Selecting the Ideal Pit Bull Temperament
So, you’ve decided to get a pit bull? Good for you! You’re going against the grain – the bias, prejudice, and so on – and getting a pit bull.
How do you pick the best pit bull puppy from the litter?
Tests To Give Your Prospective Pit Bull
When you’re looking at a pit bull litter, you can run a number of tests to find out which one is the best bet. No test is guaranteed to get you a perfect puppy, but you can run through a number of them to give you a higher likelihood of picking the best puppy in the litter.
Small Child Test – Take your children along to the pit bull breeder. A puppy that engages your children is a better bet than one shies away from them. Check out the puppy’s expression. Is it soft, sweet, and submissive, or does it stare coldly straight ahead or look uncomfortable? A good reaction will be soft and submissive. This is a genetic, inborn trait in good pit bulls, and it will happen even with pit bulls who haven’t been around children before.
Don’t Do Anything Test – Sit without moving and watch what the puppies do. Don’t make any noises. Which ones forget about you and go back to doing their own thing? Which ones keep trying to make contact with you? You want a puppy that’s fully engaged with you.
Move Test – Touch or push away a puppy in a playful way. Be gentle. Just move it a little with your foot and hand. See what it does. If it comes running back to you, then it’s probably a more outgoing puppy. If it leaves after one or two pushes, then it’s probably a more submissive-type puppy.
Walking Away Test – Stand up and walk a few steps away. Which puppies follow you? Which stay where they are? It’s good to choose a puppy who is interested in followed you.
Alarm Test – Have someone hit or rap on a door or wall. See which puppies jump up and start alarm barking. Which ones jump up, with a wagging tail, to see what’s going on? Which ones start alarm barking? The ones that start alarm barking might be a little uneasy. You don’t want that kind of temperament.
Where Should You Purchase A Dog?
It’s not just selecting the right temperament. You have to take a step back and make sure the stock you’re selecting from is healthy.
You want to buy a dog from someone or somewhere where the breed’s welfare, the dog itself, and the community is kept in mind. An unethical breeder who treats his stock poorly shouldn’t be patronized with your business. You don’t want to work with a seller whose main motivation is money.
If you choose a shelter or rescue organization to get your dog, go to one where the staff is breed-savvy. Your best bet is to go to a single-breed rescue. An all-breed rescue is likely to be run by people who might not be as familiar with the pit bull.
A breeder might be unethical, too. An unethical or beginner breeder might just want to make a sale. An ethical breeder will be truthful with you about the various dogs they have in stock.
A good breeder can show you some of the puppy’s relatives. While you have no idea how the puppy will turn out, you can get a nice guess at it by looking at some of its relatives.
Don’t be afraid to get a pit bull. Don’t believe all the hype and prejudice there. You do need to remember to pick one from a reputable place and to choose one with a healthy temperament.