American Pit Bull Terrier

Overall satisfaction


Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization

Gender: Female

Training: Books

Quick to learn and train


Emotionally stable


Family oriented


Child safety


Safe with small pets


Doesn’t bark a lot




Easy to groom


Great watch dog


Great guard dog


The American Pitbull Terrier is a perfect family pet


United States

Posted December 21, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the most beloved family pet I've had was a pitbull. In the last 12 years, we have had 5 total. We've always rescued them, either as puppies or adults, and had loved them as family until their last breaths.

The dog I am reviewing is our girl, Destiny. Destiny passed away the summer of 2011. We had her put to sleep due to a cancerous tumor that was located in her jaw. The tumor had spread throughout her head and was causing her great pain. It was such a hard choice for our family, but we had to put her town. To have the tumor removed would have cost Destiny the majority of her jaw, as well a portion of her skull. We just couldn't bear to see her live the rest of her life as any dog other than her happy, cheerful self.

Destiny was such a blessing to my family. She was so loving, calm and docile. She was incredibly gentle, especially with small children. When we introduced a new pitbull, Copper, to the family, Destiny and Copper hit it off immediately. She had taken him in like a little brother, showing him the ropes of the home. When the two dogs played outside, Copper was the more playful, rambunctious "typical male," while Destiny was very passive.

Pitbulls are such sweet, loving animals. They are given such a bad reputation because of their strength. Any dog can be raised to be aggressive and violent. Pitbulls have a heart of gold, and that is easy to see when they are raised in a family filled with love and nurture.

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