American Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed Info, Pictures, Characteristics

By Alberto Roy

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American Pit Bull Terriers are a family and companion dog breed. The breed was originally bred to be “bait” bulls. Later, they became all-purpose farm dogs and were later adopted by the family to become “nanny dogs”. They are gentle around children.

These dogs can be adopted out to rescue groups or shelters, even though they are purebred. Adopt! If you are looking to bring a dog home, don’t shop.

They are popular competitors in weight pulling, agility, obedience, and other sports that require their tenacity, courage, and gameness. You can also find them as companions, giving love and affection to their owners.

Remember that any breed of dog can have health problems throughout their lifetime. You can prepare for your dog’s care with a good pet insurance plan.

For a complete list and facts on American Pit Bull Terriers, see below!

American Pit Bull Introduction

One of the bully breeds that is often called a pit bull is the American Pit Bull Terrier. Actually, “pitbull” isn’t a breed. It is a term that describes the American Pit Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier, as well as the Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Some believe the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are the same. Some people insist that they are completely different breeds.

Experts agree that confusion began with an AKC decision in the 1930s to change its name.

American Staffordshire Terrier to distinguish it from its pit-fighting history. AKC has not recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier is, however, slightly smaller.

Bull breeds are often misunderstood. These dogs are tenacious and agile players in obedience and agility games. They also draw unscrupulous people who want to fight for their dog fighting rings.

Unfortunately, bull breeds, especially the APBT, are now known for being dangerous.

It is impossible to believe anything could be further from reality. However, the fear and misinformation caused by the actions a few dogs that were kept by criminally negligent persons have led to legislation being passed against the breed in many cities and countries.

You must be aware of the fact that an American Pit Bull Terrier owner may face hostility and anger from people who don’t know enough about their dog.

This breed is not for everyone, especially if you don’t have the time or desire to socialize and train them.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a great companion for children if it is socialized and trained properly.

He is gentle and loving with people. His eagerness to greet anyone at the door and his tail-wagging makes him a poor guard dog. American Pit Bull Terriers are loyal and dedicated to their families and will defend them until the end.

They are intelligent dogs and can learn tricks and commands with ease. They are full of life and love to get involved in all that is happening around them.

Their puppy-like demeanor continues into adulthood and makes them an enjoyable companion. You will be astonished at how well this breed can get to know you.

Highlights of American Pit Bull Terriers

American Pit Bull Terriers should not be considered for those who are unable to give them much attention.

To overcome their stubbornness and bossiness, they must be socialized and trained as puppies.

To prevent aggression towards other dogs, your American Pit Bull Terrier should be kept on a leash when you are out and about. These dogs shouldn’t be allowed to roam free in dog parks.

Although they may not be aggressive, they will never stop fighting and fight until the end. American Pit Bulls that aren’t socialized properly as puppies can be aggressive towards other dogs.

This breed is almost always included in any breed-specific legislation. If you are traveling with your dog, be aware of the rules in your region and neighboring areas.

American Pit Bull Terriers are very picky and have strong jaws that can easily rip apart cheap toys. You should only give your Pit Bull Terrier durable toys that are not easily chewed and swallowed.

American Pit Bull Terriers will be most at home with owners who are able to provide firm, fair training and consistent discipline.

History of American Pit Bull Terriers

For the popular spectator sport of bull-baiting, bull-terrier and bear-baiting, breeds of bull and terrier were developed in England in the early 19th century.

These sports were declared inhumane in 1835 and made illegal. Dog-fighting was established in their place. This trait of dog aggression was subsequently bred into the gene line.

Another part of the breed’s genetic makeup is a reluctance to bite humans. Dog-fighting rings were created for handlers who wanted to be able separate dogs from their owners without getting hurt.

The breed quickly gained a reputation for being strong and protective, but also gentle and friendly to family members.

These “bull dogs”, who accompanied immigrants to America, began new careers as farm dogs.

They were responsible for hunting wild game, protecting the property from intruders and providing companionship.

The settlers created a larger dog than the one they had in England to fit the new culture.

These bull dogs were named the American Pit Bull Terrier by the UKC in 1898.

In the 1930s, the AKC recognized the breed under a new name. The AKC gave it the name American Staffordshire Terrier to distinguish it from its pit-fighting history.

The American Staffordshire Terrier was bred to conform to AKC, or for dog shows. The American Pit Bull Terrier was not. There are only slight differences in the build and personality.

Size of American Pit Bull Terriers

For males, height of 18 to 19inches and 17 to 18in for females. The weight ranges between 30 and 85 pounds.

Personality of American Pit Bull Terriers

They love people and don’t know that their large size can be a hindrance to them becoming lap dogs. They are confident and alert to their surroundings. However, they can also be watchdogs.

Although their love for people can make them unfit to be guard dogs, their courage is unmatched. They will protect their family with all their might.

American Pit Bull Terriers, like all dogs, need to be socialized early in life. This means that they should be exposed to many people, sights and sounds. Socialization is important to ensure your dog grows up to become a well-rounded pet.

