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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    I've seen it mentioned ALL the time, I was almost wondering if there's a misconception that it means something more than just color. I've never seen a certain color associated with a certain temperament on any of my reading, but some of the ways I've heard people describe their pits - it's like they think there's a connection. Not the person here who talked about their red-nosed pit bull, but others I've seen. "I was walking my dog and saw a blue-nosed pit bull, so I crossed to the other side of the street."
    The only thing I've heard related to color that I have any reason to give some credit to was on the Animal Planet reality show Pit bulls and Paroles. Tia, the owner/operator of the pit bull rescue, was doing an evaluation on a blue pit who'd become aggressive to dogs and people outside it's family for an owner looking for help managing the dog. She said something about a line of blue pits being bred with unstable temperaments. Not sure how linked to color that truly is but I'm inclined to give some value to her opinion based on her time working with and love of the breed.

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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

    Because "blue" got so popular, people were breeding Blues all "willy-nilly" with no regard for temperament. However, temperament is rarely an important consideration to back yard pit bull breeders anyway.

    Blue, white, red-nosed, blue-nosed... Makes no matter. Evaluate the dog in front of you.

    Also, be prepared for dog aggression, even if they are dog-friendly as puppies. Even if you teach bite inhibition. A good pit bull that was highly social with great bite inhibition at one year of age might become dog selective or dog aggessive at 3, no matter how hard you work. They myth of "dog as play-doh" is partially true, but genetics matter too. If you want a dog park dog or a dog that will play with lots of little friends, I would select a different breed or a fully mature dog who has already become who he was meant to be genetically. They aren't clay. A lot of who they (and we) are is located in the DNA!

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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

    Quote Originally Posted by trainingjunkie View Post
    Because "blue" got so popular, people were breeding Blues all "willy-nilly" with no regard for temperament. However, temperament is rarely an important consideration to back yard pit bull breeders anyway.

    Blue, white, red-nosed, blue-nosed... Makes no matter. Evaluate the dog in front of you.

    Also, be prepared for dog aggression, even if they are dog-friendly as puppies. Even if you teach bite inhibition. A good pit bull that was highly social with great bite inhibition at one year of age might become dog selective or dog aggessive at 3, no matter how hard you work. They myth of "dog as play-doh" is partially true, but genetics matter too. If you want a dog park dog or a dog that will play with lots of little friends, I would select a different breed or a fully mature dog who has already become who he was meant to be genetically. They aren't clay. A lot of who they (and we) are is located in the DNA!

    This. I think puppies are always a crap shoot but especially with Pits. Most Pits I've met are dog social as puppies and become dog selective as they reach maturity (usually around 3). Tyler was the most dog social dog I've ever had as a puppy. He loved nothing more than to romp around with other dogs. He is 4 now and I would classify him as dog selective. He had massive amounts of positive socialization but regardless he no longer wants to be in direct contact with strange dogs. If you're looking for certainty that DA won't happen, you're out of luck. Choosing a fully mature adult will help to understand their personality and temperament better.
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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

    I have a 3 year old full pit female that is a blue and the sweetest thing. She is hard work though and she is high energy. I have to keep her running, working, and occupied or else she just has too much energy. She is a barn dog and is friendly around other dogs, cats, and people. She is super loyal, protective of me when need be, and beyond smart. Too smart for her own good sometimes lol. I worked hard to get her socialized and to have her be trained. She was hard work but now she is the best dog. I am so lucky to have her even though she thinks she is a 50 lb lap dog when you are on the couch.

    My one year old pit/dane mix is large, high energy, and a good natured dog. I rescued him from death row at 4 months as the people gave him away because he was too big and destructive with household items. He looks like a pit with dane ears and really long legs. He has to be given attention, taken out to get rid of energy, and trained. He's super social, good with people/other dogs, and sweet. He is turning into a really good dog and he is so lovable.

    Pits are the product of their owners. They require large amounts of training and socialization. They can be great dogs and they can be nasty dogs because of their owners/upbringing. I have fostered pits for years and they are great dogs. They are high energy dogs as well and that is a problem for many owners down the line.

