One of the best resources we have are the people who already own pit bulls. The more people who see that they are a breed that integrates well into an active family, that they aren't vicious killers and are actually well behaved lap dogs, that they are super intelligent and athletic, the more people will advocate for them moving forward.
In order to be the best advocate for the breed we love, we ask the following of you who love this breed:
Bite Your Tongue
If you get negative or angry comments from people about your dog, please do not lower yourself to their level by being abusive or rude. These people do not know what they are talking about, and by responding in a similar manner, you are only reinforcing their mistaken convictions about the kind of people that own Pit Bulls.
Restrain and Contain your Dog
We cannot stress this enough. Please make sure that your fence is high enough and strong enough to contain your dog. He may be an absolute sweetie with your cat, but you don't know how he feels about the one next door. If he does get out and kill something, it's your fault, and it can only add to the bad press that the breed already receives.
Also, please abide by leash laws. They are there to protect your dog as well as those around him. If he gets attacked by a Jack Russell and retaliates, the fault will probably be ascribed to the Pit, even if it wasn't his fault. Please protect your dog.
Don't Breed or Buy
Have you taken a look in your local shelter lately? A huge percentage of homeless dogs are Pit Bulls. Unless you are planning on showing the dog, there is little point in buying from a breeder who may well only be doing it for the profit. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, you are giving a dog who was not wanted a second chance at life, and sometimes a first chance at a loving home. Why pay upwards of $500 to get a pedigree dog when you can pick one up from the shelter for less than $100?
By buying from a backyard breeder, you may well be getting a dog with many health problems - these people are in it for the money, not for preserving the integrity of the breed - they are not concerned about genetics at all.
The most common reason people give for not wanting to adopt a dog from the shelter is that 'they don't want a dog that someone dumped because the dog had problems'. Unfortunately most of the dogs of any breed that are in the shelters today are not there because of their own problems but because of the problems of their previous owner. These days, more dogs than ever before are being surrendered for economic reasons. When a family has to downsize and they run into the breed discrimination in most of the rentals around town, sometimes they feel like their only choice is to surrender the dog that they've had and loved.
Please Don't Litter
Spay or Neuter your dog. Back to the shelter issue - backyard breeders produce all these puppies hoping to make a quick buck, and when they find that this is not always the case, the puppies end up at a shelter, if they are lucky.
You may think that your fence is too high for your dog to get over, but what about someone else's dog? Do not underestimate what a dog can do when the mood is upon them! Be responsible.