I posted a little while ago about wanting a puppy, but worrying about not having the time. Well, things have worked out PERFECTLY and I will be able to get a puppy with my new roomate (puppy will be home alone ~2-3 hours at most throughout the day). I can get the puppy around Sept 1. I will be reading up on the No Free Lunch method and my roomate will be familiar with it as well. Also, I will probably be doing obedience classes. I looked online and also asked a police officer and as far as I can tell chicago has no active or proposed BSL. So, I want a pit or american bulldog (or mix of the two). So, my questions to you guys are:
1. Anything else I should be doing to prepare? 2. Where should I get the puppy (i know reputable breeder, but who/where)? I do NOT want a poor puppy shipped accross the US. Also, I will spend a reasonable amount, but nothing too astronomical.
Congrats! One thing you may want to consider is living arrangements.. If you own the house, you're good. If you rent, you could find yourself in a bind because lots of places won't allow pit bulls or anything that looks like them or have a weight limit (the weight would apply more to an AB, likely). Even if the current landlord is okay with it, it can be very hard in the future to find a place that will let you rent. Not trying to be a wet blanket, just didn't know if you'd thought of that.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
We actually adopted Lucy (my one eyed Bully) from a rescue off of petfinder.com. After volunteering for a local rescue I have found that in reality... Bully's are not for everyone. I was lucky enough to find a personality and companion that fit me to a T and had some of the same qualities that I have =)
Two things I started right away were training and socialization. I found one in my area that had good results with rescues, and went to classes with her. We have been slowly starting some agility and she is really doing very well. She has deff. become a big part of our family she loves to run with me daily, go to work (nap time), and then play & cuddle with her poodle cousins on the sofa at night =)
I couldn't have asked for a better dog that has as great of a disposition as she has. I would recomend this breed for anyone with the time, patience, and a willingness to understand & love these truly comical lovebugs.
Good luck & I would recomend checking out a rescue in your area, as they may be able to offer you some great advice as to what to what disposition/breed may fit you best! =)
I can understand being nervous about getting any large dog from the pound... being my first rescue I had a lot of people tell me that this would be a big responsibility.
The truth is, I was at the point in my life where that was exactly what I needed. Finding Lucy was, what I believe, to be a blessing. She made me get up and meet more people in my community. She continually changes the way a lot of people, including myself, feelings about shelter pets even the bully breed itself.
True to any breed: The owner who is not willing to train, educate, and most importantly learn is essentially the one who ruins it for all.
I would adopt a 3 yr or older from a shelter if temperment checks out fine. No problem. Here's why. Pitbulls mature a lot slower than other dogs. They don't reach full maturity until 2 1/2 to 3 yrs old. By then their temperment has been established and you will know if there are any behavioral issue. How puppies from the shelter turn out is always a question. Even though you socialize them and raise them in a family environment, you don't really know well bred they were.
Example: My pitbull Grace was rescued as a very small,(4 weeks) from a horrible situation. She was loved on and exposed to other dogs and cats. At the age of 3 her personality changed. She does not get along with other dogs, except my other pit Reese, and she has decided that she will not tolerate cats with the exception of my one cat Max. I was prepared for the possibility of Grace's temperment because she was so ill-bred. I feel fortunate, though, because she is an extreme people lover. She loves men in particular and loves kids.
So, don't hesitate to rescue an adult pitbull from the shelter. A lot of people are afraid to and opt for the pups. There are no guarantees that a pup will be free of behavioral issues. With the adults, what you see is what you get.