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Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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Black Pitbull — The Complete Guide

Staci
Jul 23 ·

If you’ve decided you want a black pitbull, congratulations on choosing an awesome companion! However, as with any dog, you should do your research and make sure you’re well-prepared before committing to this friend for life. This is Lucifer…

Here’s everything you need to know about a black pitbull.

Where To Get A Black Pitbull

To start, you need to know where to get one! You have three major options.

A Shelter

Due to their unfair reputation, there are often many pitbulls in shelters. The rehoming fee is fairly low, and the shelter will often spay or neuter and microchip the dog for you.

The downside is, you often have no idea of the dog’s history or temperament, and it’s difficult to find puppies in shelters.

A Rescue

Breed-specific rescues will take on dogs to foster so they can find them permanent forever homes, and shouldn’t be confused with shelters. The downside to a rescue is that the adoption fees often run high and they tend to be extremely picky about who their dogs go to.

Home visits are often commonplace.

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A Breeder

You can always go to a breeder, but you should do so ethically. Ethical breeders will health check their puppies, get them up to date on shots, and will never give you a puppy before they’re eight weeks old, as they should still be with their parents.

The Cost

Assuming they aren’t from amazing showlines, the cost of a black pitbull should be around $800-1000. You might find backyard breeders selling puppies for far cheaper on Facebook or Craigslist, but don’t be tempted. These puppies are often so cheap because they haven’t cost much to raise, and don’t have good socialization or any shots.

Black Pitbull Appearance

Black pitbulls are large, strong dogs. They can often look very intimidating, but there’s no need to worry. As long as they’re brought up well, they’ll be amazing companions.

They tend to be very muscular and thick, with short coats. This is Dante…

Temperament

Pitbulls have a scary reputation. There are those who say pitbulls are always aggressive, and always have a moment when they snap. That puts many people off owning one.

It couldn’t be further from the truth. Although pitbulls were initially bred for dog-fighting, that doesn’t mean they’re bred for the same thing today. While some dogs will have genetic traits left over from those days, you can dog-test them to make sure they’re safe, and there are dogs with concerning traits in any breed!

Pitbulls are loyal and loving, as long as you give them socialization and training when they’re young — just like any dog. The critical socialization window is the best time to expose them to as many new things and people as possible. After that, they should be good to go, though you should keep up the socialization as best you can.

Diet

Talking about diet often gets dog owners arguing. Some people love raw diets and some people prefer kibble.

If you choose kibble, make sure it’s high-quality and absolutely not grain-free. Grain-free foods have been linked to heart disease in dogs. You can look at the ingredients and make a decision from there, but you should make sure there isn’t too much filler.

If you do choose to feed your dog a raw diet, this is fine, but make sure it’s been created by a professional. If you try to feed your dog raw yourself, with no research done, they might end up missing out on some vital nutrients.

Black Pitbull Veterinary Needs

Like any other dog, black pitbulls will need shots every three weeks until they’re around sixteen weeks old. These shots will protect them from distemper, parvovirus, and other diseases. They’ll also need a rabies shot.

They’ll then have to go back to the vet every year for booster shots and a check-up. Vets will check for parasites or any other problems they could possibly be having. Fortunately, pitbulls tend to be healthy and aren’t prone to any severe health issues.

It’s always helpful to have pet insurance so you’re covered if something were to go wrong.

Grooming

Because these dogs usually have a short coat, pitbulls don’t have high grooming needs. You’ll have to get their nails trimmed every six to eight weeks to make sure they don’t hurt the dog (or you!). A good rule of thumb is, if the nails are tapping on the floor when they walk, it’s time for a trim.

You should also clean their ears and brush their teeth regularly. They should be on flea and tick prevention medication to make sure they don’t get any of those. This is Ramsey…

This is pretty much all you need to know about getting a black pitbull! Don’t let their reputation scare you off if you’ve been dreaming about one. These dogs are majestic-looking animals that are just as capable of being as sweet and loyal a companion as any other dog.

Just make sure you keep up with their veterinary needs and socialization, particularly in the critical period, and you’ll be set.

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Staci
Staci is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. When not writing, she spends most of her time trying to keep up with her four rescue cats and Australian shepherd puppy.
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