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Blue Nose, Red Nose: Does It Matter?

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It's increasingly common these days to see advertisements for "Blue Nosed Pit Bulls," often accompanied by copy promoting the "special" or "rare" or "valuable" status of these dogs. Somewhat less often, you will also see "special," "rare," or "valuable" claims made for "Red Nosed Pit Bulls."

Sometimes, you will hear people discuss blue or red nosed pit bulls as if they were an entirely different breed, one distinct from other pit bulls, with unique characteristics.

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Dealing with Dog Separation Anxiety

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Separation anxiety is among the most common reasons dogs wind up in shelters. But if your pit bull exhibits signs of separation anxiety, there's no reason for him to suffer such a cruelly ironic fate. While breeds that bond most closely with humans, such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, may have a slightly higher predilection for developing separation anxiety, nearly all of these cases are treatable. You just have to find the solution, or combination of solutions, that work for your dog.

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How to Spot an Unethical Pit Bull Breeder

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Some people question the ethics of anyone who would breed pit bulls when there are so many wonderful, temperament-tested pits waiting in shelters, desperate for a loving home. But those who care about the future of our breed know that there is a place for ethical breeders.

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Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?

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In a word: no. Many people THINK they are, and if you ask them for proof, they send you lists of bite statistics and news reports of Pit Bull attacks.

But that doesn't prove anything.

Rarely do the writers perform actual research. One obvious question they could investigate: Was the dog actually a Pit Bull? It's impossible to determine breed by appearance alone. And given that the CDC non-fatal bite statistics come from counting newspaper reports of attacks claiming it was a "pit-bull type" dog, there are bound to be gross inaccuracies.

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Managing Multiple Dogs in the House

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Having a whole passel of canines can certainly contribute extra fun to your life, but it can also add complications. While some breeds tend to be naturally easygoing and unlikely to seriously squabble, most of the terrier and working breeds require a little more attention and finesse from their pack leader. That would be you.

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A Brief History of the American Pit Bull Terrier

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Like all of us, today's American Pit Bull Terrier is a product of its past. A great companion animal for humans, the pit bull wasn't always viewed through the media-created bogeyman lenses of today. Indeed, it was once America's sweetheart breed.

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Consider Adoption When Choosing a Pit Bull

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You've read So You Want a Pit Bull, and you definitely want to grace your home with the joy that is a pit bull. Your next step consists of deciding whether to purchase a dog from a reputable breeder or adopt a rescue.

The Benefits of Adoption

While there are certainly valid reasons for selecting your new companion from a reputable breeder, there are also plenty of excellent reasons to choose a shelter or rescue dog instead.

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So You Want a Pit Bull?

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Of course you do! Pit Bulls make great pets, and there's a lot to love about this breed. But is the American Pit Bull Terrier really the right dog for you? Take a moment to answer these questions and find out!

Why Do You Want a Pit Bull?

Your reasons for being attracted to this breed can serve as valuable indicators of your suitability as a pit bull owner. Let's look at a couple of good reasons for wanting a pit bull--and a couple of bad ones.

First, two good reasons:

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Dog Safety in the Car

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Pit Bull Puppy in a Car

Given a choice, your pit bull would most likely opt to ride in the passenger seat with her head hanging out the window to take in all the interesting sights and smells. It probably won't shock you to discover that this is not a safe mode of car travel for either one of you.

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