewed up shoe, every pint of drywall I’ve had to buy, even a new pair of glasses, because the love and respect you get in return is priceless! I encourage to my friends and family to adopt pit bulls because you will get infinite affection and love for you and your whole family. Patience is a virtue, and it’s definitely recognized in my eyes as “easy” when you get to share those moments with your pup. I could never think of my life without my boy, Shiner!

~ Molly Speranza

Harder – Our boy came to us leash aggressive/reactive. He was a stray found on the mean streets of Los Angeles, so where he got the “attitude” we don’t know. But he is the sweetest, most gentle, loving and smart dog we’ve ever had. Two years later and he can still snap on a leash, but most of the time he’s fine. He can also be sweet, gentle and nurturing with a puppy mill foster puppy we are fostering.

~ Nancy Black

Easier – they are so eager to please and just want to make everyone happy. We’ve fostered a few, but just adopted our first last month. He is doing so great. I’m pregnant and have another baby. We have cats and small animals. He does wonderful with everything, and gives our foster dogs a run for their money! Love this breed, hate the discrimination.

~ Alysa Koryn Collis

Easier. Jack is so happy and only wants to please us. Sometimes a little “over eager” for treats and some loving, but it’s so endearing. He’s like a gigantic furry toddler. He is more nervous than our other dog, but we got him as a puppy with mange, and the first half year of his life was spent just trying to stay healthy. He missed out on a lot of that puppy socializing. He’s amazing with our twin toddlers though, and when I found out I was pregnant that’s what I was worried about. No worries now! The first word out of both if their mouths was “Jack!” No “mama” or “dada,” just “Jack.”

~ Stephanie Roynestad Fuller

Easier. My pit seems to listen to me a lot more than any other dog I have had. And he rarely leaves my side. I love him so.

~ Susan Koebler Malarsky

Harder. Butch is a wonderful dog and luckily, he’s is ok with my other three dogs. However, he is not good with other large male dogs. I tell people it’s because Butch has a Napoleon complex and is jealous of other dogs. The result is I haven’t been to the dog park in seven years. I miss the dog park, but I love Butch. He’s my boo.

~ Susan Fariss

It depends on the dog, our first pittie was more of a challenge than expected – he is a high energy, intense (but loving) guy. In addition, we had no dog experience, so there was a learning curve. Our second pittie is a lot more easy going and we had the experience now to help us. Each dog is different, but we love them both and wouldn’t change a thing!

~ Amanda Theod

Our 4-year-old pit Ella is definitely easier to care for than I thought she’d be! She’s highly intelligent, super sweet and easy going. She even loves our cat, who was here before her. They get along so well. Her only “downfall” is that she is very social and wants to meet and love on every person she sees. We’re working on training her to be patient and wait, but sometimes her excitement gets the best of her. She’s an amazing dog and we’re so happy to have her in our lives.

~ Ashley Powell

Way easier! ~ Jessica Taylor

Way easier. Moose the pit bull therapy dog is a big baby. He’s housebroken, snuggly and was easy to train.

~ Jasmine Grimm

Both. My girl Daisy was the easiest, most eager to please pit bull I ever had. Kama, my 4 1/2 year old is very sweet, but at the same time very headstrong. He knows right from wrong, he just likes to see how far he can push his boundaries.

~ Mark Trawick

I knew having a pittie would be a lot of work, especially getting a rescue puppy. I was ready, but Brutus can sure test my patience! While he’s cuddly, sweet, and lovable, there are days where I wonder what I got myself into! Everything, including clothes and fingers, go into his mouth. And more than one of my kids’ toys have met their demise. As frustrating as it can be, the family loves him! We might huff and puff, but he’s our baby.

~ Jenni Conner

It’s way more work, but way more rewarding too. Because of BSL in Ohio, I have laws that are designed to unfairly punish me and my dogs. It could financially ruin me if something were to happen. It’s a lot of stress, since I rescued two pits. But I love them and they are the best dogs ever.

~ Lyn Clark

Easier and harder at the same time. I knew nothing about pit bulls when I adopted Cinnamon. Heck, I didn’t even know she was one! I expected the very worst. She was “kennel crazy,” and it took me nine months to help her. I have scars on both of my arms where she cut me with her teeth. Never in anger or to be mean, she would just get so excited. I made a commitment to her and meant to keep it. After help from some wonderful trainers and my own dogged pit bull type tenacity, she ended up being a most wonderful dog. She is a great “little mamma” to a few foster dogs that have come my way, she has done therapy work at a children’s psychiatric hospital, entertains the children at the local elementary school with her tricks. She has completely won me over and now I will never not have one!

~ Katherine Smith

Sasha was our first pit and I was so nervous; had no idea what I was getting myself into however, she was a joy. She was a little over a year when we got her and knew basic commands. Krusher on the other hand, when we got him he was 5 months old, fox aggressive (so they said) and no training. His love for food made training him a breeze, not to mention his love for attention made it all the better. Overall it’s been a learning experience for me and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Besides my children, I’d never thought I could/ would love anything so much…God showed me I can!

