|Barked: Fri Sep 27, '13 11:48am PST |
|Keep a couple of things in mind here.
The "true" American Pit Bull Terrier is, as its name implies, a terrier. Terriers, as a group, have a lot of prey drive, a lot of drive in general, and most are very strong minded, tenacious dogs.
These are good qualities, but do lend themselves to a lot of what people consider "undesirable" behavior.
Dog aggression, specifically same sex aggression, is very common among terriers as a whole, and Pits are no exception. That same feisty, drivey, intense personality that is so valuable in the breed, is also the direct link to the breed's attitude towards other animals. Also because of this, even the ones who are not inherently aggressive towards other dogs, ARE vivacious and rough players, which can quickly escalate if not managed properly. Remember, most bully breeds were bred for baiting of one sort or another, meaning they had to have the ability and desire to stay on a target (be it a bull, other livestock, or another dog), so "backing down" isn't a concept they always understand.
THAT SAID, most of what gets marketed today as an APBT IS NOT what the breed is "proper". Many of the dogs bred now are not "correct" of that type, are softer, more agreeable, and not as terrier-like. THIS IS A GOOD THING for the vast majority of people, considering it is this type that often wind up in shelters and in need of homes. Because of this, its very important to evaluate each of these dogs as an individual, and pass no judgments on them until a time where they start showing signs where perhaps you need to be paying more attention. These dogs usually don't reach sexual maturity until 2-3 years old, and a very sweet, agreeable puppy might not start showing signs of DA/SSA until 18, 24, even 36 months of age.
For now, go by what she is giving you. If she is a calm, agreeable, easy going puppy... roll with it. Nurture that side of her and do not give her the opportunity to practice behaviors that might later lend themselves to undesirable traits. Basically, do what you should do with any dog, and don't worry about it unless she gives you a reason to.
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