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The American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a dog that has been bred to be gentle around children. The dogs are originally from Britain where they were used as bait in the sport of bull-baiting and then used by farmers on farms for their strength and intelligence before finally moving into people’s homes, so families could have them as nanny dogs. They may come from rescue shelters or breeders; You might not know that Pit Bulls, with their tenacity and courage, make them a popular choice for competitions in weight pulling, agility training, and obedience. Of course, they’re also great at being friendly companions! 

The term “pit bull” doesn’t refer to a breed, but rather it is used as an adjective for several different types of purebreds including the American Pit Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Table of Contents

  1. History
  2. Size
  3. Personality
  4. Health
  5. Feeding
  6. Children And Other Pets

 

1. History

Bull and Terrier breeds were created in early 19th century England for the sports of bull- and bear-baiting. When those sports became illegal, dog fighting sprung up as a replacement.  And this is when aggression was bred into the genetic line. Dogs with an unwillingness to bite humans needed handlers able to separate dogs without getting hurt themselves The breed soon developed a reputation as strong protective dogs but also known for being family-friendly.
The “Bull Dogs” accompanying immigrants to America had new jobs in the New World. Their duties varied from hunting and guarding, while also being a companion on the farm. Some of these Bulldogs were larger than their English ancestors as they continued with this mindset that bigger is better!

The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are two different breeds of dogs, which share a common ancestor. The UKC named this breed in 1898, but it was renamed after later generations were bred for AKC conformation contests. Today these differences are much more subtle than they used to be.

2. Size

Males’ height ranges from 18 to 19 inches, while females’ height ranges from 17 to 18 inches. The weight fluctuates between 30 and 85 pounds.

3. Personality

You can call Pit bulls one of the most misunderstood dog breeds out there. They’re confident and keenly aware of their surroundings, but they have no idea that their size is something of a deterrent to being a lapdog. Confident and alert, pit bulls may warn you if someone unfamiliar makes an appearance- not because they want to protect themselves from strangers as guard dogs do, but because they love people so much!

It takes early socialization for American Pit Bull Terriers to grow up well-rounded. That’s because exposure too many different people and experiences when they are young helps them develop a personality that is tolerant of new things and provides an emotional support system.

4. Health

American Pit Bull Terriers are usually pretty healthy, but like any other breed, they’re prone to a few diseases. Not all American Pit Bulls will get any or even most of these problems – it’s important to know about them if you want this kind of dog!

  • Hip Dysplasia (HD)
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Heart Disease

5. Feeding

It’s important for your pit bull to have a proper diet in order to stay healthy and happy. One of the keys ingredients in high-quality dry food, 1.5 – 2 cups per day split into two meals will keep them satisfied!

Feeding your dog at set times each day will help prevent obesity. You should be able to feel his ribs when you rub him and not necessarily see them, though sometimes they may still be hidden beneath a layer of muscle that is needed for the athletic activities he enjoys most.

 

6. Children And Other Pets

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an excellent choice for a family pet. They’re energetic, sturdy, and tolerant – making them perfect playmates! It’s important to note that no matter what the size, any dog or breed should not ever be left unsupervised with children. The best way to guarantee a happy, healthy dog is by teaching kids not to touch them. They should never approach an eating or sleeping pup and take away his food either!

Pit Bulls have a history of fighting and, because of this, it can be difficult to train them not to act aggressively. But if they are socialized early on in life and properly trained about their behaviour then aggression is less likely. Just for safety’s sake though you should always supervise your Pit Bull around other dogs.

 

Pit bulls are the most versatile and intelligent breed of dogs in existence. They’re always happy to see you, no matter what they were doing before. If a Pit Bull is not with their human companion then chances are that they will be around someone else playing or being silly! This makes them great companions for people who work long hours because these energetic creatures never tire out–they can keep going all day without getting bored even if it means chasing after your kids from room to room at home while also keeping an eye on older family members when others need help outside.

 

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