A Different Opinion about American Pit Bull Terriers

Pit bulls are a confusing topic. A pit bull is not a particular breed. It’s a generic term that can be used to describe many breeds. Pit bull-type pit bull dogs are often subject to unfair discrimination.

These dogs were bred to be muscular and have been used in cruel dogfighting activities. They have been criticized for being aggressive and have a bad reputation.

Pit bull-type dogs can be very loving, loyal and gentle with their families. They are playful and eager for attention.

These are the five most common pit bull-type dog breeds.

Breed characteristics

Pit bull dogs are muscular and stocky with large heads and deep chests. They are known for being stubborn dogs. They are determined dogs and will not give up on a task that is given to them, no matter how difficult it may be, such as digging a hole or learning a new trick.

They are affectionate and love attention, even strangers. Pit bulls need to be socialized and trained from a young age.

Their size and strength can make it difficult for them to be controlled. They might pull on the leash hard or jump up on people to meet them.

Tips for American Pit Bull Terriers

Some areas have banned pit bull-type dogs due to their stigma. Before bringing one of these dogs home, make sure you check the local laws.

American Bully

American bully in a forest

The American bully, a relatively new breed, was developed in the 1980s and 1990s. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2013, but it is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club. It was derived from the American pitbull terrier and other bulldog-type breeds.

Bullies are larger than the American pit bull, have a longer head, and are more compact than the American pit bull. Responsible breeders have created bullies that are gentle and affectionate.

Bullies are strong and athletic and need to be exercised regularly to stay happy and healthy.

Overview of Breeds

HEIGHT: 13-20 inches

WEIGHT: 65-85 Pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Strong, compact, muscular, thickset and muscular; short, smooth coat; available in a variety of colors and patterns

American Pit Bull Terrier

American pit bull terrier brown

The American pit bullterrier is another breed that the United Kennel Club recognizes, but not the American Kennel Club. The breed’s ancestors are 19th-century bulldogs and terriers from the United Kingdom. It was developed in North America in the latter part of the 19th century.

Unfortunately, this breed is often used for dogfighting. Modern American pit bull terriers are known for their strong relationships with their families. They can be very prey-driven and sometimes have issues getting along with other dogs. They are loyal and affectionate, as they are with all pit bull types.

Overview of Breeds

HEIGHT: 17-20 inches

WEIGHT: 30-65 Pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Muscular build; short hair; colors include black and white, brindle blue, red, browns, tan, gray, and red.

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier lying in grass

The American Staffordshire Terrier also has roots in 19th-century England’s bulldogs and terriers. The dog’s evolution in the late 19th century North America led to a larger breed than its English counterparts.

This breed was not as popular for fighting as other pit bull types. It resulted in more gentle dogs. However, Am Staffs can still have a high prey drive. They don’t always get along well with other dogs. They are loyal, playful and affectionate with their families.

Overview of Breeds

HEIGHT: 17-19 inches

WEIGHT: 50-80 Pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS – Short coat, variety of colors, including red, black, brown, and blue; brindle pattern, and/or white markings can also be seen

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Nature’s black Staffordshire bull-terrier

The Staffordshire bull terrier was developed in 19th-century dogfighting. However, today the breed is closely associated with being loyal and affectionate to its family.

They love to snuggle with their owners and are gentle and patient with children.

This breed is best suited for a home where they are regularly accompanied by other dogs. They can also be susceptible to separation anxiety. They are also very person-oriented and can be difficult to get along with other dogs.

Overview of Breeds

HEIGHT: 14-16 inches

WEIGHT: 24 to 39 Pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Muscular build; colors are black, blue, brindle and fawn.

Continue on to the 5th of 5 below.

American Bulldog

Bulldog white American

The American bulldog descends from English bulldogs. Bull baiting was a blood sport in which bullfighting dogs was a common activity. Bulldogs were used as companions and working dogs in North America.

They are very affectionate and will often want to snuggle with their family, despite being large. They are also very fond of their children. They can be protective of their families so it is important to train and socialize them to be friendly with people outside your home.

Overview of Breeds

HEIGHT: 20-28 inches

WEIGHT: 60-120 Pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS : Tall, muscular build, deep chest, short muzzle, typically white with spots of brindle or red or black.

American Pit Bull Terriers Health

American Pit Bull Terriers are healthy in general, but they can be susceptible to certain health issues. Although not all American Pit Bull Terriers will be affected by these diseases, it is important to be aware of their existence if you are considering adopting this breed.

Hip Dysplasia: Also known as hip dysplasia (HD), this condition refers to a malformation in the socket and ball of the hip. The severity of the condition can make it extremely painful.

To ensure that they don’t have this condition, dogs who will be bred need to have their hips x-rayed at two years old.

Allergies: These allergies are very common in AmStaffs/APBT. Most skin allergies are caused by environmental allergens like pollen, grass, and dust.

Beef, wheat, corn, and rice are all common food allergens. Dogs that are allergic to certain foods can experience severe itching and discomfort. They may dig and chew until they bleed.

