Re: Looking for a new dog(American Staffordshire)
I actually have a Pit. My experiences may not be the same for everyone, because I got here when she was extremely young. Her mother hung herself trying to jump a fence while she was chained in her yard. It was not far from a liquor store I worked at in my youth, and when the guy came in trying to sell the puppies, I took one. She was too young to be seperated at the time, but I took her anyway.
My experience is that these dogs are extremely loyal. They are pack animals, even to a greater degree than most dogs. And if you care for them, you become their pack. This makes them easy to train, because they truly do want to please. They're not terribly bright animals, so don't think they're going to be doing a lot of tricks. But as for the basics, they're pretty easy to handle. They're also very territorial. I live on the corner of a pretty busy road, and have lost many dogs in it over the years, but my pit will not leave the yard. However she will charge and bark at people going by the yard, so she can't just be left out, as my lab can. Because they're so territorial, they don't like people in their area. So if you have the type of house people come over to a lot, I wouldn't suggest getting one. They don't like company, and they view most people who enter their territory as a threat. Off of their property, they could care less about other people or animals.
They're very athletic, are high energy, and require a lot of excercise, so if your not prepared to walk them, throw the ball to them for half an hour a day, or something else, don't get one. Mine likes to hang from low hanging bush branches, and I've hung a bike tire to a tree limb that she'll dangle from for 10 minutes at a clip. I occasionally take her to a park not far from where I live where I can let her loose a little when no ones around. The last time we drove by, she got so excited she jumped out the car window while it was moving. So they are a handfull, but they're not the savage killers they're made out to be.