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Opinions About Pit Bulls
A lot of people have preconceived notions about pit bulls, and they are rarely good opinions. Most people think of them as being large, aggressive dogs that people have a hard time controlling. Many people are also fearful of this type of dog just because of things they have heard about the breeds. Well, I am here to tell you that these notions couldn't be further than the truth. Pit bulls are some of the sweetest, most loving animals, and I'm here to tell you why having one as a pet is so amazing.
1. They Are Large Dogs
If you are a fan of large dogs, you will love pit bulls. They tend to be very large. Mine is around 120 pounds! Although they are large, they are usually not aware of how big they are. They love to cuddle and lay with you, so if you want to do that, make sure you have a big bed for you and your companion.
Being large dogs, they also make great guard dogs. Like German Shepherds and other large dogs, they will protect you if anything bad were to happen to you. You can feel safe and assured that your dog will be on guard to protect you because they love you!
2. They Are Playful
Especially in their young puppy years, pit bulls can be very playful. They love to be active and love to run around. If you have a big yard, he or she will love to run around and play fetch with you. Because they are so large, they typically need a lot of space so that they can get the exercise they need. These breeds love walking and exercising, and playing, so make sure you take the time to play with them and take them on walks!
3. They Are Sweet
Despite what so many think, pit bulls are actually very sweet dogs. They are large dogs with big hearts. If you are good to them as an owner, they will treat you the same way and love you unconditionally. Just like with any pet, however, if you neglect them or don't treat them well, they won't act well.
So many people think pit bulls are mean and aggressive because of what they have seen in the media about dogfighting and other things. Those people are treating those dogs horribly, and it shows. If you treat your dog with the love and respect he/she deserves, they will be nothing but sweet and loving towards you, and there is nothing quite like getting slobbery kisses from a big dog!
4. They Are Child-Friendly
A lot of parents are wary about having big dogs because they think they could be dangerous around small children. I can tell you that I grew up around large dogs, German Shepherds to be exact, and they were nothing but sweet and loving to me when I was just learning to crawl and walk. These dogs loved me and were very protective of me.
Pit bulls are the same way with children. They will love and protect your children, and they love having these young companions to play with. Obviously, with any large dog, you have to teach and show your children how to treat it and interact with it properly, but if you do this, you should not have any trouble making them the best of friends!
5. They Are Companions for Life
Just like any dog, they will be your companions for life. They will be loyal to you and enjoy every moment they have with you. I love coming home to my pit bull because when I get inside, he gets so excited and gets his toy. I can tell by the way he acts that he is happy to see me and happy that I am home. There is nothing quite like coming home to someone so excited to see you! Pit bulls are so loving and happy, and if you train them properly they will be by your side for life!
How to Raise a Loving Dog
Despite what many may think, pit bulls are "gentle giants," and usually very sweet and loving companions. The problem that many have with aggressive dogs has to do with the way they are treated. This is not to say that you might have problems with your dog. Let's say you are going on a walk and your dog sees a cat and starts growling. Well, most dogs would react in this way, but it's how you train your dog to react to these situations that matters the most. If you make clear to them that they don't need to growl, by saying "No, (dog name), it's okay" in a reassuring tone, they will usually stop.
To give an example, when I was little and we took our German Shepherd for a walk, even though she was a nice, friendly dog, she would sometimes growl when she saw strangers walking on the street near us because she was simply just trying to protect us. All we had to do was start talking to the neighbor, gently pat the dog on the head and say "It's okay, they are nice" to the dog, and she would immediately be friendly to the stranger.
It is all in how you handle these types of situations with your dog that determines their behavior. Remember, they are your loyal companions, so they really are looking at your reactions to other people. If they feel there is an immediate threat to you or to them, their instinct is to growl and bark. This isn't just a trait of pit bulls, but of all dogs in general.
So, the key point is that you should love your dog and know that you can have a sweet, gentle, loving pit bull. Pit bulls are wonderful dogs to have as pets, and it really is up to you to teach and train your dog. Remember the saying "Treat others as you would like to be treated"? This idea works the same with dogs. So, be good to your dog. Love them, enjoy life, and be the best dog owner that you can be!
Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 12, 2020:
Very exhaustive article on Pitbulls. Well presented.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 12, 2020:
Very cool article. I was going to say that it is all taught -- good or bad. but I have seen nursing pups kill a runt by depriving it of the milk. But I have never seen a bad dog that was loved by his human buddy.
Pit Bulls are great animals -- some masters suck.
Anne Marie Carr (author) from Richmond, VA on February 12, 2020:
Yes, I believe those horror stories come from dogs that aren't treated as they should be. Thanks for reading!
Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on February 12, 2020:
I believe the horror stories because they simply can't all be false, and I've met Pitts which absolutely terrified me.
That said, I've been walking down the street in areas of Texas which we should consider to be dangerous places for anyone at all to be - and had Pitts just walk up to me, and look at me, and I'm the kind of person who regularly talks to dogs, as though they understand me, would say, "I bet you're a good dog." The dog would look at me like, "Of friggin' course I'm a good dog!"