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Learn what is normal for the breed and ask questions of your rescue/shelter/breeder. For example: Does the dog offered for adoption/sale have a history of failed homes or undesirable behavior? Is he overly fearful or too easily aroused to do well in a home setting? Unfortunately, not all sources that offer pit bulls adhere to breed standards for temperament. This can translate to heartache for you and failure for the dog. The good news is there are lots of amazing pit bulls out there just waiting for you to find them. Learn the difference between a lemon and a gem so you can enjoy the best of this incredible breed!
UKC Breed Standard on Pit Bull Temperament:
"The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The breed's natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable."
Meet Frankie, Boy George, Buster and Brody. These dogs were found in high kill shelters and hand selected for their desirable qualities. For information on these dogs, or on how to identify a sound second hand pit bull or a reputable breeder, visit BAD RAP