Baby Pitbulls

Caring For Baby Pitbulls

Baby pit bulls are every bit as adorable as are the puppies of other breeds. The one thing that tends to set baby pit bulls apart is the bad reputation the grown dogs have attained. Some will tell you the reputation is completely unwarranted, while others will say that, while baby pit bulls can grow up to become wonderful pets, they have a certain amount of aggressiveness wired into them,  especially towards other dogs, which needs to be taken into account.

It's important, when selecting a pet from a litter of baby pitbulls, that some care be exercised in making the choice. A puppy that is too timid or resists being handled may not be a good choice, nor may a puppy, especially a male, who appears to be intent on being the boss of the litter. An in between choice is often the best one. Choose a puppy that does not appear to be overly aggressive, yet does not shy away, but appears friendly and seems to enjoy your company.

Not Adorable Forever - Like many animal babies, baby pitbulls soon start losing their cuteness. The adult pitbull, with its broad face and short erect ears is not the handsomest of dogs, though pit bull owners naturally think otherwise. In choosing a puppy, it's a good idea to see what the parents look like if possible, or at least view some pictures of adult pitbulls, so you'll know what to eventually expect.

Play Toys - The same principles and practices go into the training of baby pitbulls, be it potty training or obedience training that are followed for most other breeds. Male pitbull puppies are somewhat notorious as far as difficulty in housebreaking is concerned, as they often appear determined to mark their territory, and need constant supervision when not in their crate. As far as play toys are concerned, baby pitbulls, grown puppies, and adults as well seem to enjoy playing with balls as much as anything. Avoid toys that can easily be chewed apart, as the puppy could end up swallowing things not meant to be swallowed. Pull toys, in which one plays tug of war with the puppy are not a good idea as it's felt such toys may encourage aggressiveness.

A Consistent Training Program Is Essential - When you begin training baby pitbulls, the one thing to remember is to be consistent. Few dogs, no matter what the breed, are going to learn things well if training is sporadic, or hit and miss. Some dog owners think training is only required when the puppy is doing something wrong, and that a lesson or two will set things right. Any puppy, left unsupervised or under general unattended conditions, will do plenty of things wrong, and can't easily distinguish right from wrong, especially when everything they're doing is so much fun! The pitbull is one breed you don't want to grow up to be undisciplined or lacking obedience, in any way, shape or form.

Think before You Buy - One of the characteristics of the pitbull breed is that it's eager to please, and in that respect can be an easily managed and obedient pet. The dog must be well trained however, so the aggressive tendencies of the breed are never allowed to come to the forefront. As charming as baby pitbulls are, as adults they will have to be walked on a leash, especially when other dogs may be present. It is often said, when a pitbull creates a problem, it's the owner's fault, and that may be true much of the time. Still, it's always a good idea to know the facts about the breed of any dog you're considering before actually making the decision to purchase, and it's probably not unfair to say that in choosing a pitbull, the decision to buy one has been arrived at only after careful consideration.