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Pitbull Terriers have been pegged in the past for displaying certain behaviors, and that has recently begun to shift.

Sometimes, when considering adopting a dog such as a Pitbull Terrier, it can become challenging to understand what advice to follow and which description of a Pitbull’s personality and temperament are the most accurate.

This post is designed to change that and provide you a full overview and inside look at the personality of a Pitbull and what kind of temperament and behavior you can expect if you do decide to adopt a Pitbull.

Here is how I intend to break it down for you today:

The Personality and Temperament of a Pitbull Terrier

Have you ever read that a Pitbull can be dangerous or potentially snap on a new owner?

Maybe you are one of the individuals who have only heard the exact opposite, such as Pitbulls can make one of the most affectionate dogs you can choose to adopt and are deep hearted.

While both may have some truth behind them, it is essential to understand how the owners of a Pitbull can impact their personality, behavior, and temperament and what their personality will typically resemble in an ethical and loving household.

Pitbulls as a breed from a broad look, are not dangerous dogs.

However, it is completely possible that some Pitbulls have inherited a gene or been raised in unethical situations that could easily mislead individuals to believe that most Pitbulls are dangerous.

I would argue that a dangerous Pitbull is harder to find compared to a loving companion dog.

To make things a little more fun and interactive, I decided I would compile my primary 7 personality traits to give you a better understanding of what it may be like to raise and care for a Pitbull Terrier.

7 Personality Traits of The Pitbull Terrier

#1- Fun and Loving Companions

Most Pitbull owners would agree, a Pitbull is an extremely loving companion and affectionate dog in general.

Primarily when raised in an ethical home with proper care and plenty of socialization.

If you want a dog that is loyal, by your side, and a true member of the family, a Pitbull certainly matches this personality type.

#2- Patient

Okay, maybe one of a Pitbull’s behavior traits is not patience in the beginning when they are a puppy.

However, this can start to change as your Pitbull matures and adapts to your lifestyle and routines.

A Pitbull if they are around the family, around the attention, and watching situations, can be a patient dog breed willing to adapt to your schedule and what you prefer to do.

#3- Fearless and Brave

I think we were all aware that being fearless is a primary behavior trait and personality characteristic of the Pitbull Terrier.

Bred originally as a fighting and sport dog, a Pitbull is up for any challenge and willing to try new things.

Not to mention, a Pitbull is not likely to stand down to another dog or even person threatening their property or the well-being of their family.

#4-Always Up for A Challenge

A Pitbull has the personality that goes hand in hand with a true partner in life that is always up for a new challenge.

Perhaps you want to use this to your advantage in the form of exercise.

Incorporate new exercises with your Pitbull or challenge your Pitbull with new strength training exercises.

Or you can even incorporate mental training for your Pitbull.

Nonetheless, a Pitbull certainly possesses this personality trait and is always up for whatever you want to present to them.

#5-Loyal and Protective

This is perhaps one of my favorite traits to mention about the Pitbull Terrier.

This is a fiercely loyal dog.

Yes, a Pitbull will be protective of their loved ones, primary family, and even the property.

No, this does not necessarily mean that they will cause harm to others if they approach, but I can assure you, a Pitbull’s personality and temperament will definitely cause them to investigate the individuals approaching the property and bark to inform you of someone getting a bit too close for their comfort.

#6-High Energy

Pitbulls certainly pack some energy and are willing to let you know when they want to release some of that energy.

It is part of the reason exercise needs to be a critical element in their lives each day (more on this later)

Utilizing running and jogging with a proper harness for your Pitbull to release some of this energy.

If you prefer a dog who likes to lounge around and does not have much of a personality in the form of enthusiasm, you may want to consider a different breed.

If you prefer a dog that commonly displays behavior that is fast-paced, excited, and high-energy, a Pitbull Terrier can be an excellent dog for you.


I believe this to be true about Terriers in general.

I know my Terrier is also very clingy.

It can, at times, be one of the more annoying personality characteristics.

Pitbulls are also known to be a clingy dog that needs to be in the center of the action.