~ Kelli Parker

It’s no harder than any other dog. All dogs require love, food, medical attention, play time and walks. Give any breed of dog that and you will get unconditional love in return. I went from a 12 pound terrier to a 57 pound pit. He is a loyal and loving family pet. Absolutely great with our two grandchildren. He was good with other dogs, until an aggressive dog came after us on our walk. Since then he seems a little more defensive when he sees other dogs now.

~ Michele Zajicek LaPorta

Before Lucy (who was found on the side of the road when she was a puppy), I had only had retrievers. Caring for Lucy has been much easier than we expected. She moved into a house with two cats and we never had any problems (we know how lucky we are with that). She’s been a great ambassador in our neighborhood for this misunderstood group of dogs!

~ Meghan Kissell

When my husband told me he wanted to get a pittie, I was like “not a chance” (as I was one of the ignorant ones who only heard negative things about the breed). I reluctantly agreed and sure am glad I did! She is wonderful, only wants to please, very little training needed, hangs out with us all day at our shop and greets the customers, and the biggest cuddle bug I ever met (a bed hog too)! I love my girl!

~ Lisa Moore

Both – he was by far the sweetest natured dog that I’ve had and was by far the most eager to please, but was so exuberant and enthusiastic that it was hard for me to keep up with him with my lifestyle. He lives with his dad now and I miss him terribly, but it was difficult caring for him properly on my own while running a business. I know we all kind of want be as vocal as possible about these phenomenal animals, but there are challenges.

~ Rebecca Zacher

With our first one, I was actually scared of him. I believed all the bad info out there on the breed and was freaked out my hubby brought home such a ‘surprise’. It turns out he is a very gentle dog, but stubborn. We lucked out and he is just a good dog. Our second, is a pit-mix was abused before we got him. So he took extra care when training as everything scared him so much. But he has come out of his shell, and also just become a good dog. Haven’t had any other kind of dog to compare to. But these two are make me want more or the same.

~ Joanna Beskal

Hands down the easiest of any of the dogs we have ever raised in our family! She was the most gentle and personable out of our many labs and golden retriever. Trusted her around children and strangers more than our other dogs. She has passed on, but my husband and I still often talk about how great of a “kid” she was and how much we miss her big pittie smile!

~ Treasa Chopp

Well, the responsibility is a bit harder than I expected. I feel like we have to ALWAYS be good examples, so as not to do any more harm to the reputation. For example: yesterday I had a disagreement with a hotel desk clerk and I wanted to say something not very nice to her b/c she really hurt my feelings and ticked me off but I remembered I was wearing my “Pit Bulls are My Passion” t-shirt and kept it professional. And, I have pit bull magnets on my car so I feel a responsibility to not drive like a jerk, so I don’t hurt the reputation of the breed. But as for the care, feeding, loving of my bully it is a bit easier than previous dogs I have had.

~ Chris Thomsen

Definitely easier. In general, they are sweet, loving and intelligent.

~ Tom Tracy

I find I’m hyper aware of her behavior and how it reflects on her breed – I’m not nearly as concerned with my GSD’s behavior. My pittie has excellent dog skills, but that means she’s really good at telling other dogs when she’s had enough. It’s totally appropriate (a little lip raise, maybe a snark) and it’s always when another dog is being rude, no one would bat an eye if she was anything other than a pittie. But people GASP and I get all upset because I don’t want to add to the stigma.

~ Meghan Longhurst

I am a first time owner. Had my little guy for about a month. So far it is no different then training up any other male dog. I’ve never had good luck in dealing with female dogs, but even if he was a little girl I would have kept him.

~ Andrew Martinez

Sometimes easier…sometimes harder…just as it is with any individual!

~ Sabine Müller

Caring for my pit mix, Emma, is effortless, she’s my doggie soul mate for sure, so most definitely easier in that sense. But there have been obstacles presented with her (like Breed restrictions and unfair discrimination) that have been emotionally taxing, so in that sense, harder. But it’s worth it and I could not imagine life without her!

~ Angela Newby

Since Titan was not only my first pit, he was also my first dog, and he came to me as a senior gentleman. So, I wasn’t strong in the expectations department, but I will say that training him was a breeze. We had some setbacks in the first year with potty training since he was most likely an outdoor dog before being brought to the shelter. But once he got that under control the rest was a snap and at 11, he passed his CGC. I’m constantly amazed how, without continued reinforcement he’s always prepared to do what I ask of him.

