Do you love the idea of having a pit bull? Have you watched television programs that an individual or family owned a pit bull and thought to yourself that you wanted one?
Though there are joys that come with owning a pit bull breed, there are things that need to be considered before jumping in there and getting yourself one.
If you live in a neighborhood, do you have a large yard? Pit bulls need a big space, so they need an area to run and play. They need exercise, and it takes space for them to do this.
The large breed, like American bulldog, can be kept inside. But they have to be walked often. Even though this is the case, you still do best with these larger dogs if you give them a large area of freedom to run.
The Kennel Club of America reports that the number of big dog breeds that are being registered are declining. The last couple of decades have shown that people are making the choice of smaller and medium sized dogs over large ones.
Even though this is the case, the dog that still sits on top that is registered is the Labrador Retriever.This large dog ranks number 1 in the United States when it comes to the most owned dog. The next is the German Shepherd. So big dogs do take the lead as the top 2 dogs that are owned in America.
The third spot is taken by the little Yorkshire Terrier. But right behind him is still another one of the big dog breeds, the Golden Retriever.
So even though there has been a decline in the registration of large dogs, Americans haven’t yet given up on owning these animals. The rest of the top ten is a mixture of small dog breeds as well as large ones.
Owning a Pit bull-The Pros:
You have a lot of pros when it comes to having a pit bull, as long as you have room for it. They are almost built for living in the country, or rural areas. They are great watch dogs, as long as they are trained correctly.
The breeds that are the most popular are great family dogs. The American Bulldog and the Bull terrier are good examples of this. These breeds love children, very playful and protective of their family.
Many pit bulls will be calm in the home if they get enough exercise. Because of this, you can have a pit bull in the home, but you would have to make sure to walk the dog on a regular basis.
If you do, they would be satisfied just laying around the house the rest of the day.
Owning a Pit bull-The Cons:
One of the biggest cons is the costs that come with the pit bull breeds. Think of the costs of food, veterinary care, and even the toys. Just the initial cost of buying these breeds is higher in itself. So you have to take such things into consideration.
Travelling with pit bulls also costs more. If you have to put them up while you go away they cost more. So typically, you usually end up paying out a lot more in every area than a small dog. Some hotels only allow small dogs, if they do at all. So keep that in mind.
There are other cons to look at, but for now, this should be enough for you to see the differences between a large dog and a small. The big dog breeds like pit bulls are great dogs to have if you live in the country or rural areas.
They can live inside a home if they get enough exercise. So just weigh the pros and cons, and see which dog you want. Is it going to be a large dog or a small one? The choice all depends on you and your situation.