This is dangerous because secondary infections could develop in the tissue.

The cause of allergies must be determined and the environment should be changed if it is possible. This can be done by a veterinarian who can also help determine which allergies can be treated with medication.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid gland and can cause weight gain, poor hair, reproductive problems, and other issues.

This condition is most common in middle-aged dogs. It can be controlled by daily medication that must be continued throughout the dog’s lifetime.

Heart Disease: These dogs can be affected by heart disease in many ways, but aortic Steenis is the most common.

Aortic Stenosis is a congenital defect of the heart. It is something that the dog was born with. It is an abnormal narrowing in the connection between the left ventricle (left ventricle) and the aorta.

Some dogs may not show any signs or have only minor symptoms, while others might have little energy and even die quickly. A chest x-ray can confirm a diagnosis of a heart murmur.

No matter how healthy your dog may be when they arrive at home, it is important to plan for any problems that might arise throughout their lives. You can have pet insurance to cover any unforeseen medical needs for your dog.

American Pit Bull Terriers Care

You can expect to spend approximately an hour per day playing, walking and exercising your dog. American Pit Bull Terriers love people but can be stubborn and strong for their size.

Start obedience training as soon as possible and keep it up throughout your dog’s lifetime. Your American Pit Bull Terrier’s relationship with you will be strong if you train him.

American Pit Bull Terriers shouldn’t be left outside too long as they are unable to tolerate cold temperatures. These dogs are best suited to be housedogs, regardless of the weather. These dogs are very attached to their families and can suffer from being left alone for too long.

Feeding or American Pit Bull Terriers

Daily recommended intake: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high quality dry food per day, divided into 2 meals

Note: The amount of food your adult dog eats will depend on his age, build, metabolism, activity level, and size. Dogs are just like humans, they need different amounts of food. It is almost obvious that a dog who is active will require more food than a dog who is sedentary.

It also matters what kind of dog food you purchase. The better the food, the more it will nourish your dog.

You can prevent obesity by measuring your dog’s food, and giving meals at specific times every day.

When you look at your dog, you should see his waist. You should feel his ribs underneath a layer of muscle. Your dog should be on a diet if his ribs are covered in fat.

You can find more information about feeding your American Pit Bull Terrier by reading our guide on buying the right food, feeding your dog, and feeding your adult dog.

Grooming and Coat Color

The shiny, stiff coat is shiny and glossy to the touch. It comes in many colors, including red, blue and brown as well as grey, black, white and brindle.

They don’t require much grooming and can be washed with a bath occasionally. The coat will shine if you brush it with a stiff brush and wipe it down with a cloth.

To remove tartar and bacteria buildup, brush your dog’s teeth at minimum two to three times per week. If you want to prevent bad breath and gum disease, daily brushing is even more important.

If your dog does not wear his nails down naturally, trim them once or twice per month to prevent any painful tears.

They are too long if you can hear them clicking on a floor. You can cause bleeding by cutting too far on dog toenails. Your dog might not cooperate when you get the nail clippers out. Ask a groomer or vet for help if you aren’t familiar with trimming dog nails.

Check his ears for any redness or bad smells. This could indicate an infection. To prevent infection, use a gentle, pH-balanced, cotton ball to clean your dog’s ears. Do not insert anything in the ear canal. Instead, clean the outer ear.

When he is a puppy, teach your American Pit Bull Terrier how to be brushed and examined. Take care of his feet, as dogs can be very sensitive to their feet. Also make sure you look in his ears and mouth. You’ll make grooming enjoyable with praises and rewards. This will help you prepare for when your dog is an adult.

You should inspect your skin for any sores, rashes or signs of infection, such as redness, tenderness or inflammation, on the nose, mouth and feet, and in the eyes. Clear, dry eyes should not show any redness or discharge. A weekly eye exam can help you identify potential health issues early.

Children and Other Pets

American Pit Bull Terriers are devoted to children and don’t eat breakfast. They are energetic, strong, and friendly, making them ideal playmates. However, dogs of all sizes and breeds should be supervised around children.

Dogs should not be left alone if an adult isn’t available to supervise the situation. This is especially important for dogs who reach sexual maturity and may start to consider becoming “pack leader”.

Children shouldn’t pull on the ears or tails of dogs. They should not approach a dog that is sleeping, eating, or trying to steal his food.

Some American Pit Bull Terriers are still aggressive due to their heritage as dog fighters. However, if socialized early and taught what to expect, aggression can be reduced or eliminated. Many are cat- and dog-friendly. To be safe, they should be closely supervised when other pets are present.

Rescue Groups

There are shelters all over the country that can accommodate American Pit Bulls and Pit Bulls. There are many rescue groups that specialize in finding homes for these misunderstood breeds.

  • Bad Rap
  • Pit Bull Rescue Central
  • Pit Bull Project
  • Animal Farm Foundation

Every dog will require veterinary care at one point in his or her life. Make sure that you are ready to deal with any health problems that might arise after you have adopted. A pet insurance plan can keep your dog covered.

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