10 Signs You Should Not Adopt a Pitbull

By Britt Kascjak

If you are considering adding a new dog to your home, congratulations! Now it’s time to choose the right breed for your family and lifestyle.

While Pitbulls make incredible family dogs, they aren’t right for every home.

Here are 10 important factors that show a Pitbull may not be the right dog breed for your new family member.

#1 – You Live Somewhere Where They Are Prohibited

Whether you support breed legislation or not, the hard truth is that it does exist. Ignoring this could put you and your new dog in a bad situation.

If you are caught breaking these restrictions, your dog will likely be taken away. He may even be euthanized for your error.

#2 – You’re Easily Offended By Outside Opinions

Sadly, there are a lot of negative stereotypes and opinions relating to Pitbulls.

Be honest with yourself. Are you prepared to handle this stigma and educate others?

As a Pitbull owner,  you will be a representative of the breed. You need to be able to handle these situations with patience and control.

#3 – You’re Not Willing to Walk Your Dog

Pitbulls need exercise to be healthy. This includes getting your dog out and moving on a daily basis (even in bad weather).

#4 – You Are On a Tight Budget

The food costs alone for a Pitbull can add up quickly. If you can’t afford the basic care of your new dog such as food and vet bills, you may not be ready to adopt any dog.

#5 – You Aren’t Prepared to Socialize Your Dog

While Pitbulls are loving, friendly dogs, they do need to be socialized with people and other pets. Too many dogs end up abandoned in shelters due to poor socialization.

#6 – You Have a Very Busy Schedule

This is another point that applies to any dog. If you don’t have the time to give them the love and attention they deserve, now is not the right time to adopt.

#7 – You Can’t Commit Longterm

Pitbulls are incredibly loyal family dogs. They bond with their ‘people’ closely and give their whole hearts without condition.

Are you willing to show the same dedication and commitment to your dog throughout his full life? If not, you’re not ready for a dog.

#8 – You Aren’t Willing to Take Responsibility

This is another point that comes back to the negative stigma associated with Pitbulls.

Are you willing to be a responsible owner that keeps your dog controlled at all times? If not, you’re only adding to the negative view of the breed.

#9 – You Aren’t Willing to Fight For Your Dog

You are going to come up against pushback as a Pitbull owner. This includes judgemental people, laws, restrictions, and landlords among other challenges.

You need to be willing to fight for your dog and defend him from those who treat him wrong.

#10 – You Want a Silent Pet

Of course, you can train any dog to bark less and behave like a respectful member of the family. But, Pitbulls tend to be barkers.

They are simply trying to protect those that they love.

If you want a pet that is going to be silent 24/7 without putting in the work, a dog of any breed is not the best option.

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Britt Kascjak
Britt Kascjak has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering, and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. Her ‘pack’ includes her husband John, their 3 dogs – Daviana, Indiana, and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx.