I do not understand why she can not have small children. That in itself is ridiculous! I have 2 girls (13 & 5) they lay on our dogs, play fetch, run, take food from their mouths, anything they wish. My dogs have been raised with my kids and they are wonderful with them. However, we have spent the time with them to get to this point. I am not an idiot though, my kids are never left alone when we have 2 of them running the house/yard together. (just incase something happens) Which it hasnt. But we are "cautious" enough to know not to be stupid. My dogs have not shown any dog agression to this date. but leaving my children alone with 2 of them running around would just be idiotic in my mind.
Yes, the dog does need exercise, companionship, love, and a healthy environment to grow up in. I am not denying that. Also you need to be careful with smaller animals around the Pit. NOT all pits will attack, but to say yours wont is being an irresponsible owner.
I never thought I would own a bully, but fate has a way of working it out.
Lucy is a bully but has none of the charcteristics that people typically think of about bullys. In fact I tell her daily she is more of a poodle than a monster lol... She actually has a very inviting look and personality; smiling, wiggling, and always down to play with her ball. She has been in basic training and is still in agility; She does very well with routine and I do change it up a bit just for something new. We have & do socialize with children, small/big breeds, and men to help calm any fears that she may have about them. We actually started out in anapartment and she did very well but when our lease was up and they went condo we were not able to find many places that allowed any dogs, let alone a bully. She plays with my parents poodles and we havent had any incidences; she has known them since the begining, is very submissive, and is easy going.
That being said, there are a lot of stereo types against the breed in our local community. She is not allowed at doggy day care due to her breed (so she comes to work with me or I go home at noon), she is not allowed to fly, go on the trains, and many kennels wil not take them (so we drive), many apartment complexes have rules against them (so we bought a house lol), many insurances will not cover dogs (so we found one that does), and the list goes on.
They really are lovely dogs and I can't say enough good about them, what I can say is that it does rest on the owners shoulder's as to what "type" of dog you are going to raise. If you are not willing to put forth the training, routine, supervision, and genuine love into any dog (no matter the breed) then its not time for a dog... Period.
"My only question is time spent with the dog" So to this.... it will be tough if you live alone and want an 8 week old puppy, mainly just those 8 hr work days. But, only for a while. Once the dog is 8 - 9 months old it can hold it that long. Have you considered adopting an older dog? It doesn't have to be too old, but old enough for you to be through the "small bladder" phase? I don't remember if your post mentioned that it had to be a puppy.
There are plenty of pits in shelters if you think that is the kind of dog that you want. Of course, getting an older dog opens the door to "it might have a temperment problem" but to me that argument doesn't hold much weight. You can try to find a 6 - 10 month old pup. It will be very impressionable and ready for a healthy dose of training! I think that if your living situation is stable, and you know what you are getting into as far as dog ownership, that you are ready. I was very afraid when I got my dog, but after jumping in, I couldn't be happier. Good luck, follow your heart, and if now is not the perfect time, then it will be that much greater later when it is the perfect time!
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I am going to wait on getting a pit puppy. The reasons:
Doggy Day Care is not cheap (~$600/month) and while they do not strictly ban pits, the guy told me that they do temperament testing on all dogs and are VERY strict and cautious with pits - many aren't allowed in.
Time situation. In a year or so I'll probably buy a townhome and either have my friend or girlfriend live with me. I will still do a lot of walks and play time when I'm around, but at least this way I can have it scheduled that the dog can at least go to the bathroom in the backyard when the roomie is home. This will cut down on crate time throughout the day a lot.
Thank you for your input. I dont take any of it as offensive towards me personally. I realize I can be an intelligent, good person and still not be a good pet owner. The whole point was to try to judge if I'd be a good pet owner, not the type of person I am.
vandeja1- I think that you are very smart and mature and I bet you would make a great per owner. I just think you might be happier owning maybe a rotti or GSD or american bulldog or something in that direction from the start then maybe getting a pit once you've had the experience of that type of dog. I bet you'll do the right choice when the time comes being as cautious as you are :)
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
Good decision. You seem to know what you want, and are willing to do what it takes to be a responsible pet owner! You don't find that often. I feel any pet would be happy/lucky to have you as their owner.
I have to chime in here on the American Bulldog comment. AB's can be DA just like APBT's. In many places they are looked at just like APBT's. I have an AB and she is DA with other female dogs. They require the same amount of exercise and time as an APBT. They can have a high prey drive as well. AB's are another breed that shouldn't be left alone for long periods of time. Socialization is just as importand with an AB as a APBT. They are alike in more ways than one sometimes thinks.
I also think you are making a wise decision. Research breeds start with the breeds you would like to own see if they fit your lifestyle, APBT's, AST, Boxers, AB's, SBT's Bull Terriers and others are a lot alike. Also don't forget the smaller breeds such as French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, mini Bull Terriers Bostons etc.....
You can't go wrong with a Bully breed, then again this is comming from someone who has always owned a bully breed so I could be biased. :-)
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