Animals In Print
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From 18 March 2003 Issue
WHAT JILL KNOWS:
Are Pit Bulls Good Dogs?
I like your column a lot. My name is Amy. I'm 11 and my Mom says pit bulls are bad and they fight and are not good pets. I want a dog and she says I can have one but it has to be a good dog. We went to the shelter and they had puppies and big dogs too. The lady said pit bull puppies and big dogs (old) were not bad. They were so sweet and cute. Now I'm confused. Can you tell me if pit bulls are good dogs? My Mom will listen to you. Thanks,
Pit Bull Terriers can be wonderful companions when they are not over bred, and when they are raised in a loving environment and are properly trained. (There are two on my couch, right now!) Without proper training, pit bull terriers can be stubborn or otherwise badly behaved -- just like any breed dog.
A friend of mine has a rescued pit bull terrier (PB Terrier) - Doberman mix girl dog who is sweet and energetic. My two (rescued) PB Terriers I have distinctly different personalities: one is shy and adorably sweet -- something of a wallflower. The other is hyperactive, an incessant chewer, and is somewhat stubborn and hilariously silly. Most PB Terriers I have met do require a good deal of exercise and training, so this is something to seriously consider when selecting a companion animal for adoption.
Perhaps next time you go down to your local animal shelter to look at the dogs for adoption you could ask the shelter attendants which dog they suggest for you, your household and your family's lifestyle. If your Mom doesn't want to have a PB Terrier in the house, I would respect her wishes. Perhaps she is concerned that her home insurance company will not cover your home if you have certain breed dogs, like PB Terriers. (But perhaps it's just that your mom has never met PB's like the big, silly, sweet couch potatoes I live with!)
Best if luck to you and your family in adopting The Perfect Dog for you!
Love and paw pats,
Companion Animal Behavior Consultant
What Jill Knows, Copyright 2002
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