1. Look at the area where the Pit Bull puppies spend most of their time. It’s OK if they play outdoors part of the day, but the Pit Bulls should sleep indoors at night so that they can interact with people and become accustomed to hearing ordinary household noises. This builds a solid foundation for a secure, well-socialized American Pit Bull Terrier. The puppy area should be clean, well lit, have fresh drinking water and interesting toys.
2. Sure, you’re only buying one Pit Bull, but make sure to see all of the puppies in the litter. By 5 weeks of age, healthy Pit Bull puppies will begin playing with one another and should be lively and energetic. It’s OK if they’re asleep when you visit, but stay long enough to see the puppies wake up. Once the Pit Bulls up, they shouldn’t be lethargic or weak, as this may be a sign of illness.
3. Pit Bull puppies should be confident and eager to greet you. A Pit Bull who is shy or fearful and stays in the corner may be sick or insecure. Although some introverted Pit Bull puppies come out of their shells later on, many do not. These Pit Bulls will always be fearful as adults and are not good choices for an active, noisy family with or without children, or for people who have never had a dog before. These Pit Bulls frighten easily and will require a tremendous amount of training and socialization in order to live a happy life.
Choose a Pit Bull who is happy and eager to interact with you but reject a Pit Bull who is either too shy or too bossy. These temperament types are a challenge to deal with, and require a tremendous amount of training to socialize. The perfect Pit Bull puppy personality is somewhere between the two extremes.
4. If it’s feeding time during your visit, all the Pit Bull puppies should be eager to gobble up their food. Refusing to eat may signal that a puppy has an illness.
5. The Pit Bull’s skin should be smooth, clean and shiny without any sores or bumps. Pit Bull puppies should not be biting or scratching at themselves continuously, which could signal fleas.
6. After 10 to 12 days, the Pit Bull’s eyes should be open and clear without any redness or discharges. Puppies should not be scratching at their eyes, as this may cause an infection or signal irritation.
7. Vomiting or coughing more than once is not normal. If so, the Pit Bull may be ill and should visit the veterinarian.
8. Visit long enough to see the Pit Bull puppies eliminate. All stools should be firm without being watery or bloody. These are signs of illness or that a puppy has worms.
9. A healthy Pit Bull puppy who is getting enough to eat should not be skinny. You should be able to slightly feel the Pit Bull’s ribs if you rub her abdomen, but you should not be able to see the ribs protruding through the skin.
10. Pit Bull puppies should walk or run freely without limping. Do the parents have hip and elbow dysplasia test results?