Habitat Requirements: What kind of environment or habitat does a Miniature Pitbull require?
A Miniature Pitbull or Pocket Pit is relatively easy when it comes to their care and well-being. Although, there are a few things to take into consideration if you are contemplating bringing one of these adorable pups into your home.
The climate where you live matters. This breed prefers warmer climates because they are very active dogs with short fur coats. They can tolerate cold weather, but they usually do better with warm weather. This is due to the amount of energy they need to expel each day and the length of their coat.
Pocket Pits are very active and should be outside playing, running and doing their doggy deeds as often as possible. The more activity you provide your dog the least likely they will be to reach dangerous levels of boredom and therefore become destructive. A bored dog is a destructive dog. Their short coat does not provide enough protection or warmth for extremely cold temperatures or for extended periods of time outdoors in the snow.
The type of home you live in matters. The Miniature Pitbull can theoretically live happily in an apartment complex because they are a slightly smaller dog, as well as being occasional barkers. However, if you reside in an apartment complex or duplex be prepared to take your pooch to the local dog park, walking path, dog beach, or another dog-friendly green space, often.
These dogs require a place that is safe for them to expel their pent up energy, get their exercise, as well as to relieve themselves. If your apartment complex is not suitable for these activities or, you do not have a green space nearby for them, then you need to reconsider bringing home a puppy. You may be better off with an animal that is kept indoors, such as a cat or rabbit.
On the other hand, if you live in a house with a yard then you may have the perfect set up for a Pocket Pit or any breed of dog. In this situation, the dog will have easy access to green space that allows them to relive themselves, as well as provides enough room for them to run and play, thus expelling their pent up energy. Remember, a bored dog is a destructive dog. The more activities you do with your dog, the happier he will be and the less likely he is to demonstrate negative behaviors.
Are Pocket Pitbulls good with children?
Who lives in your home may matter. Miniature Pitbulls love children! If you brought home a Miniature Pitbull puppy and raised him around your kids or other people’s children, then the dog will feel comfortable displaying their love and affection towards them.
They will also enjoy playing with the kids. However, the children will also need to be told how to play with the pup and when to know when the dog has had enough. Every animal has their boundary point; it is important that children understand this and treat the pet well. If you adopt an adult Miniature Pitbull, then you should consider whether or not he has been around children.
If he has but, it was a negative experience for the dog, then it would not be fair to him to bring him into a home with children. He may remember the negative experience and unwillingly demonstrate fear and aggression towards your kids simply from the bad memories. However, if the dog had been around children and it was a positive experience for him, then the chances of him loving your children are very high. On the other hand, if he has never been introduced to children and he is an adult at this point then you can do one of two things.
- You can do a “trial run” with him. Bring your children to meet him or vice versa. Allow them to approach slowly and confidently. Be sure to supervise this interaction for everyone’s safety. Evaluate the interaction. If there is a positive response, then you may proceed with the adoption. If there is a negative response, then you may want to consider other options. The safety of the dog, your children and everyone involved should come before your desire to bring home a new dog.
- Another choice you have is to look for other You can do your research and only meet dogs that have documented positive experiences with children.
Many of the same principals apply when you have other animals in the home. If the dog was or is raised with other animals, then they are likely to be accepting of them. This is, of course, assuming that the experience with the other animals is a positive one for the dog.
If the dog had been abused by other dogs or even cats at some point in its life, then the dog is less likely to be accepting of other animals in the home. When discussing bringing home a new dog such as a Miniature Pitbull then you should consider the animals you already have, if they will accept a new dog as well as if the dog you have your heart set on is accepting of other animals.
In the situation where your current animals are accepting of newcomers them you should be on the lookout for puppies or adult dogs that have been raised with other animals in a positive environment. However, be aware that if you already have an aggressive or pushy dog, then you may want to steer clear of any new dogs in the home. This is the best course of action to prevent agitation of the current dog and harm to the new dog.
Other factors to take into consideration include the weight and health condition of the new dog. For example, if your home has multiple floors and the dog you are interested in has health problems or is overweight then he may have trouble climbing stairs.
This can become dangerous when the dog needs to be let outside or when the dog desires time with his family. You should also be prepared to leash your dog when out in public or going for a walk. A fenced in backyard or dog park would be ideal for “off leash” time.