8 Reasons To Think About When Looking At Pit Bull Dogs

What dog breed are you looking for?

What dog breed are you looking for?

When you look for a dog to buy, what do you look for? Length of hair, temperament, size? I am disturbed by the large amount of pit bull mixed breeds that are in our local shelters, why are so many up for adoption?

I have a pit bull mixed breed dog, and I’m going to share with you my experience, and why people should always consider what they are getting into with the breed they choose.

First of all, I totally understand that each dog is different and has their own unique identity and personality, especially when they are mixed breeds. But I do think there are general, overall qualities that do stick with certain breeds.

Sarge and Rocky

Sarge and Rocky

These are my dogs, the white dog is Sarge who we took from a family member because they didn’t have the room for him in their house. The other dog is Rocky, we rescued him from a shelter and he has, by far, been the best dog we’ve ever owned, thanks to the techniques from the Dog Whisperer.

I want to focus on Sarge since he is the pit bull mix. I want to dispel the negative ideas that people have about pit bulls, they are not vicious unless the owner trains them that way, hence it is the persons fault, not the dog. These are good watch dogs, they will notice when things are out-of-place on your property, and they are good guard dogs since their massive, strong bodies, and loud barks, make them sound worse than they are.

But here are some little known facts about pit bulls people should consider before owning or rescuing one.

  1. Some are big. Our pit is medium size, and I think with his massive muscles he weighs around 100 pounds. Not the best lap dogs, even though they will try to be.
  2. They eat a lot. For the longest time I thought he was eating all the dogs food and leaving none for my other dog Rocky.
  3. They have very little hair. This is a constant problem from fall to spring in our house in the Midwest United States, he whines all the time when he’s cold, and he will become a nuisance trying to get under the covers with you. Sarge has to be in a cage because he sleeps so close I can’t turn over in the bed.
  4. They need constant supervision. Sarge will kill our outdoor cats if we don’t keep an eye on him, I’ve even tried chaining him up and all he does is start digging in my yard and he makes these horrible noises that I’ve never heard a dog make.
  5. He is also very needy and he requires lots of attention, although this could coincide with number 3 and be because they are cold.
  6. They are vocal. Sarge loves to “talk” and I find it very cute and funny until he barks. We live in the country so it doesn’t bother anyone but his barks are so loud and deep that you can literally feel the sound wave go through you, so we discourage him from barking a lot.
  7. They are stubborn, very, very stubborn. If you are considering getting one, I would also sign them up for obedience classes or get educated on how to train the dog yourself, because this type of dog untrained, is a car accident waiting to happen.
  8. Last but not least, they have LOTS of energy and need to run this off every day. Rocky helps in this situation since they can easily burn off energy together, but it can become a problem in the fall and winter months when I don’t want to stand in the cold so they can run, and I can’t leave them unattended or they kill the cats.
looks can be deceiving

looks can be deceiving

All I ask is that people take a minute to really think about whether they want these types of dogs, do some research before you buy or rescue. It doesn’t help the dog to buy or rescue them and not be able to handle them yourself. If people stop getting these types of dogs then maybe people will stop breeding so many of them, because buying them just for the pit bull label is not fair to the dog or you, educate yourself.

I can honestly tell you that I didn’t know what I was getting myself into by helping out and taking this dog, but I will keep him until he dies, because I can be stubborn too, and I want to finish what I start. But I now know, that I will never own another dog like this again, he is a lot of work that I don’t have the energy for anymore.

With the right training and the right type of energetic family, these dogs are a great breed to own.


About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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2 Responses to 8 Reasons To Think About When Looking At Pit Bull Dogs

  1. zestyjazz says:

    OMG YOU JUST BECAME ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS! You have also brought stinging tears to my eyes. I had a pitbull terrier mix for about 13-14 years. She was beautiful, conveniently named “Princess” and the only dog in the shelter who licked at our fingers and faces at the pound as other dogs yapped. She was amazing, stubborn, energetic and very loving. I loved that dog, she had probably 9 lives, was a great running partner, could rip off anyone’s unassuming arm while leashed to chase after a squirrel and loved to jump on counters to eat my mothers prized treats (not sure if she forgave the foodie for consuming her red velvet cupcake). I will ALWAYS have a pitbull, especially when I have kids so that they can walk the dog, play with the dog and essentially have a great loyal and loving companion. My puppy passed this summer at home and while I cried, I knew that that happy pup was rescued and lived joyfully with my family (my father worked from home, she went to VA beach with us, she’s gone on countless hikes etc. etc.). Thank you so much for this post. -Jasmine

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    • Mimic Nature says:

      Sorry to hear about your dog’s passing, they really do become part of the family 🙂
      You’re welcome! I’m glad you had so many wonderful memories with your pit, and even though mine is a pain in the butt, I know it’s those things that I will remember.

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