The Gotti Pitbull Line
The Gotti Pitbulls are easy to distinguish between other Pitbull types. They are a much stockier, wide-bodied dog with broad heads. Many people in search of these dogs often misspell Gotti as “Gotty” which is the incorrect spelling. These pups are incredibly intimidating based strictly on their appearance. Which is often why the Gotty Pitbulls are popular among criminals and dog fighters. Their popularity and demand are often the reason behind breeders mislabeling their type of Pitbull pups as Gotty Pitbulls, merely for the higher price tag.
History of the Gotty Pitbull Line
The Gottiline Pitbulls originated with Juan Gotty in Los Angeles, CA since 1997 and 1998. Juan Gotty was purchased for $1,300 in 1998 by Richard Barajas. He was bred by Greyline Kennels located in Los Angeles, California. Greyline Kennels take pride in the fact that their dogs are 100% American Pitbull Terriers and that they are not crossbred with Mastiffs or any other dog breed.
Juan Gotty sired his first litter of puppies at only seven months. Some of the pups in his bloodline include “Felony,” “Coldens Blue Rhino,” “New Troijan’s Dillenger,” “Gottiline’s Monster,” “Pate’s Blue Beast,” “Westside’s Capone” and “Do Good Big Boy.”
The Gottiline Pitbull bloodline was originally created for a unique looking dog that could be easily identified from the various other Pitbull bloodlines. Today, the Gottiline Pitbull bloodline spans across multiple countries including Canada, China, the United States, the Philippines, as well as Japan.
Personality and Temperament of the Gotti Pitbull Line
The Gotti Pitbull Line shares many of the same qualities as other varieties of Pitbulls. These pups are short, stocky and bulky animals that may seem intimidating but, they are actually heafty sweethearts! Some people do purchase Gotty Pitbulls with the intention of training them to engage in dogfights, and many Gotti Pitbull dogs will obey their owner’s commands.
This is due to their unconditional love for their humans and their drive to please them. Pitbulls of all types are more than capable of taking part in dogfights although they are not typically the ones who initiate the fight. They are more than likely going to be the ones who end it. People often fear Gotty Pitbulls because of their stigma and their vicious appearance.
However, they are typically loyal, loving, and humorous pooches that make excellent family companions. Gotti Pitbulls enjoy the company of their humans and would thoroughly enjoy all the family time that they can get! This time could be spent walking in the park (on leash), going for a swim at a dog beach, or playing a game of fetch.
They will also be more than willing to join their humans on the couch for family movie night and popcorn. Gotty Pitbulls sometimes forget their size and attempt to live the life of a lap dog, as well. Being a couch potato or a lap dog is not recommended for Gotty Pitbulls as they have a tendency to gain weight quickly.
Gotty Pitbulls may suffer from separation anxiety if they are not properly socialized, if they are neglected, or if they are left alone for extended periods of time. This stress could cause the pooch to act unfavorably. He could start whining, urinating in the house, or destroying household items such as furniture. Some Gotty Pitbulls may become aggressive if they feel that they are being neglected. Treat your Gotty Pitbull with love, respect, and companionship, and he will undoubtedly do the same for you in return!
Feeding your Gotti Pitbull
Proper nutrition for your Gotty Pitbull dog is one of the most important steps you will ever take towards providing a happy and healthy life for him. There are various aspects of feeding your Gotty Pit, most of which depends on their particular stage of life.
Before you adopt your Gotti Pitbull puppy, he will go through the nursing stage. This is when he is completely reliant on his mother for each and every meal. Once he is of adoptable age (usually around eight weeks old), he will have been weaned off of his mother’s milk and onto puppy kibble. Try to stick with the same puppy kibble that the breeder or shelter fed him. This will decrease the risk of him becoming ill from new food. Continue feeding your Gotti Pitbull puppy this puppy kibble until he is about a year old.
After your Gotty Pit enters into his adult stage of life (around a year old), then he can be weaned off of the puppy kibble and onto an adult dog kibble formula. It should take about a week or more to wean your Gotti off of his puppy food. Now that you are feeding an adult Gotti Pitbull, you will want to choose a kibble that is high in protein.
