Although pitbulls are a very controversial breed, many people are surprised at just how affectionate and loving they can be when raised correctly.
This often catches people off guard and we have noticed a number of pitbull owners who are sharing content on social media to try and change the perception of the pitbull to show just how lovable the breed can actually be.
Due to a number of these videos going viral on a relatively regular basis, we have noticed more and more people reaching out to ask about why pitbulls like to cuddle so much as well as how affectionate the breed really is.
With this side of the pitbull being so new to so many people, we wanted to publish this article going over the topic in detail to try and help our readers better understand the pitbull breed.
Please note though, all dogs are different and their personality, upbringing, and training will play large roles in how your dog will act so always keep this in mind!
Are Pitbulls Extremely Affectionate?
Many pitbulls are extremely affectionate and loving and they will go to great lengths to spend as much time as possible, as close as possible to their humans.
Although this is cute at first, you really should be taking steps to try and manage this behavior as best you can.
It is great to have a loving and affectionate dog but letting your pitbull constantly cuddle you can drastically increase the chances of the dog developing separation anxiety for when you are out of the house.
In some areas, the law can class a dog barking as a public nuisance potentially causing legal issues and problems with your local community.
Here are a few different things that you are able to try to reduce the chances of a clingy pitbull developing separation anxiety:-
- Make sure your dog has plenty of toys and playtime to keep them occupied while you’re away.
- Try and have a set routine for your dog with feeding times, walks, and bathroom breaks so they know what to expect.
- Leave a radio or TV on for your dog to listen to while you’re gone.
- Have someone check in on your dog while you’re gone or consider doggy daycare.
- If your dog is crate trained, put them in their crate with a Kong toy filled with peanut butter to keep them occupied for short periods of time if you have to go to the local store or something like that.
It is important not to overdo it though as too much pushing can cause your pitbull to become distant so it can be a difficult balancing act to do correctly.
Do Pitbulls Choose A Favorite Person?
Pitbulls are very loyal dogs and they will form strong bonds with their family.
Although they will love all members of the family, they often choose one person as their favorite.
This is usually the person who feeds them, walks them, and plays with them the most but it can also be the person who they feel the strongest connection with.
Pitbulls often show their favorite person by following them around the house, sleeping next to them, being extra affectionate with them, and always being excited to see them when they come home.
Some pitbulls will bond with who they see as the leader of the household due to their pack based mentality but some pitbulls who have been raised with children can form a very strong bond with the child very quickly.
Do Pitbulls Like To Cuddle?
Pitbulls often love to cuddle with their family and they will usually try to get as close to you as possible, especially if you are eating.
This behavior is often seen as a sign of affection but it can also be a way for your pitbull to seek out your attention and reassurance too.
Pitbulls will often cuddle with their favorite person more than anyone else in the family and they will often want to sleep in the same bed as them too.
This can be a great way to bond with your dog but it is important to make sure your pitbull has its own bed and space too so they are not left feeling anxious or stressed when you are not around.
How Do Pitbulls Show Affection?
Pitbulls show affection in many different ways and it is often down to the individual dog.
Some pitbulls will show their affection by being very clingy and wanting to be near you all the time while others may not be so demanding of your attention.
Pitbulls often show their affection through cuddles, kisses, and tail wags but some may also show their love by bringing you their favorite toy or by leaning against you.
Pitbulls are very loving and loyal dogs who will form strong bonds with their family. They often choose one person as their favorite and will show their affection through cuddles, kisses, and tail wags.
It is important to make sure your pitbull has its own bed and space too so they are not left feeling anxious or stressed when you are not around.
Why Do Pitbulls Whine So Much?
Pitbulls often whine to get attention from their family or to ask for something that they want.
This behavior is often seen as cute by their owners but it can actually be quite frustrating if your dog is constantly whining for no reason.
Pitbulls may whine when they are hungry, thirsty, bored, or needing to go to the bathroom so it is important to be able to distinguish between different types of whining.
If your pitbull is constantly whining then it is important to speak to a trainer or behaviorist to help you stop this behavior as early as possible!