Never bring your dog to a dog park. Do not expect your dog to be a social dog butterfly when it matures. Never expect your dog to protect you or guard you because they are silly at guarding and were never created for that. Last but not least, never, ever let your dog off leash in public and always keep your dog contained and secure when you are not around.
I knew about the issues around the breed, but I wish I would have had FIRST HAND experience with someone's DA dogs in order to really grasp how to handle them. My inexperience turned into a blood bath and $$$ at the vet before I really figured out how to handle my dogs.
Don't ever leave it alone with another animal or child. Dogs know they can get away with things when you aren't watching, and they just get too excited to be around little ppl without a moderator supervising. You may have the best behaed dog you've ever met, but a dominant personality or fight over a toy could make for a big mess for whoever comes home first to find. My friend called me a month ago sayin her bully killed her kitten while she was gone. The dog was outside and the cat that has lived with them almost a year, had somehow sneaked outside unnoticed... Sad but true story. It's in their blood.
The best piece of advice I could give someone about this breed is to do as much research as possible BEFORE owning one... A lot less mistakes would be made with these dogs if humans thought through their decisions before making them...
Don't think it's all in how you raise it.A apbt will be a apbt no matter how it's raised.It's just a matter of when.Quite thinking that you can keep multiple dogs unsupervised just because they grew up that way.BE A DILIGENT OWNER!
1.) These dogs are high maintence and not for everyone if your going to own them you should do as much research as possible and make sure this breed is right for you before making the life long commitment. A person who own's these dogs should also respect and embrace the creator's and the history of the breed.
2.) Never Trust a bulldog not to fight they may not start it but they will surely finish it. Always be prepared and have a break stick handy and around the house and yard. Never leave your bulldog alone with any animal or small child for any amount of time unsupervised.
3.) Check your hardware daily if you have chain set up's replace what needs to be replaced as needed. Make sure to also secure the premises and make yard checks regulary morning, afternoon, and evening.
4.) Always think one step ahead of a bulldog in other words be prepared for anything with these dogs never allow them to get ahead of you if you do you will surely be in trouble.
5.) Do not rush to breed these dogs .... breedings should only take place if there is a strong need to improve upon your existing stock. Remember that not all pets are quality animals if your not prepared to keep what your breeding to evaluate it further down the line and cull hard you have no busines breeding anything. First time breedings done by inexperienced breeder's should be done under the care and supervision of a Mentor someone with a proven track record of successfully breeding and producing proven offspring. Breeding unproven stock is not acceptable any dog being bred should be proven show/working titles.
Prepare yourself by developing a thick skin. There are people out there that just plain don't like Pits. You can't change their minds and they will throw all the myths about these dogs at you.
True story... We ride horses with another couple that we consider very good friends and we went down to visit them this past weekend. During the visit we told them about adopting Tia- you would have thought we had announced that we had decided to grow a second head out of our a$$es. I was told that the reason why so many pits "snapped" was that their brains out grew their skulls and that drove them crazy, they were breed to go after people and that they all were "VICIOUS". It really surprised me. I gave them what information i could. They know we've had rotties and danes for the 20 yrs we've been together- but it never really dawned on me how/what they thought about our dogs and now the decision to have Tia. Won't change our minds that we did the right thing. But dang if it wasn't a mind opener!