Why you should consider adopting a pit bull

This misunderstood breed is commonly found in America's shelters, waiting for their forever families.

Adopting a dog is a fantastic way to add a new member to your family. With shelters across the country filled with healthy, happy animals looking for homes, animal adoption saves lives and helps people find the perfect pooch to match their personalities.

There are many reasons pets find their way to shelters, usually through no fault of the animals themselves. People move or realize they don't want the responsibility anymore and turn their pets over. Some dogs in particular are more likely to end up in shelters than others. According to NBC station KCRA, pit bull breeds outnumber any other type of dog in America's shelters. If you're looking to help a pup find a home, choosing a pit bull can bring those numbers down while adding a great companion to your life.

The pit bull stereotype
One of the biggest reasons pit bulls have a harder time finding their forever homes is because of unwarranted public perceptions of the breed. Pit bulls are among the strongest, smartest and most people-pleasing pets around. As a result, some people have cruelly turned to using the breed for dog fighting.

Many people think that pits are used for fighting because they have a natural aggression, but study after study has shown that not only are pit bulls not more hostile, they are generally more agreeable and friendly when properly trained. Studies by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation have found that pit bulls are no more naturally aggressive than any other breed. In fact, the breeds that are more aggressive – collies, toy breeds and spaniels – don't carry the same stigma as the people-loving pit bull. 

The pit bull reality
Pit bulls are strong, high energy dogs and are best suited to families that will take an active role in getting them exercise and socialized. Durable toys like the Hartz® Dura Play® Ball can help keep them entertained.

Pits are quick learners, loyal and playful, making them great pets for families. Like any animal, without the proper training, they can become destructive and stubborn. Small children should never be left alone with any dog for any reason, as kids can't recognize warning signs of a dog in distress. 

This content is provided by the pet experts at Hartz®. Before you invest in a new chew toy, biscuit or treat for your companion, turn to us for top-of-the-line advice and tips.

Category: Pet Adoption