The Pitbull is a breed of dog that often gets a mostly undeserved bad reputation. So, Pitbull breeding is a sensitive subject. In fact, in many places, Pitbulls are banned. That’s why, if you plan to buy a Pitbull, it’s important to get it from a responsible breeder.
Also, if you already have a Pitbull that you’re thinking of breeding, it’s important to be responsible about that, too. So, let’s talk about both issues, starting with finding a great breeder.
What to Look For in a Pitbull Breeder:
There are several things that should set alarm bells off in your head, when you look for a Pitbull breeder. One big thing is aggression. If the breeder seems aggressive or cruel towards the puppies or encourages the puppies to be aggressive and wants them to be fighting dogs, you shouldn’t buy from them. In fact, you should report them to authorities. They are only perpetuating the bad reputation of Pitbulls.
Next, be careful of breeders who are selling cheap puppies or are unaware of common health problems that the breed has, like hip dysplasia. Anyone who is reputable and intimately familiar with Pitbull breeding should know enough to screen for such medical problems and, as a result, should have incurred fees, which they have to pay for by selling the puppies. Cheap puppies indicate a lack of proper care, especially medical care.
If you’ve ruled all of those problems out, you aren’t done yet. You also need to look out for breeders who want to sell their puppies too early. Generally, that’s another sign that they only care about making a profit, not about the Pitbull breed.
In addition, if you can’t see the puppy’s parents, videos of the parents or, at least, photo of the parents, don’t buy the puppy. When it comes to Pitbull breeding, proof of lineage is very important. It helps to preserve the breed as a whole, but it also helps to guarantee the new owner that their puppy is at least likely to be healthy and have a good temperament.
Also, you should be careful not to buy from a breeder that over-sells their dogs. For example, if a breeder says that a Pitbull is a great dog for any family, walk away. Pitbulls are wonderful dogs and many of them make great pets, for the right owners. However, not every family is meant to own a Pitbull. A good breeder should want to screen any potential owners to make sure that the family is a good fit and that their house and property are a good fit, since Pitbulls are also notorious escape artists.
Finally, you should look for the things you would expect from any dog breeder, regardless of breed. That is, the dogs should be well cleaned for. The house and property should be reasonably clean and the dogs should look happy, healthy and friendly.
What to Look For in the Pitbull Itself:
In general, Pitbulls should be intelligent and quick to learn. They also love people. So, when selecting a puppy, make sure that it seems as interested in befriending you as you are in befriending it. Also, if you’re looking to show or breed the dog, make sure that you get proof of lineage and that the Pitbull’s appearance and temperament match the breed standard.
Breeding Your Own Pitbull:
Now, if you have your own Pitbull and want to breed it, there’s a whole other set of information that you should know about Pitbull Breeding. First of all, you shouldn’t breed your Pitbull unless it has a traceable pedigree and displays all the proper physical traits, as well as personality traits. Why?
Well, in many areas, Pitbulls are banned. They have a bad reputation, due mainly to bad breeding and bad ownership. People breeding them for illegal fighting or allowing them to escape and run loose and go without proper training have done a lot to damage the breed’s population.
What that all boils down to is that there are a lot of Pitbulls already out there who can’t find good homes. Many of them will be destroyed, simply because they are Pitbulls. So, it’s important to preserve the breed, but it’s also important not to increase the Pitbull population unless those puppies are going to help to preserve the bloodline and improve the Pitbull breed’s reputation.
Remember that being a responsible breeder of Pitbulls isn’t just about the dog you’re breeding, either. You need to make sure that the dog it’s being bred with also has the right lineage, proper health and a good owner, for one thing. Pitbull Breeding is, after all, a huge responsibility for everyone involved.
Because of over-population and how many Pitbulls and other dogs are without homes, you also should pre-select families for the potential puppies before you ever breed your Pitbull. When you do that, keep in mind that Pitbulls tend to have a strong instinct to go after small animals, like cats, rabbits and many other dogs. So, they should go to families that don’t have other pets, typically. It’s also a good thing to avoid selling Pitbulls to families with babies or small children. Also, Pitbulls are fairly big dogs. They have a lot of energy. So, it’s good for them to go to homes where they’ll have a big, fenced in yard to run and play in.
The other thing you need to remember is that there’s a considerable expense that goes along with breeding your Pitbull, particularly if you own the mother. She’ll need veterinary care. Also, you’ll be responsible for the pups for the first several weeks of their lives and you should guarantee the new owners that you will take the pups back if there are problems. So, you should be willing to accept the responsibility and cost of potentially raising one or more of the pups, if things don’t work out. That’s just part of responsible Pitbull breeding.
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Chad talks about how to pick the perfect Pitbull.
He also talks about how to make sure your Pitbull is never aggressive to people or other animals. He also talks about Pitbull breeding and how to choose the right breeder.
Chad also covers the history of the breed, the myths and undeserved dark clouds surrounding the breed and much more.