Pitbulls are also known to experience separation anxiety relatively quickly when left alone.

It is essential to begin training these behaviors out of your Pitbull as soon as possible and start crate training a Pitbull in the beginning right away to help curb this behavior.

A Pitbull’s Temperament Can Have A Lot to Do with You and The Household

You can find a lot of information about any dog breed you choose with how quick the internet sends back information these days.

Pitbulls happen to be one of those dogs that it is imperative to do additional homework before forming an opinion.

A dog, including Pitbulls are typically the product of training, obedience, and the overall environment they are raised in.

Sure, genetics can be at play as well in addition to the breeding of the Pitbull.

Still, for the most part, the overall behavior, personality, and temperament your Pitbull will display can have a direct correlation with how you approach the situation.

Are you providing love, care, and an ethical home for your Pitbull?

Are the individuals who claim Pitbulls are dangerous living with Pitbulls or training the dogs themselves?


I am not saying a Pitbull cannot be dangerous.

They certainly can be, and this can be said about any dog breed.

However, always remember that if you find a reputable breeder offering Pitbull Terriers, the keys to your Pitbull’s heart and ultimately how they end up behaving as they mature is in your hands.

Exercise Can Make A Dramatic Impact on Your Pitbull’s Temperament

Pitbull Terriers are also a dog breed that exercise remains a critical part of their daily routines.

Pitbulls are a muscular dog and can grow a bit restless when they do not have the opportunity to burn energy and bond with you as the owner.

It has even been noted that Pitbulls may display some other negative behaviors such as the following when they are not provided any exercise:

  • Excessive Barking
  • Excessive Chewing (provide plenty of chew toys)
  • Digging
  • Pacing and Hyper-Energy

Be sure that if you are considering adopting a Pitbull soon, that exercise is something that you can build into your calendar and make a new routine.

Hey, the good news is that you can get in shape while building a bond with your new dog.

A Pitbull’s Behavior and Temperament Around Children

For a much more specific guide to this information, I highly recommend reading my post about a Pitbull interacting with young children and babies here.

In case you do not feel like reading that, I will still provide you a short summary of what you can expect with a Pitbull’s behavior around your kids.

A well-socialized Pitbull that grows up and endures exposure to young kids will grow to love the kids as much as you do and become companions with them.

A Pitbull will be loving, affectionate, and protective of children, and if the socialization process has been put in place and gone smoothly.

On the flip side, a Pitbull that has not been well socialized may not be a good idea for a family with young kids and children.

Especially if they are ever alone together.

Until you have a substantial amount of trust for your Pitbull and children around each other, I would not recommend having your Pitbull and kids interact without supervision.

For the record, I would make this same disclaimer for any dog breed.

Not only Pitbulls.

Pitbull Terriers Personality, Temperament, and Behaviors Can Come from Various Backgrounds

This is the last point I want to touch on before you are sending you on your way.

Pitbulls are a dog that once became mislabeled, and the information surrounding the personality, temperament, and behavior or a Pitbull all seemed to be negative in some way.

Always remember, do your homework and work with a reputable breeder.

A Pitbull is typically going to be the product of their upbringing and the socialization they are provided.

For a patient dog owner willing to accommodate the personality of a Pitbull, you likely cannot find a better dog to adopt.

On the flip side, if you do not match well with the temperament or personality of a Pitbull, it may better suit for you to consider a different dog breed to adopt.

Pitbulls May Be Strong-Willed but Make for A Loving and Affectionate Companion

A Pitbull’s personality and temperament can clearly vary with each Pitbull Terrier.

However, in a clear majority of cases, a Pitbull, if raised ethically and in a loving home, will make for an affectionate companion.

Provide love, training, and discipline for your Pitbull and reap the rewards of owning and caring for one of the best dog breeds in the world.

Luna and I wish you the best of luck if you do decide to adopt a Pitbull Terrier and the journey you have ahead of you!

What Else Can You Share About a Pitbull’s Personality and Temperament?

Do you have anything you can add for the readers about a Pitbull’s personality and temperament?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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