~ Virginia Kelly

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5 Responses to “First Time Pit Bull Families”
  1. estabrook says:

    @ I have had pit bulls my whole life. They are the BEST and SMARTEST dogs on the planet, Period!!!!!!!!! Smarter than lots of people, especially the people that use pitbulls for agressive reasons. They are the reason that pitbulls get a bad rap. Its not the dog it is the A – – H – – – ‘s that promote the dog to be agressive and not friendly. Plus media attention, most media people have no idea and don’t no one breed of dog from another. They only now that pitbulls that bite someone is news worthy. Most other dogs of different breeds that bit really dont sell papers. Ive raised 2 kids and have hundreds of friends over and never once have any of my pitbulls ( Ive had around 10 of them) bothered any one. Yesterday my 12 month old grandson had one of his hands down the dogs throat playing with his teeth and the dog was fine.

    Ive been bitten by 2 German Shepherd’s, a Poodle, a Chiwawa, and a Golden and none of those made the news. Most of the people that are scared when you mention that you have a pitbull is because that is the way the media has taught them to react. Ask any Vet about the Pitbull breed, they will back this story 100%. Thanks, Phil

    P.S. I bet the 6 o’clock news would not run this story???

  2. luvzrozes says:

    I have had 2 pits and 1 mix that resembles a pit, but don’t know for sure. Both of the full blooded pits were rescues. The first was from a breeder. She was born with facial deformities (Cleft lip/ cleft palate). She was unable to nurse and was almost gone when we got her at 2 weeks. She roused up with special attention, but did have health problems all of her life. She died unexpectedly at 6 years of age. She was happy and active and was convinced that she was a princess type lap pup and that everyone she met wanted her in their lap. She was a gem, and her biggest problem was the health concerns we had. The other pit followed my son-in-law and a friend home from a walk. We were unable to locate her owners. She was gentle as a lamb with people, but horribly aggressive with other dogs. She had scars on her face and you could tell this was a previously learned behaviour. She was an older dog and with a little extra care keeping her isolated from other dogs, she lived a good life. The biggest concern with her was adapting to her previous learned behaviours and keeping her and other dogs safe. The mix we still have was rescued on an isolated dirt road. We found that he is completely deaf. He is a sweetheart with beautiful blue eyes. The extra concerns with him are not breed specific, but related to his absence of hearing. Pits are what they are taught to be. They can be calm, loving, disciplined and gentle or wild and out of control just the same as any little chihuahua or shitzhu. It ALL depends on their owner.

  3. LauraKlineThornton says:

    I shared 15 wonderful years with Bud, a pit/lab cross. Our newest addition to the family, Lucy is pit/bullmastiff and is just under 9 months old. She is such a joy! Easy to train, eager to please, and a clown at heart. She enjoys socializing with people and other dogs alike. A very loving, fun-loving dog <3

  4. katereeve says:

    Two comments – 1. I LOVE that pic of the one dog cleaning the other dogs ear. My Ruby does that with our other two dogs. She cleans them every day…she is the mom!

    2. My Ruby was my first pit mix and first dog ever – I had cats growing up. She had separation anxiety VERY bad from her previous home. My two pit mixes are very stubborn and way too smart for me. They are a little harder than my boxer to train. However, (don’t get made Boxer lovers – I love ours to pieces) I think our Pittes are just smarter. They KNOW the rules, but they decide what to do. I don’t like being outsmarted!! 😉

  5. lovemypittie603 says:

    MUCH easier!!! I got my 1st dog-of my adult life anyhow-6yrs ago (in Nov) when I was 22 at 8wks. He’s a purebred APBT (I didn’t seek pure, he just happens 2 be) & the doggie love of my life. He housebroke (about 97% anyway, he had a couple accidents til he was 10wks & never again) in 48hrs & I did do some basic training but he never required much, he seems to just KNOW what I’m saying 2 him & asking of him, the VERY FIRST time I told him “off”, he got down, for example. He is by far & large THE most well-behaved, sweet, cuddly dog my family ever had. I do agree they are MUCH more needy emotionally, they’re very sensitive, Dame gets very upset when I am, even if it has nothing 2 do w/him & he follows me EVERYWHERE-incl the bathroom. I also relate to the breedism issue, my mom told me if I got a pit, she would never visit me again…I did it anyway b/c that’s just the way I do things, when he was 10mo, something happened & I had 2 move back w/my mom temporarily, I was raised if u get an animal, it’s for life. Period. So she begrudgingly allowed him…think it took her about 8hrs 2 fall in love & he’s now her fav also. She’s a librarian & now a hard-core pit advocate!!! :-)) w/tact, of course, I tend 2 be less so & can also relate 2 someone above who said they get very protective (not 2 mention angry!) when discussing pitbulls w/close-minded imbiciles. My dog is the best ever-my furry little child, he sleeps under the covers w/me, keeping me warm & on top of me on the couch-not so much appreciated but…whatever. Anyone who knows animals has had 1 pet in their life that they didn’t just love-it touched their soul & Dame is that for me, I will never go back 2 any other breed (although I love all dogs), they are just the best, most loving, loyal, intelligent, goofy, cuddly, even-tempered, laid-back dogs out there!