1. How much is the deposit on a dog?
     It depends on the price of the dog. Usually $200-$300.

2. Can I get my deposit back if I change my mind?
     No. The deposit is non-refundable unless we can not provide you with a dog on our part, however, within a certain time frame you can transfer a deposit.

3. Can my deposit be transferred to a different dog?
     Yes. Up until the dog is 5 weeks old, you can transfer your deposit to a dog that is still available or a dog from a future breeding (if circumstances arise that lead you to feel you should wait for a while before bringing a new dog into your home).

4. Does GPSK offer payment plans?
     Yes, payment plans are available for puppies up to 9 weeks of age. GPSK tries to work with customers and be as flexible as possible to make buying a puppy from us as easy as possible. After putting a deposit down, you can make as few or as many payments as you like until you pick up the puppy. All money paid before the puppy is picked up is considered part of the deposit and will be applied the cost of the puppy upon pick up. If the puppy is not picked up by the time it is 9 weeks old, additional money is required to cover the cost of additional shots, dewormings, food, etc.

5. Do most fatal dog attacks involve a pit bull?
     No. The media loves to fuel this lie every time they have a chance solely because it catches people's attention and brings more viewers to the news cast. The fact of the matter is, pit bulls are less likely to bite someone than a golden retriever, lab, or any other dog for that matter. It all comes down to how the dog is treated, how it has grown up, and if it was properly socialized. It is just like a person, if you raise it right, it will be one of the best canine companions you will ever know!

6. Someone I know has a pit bull and I don't want my children around it because I've heard pit bulls are human aggressive by nature. Is this true?
     No dog is human aggressive by nature. In fact, the history behind this myth comes from the pit bull's roots of dog fighting. People believe that pit bulls were aggressive toward everything because it had been bred into their bloodlines so they would be a good fighting dog. This couldn't be further from the truth. I don't agree with dog fighting, but as part of owning this breed, it is good to know ALL of the history behind it, which includes the dog fighting part of it. The fact is, on the rare occasion that a dog fighting pit bull, or any other dog used for fighting for that matter, bit the handler or any human, the dog was immediately terminated on the spot along with that dog's sire, dame, brother's, sister's, and all of its offspring. Usually this was done by shooting the dog. This ensured absolutely NO blood line would have traces of human aggression in them. It was highly looked down upon in the dog fighting world!

     Another interesting fact is that the American Pit Bull Terrier passes the American Temperament Testing Society's test with a 84.3% and the American Staffordshire Terrier with a 83.4%. Here are some other breeds to compare to: Golden Retrievers (84.2%), Great Danes (79.2%), Weimaraners (80.1%), Poodles (85.3%). These statistics can be found at www.atts.org.

     It is also important to remember that although no dog IS human aggressive by nature, this does not mean that a dog will not bite someone. It has nothing to do with what breed a dog is though. Under certain circumstances, ANY dog will bite, you should get to know your dogs limits and comfort zones and watch for these to be pushed so you can stop a bad thing from happening before it does. If you "know" you will never get bitten, it is safe to assume that you will at some point or another.

     Things you can do to reduce the chances that any breed of dog will bite include:

          - Spay/neuter your dog.
          - Keep them on a leash while in public or around people they aren't familiar with.
          - Socialize them very well with all types of people and animals (men, women, children, other dogs, etc.)
          - Give them as much positive attention as possible (don't chain them in the yard, basement, garage, etc.)
7. I heard that Pit Bulls were not good with children, is it true?
     Absolutely not. Most pit bulls are excellent with children due to their high tolerance for pain and their ability and nature to endure the abuse a child will unintentionally deal out to it. This is not to say that you can leave your pit bull to baby sit your child though. No dog should be left without supervision with a child, regardless of breed, size, history, etc. You should also take preventative measures to ensure a good experience during play time. This includes using positive training methods to teach your pit bull to play gently, greet people in an acceptable manner, and not to jump on people.

8. Everyone says pit bulls are born mean and they can't be trusted, is this true?
     Absolutely 100% false! The majority of people that feel this way have never met a pit bull in their life and get all of their facts from news reports (which are VERY unreliable and non-factual). Pit bulls are, by breed standards, very human friendly and heavily lacking human aggression. It is in their blood to do whatever it takes to please a person and get some much wanted loving and attention from them.

     (Also see, number 6.)

