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Q: My first Pit Bull, any info welcomed...........

July 18, 2008 | By Kimberly F. | 8 answers | Expired: 2221 days ago

Kimberly F.

Georgia Blue is my first ever Pit Bull, she is so georgous and has such beautiful eyes. Our family would love to hear from anyone else who has had to good fortune to spend their lives with Pits. We are learning aboud BSL and are trying to inform all around us that Georgia is a well behaved and loving animal. The response from people here in West Virginia is a little daunting, most people will come up to her and say "Oh what a beautifull puppy, what is she"? when we respond "Pit Bull" they literally back up and panic............ Yep! Afraid of a puppy.

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Melissa and Bossie F.
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Jul 20, 2008

Well I get a similar reaction when I bring Memphis out. People think he is soooo adorable until I tell them he is a pit bull. I try to associate him with dogs of other breeds but he is the biggest dog (breed) in my neighborhood. Most of the other people have small dogs like chewwaawaa (unsure of how to spell that). They almost make their dogs run away from mine. Not to mention that everyone is afraid of pit bulls. This stereotype is not only unreasonable, but unfair. I say meet other people with pit bulls and set up play dates. Thats what I started to do. You have to be careful though, some people do raise their pits to be "killers" and "fighters" so make sure you know them and ask questions. It is important to bring your pit around other pits just as its important that she see other breeds. Memphis's best friend is a chocolate lab who is the same age as him. As far as people, let them pet the puppy and play with her a little bit before you tell that what her breed is. Then they will see that this misunderstanding of pits is all wrong. If you have some advice for me though, I appreciate it. This is my first puppy ever.

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0ni
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0ni

Jul 20, 2008

well i have to say i dont get that when i walk my pit but i know what it feels like but anyway i love pits and would love to see pics of your pup and seeing that u are a 1st time owner take a look at this site we would love to have u there are people to help u with what ever u need www.gopitbull.com/pitbullforums/ see u there

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Marta J.
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Jul 19, 2008

Unfortunately I get that all the time. Once I was at our local beach and my two pits were way out with my husband swimming and some women wouldn't go out in the water because there were Pitbulls in the water. I nicely said they were my dogs and very well trained, and therapy dogs. She still had a fit and called the police. The cops came and asked me to take them out of the water. I told him (nicley) that I talked to the Animal Control officer the week before to find out my rights on the beach, and he told me that on the beach they had to be on a leash, but in the water no. There are no laws on the books about dogs in the water since no one owns the water. He further said if you get a ticket you can fight it and win. I wanted to say nah nah to the women. I told the cop when they came out of the water in a few minutes we would leave. Since that's what we normally did, I was fine with that. Just goes to show you how unreasonable some people can be.

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Percysmom
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Jul 19, 2008

When people ask you what type of dog is she perhaps you should change your answer a bit. Depending on what she actually is, you could respond with: Ammerican Staffordshire Terrier (Amstaff), Staffordshire Terrier, English Bull Terrier, American Bulldog Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier. Putting it that way takes the edge off the name a bit and people often don't even realize that an Amstaff for example, is even in the same family of so called Pit Bulls. This is an opportunity for you though. You may be able to educate those people who seem afraid of your dog on just how wonderful these breeds actually are. They are so misinformed by the sensationalism of the press and it's sad. I think they're wonderful sweet blockheaded dogs and they make me laugh! I often refer to my cousins Amstaff as a gooberhead as the worst he does to me is drool all over my pants! Good luck! I hope you are at least able to change some people's minds about these wonderful dogs!

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Debbie K.
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Jul 19, 2008

You need to inform them about the real pit bull breed, not the one the media portrays. You should have a list of answers ready to debunk any pittie myth they might have come across. Like when someone exclaims "Oh my! They are dangerous! Why would you have a dangerous dog" You say "Well actually, they are one of the most loyal breed out there and..." and spew off the correct information. Education is he best weapon against the rep pits have, in my opinion. Some people won't change their minds, but many will. I don't even own a pit bull and during my 4 months working at a PetCo, I change many peoples minds about pits, including one of the workers.
You just need to show them shes well behaved, and the way the media portrays all pits is actually only true for a small portion or them.

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Boblolly
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Jul 19, 2008

I've had my shar pei/pit bull mix for a year. I let people get to know her before I told them she was part pit bull. When asked, I told people she was a shar pei/ terrier mix. I wasn't hiding the fact she's part pit, but I didn't want people to rush to judgement. Now all of my neighbors now she is part pit bull and they love her. She's very sweet. Hopefully your dog will help change the image of pit bulls in your neighborhood. Good luck!

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Ethel02
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Jul 19, 2008

There is nothing you can say that will change peoples mind it's ashame they have a bad rep. when it's some of the owners & breeders that have caused the problem, all you can do is be a good dog owner it's what every dog owner should do but you will have to be extra careful, always keep in a fenced yard that she can't jump out of please never let her run free no dog should unless it in an enclosed area a dog can get scared or confused and nip at a child or other pet or adult but if a pit does it forget it, always walk on a leash and clean up after your dog make sure she is socialized and love her. Good luck to you!!!!

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ChicoanVolunteer
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Jul 18, 2008

Aww, I'm sorry your neighbors have reacted that way! You'll just have to help your dog bust the rumors and fear about pitts. Having her not jump up, and lay down and wag her tail when people try and pet her would be a great start.

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