> I'm interested in the "Pit" Bull Terrier breeds (American Safforshire,
> American Pit Bull, Saffordshire Bull). However, I have several questions.
> First of all, I know they where origionally bred to be dog-aggressive, but
> what about this "high prey drive" thing I keep hearing about? Pits where
> hunting dogs... so did they get it from an ancestor (terrier?), or is that
> load of doggie-pooh spread around by unknowing people trying to explane
> the dogs are "viciose"?
You seem to be an open minded guy!
The breed is primarly from the Bulldog (The orginal, who now do not excist)
and from The English White Terrier. (Does not excist any more)
The Terriers used was many different kinds, from different parts of th UK.
Each had their own prey drive. Some where good as pointers, some was good to
catch small animals, and some to catch bigger animals.
All these dogs was mixed with the old bulldoge.
They were mixed to get the ultimat dog, The strenght of the bulldog, and the
speed and "prey-drive" of the terrier.
The reason the dogs have been fought in pits is to get the dog that never
gives up, and mix him with the other dog who never gives up.
This is for most people too much dog. (Pitbull-Performance bred)
But they are really nice dogs!
> Also. It's my understanding that terriers are *** (please correct me
> I'm wrong). Are the Bull Terrier breeds this way? None of the "Pits" I
> are like that.... hmm. Something to ponder on ^_~
Because of theyr HISTORY as fighting dogs, most bull/terrier mixes are
Some dogs, like my ONE year old Amstaff is not ***...yet.
You should base your self of that they are ***.
> I've heard Clicker Training is best for these kinds of dogs... but what
> about ***? I don't know much about clicker training, it seems though
> that instead of teaching the dog it should listen to you because you are
> charge, it teaches the dog to listen to you because... because... it's
> rewarded when it does? Ummm, I'm not totally sure on that. But I am sure
> that if I had a big strong dog like a AmStaff or Pit Bull Terrier, I'd
> a *lot* better knowing the dog respects me as a "higher power". For those
> you who use clicker training and other new training methods, do you think
> non-*** acts of *** (ie: not letting the dog on bed, going ahead
> of the dog/making the dog sit-sta before giving the dog anything, etc)
> work along with the clicker training?
When the dog is a puppy, let it be a puppy -No Training.
When about 4-5 months old, you can start the training.
The most important thing, IF the dog does not bother to learn, you have to
make sure the dog see you as the leader.
Then it goes better.
The Pit/Staff have terrier *** in them, and every one knows how theese
They only do things when THEY want to.
So it a lot ow working to be done.
> And although I am not planing to get a dog at the moment (I would love to
> eventually own one), something has been bothering me for a while. Is it a
> better idea to adopt a "pit" puppy, make sure it's from a reputable
> and from a line that's known to be frienfly and non-dog aggressive, do
> of obediance training, socialization, and hope for the best- OR get an
> dog who's already known to be dog-friendly? Both have there pros and
If we had rescue dogs of Amstaffs/Pits in Norway, I would adopt one.
Many dogs die because they are neglected. There are ALOT of good dogs at
Go for it.
Find the dog that match for you.
Dogs get killed every day at shelters.
> Final question. Just because the dog is dog-aggressive, does that mean
> likely to also be aggressive with other animals?
Other animals, it is here the instinct comes. If there is alot of Terrier in
the dog, it will hunt.
But mostly it is how you learn the dog how to act.
If you have other animals, you should get a pupy, NOT FROM A PUPPY FACTORY.
Get it from a known respected breeder. Look at ads in Amstaff magasines, or
amstaff network, under breeders directory.
The Amstaff would be good for you.
> Thank you for your time!
If you have other private questons
mail me at:
> Renee Reed
> PS: Sorry for my poor spelling...