It is important to note that “pit bull” is not a breed. It is a generic term used to describe all dogs with similar traits and characteristics known to the public as pit bulls. In the United States, the term “pit bull” refers to the grouping of three breeds: American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and mixes of those breeds.
History tells us that humans created dogs to highlight needed traits and remove unnecessary ones. Originally, pit bulls were bred to meet the need of bull and bear baiting, as well as dog fighting. Over the years, pit bulls have moved away from their fighting lines and into society as family pets. In the 1900s, pit bulls were known as farm dogs, family dogs and military mascots.
While some pit bulls do carry the dog aggressive gene, a majority of the breed are not aggressive at all. For a complete history on the pit bull breed, visit Pit Bull Rescue Central.
Fact: the New Kensington community has a large number of pit bull and pit bull type dogs. In direct correlation, Animal Protectors has a large number of pit bulls in our shelter. On any given day, if we have 23 dogs in our kennels, at least 15 of the dogs will be a pit bull type dog.
Adopting pit bulls, especially in a no-kill environment, can be difficult at times. Generally, this breed of dog has a longer stay at the shelter than other breeds. Our adoption counselors work hard to match people and pets, regardless of breed.
We may ask you a few more questions, or have you visit a few times before adopting a pit bull. We do not do this to annoy potential adopters; we only do this to insure that these dogs find an owner that matches their personality. It can be difficult to place a pit bull into a home once, let alone twice.
Why do you want a pit bull? Pit bulls are not for everyone. These dogs are tough, require a lot of training and companionship and often need to be the only animal in the home. While there are plenty of pit bulls who live harmoniously with other dogs and cats, we do not recommend adopting pit bulls of the same gender. We have found that the most successful relationships are with the opposite sex when it comes to this breed.
Are you prepared for the possible negative comments associated with owning a pit bull? There is a huge misconception that all pit bulls are dangerous dogs. It is very possible that you will be confronted by someone who is fearful of your dog and will make negative comments. How will you handle this situation? This is an unpleasant reality for pit bull owners. Remember to stay calm and explain your positive experiences with your dog and other pit bulls. YOU are the biggest advocate for the breed, don’t let them down.
There is a huge population of pit bulls, not just in our area, but across the U.S. Spaying and neutering is an easy, inexpensive way to help control the population of pit bulls. All of the animals, including pit bulls, leave our shelter spayed or neutered. If you know of someone who has a pit bull in need of spaying/neutering, visit our Spay and Neuter page for more information. You may also refer them to the Pit Fix Plus program, a local service provided by Hello Bully that spays and neuters pit bulls for free.