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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

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    they will do whatever they can to please their person. They're ridiculously missunderstood and it's a shame.
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    Re: What is a pit bull's temperament like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sloth View Post
    Thanks again for all the great replies. I'm unsure about getting a pit puppy so you can "guide" its temperament...it sounds like (from what I've read on here and other websites, not personal experience) pit puppies can be very dog social when they're younger, then "turn on" after a year or so. The Bad Rap website says few pits are truly dog aggressive, but few are dog social. Most are somewhere in between. I wouldn't want to get a puppy and gamble over what it's going to be.

    I've seen it mentioned ALL the time, I was almost wondering if there's a misconception that it means something more than just color. I've never seen a certain color associated with a certain temperament on any of my reading, but some of the ways I've heard people describe their pits - it's like they think there's a connection. Not the person here who talked about their red-nosed pit bull, but others I've seen. "I was walking my dog and saw a blue-nosed pit bull, so I crossed to the other side of the street."
    Yup that's exactly true of any dog really. My Boxer was raised in a great environment, socialized, properly trained and still developed fear aggression. Among other issues. Bybs!
    When you have an adult dog you have a much better idea. You can work with or against your dogs genetics but you can't simply remove a genetic trait by raising that dog in a particular fashion.

    Sometimes yes I've heard red nose Pits are the most aggressive people are just ignorant. I recently made a thread on another fotum I was told that and inbred Pits will be retarded and have a bad temperament. Holds no truth but I sarcastically said I should be worried about my dogs.

    I've also heard red nose are fighters, blue nose are better pets, all red noses are curs, and the opposite all black nose are curs, red nose dogs are hyper, I've heard their dumb, red nose have poor health, whites have poor health, someone here posted a link to a FB page where a poster commented on a dog saying chocolate is caused by a defect and have health problems...I'm sure I'm still yet to hear everything. One thing people do they meet a dog of X color and general all of that color, makes no sense.

    You also meet people who act as if red nose and blue nose are types or even breeds.

    Due to all the blue bullies and the fact that blue pits are mostly AST descendants they get a rap for being mellow, less aggressive and lazy/lack drive. It's certainly not true of all of them. I've known pure AST which were both drivey and energetic, some still carry levels of dog aggression as well.

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    Someone else can talk to the genetics of white, albino Pits... but I don't think it has anything to do with personality.

    One thing that can happen is that a socialized Pit can get over-excited and bite hard during play. It is not aggression, but it hurts and can cause bloodshed, nonetheless. The cure is simple - Bite Inhibition and training during play to reduce the tendency to get over-excited. A good Pit will self-handicap, play while on its back, and will slime the starch out of smaller dogs... but no harm.
    There are not any albino Pits (though albino is considered a DQ). I don't believe a gene for true albino has been found in dogs. White and true albino are 2 different things.

    White is recessive, you can get near solid white or solid white out of solid color parents. There is said to be plus and minus modifiers you clearly see varied amounts of white from one Pit to the next.

    It has no bearing in personality. I've had whites with great temperament and varied temperament and drives.

    I've owned a lot of Pits don't have an over excited bite inhibition problem. I've had a couple times older pups play rough here or there. In general its not a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by dagwall View Post
    The only thing I've heard related to color that I have any reason to give some credit to was on the Animal Planet reality show Pit bulls and Paroles. Tia, the owner/operator of the pit bull rescue, was doing an evaluation on a blue pit who'd become aggressive to dogs and people outside it's family for an owner looking for help managing the dog. She said something about a line of blue pits being bred with unstable temperaments. Not sure how linked to color that truly is but I'm inclined to give some value to her opinion based on her time working with and love of the breed.
    I saw the episode.
    She was referring to all the bully blue breeders and the like which breed for color and little else except for large size. Temperament and health suffers. Then you have a couple kennels breeding for HA intentionally.

    Her words shouldn't be misconstrued to mean anything else.

    If you breed dogs with bad temperament you will get dogs with bad temperament of whatever color you are breeding. There is no link to the color. I know a black bitch that was highly aggressive, almost succeeded in attacking me. She had a large litter with enough of the lot having temperament problems and went on to produce more temperamentally unsound dogs in the next generations. This doesn't mean black and white Pits are unstable because these dogs are black.

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