Hi there! I’m new to this site, too, and a newer owner of a pit bull. My husband and I have had our dog, O’Shea, for a month now, and he’s been the greatest addition to our house. We were first told from the shelter where we adopted him that our town had a pit bull ban (which we knew was incorrect, since we wouldn’t have put him down as an option if we couldn’t get him)…after this comment, we went straight to the source, our city hall, and asked about bans relating to specific breeds of dog. I don’t know much about the insurance thing. As far as food goes, it all depends on the size of the dog. Ours is medium, just under 50 pounds, and we’ve been following the directions on his dog food bag (Purina One: Adult), feeding him about 2 1/4 cups of food a day, altering when he gets extra treats (milk bones, Greenies, etc.).
We’ve received a lot of criticism from family members, as well as some indirect, “silent” words from members of the community. People will see us walking him down the sidewalk, they’ll turn around and walk the other way, simply to avoid walking by us. All we want is to socialize him as much as possible–he’s been taking obedience classes to help with his excitement in meeting new people/animals. He’s been doing awesome–people just need to give him a chance. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I am more than happy to share more about our experience with our pit bull. Best of luck to you!