If there’s any breed whose integrity has been called into question regularly, it’s the American pit bull terrier. What most people don’t realize is that the American pit bull terrier is one of the most loyal and loving four-legged family members you can get. In most cases, ill-tempered pit bull puppies and adult dogs are the result of unscrupulous breeders.
For those of you considering adding a pit bull puppy to your home, you’re making a wonderful choice! However, how you go about buying a pit bull puppy can make the difference between a challenging pup in the house and a wonderful forever-friend that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Please read and follow our tips on buying a pit bull puppy before you make any decisions.
Tip 1: Puppies are Product of Breeders, as Much as Breed
The pit bull puppy you have read about online, viewed pictures of, and maybe even played with in person at a breeder’s facility is as much a product of its bloodline and breed as a whole as it is a product of that individual breeder. One of the biggest travesties to have befallen this breed in America in the last 30 years has been the impact of human action on the behaviors of the animals themselves.
There are too many breeders out there, of pit bull puppies and other breeds, that are only interested in making a buck. The result is often puppies that are in poor health or have been so mistreated during their formative weeks that trust of humans is a hard thing to build. With each breeder you consider and facility you visit, get a read on the individual breeder, because their behavior and actions will impact the puppies they are selling to the public.
Tip 2: Visit the Facility
If at all possible, you should take strides to visit the facility of the breeder. When you have the chance to visit a facility, you have the ability to see for yourself firsthand how the breeder behaves with the puppies, what kind of love and care the pups are given, and most importantly the quality and condition of the facility itself.
When you are looking at a breeder whose facility is not located in your city and state, you should still take all possible measures to make a visit. If it is out of the question to visit yourself, see if you have a trusted friend or family member who can visit the facility for you and report back on what they see and experience while doing so.
Among the other reasons to consider visiting a breeder’s facility is the fact that you can get some firsthand experience with the puppy you might be bringing home. You’ll have the chance to measure their demeanor for yourself before making any decision.
Tip 3: Research Anyway, Anyhow
When it is not possible to visit a breeder’s facility, or even if you have, don’t stop your research at a simple visit. The web is a great source of information, and it should be used to your advantage. For each breeder you might be considering, conduct your own research online to determine the reputation of the breeder.
Of course, the breeder is going to provide you with a glowing image of their operation and the pit bull puppies they have produced. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be in business. However, there is bound to be information available to you online from previous customers. Any gaps in the information you’ve gathered yourself in person and learned from the breeder directly can often be filled in with reviews, complaints, and even praise for the breeder from other previous buyers.
Tip 4: Research the Breed and Challenge the Breeder
It is always a good idea to do your own research on the pit bull breed as a whole before you bring home a new puppy. Not only does this prepare you to be a responsible and loving owner of a pit bull puppy, but it can also aid you in selecting the right breeder to work with. All breeders provide information on the breed, but it is still a good idea to have your own base of knowledge.
This can come in particularly handy if the breeder does a lot of talking without providing you with printed materials on the background of the breed. With your own base of knowledge regarding pit bulls, you can challenge the breeder when you have questions. If that breeder can’t answer your challenges, a puppy from that individual is probably not a wise choice.
Tip 5: Ask for References
Perhaps one of the most important tips to follow is this one: ask for references. A good, reliable breeder will happily share with you a list of individuals who have purchased from their business in the past. Happy clients are a sign of a strong business. Though not the ultimate sign of success for business, as some people value their privacy, positive references are a strong sign of a good breeder.
Positive references show that other people went through the same steps you did in looking for, researching, and buying a pit bull puppy. They did their homework on the breeder, made a visit, asked questions, and felt comfortable. More importantly, they brought home their new forever-friend and are enjoying that company of that pit bully puppy in their life.
If a breeder can’t, or won’t, give you a list of references to verify the conduct and quality of the operation, you should take more time to consider whether that breeding facility is the proper one to purchase a pit bull puppy from.
Tip 6: Document Your Entire Purchase
Buying a pit bull puppy comes with a lot of paperwork, or at least, it should. Make sure to get a detailed invoice of the payments you’ve made (such as a deposit on a pup from a litter), and verification of your payment in full when that time comes. It is also important to document guarantees from the owner, such as what medical care (vaccinations) the pup has received to date, information on the presence/lack thereof of a microchip for identification, and even a list of what is expected of you as an owner.
Some breeders might ask you to do some legwork on documentation, so don’t lose out on your new puppy because you didn’t do your own documentation.
If you follow these simple tips you’ll be able to identify a quality breeder that raises emotionally and physically healthy pit bull puppies. Best of all, you’ll find yourself with the best four-legged friend possible for years to come.