Pitbulls require a lot of quality protein in their kibble. The best sources of protein for Pitbulls include chicken, lamb, turkey, beef, and pork. Look for an adult dog kibble that lists one of these protein sources as the first ingredient. If the ingredient list places the protein source near the middle or the end of the list, then this is not a quality dog food, and it should be avoided. You should also avoid any dog kibble that contains “poultry meal” or “meat meal.”
Each brand of dog kibble will have specific recommendations for feeding quantity and frequency. However, Gotty Pitbulls should typically be supplied 2 to 3 cups of kibble per day. The daily portion should be divided into various feeding times. For example, you could provide a cup of food to your Gotty Pitbull for breakfast, a cup of kibble for lunch and a cup for dinner.
Caring for your Gotti Pitbull
Gotty Pitbulls require a lot of exercise in order to stay fit, healthy and happy. In fact, they seem to be happiest while they are active with their family members. Gotty Pitbulls should be provided adequate time for long walks each day, short runs, and various backyard ball games. It is important to offer your Gotty a variety of exercises to keep him interested as well as fit.
Gotti Pitbulls may not be well suited for apartment complex living or condo living due to their intimidating appearance, potential aggression, and need for exercise. Some landlords may have a restriction against large dog breeds and may even specify that Pitbulls are not allowed. If this is the case, then it is important to obey the rules of the complex. Gotty Pitbulls would likely benefit from living in the country or the suburbs where they have regular access to green space (i.e. a fenced in backyard).
Training and Barking
Gotty Pitbulls are not yappy dogs. They are more likely to bark only when a situation calls for it. For example, if the dog senses danger, smells smoke, or feels the need to alert his owners of an intruder then he will bark. If the dog is barking for attention and he is properly trained, then you should be able to command him to stop, and he should obey. However, if there is truly danger nearby, then your Gotty Pitbull will not stop barking, even upon command.
Training a Gotty Pitbull will likely require patience and a steady leader. They need a teacher that can assert themselves as the alpha dog. If you have never owned a Gotty Pitbull before then, you may want to consider hiring a professional dog trainer. Alternatively, you should consider enrolling your Gotty Pitbull into a Puppy Bootcamp course that specializes in pitbull puppies.
The Gotty Pitbull is very low maintenance in the grooming department. Their coats are very short, smooth, and lay flat against the skin. Therefore, owners should have no problem keeping up with their grooming needs. Typically, a Gotty Pitbull should be brushed weekly. This will help maintain their coats smooth, and it will also decrease the amount of loose or dead hair that ends up on your floor or furniture due to shedding. Gotty Pitbulls do not have a strong odor, and therefore they should be bathed as needed. You may request the help of a veterinary technician or a professional dog groomer to clean your Gotty Pitbull’s ears, trim their nails, and treat fleas or worms.
Potential Health Conditions of the Gotti Pitbull Line
Gotty Pitbulls may develop an illness, disease or defect depending on their genetics, their environment, their home care and their age. Some of these potential health conditions include:
- Hip Dysplasia- a genetic defect that affects the connection of the hip to the hind legs.
- Cataracts-a cloudy film that develops over the lens of the dog’s eye. Typically occurs in elderly dogs and is also possible in the human elderly.
- Obesity-caused by a non-balanced diet, laziness, and low-quality food choices. Table scraps and other human foods should be avoided for this reason. Exercise is the key to prevention.
- Allergies-commonly presents as skin rashes and is caused by an allergic reaction to grass or an ingredient in their diet. Typically treated with ointments and antihistamines.
- Congenital heart defects-this includes irregularities in the heart or its valves such as an irregular heartbeat. Some heart issues are not able to be treated, and others may involve surgery.
- Heart disease-often caused by a bad diet and made worse with the lack of proper exercise. Often this requires surgery.
- Anxiety-this is a common issue that is caused by a poor mental and emotional state of the dog. However, anxiety affects the dog physically as well. Stress can be prevented with proper socialization and adequate home care. Your Gotty Pitbull may be suffering from anxiety if he is becoming destructive, whining or showing signs of aggression in relation to you leaving the home without him.
Gotti Pitbulls are incredible creatures. They may seem intimidating but, they would love nothing more than to snuggle up on the couch with their family members. However, it is important that these pups are provided enough exercise each day as well as given a quality kibble. These steps in combination with training and socialization can be the equation for the perfect canine companion for you and your family!