One way to find the best American Pit Bull Terrier breeders is to go to a dog show. Here you’ll be able to see dog breeders and their dogs and how they relate to one another. It’s courteous to wait until the dog breeders are done showing their pit bulls before introducing yourself and asking questions.
Another route is to call the national or regional club for dog breeder referrals. Pit bull owners are always eager to spread the joy of owning APBTs and are happy to connect with other pit bull lovers. Through these outlets you also can obtain a lot of information about the care, personality and health of the pit bull.
There are many websites devoted to purebred dogs, but be on the lookout for those that make false claims or promise to ship you the perfect pit bull puppy without meeting and screening you first.
“Expect every good pit bull breeder to ask you a lot of questions,” says Stephanie Comeau, a pit bull owner and NAPBTA delegate from the APBT regional club in Phoenix, Arizona. “Reputable breeders spend a lot of time with their dogs, and they want to make sure they’re going to the best homes.” Many pit bull breeders will require prospective owners to fill out a questionnaire about their lifestyle and environment.
“If you’re unsure about a particular pit bull breeder, you can always call the United Kennel Club and ask if any complaints have been filed against this breeder,” Comeau says. “Some of the breeder’s complaints may include not giving new owners the registration papers when they buy a pit bull, falsifying pit bull records or selling sick pit bull puppies.”
“If a pit bull breeder advertises or tells you that their pit bull stock has an extra-large head size, is a rare color, weighs 80 pounds or more, is good for protection or provides stud service, run the other way,” says Valerie Piltz, vice president of the American Pit Bull Terrier Association. “None of these claims describe what a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier is all about, and it’s usually a breeder’s excuse to ask for more money. Take the time to learn about the APBT before you contemplate buying or adopting one.”
Piltz has fond memories of the first time she saw black-and-white Sunny, her first pit bull, 14 years ago. “The pit bull breeder spent hours nursing her back to health from parvo, and without her endless devotion, Sunny would never have grown up to become such a wonderful ambassador of the breed,” she says. “You just can’t put a price tag on a dog like this.”