The American Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed at a Glance
Known for its affection, cheerfulness, intelligence, alertness, and loyalty, the American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed is a large and multi-talented dog in the Terrier breed group. In general, it is a low maintenance, moderate shedding dog that is easy to train, as it loves pleasing its owners. This particular breed is not recommended for new owners, although it is a good breed for kids. This breed also goes by the names American Bull Terrier, Pit, Pitty, and Pit Bull.
HISTORY of the American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier of today is the result of crossbreeding various breeds of Bulldog and Terrier, which occurred in Europe. The purpose of this crossbreeding was a blood sport wherein the dog had to fight a bull until it was defeated. In 1800s, this practice was banned, which later led to the sport of dog fighting.
Origin: Ancestors from England, Scotland, Ireland. Actual origin is USA.
Although the fearless American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized for its fearlessness and its protective nature, it is actually a very friendly dog with a playful temperament. It strives to please people and is not a naturally aggressive dog. Moreover, it is an affectionate dog toward children, but this largely depends on how it is trained from an early age. However, it is not cat-friendly and has a high impulse to wander.
That said, it is also important to note to that the American Pit Bull Terrier is in the top 5% of dog attacks. Included in these attacks are maimings and fatalities.
Physical Characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed
Its muscular, stocky build, broad head and its wide jaw are the most defining physical characteristics, along with its pointy ears and short tail.
Common colors of the American Pit Bull Terrier include black, black and tan, white, yellow, grey, brown, and blue. It has a short coat, and sheds regularly.
The American Pit Bull Terrier generally weighs between 30 and 65 pounds and stands 17 to 22 inches in height.
This breed of dog sheds extensively. It is not a hypoallergenic dog.
HEALTH AND CARE of the Pit Bull
The life expectancy of the American Pit Bull Terrier is between 8 and 15 the years.
Common Health Concerns
Common health issues affecting the Pit Bull puts them at a high risk of:
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
The Pit needs vigorous, daily exercise. Providing a good amount of exercise will help overcome any destructive behavior. Be sure to walk your dog on a leash as it wanders, and also has the potential to chase a prey animal, since it has a very strong prey drive.
Feeding requirements of the American Pit Bull Terrier are approximately 2.75 cups for the average 50-pound dog.
A Pit Bull is generally a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming. However, it sheds quite a bit, so when choosing a breed, consider the added cleaning efforts that will be required.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is NOT recognized by the AKC.