Wednesday, June 18, 2014

5 Signs of Good Pitbull Breeders

There are lots of blue pitbull breeders out there, and for good reason: more and more people fall in love with pitbulls every year and the blue pitbull is one of the most elegant, attractive, and beloved varieties. However, not all pitbull breeders are the same or will produce the same quality of dog. Here is what to look for in the best blue pitbull breeders, according to the well-respected Iron King Kennels:

1.  They are dedicated to pitbulls – Obviously, most dog professionals love all kinds of dogs, but a breeder should have one or several specific breeds they focus their time and attention on. This allows them to become more deeply familiar with all the quirks and idiosyncrasies of that breed and, thus, deliver better care, training, and owner education. The best blue pitbull breeders are pitbull aficionados who likely raise several varieties of pitbull (not just blue), but not other kinds of dogs.

2.  They do this full time – If you have heard the term "backyard breeder," you know it has a bad connotation in professional circles. In one sense, this may seem unfair, since every blue pitbull breeder has to start somewhere and they're usually casual owners before they are breeders. But when an individual makes a choice to become a breeder, they are committing to providing full-time professional quality care to blue pitbull puppies (and mothers) during their most vulnerable time. Breeders who have a day job and spend a few hours with their bulls in the evening cannot provide this level of care. Always look for professional blue pitbull breeders who have invested in their business and work with the dogs full time.

3.  Lots of outdoor space – A growing dog cannot develop properly without lots of outdoor space! This shouldn't just be the free run of a yard – it should involve a large open space where there are plenty of new things they can explore, discover, and interact with: plants, bugs, other dogs, small animals, and so on. The best blue pitbull breeders have acres of fenced outdoor space and let the bull puppies get plenty of time outside each day.

4.  They teach you about the breed – How knowledgeable and friendly are your blue pitbull breeders? Experienced breeders have years' worth of wisdom about how to raise, train, and care for blue pitbulls and they should be happy—even enthusiastic—to share it.

5.  Never too young! – Good breeders know that a blue pitbull puppy cannot leave its mother or change homes before 10 weeks of age.

What do you look for in blue pitbull breeders? You'll find it best by talking to us at Iron King Kennels. Our experience and enthusiasm, not to mention our good record of producing temperate and beautiful dogs, will convince you to choose us when you are ready to get a pitbull. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Everything You Need to Know about Blue Pitbull Puppies

Are you in love with blue pitbulls? It can be tempting to get one as soon as you find blue pitbull puppies for sale; however, getting any kind of pet is going to be a transition, and getting blue pitbulls requires some extra thought. Knowing what to look for in terms of the dog and breeder, as well as how you'll need to train your new pet is crucial. Here is some essential information that we at Iron King Kennels really think you need to know:

The breeder makes a difference

Everything a pitbull puppy learns in its first few months either comes from its mother or from its breeder. That means breeders have a huge impact on not only the health, but also the future behavior of a bull. When someone is offering blue pitbull puppies for sale, you should find out whether they are a professional breeder, whether they work with their dogs full time or just as a side gig, how they treat the dogs, and how much outdoor space and time the animals have.

Blue pitbull puppies have their own quirks and personalities

All pitbulls share certain characteristics and that includes blue pitbull puppies. Pitbulls as a breed are unfairly known for a fast temper and aggressive behavior, but this is a myth that stems from a long history of mistreated pitbulls. The reality is that pitbulls are strong, but gentle dogs who, if properly trained, are as safe as any other breed. Blue pitbull puppies have their own take on the bull personality, and are known for being extremely intelligent and lively. Sometimes, blue pitbull puppies can come across as a bit jumpy, but this goes hand in hand with their adventurous natures and their great curiosity about the world around them.

Blue pitbulls should never be taken from their mothers too early

If a puppy is less than ten weeks old, it's too young to be taken from its mother! We know that when people set out to adopt a dog, they can't wait to get their baby bull home, but a breeder should never let them go before ten weeks. They need this time to learn key personality traits from their mother, and to feel safe and comfortable in the world. If they are taken too early, it can lead to temperament issues later.

Puppies should be introduced to other creatures

During puppyhood, it's a great idea to introduce baby pitbulls to other animals like cats. The best way to do this is to let the two animals see each other without physical contact first, then let them interact together later with supervision. This is also a good way to introduce your puppy to children.

Praise and rewards are the best training

Discipline is key to raising a well-behaved pitbull puppy, but hitting is not the way to do it! The best training is to show pitbulls what you want them to do and then reward them with praise and treats when they succeed.

If you are interested in taking home one of our delightful blue pitbull puppies, call or contact us at Iron King Kennels today! We can give you all the information you need to become the responsible owner of a loving pet.