Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner
Iowa, United States
Posted September 16, 2015
I'm going to put a disclaimer on here that this review is primarily about my experience with my current dog who is a pitbull/lab mix. He is 3/4 pit and 1/4 lab. He definitely inherited part of the lab.
Owning this dog is kind of like having a permanent 3 year old. He's sweet. he has personality. He loves EVERYTHING. But he's also a clutz and even though he is trained, sometimes being naughty is just too much fun.
Now, he is only a year old, so part of that I think he will grow out of, but I really want people considering a puppy to know that this is all part of the package. He's chewed stuff up (like brand new shoes), he's pooped and peed on the floor countless times, he's drug me down the road by a leash, he's jumped on people, he's knocked stuff over, and the list goes on.
That being said, there's a ton of love in this dog. He love everyone and everything from the kids to the mailman, the rat to the squirrels outside. Not everyone understands or appreciates his affection (squirrels, my grandma, birds), be he loves them and he's going to show them by running up to them and smothering them with dog kisses. He has never intentionally hurt anyone or anything, but in his need to show love he has knocked over each of my kids (5, 3, and 1) on several occasions when he forgets that he is now 50+ pounds and not a lap dog.
Any purebred pit that I have come across does not shed like Courage. I'm sure that's the lab, but the fur is atrocious. I've tried every de-shedding comb/brush out there and nothing stops the constant shedding. Over the summer we opted to shave him to a 1 guard and while he still sheds, it's much more manageable and he was way happier to sit for a shave than any amount of brushing.
This is a great dog for someone who wants something to love them ALL OF THE TIME and has a lot of patience.