American Pitbull Terrier

Pit Bulls have been around since about the early 19th century and were originally used in England for bull and bear baiting, which were popular spectator sports at that time. In 1835, when bull and bear baiting were outlawed, rat baiting and dog fighting quickly took over. However, although these dogs could be aggressive when in the dog fighting ring, they were also quite gentle and protective of their human families. When these Pit Bull-type dogs were brought to the U.S. during the late 19th century, they began various new careers including farm dogs, hunting dogs, guard dogs, and all-around companion and family dogs. In fact, even though these breeds were extremely strong, they were very gentle and could often be found "babysitting" small children. In 1898, Britain's United Kennel Club recognized the breed and named it the American Pit Bull Terrier. However, the American Kennel Club did not recognize these bully dogs until 1930, at which time they renamed many of them American Staffordshire Terriers. Over some time, American Staffordshire Terriers were bred to meet a different standard than original American Pit Bull Terriers resulting in two distinct breeds.

American Pit Bulls are medium-sized muscular dogs that can weigh anywhere from 30 to 65 pounds. They have short, bristle-like hair that can come in a variety of colors including brindle, blue, red, white and various colors with white markings. Their heads are broad with either drop, semi-drop, prick or cropped ears. Personality: While these are extremely strong dogs, they are very gentle with their human families. In fact, despite the Pit Bull's negative image today, this breed is actually a great family dog and can be terrific with children when trained properly. However, they are also highly energetic and need lots of room to run and play. Despite what many people may think about the American Pit Bull Terrier, these dogs make terrific companions and loyal family dogs. Because of their strength and energy, they excel in various types of competitions including weight pulling, obedience and agility. They are known by many names including those: American Pit Bull Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier, American Pit Bull and American Pitbull, Pit Bull and Pitbull, Pit, Pitty and Pibble, Pit Terrier, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier, and Bull Baiter Dog and Staffordshire Fighting Dog.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
Europe
Function
Life Span
10-12 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
American Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, American Pitbull, Pit Bull, Pitbull, Pit, Pitty, Pit Terrier, Yankee Terrier, Rebel Terrier, Bull Baiter Dog, Staffordshire Fighting Dog, American Pitbull Terrier

American Pitbull Terrier Build Information

Size
Medium
Length (Male)
13-20 in.
Length (Female)
14-16 in.
Weight
> 65 lbs
Litter Size
5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Cropped
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

American Pit Bulls are medium-sized muscular dogs that can weigh anywhere from 30 to 65 pounds. They have short, bristle-like hair that can come in a variety of colors including brindle, blue, red, white and various colors with white markings. Their heads are broad with either drop, semi-drop, prick or cropped ears.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

While these are extremely strong dogs, they are very gentle with their human families. In fact, despite the Pit Bull's negative image today, this breed is actually a great family dog and can be terrific with children when trained properly. However, they are also highly energetic and need lots of room to run and play.

Despite what many people may think about the American Pit Bull Terrier, these dogs make terrific companions and loyal family dogs.

Because of their strength and energy, they excel in various types of competitions including weight pulling, obedience and agility. They are known by many names including those: American Pit Bull Terrier and American Pitbull Terrier, American Pit Bull and American Pitbull, Pit Bull and Pitbull, Pit, Pitty and Pibble, Pit Terrier, Yankee Terrier and Rebel Terrier, and Bull Baiter Dog and Staffordshire Fighting Dog.

Appearance

Colors
Black Black & Tan Chocolate Fawn Light Brown Mahogany Red Red & White Red-Black Brindle Tan Brindle White
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Fine

American Pit Bull Terriers require little grooming, other than an occasional bathing and nail clipping. However, it is also recommended to brush their teeth two or three times per week to help remove bacteria and discourage tarter buildup. Additionally, ears should be checked at least once a week for wax buildup, foul odors or inflammation.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Moderately easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
Yes
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
Yes
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • Teddy Roosevelt once owned a Pit Bull
  • Petey in the original Little Rascals show was an American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Pit Bulls have been used for many purposes including search and rescue, border patrol dogs, service dogs, narcotics and explosives detection, and police dogs
  • Dog whisperer Cesar Millan´s dog to train other dogs is a pit bull

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American Pitbull Terrier Training

When properly trained, the Pit Bull is a very well-behaved, loyal dog who is dedicated to pleasing his pet parent. The Pit Bull is highly intelligent and learns quickly when he wants to. Be certain to understand; however, the Pit Bull is also a very strong-minded dog so you must be dedicated in your training methods as well. Contrary to popular belief, the Pit Bull is not an extremely aggressive dog at all times. Their strong will and pure strength have made them desirable for fighting not their overall personality. They have actually been known to be one of the most loyal, loving family companions.

Common Health Conditions in American Pitbull Terriers

Typically, American Pit Bulls are extremely hardy dogs. Nevertheless, just as with many other dog breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues including hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, aortic stenosis, skin allergies and food allergies. Common skin allergens include dust, pollen, fleas and grass while common food allergens include beef, corn, rice and wheat.

American Pitbull Terrier Pet Insurance

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