9. Is a pit bull a good breed for a guard dog?
     Only if you plan on the looks and the bark of the dog scaring someone off. Pit bulls are way to friendly to people, yes even strangers, to be a good guard dog. This is to blame for the pit bull breed being at such high risk to be stolen. In most pit bull thefts, the dog is lead strait out of the owners yard by the thief. (This actually happened to one of my friend's dog in a matter of 15 min.) This is not to say that your pit bull will not defend you if someone attacks you. A pit bull is VERY loyal to its family and if a member of its family is in trouble, it will come to the rescue.

10. Do pit bulls have locking jaws?
     No, this is just a myth. There is no evidence of a locking mechanism in a pit bull's jaw.

11. Is an American Pit Bull Terrier and an American Staffordshire Terrier the same thing?
     Yes and no. Both of these breeds come from the same blood lines over 100 years ago. Through the many generations since, these two have been bred apart and are now recognized as two separate breeds. Although some dog registries only recognize an American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff Terrier), the American Pit Bull Terriers are sometimes registered in these registries as an AmStaff Terriers instead of an American Pit Bull Terrier. It really just comes down to how one defines the "Pit Bull" breed.

12. Did Hellen Keller own a pit bull?
     Yes. Many famous people own/have owned a pit bull including:
             - Alicia Silverstone
             - Bernadette Peters
             - Frankie Muniz
             - Fred Astaire
             - Gen. George Patton
             - Hellen Keller
             - Jan Michael Vincent
             - Jeremy Miller
             - Jessica Alba
             - Jessica Biel
             - John Steinbeck
   - John Stewart
   - Judd Nelson
   - Julian Schnabel
   - Ken Howard
   - Laura Ingalls Wilder
   - the Lil' Rascals
   - Linda Blair
   - Mark Twain
   - Michael J. Fox
   - President Theodore
   - Rachael Ray
   - rapper DMX
   - Rosie Perez
   - Simbad
   - Stephan Jenkins
   - Stephany Kramer
   - Steve Irwin
   - Thomas Edison
   - Usher
   - Vin Diesel
   - Woodrow Wilson

13. What are some things that my pit bull and I can do together?
     There are a countless number of things you can do with your pit bull. Besides lounging around watching T.V. (which ours love to do), you can appeal to your pit bulls huge athletic nature and desire to please. No, dog fighting is not the only sport pit bulls have roots in. They currently hold many world records in the legitimate sports of weight pulling, vertical jumping, and bite work (like the police dog training). Visit the Great Sites page for links to good information on these sports.

14. What is Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)?
     Breed Specific Legislation is a law that restricts a certain breed or breeds (Almost like the segregation laws, only directed toward dog breeds) and can be directed toward any breed. It can put a lot of restrictions to owning a breed, but in most cases, it just completely bans the breed or breeds all together.

15. What is wrong with Breed Specific Legislation?
     Legislators think that by eliminating an entire breed of dog, all of the problems with dogs attacking people will go away and bring a "safe community" into the picture. This doesn't work because it doesn't take care of the root of the problem and studies have shown that it doesn't even reduce the number of dog bites. Dogs that belong to irresponsible and mean people will almost always turn out to be an irresponsible and mean dog, regardless of the breed. therefore, BSL tends to "punish the BREED, not the DEED" and forces punishment onto thousands, possibly millions, of great dogs and owners along with the one or two bad dog(s) and owner(s).

     Another problem with BSL is that there are over 100 breeds of dogs that are popularly misidentified as a pit bull, one of which is a Fila. I have personally owned a Fila that came to my house as a stray and I took him in. His temperament wasn't the best (I assume the previous owner was a dead beat), and everyone that saw him immediately asked, "Is that a pit bull?" When I answered no, they would respond something to the effect of oh, I thought he was because he was growling at me and he looks mean.

     The third problem with BSL is the cost. Most shelters are under funded and under staffed. When BSL is added, more tax dollars have to be pumped into these shelters to "humanly euthanize" these dogs that have done nothing wrong. I can think of a million better ways to waste our tax dollars other than on punishing all of the good, responsible pit bull owners.

16. What are the alternatives to Breed Specific Legislation?
     The best answer is, instead of passing BSL, pass a Generic Dangerous-Dog law that targets all of the irresponsible and mean dog owners. Also, here are some other laws that would actually make an impact on the number of dog bites:

          - Laws that make it illegal to tie your dog up in the back yard where he doesn't get any human interaction.
          - Laws that prevent irresponsible and mean owners to ever own more dogs.
          - Stronger animal cruelty laws.

     These are all great alternatives that "punish the DEED, not the BREED" instead of vice versa.