The other day when we were out with the pooches, we met some people who said they were interested in owning a pit bull. They said they had read so many positive things about the breed, and they loved how well-behaved our pooches were, but the also wanted to know if there was a "catch" or a downside to owning pit bulls. We hadn't really thought about it for awhile, but just as there are specific things you might need to know before owning any breed of dog: from Basset Hounds to Greyhounds to Great Danes--there are specific things you should be aware of before choosing to adopt a pit bull. Of course, every dog will be different, but these are some things we learned along the way:
Pit Bulls are Spokesdogs:
Because they have such a negative reputation, people judge the breed on each specific pitbull they see. So they are no longer just dogs: they are spokespeople. We have to work that much harder because we know if they misbehave in public it lets all pit bulls down. We have done a lot of training with our dogs, and we make sure to be consistent with our expectations.
Know Your Dog
Because our dogs are judged so often, we have made sure to know their body language and habits so we can put them in situations where they will be successful. We have gotten to this point by going on so many daily walks.We know if we see a little dog Mr. B. will get scared, so we just move out of the way. We can read Miss M's body to see if she's too excited and will potentially jump to meet someone, so we just remove her from the situation.
Have a Thick Skin
We actually don't notice it that much anymore, because it seems like we get so much more positive support, but I definitely noticed it in the beginning: people will cross the street when they see you coming, you get a lot of side glances, and even the occasional rude comments. We realized we can't change everyone's perception, but this is why we started our blog: to let people know what our everyday is like with the dogs.
These are just our experiences with our dogs. Pit bull people--did we leave anything out?
Other breed owners--what are some specific things people should know about your dogs' breeds that are often overlooked?