7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Pit Bull

Pit bulls make great family pets despite what some potential pet parents might think. Here are seven reasons you should adopt a pitty.

Courtney Elliott

Updated November 10, 2022 • Published October 27, 2022

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7 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Pit Bull

It's no secret that pit bulls have been the subject of controversy throughout the years. Sensationalist stories in the media, their unfortunate history in dog fighting, and irresponsible pet parents have created a stigma around these beloved pups.

But they weren't always the subject of such scrutiny. In fact, at one point, they were considered "America's dog", and even earned the title of "Nanny dogs" because they're so loyal and gentle.

The truth is, pit bulls were not born dangerous. They, like any dog, can become aggressive due to abuse, neglect, and poor training. Unfortunately, the stigma around pit bulls has resulted in an influx of these breeds in shelters, and studies show that these pups spend three times longer in shelters than other breeds. Sadly, it's believed that 40% of all dogs euthanized in shelters are labeled as pit bulls (although breed labels in shelters are often incorrect).

It's important to remove the stereotypes that have plagued these pups for so many years, because they can make wonderful, loving pets. Don't believe us? We asked some pit bull parents why they love their pitties so much, and here's what we heard.

7 reasons why you should adopt a pit bull

1. They're big babies who love to snuggle

This is probably not the first thing you think of when hear the term "pit bull", but it's true! These sweet pups love to snuggle and be as close to their humans as possible. If you want a giant lap dog, get a pitty.

2. They come in lots of flavors

Did you know that a pit bull isn't actually recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC)? The term is now used to describe a group of dogs across multiple breeds that share similar characteristics—a medium-sized dog with short hair and a muscular build.

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the only breed that includes "pit bull" in its name. Other breeds that are typically included in the pit bull group are the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the American Bully. However, there are dozens more breeds and mixes that are commonly called pit bulls, and that's why you'll see so many variations in shape, size, and coat patterns.

3. They can make great family dogs

Pit bulls make a great addition to a family. Early and frequent socialization will help acclimate them better and set the foundation for strong bonds with both your human and animal family members. We've heard many pitty parents say that their pit bull is fascinated with their baby and always wants to protect them.

"My pit bull mix is so patient and tolerant with my toddler, it still continues to amaze me what she will happily put up with. She even seeks her out because attention is attention to a pit bull." - Haley T.

4. They're people pleasers

All pit bulls want is to get approval from their humans. While you might get annoyed that your pitty is practically your shadow, their need-to-please nature means that they're very trainable.

(This also means that they're quite nosy and want to know what you're doing at all times!)

5. They don't require a lot of grooming

Their short coat and the natural oils in their skin mean they don't have to be bathed or groomed as often as other breeds. Some pitty parents choose to bathe their pups once a month, while others feel they can wait a few months.

Of course, if you have an active pit bull who frequently gets dirty, you'll want to bathe them more often.

6. They'll make you laugh

Pit bulls have huge personalities and provide nonstop entertainment. They love to make their humans laugh and keep their playful disposition even as they grow older.

That ears pulled back, innocent look they give has pet parents describing them as "land seals".

7. They're athletic

Pit bulls are naturally very athletic. Their strong prey drive makes them ripe for lots of fun adventures and activities. Want to bring them on the family hike? They're totally game and will be able to keep up with you on the trails.

Of course, it's beneficial for pitty parents to have a lot of space for their energetic pup to romp around.

There are many more than seven reasons why you should adopt a pit bull, but these are a great start. If you have questions about specific dog breeds or how to care for your pitty, the Vet Pros at Pawp are available 24/7.

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