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Mommy Pit bull growled at me

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My uncle owns a pit bull kennel where I spend a lot of my time. I have "adopted", so to speak, a female pit bull. She had her first litter and is about two and a half years old. She is the sweetest. She is also the reason why I spend a lot of my time at the kennel. I have trained her myself, but I tried picking up one of her puppies the other day, and something like a growl came out of her as she moved her head rapidly to block me from the puppy. I have raised her since she was a puppy and have never been afraid of her until then...is this a side effect of her recently giving birth? I really don't want to put her down, but if she is a hazard for my uncle and family, I will take appropriate actions, since she is unofficially mine. I guess I should be asking this to my uncle, but I don't want to let him know until I have your opinion because I do not want to get her into unneccessary trouble. Help!
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I hav never experienced owning a female dog with pups so I'm completely in the dark. This leads me to a couple of questions:

How soon is too soon to actually handle pups without mom showing signs of aggression (or warning).

And is this normal for a dog you've owned almost her entire life to growl and you when handling her pups. I can understand strangers but I don't think I'd tolerate that from my bitch...seriously.

Lastly, I agree. Its far to premature to consider euthanizing her.
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