Few things are as lovely as a dog with a brindle coat. This is the kind of coat that is made up of several different shades in a striking tiger-like pattern. The subtle stripes make them one of the loveliest coats any dog would be so lucky to have. The brindle pitbull is one of the most striking dogs in the world, and those who own them love their dogs tremendously.
Contrary to what you might see on the news, pit bulls are not dangerous animals. So many people assume that because of the many media reports that report on pit bull attacks that the entire breed is one of aggression and danger. This is simply not the case. The pitbull, including the brindle color pit, are generally very laid-back, calm and relaxed creatures that are very loyal, loving and affectionate. They’re the kind of dog homeowners want to have because they are easy to train, intelligent and very gentle with children. In fact, the pit has one of the highest pain tolerances of all dog breeds, which makes it safer to have around small children.
There are so many reasons to get one of these dogs for your own family, and we recommend considering this beautiful dog when you check shelters for adoption. Before you go forth with the adoption process, however, there are a few very important questions you should ask about the animal in which you are interested.
How Did This Pet Get Here?
Believe it or not, not everyone feels it’s important to ask why a pet is in a shelter. Sometimes the answer to this question is the most important of all the questions you can ask. The shelter is going to be honest with you because they don’t want their dogs being placed in the wrong kind of home. You’ll want to know about any of the past abuse the dog faced, you’ll want to know whether or not his owners simply could not care for him any longer or if they suddenly passed away. You’ll also want to know if the dog is in the shelter because he was found and not claimed or abandoned. You also want to know if he’s there because he doesn’t like small children and his owners had to give him up when they brought their new baby home.
How Old is the Pet?
This is another important question. When not adopting a puppy, you have to be concerned with age. Unfortunately, most people don’t want to adopt a dog that’s very old because they want a long-term pet. If you know that this breed only has X number of years in its average lifespan and it’s only a year from meeting that timeline, you might decide it’s not the dog for you. Or you might even decide that this is the perfect dog for you because you simply cannot stand the idea of the dog dying without a family.
How Does this Pet Do Around Other Pets?
It’s also important to ask if this brindle pit bull has even been exposed to other pets. The same goes for children. Not all families can afford to adopt a dog that doesn’t care for kids or other pets. There are those who have and want neither, and that is who this dog belongs with if you aren’t those people.
Have You Experienced any Behavioral Issues?
Does this dog have an attitude? Does it behave aggressively around others? Is the kind of dog that responds well to all people and does it have issues with people? Does the dog seem skittish? This is a question that comes complete with a number of sub-questions, and it’s imperative that you have them answered.
Dogs, for example, that were abused in the past might have some behavioral issues. They might not respond well to adults or warm up quickly. They might cry at night or bark a lot. They might not even go near people, they might not eat and they might not even use the bathroom in the correct place. These are all issues that you have to know about so that you can make the most informed decision when adopting your dog.
What Do You Know about the Dog’s Health History?
In ideal circumstances, the dog’s health history is provided when the owner of the dog brings it in. However, not all dogs had owners and not all owners take their dogs to the vet. So you might not know much about this dog’s particular health history. This means you will want to see it’s health records since it’s been in the shelter, and then you’ll want to ask how long the dog has been in the shelter. This can give you an idea if the shelter has a lot of knowledge about the dog, or minimal knowledge. After all, a stray that came in yesterday might not have much in the way of information at this point. One that’s been there a few months will, however.
Is There a Return Policy?
Most people fail to ask this question when adopting a pit bull. The truth of the matter, however, is that it’s a question that must be asked. This is a dog that is very kind when raised correctly, but if a stray was brought up by an irresponsible owner, it’s likely that the dog is going to have some other issues to contend with. This could mean that your dog has issues with aggression thanks to poor training. If you get your dog home and realize that it’s not the kind of dog that responds well to your family and your lifestyle, you might have no choice but to bring the dog back.
While most people don’t need to bring their dogs back, it does happen on occasion. It does happen sometimes when a dog hasn’t been with a shelter long and they simply do not know the dog is aggressive or antisocial or anything else. You have to ask these questions so that you don’t make the mistake of adopting the wrong pet.