Do Pit Bull Dogs Make Good Pets?
"Stunna" the Pit Bull a.k.a. "The Couch Potato"
Last night, I had to share the couch with Stunna, my son's pit bull puppy (whom I was babysitting). As I laid down to stretch out, Stunna immediately proceeded to edge between me and the couch, closed his eyes, and began to snore loudly in my ear. Not one to move a comfortable dog, I let him sleep there with me until I woke up this morning.
Now, maybe this little scenario doesn't mean a lot to you but it speaks volumes about me and my idea about pit bull puppies and pit bull breeds in general. For so many years, I have heard about how "vicious" these dogs are, how "unpredictable" they are, and how "bad of pets" they make. Well, I have to tell you that from my experience, I think pit bulls are getting a very bad rap. Without knowing the specifics of each case, I think that they are a great breeds that have perhaps gotten some very bad press. I also feel a lot of those "bad apples" are those dogs that have been raised in the wrong way.
I mean hey . . . just ask Stunna, certified couch potato, snorer, and all around chill dude. I've fallen in love with his catfish face and his turtle head. Yes, Stunna is a pretty stocky little guy (he's about 8 months old now) but he is just a fantastic dog. I'm really really glad my son got him.
Pit Bulls Have Gotten a Bad Rap
Now Stunna the pit bull puppy comes from a prestigious background (he does have papers) so maybe having good bloodlines has attributed to Stunna's casual kick back attitude. All I know is that we have many other cats and dogs, and Stunna fits in well with all of them. The cats ignore him, he ignores them and the only thing he seems really interested in is spending time with my son and sleeping. He also loves to take walks.
When he walks down the street he looks like a little gladiator, all muscled up. So based on looks, I can see why one would be attracted to a pit bull's stature . . . they have a very stocky build and unlike my other fur-babies, are very solid. Stunna also has some really cute markings, with lots of pink on his nose and paws.
I am told that Stunna is an American Blue Nose Pit Bull Terrier. He is very loyal, quiet and loves to cuddle. Speaking of cuddling, this is Stunna's favorite past-time. He literally climbs up on your lap, digs his face into your neck and leans into you. Besides my border collie Karma, I have never known such a cuddly dog. A far cry from the killers I was told these dogs were!!! I think back to when I was growing up and Doberman Pinchers were considered the "bad dog breed" back then. That anyone who had one or was around one needed to be careful because of how "vicious" they were. I think perhaps that today pit bulls are getting that same bad rap, and as for me, I just wanted to tell my own personal pit bull puppy story.
If you are looking for a dog, possibly consider buying or rescuing a pit bull puppy. At least look into the breed to see if this type of breed would be the right fit for your family. I think perhaps this is one of the worst mistakes new dog owners make — not looking into the dog breed before bringing a puppy home. I also have border collies and they are not for everyone! Although the smartest dog breed in the dog kingdom, border collies require a lot of attention, exercise, and time. Just like pit bull puppies, not all breeds may be the right fit for you or your kids. But I would definitely say don't be afraid to consider having a pit bull puppy. Stunna is a great dog and a very welcome addition to our family, catfish face and all!!