Thank you all for the warm welcome. You can tell this is a great community with the friendliness of the people here - makes it a very comfortable environment to ask questions.
Yes, this will be 'my' first dog though I have had experience raising a Shetland Sheepdog with my cousins as we only live 5 minutes away I practically 'lived' at their house until that dog met an unfortunate end. But the two breeds couldn't be more different, so as for having experience with a dog the likes of the APBT I have none. Which is why I am trying to learn all that I can in order to be prepared and, if I honestly feel that I can't manage the control a Pit Bull owner must have over their dog and monitoring the dog within any given environment - and all the variables that can pop up in between - then I'm willing to tuck my tail between my legs and find a more docile breed. I do think I'm up to the challenge. Time will tell if I'm right.
I will be moving in with my girlfriend this year or early next so I still have plenty of time to really make this decision. Managing a multi-dog household will be first on my list of research as she does have a miniature dachshund (female) that I would not ask her to give up for my own dog choice. I've done some reading to know that if I do get an APBT it will be a male, I'll have to manage feeding time to keep them seperate, be careful about handing out treats and probably train the dogs seperately so there's no competition over these rewards (I still need to learn more in this regard), also have to be careful about leaving toys out for them to compete over, always supervise their play and crate them or seperate them whenever I can't physically be there, etc...
But there's still so much I need to learn to iron out the details or even if such a lifestyle is feasible.
Anyway, again, thanks to everyone here for the welcome. I'm sure if all Pit Bull detractors could read these boards and see the good ABPT owners as opposed to the irresponsible owners out there we'd be on the path to improving the image of this dog abroad.
One day at a time I guess, thanks for having me.