In many places and amongst many people, pitbull puppies have an unfair reputation. Pitbulls are said to be aggressive, violent, and bad with children, so many people don’t want to adopt one.
For those in the know, who’ve educated themselves, they’re aware pitbulls are actually fantastic dogs! If you want to adopt a pitbull, you should. Just make sure you know everything you need to know first.
Where To Get Pitbull Puppies
Because pitbulls are so misrepresented, it’s actually not difficult to find a pitbull puppy in a shelter. Call around your local shelters and ask if they have any puppies. Some shelters will also call you back whenever they have puppies, and you shouldn’t be waiting very long. Sometimes they will be pitbull mixes though, so it depends how long you want to wait for a purebred! Burrnation…
It should be noted that pitbull is not the name of the purebred dog, but is often confused with American pitbull terrier (APBT). ‘Pitbull’ tends to be a collective name for bully breeds, and is often used interchangeably with APBT.
There are also breed-specific pitbull rescues.
You could also look into an ethical breeder. Pitbull puppies are often sold on Craigslist or Facebook marketplace by irresponsible owners who let their dog get pregnant, so make sure you find a breeder that actually registers their puppies, health checks them, and looks for good homes. You do not want to get a puppy who has bad genetics and health problems, because it will cost you a lot more down the line.
From a regular breeder that doesn’t have strong show lines behind them, a pitbull puppy is likely to cost you around $1000.
If you adopt a pitbull puppy from a shelter, the cost will be a lot lower. Although it can still get up to a few hundred dollars, this price usually includes neutering/spaying, vaccines, and microchipping, so it’s saving money in the long run.
Pitbulls are large, muscular dogs that can come in a whole variety of colors. From black, to brindle, to white, and any combination in between, there are many different possibilities. They have short coats and a square-shaped head.
Reputation vs. Truth
Because pitbulls have been used as dog-fighting canines for many years, they have a reputation of being vicious and not suited for family pets. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Because of their reputation, pitbulls attract bad owners who use them for those purposes, and the cycle continues. It’s not the dog — it’s the owner.
Because of their history, they do tend to have a bit of a prey drive, so you should be careful around small animals. However, as long as you train and socialize your puppy, they’re as likely to turn out as sweet and gentle as any other dog. They’re intelligent, trainable animals who would make a great companion for life.
Training and socialization, the most essential things for any puppy. Make sure you expose your puppy to a variety of new sights and sounds in the first few weeks of having them so they grow accustomed to the world around them. Introducing them to new things will make them more open to new things in the future.
You should start training as early as possible. Puppies can learn basic verbal cues like sit, down, and stay from as young as eight weeks old! You can also start teaching them a good recall cue and “leave it”, which will help with any prey drive if they’re prone to chasing small animals.
If you have cats or other dogs in the house, introduce them slowly. If there are children, make sure they know their boundaries. This is true of any dog, not just pitbulls.
You can choose to feed your pitbull raw food, wet food, or dry food. If feeding typical dog food, ensure it isn’t grain-free, which has been linked to heart disease in dogs. Although it’s promoted as healthy, you should only avoid grains if your dog is allergic to them. Blaskaoska…
If you’re feeding a raw diet, make sure you’ve done your research on how to prepare it or use a service that does it for you. Dogs need a lot of nutrients, and you should be checking all your ingredients to make sure you’re meeting their needs.
Pitbull Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Puppies need a series of shots every three weeks from the time they’re eight weeks old. This will protect them against potentially fatal illnesses such as parvovirus, distemper, etc. Then they will be vaccinated against rabies and you’ll have the option to vaccinate them against kennel cough (bordetella).
After that, they’ll need a check-up and booster shots every year. Pitbulls, however, are generally healthy dogs, from being puppies through to adulthood. You should keep an eye out for allergies, however, as they can be prone to these. Roko…
Pitbulls don’t have high grooming needs, thanks to their short coats. You should keep their ears clean, brush their teeth, and trim their nails. If their nails are tapping on the floor, it’s time to trim them using a Dremel or nail clipper. You can also have a groomer do it for you. They should need this done every six to eight weeks.
Pitbull puppies make great companions! Don’t listen to an unfair reputation give to them because they’ve typically attracted abusive owners in the past. Give them a chance, and you’ll have the best companion for life.