Pit bulls have a reputation for being aggressive but, in fact, aggression is an individual trait that isn't always determined by genetics and pit bulls can be trained, like any dog, to not be aggressive towards people or other dogs. Some pit bulls are very aggressive because they came from neglected or abusive environments.Continue Reading
However, there are many pit bulls that have come from these kinds of environments and are actually quite friendly and timid. Another thing that goes contrary to popular belief is the idea that pit bulls who have been trained to fight other dogs are naturally very aggressive towards people. These types of dogs are actually less likely to be aggressive towards people because they have been trained by human beings.
People that own pit bulls should never try to train them to be more aggressive as this can lead to dangerous consequences and can be interpreted as animal abuse. Some dogs are aggressive by their nature, and this can't always be explained by their breed or their background. Dog owners are advised to learn their dog's personality traits before they bring them into situations where they will be in contact with other people and other dogs. Pit bulls, like all other dogs, can be trained to abstain from bad, aggressive behavior, but dog owners should also understand that these behavioral problems can't be fixed, they can only be prevented. Because of this, dog owners should have a system for how they train and take care of their dogs.
Rottweilers and pit bulls are both highly prized for their effectiveness as guard dogs. Though not particularly large, they are imposing, powerful dogs that can be counted on to protect their owners.Full Answer >
Pit bulls live to be 10 to 16 years old, depending on the type. The American pit bull terrier typically lives to be 10 to 12 years old, while the American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier live 12 to 16 years and 12 to 14 years respectively.Full Answer >
While apartment complex rules regarding pit bulls vary by complex, pit bull owners can visit MyPitBullIsFamily.com to view a list of pit bull-friendly complexes in the state in which they are looking for apartments. For example, as of 2015, Swan Lake Luxury Apartment Homes in Tampa, Florida, and Greenbriar Townhomes Apartments in Kingsland, Georgia, welcome pit bulls. MyPitBullIsFamily,com encourages visitors to send an email if they do not see any apartment listings in their desired area.Full Answer >
The origin of pit bulls is a disputed topic. Some believe that the Molossus, an extinct Greco-Roman dog breed used as shepherds, guard dogs and later for fighting, hunting and war, was the ancestor of pit bulls. They eventually made their way into Britain where they became known as the Mastiff dog breed and later developed as fighting dogs. Breeders also crossbred the Mastiff-like dogs with Terriers to combine the Mastiff's strengths with the Terrier's intelligence.Full Answer >