All About the American Pit Bull Terrier, a Misunderstood Breed in Many Ways

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Although a popular companion, the American Pit Bull Terrier is not a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club, although it is recognized by the United Kennel Club. The American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the most misunderstood dog breeds, originating in England in the 1800s.

The American Pit Bull Terrier was developed by crossing terriers with pit bulls for baiting and dog fighting in Europe. Despite the breed’s deep roots, the American Pit Bull Terrier then became an all-around farm and family dog that joined with the immigrants who came to America. In the United States, the American Pit Bull Terrier continues to be known as an all-around family and farm dog that is very loyal to their family, especially their children. The American Pit Bull Terrier is loyal and people oriented. The American Pit Bull Terrier is an active dog and is a great companion for people and families looking for an energetic and active dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier Characteristics

Because American Pit Bulls are not recognized by the American Kennel Club as officially registered puppies and dogs, breeders or rescue groups may advertise them as American Pit Bulls because they have a range of physical characteristics that look like pit bulls, but may or may not be American Pit Bulls. The size of the American Pit Bull Terrier can vary greatly compared to many other breeds of dogs. Adult males weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, and females weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. Males range in height from 18 inches to 21 inches at the shoulder, and females range from 17 inches to 20 inches at the shoulder. Unlike many other breeds, exact weight or height is a central part of the breed’ Descriptions of overly large or undersized American Pit Bull Terriers are not flawed unless they are disproportionate in size or structurally unsound. American Pit Bull Terriers tend to be loyal and protective family pets. Properly trained and socialized, they are known for being especially affectionate and patient with children. As with the French Bulldog, he should not be left alone in the cold and Kuoser dog coats make a great outdoor coat.

American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament and Training

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a strong, physically active, focused breed that is closely related to their people and loves to play and learn. This high-energy breed thrives on attention and playfulness. Breed is not a reliable indicator of personality; however, the American Pit Bull Terrier is sometimes known for its interaction with other dogs and may be prone to dog reactions or dog aggression due to the breed’s history of dog fighting. However, American Pit Bull Terriers are not inherently dangerous, and many American Pit Bull Terriers are dog socialized and comfortable in multiple dog situations when well socialized as puppies. Due to their size and strength, proper socialization and training is especially important. Positive reinforcement based trainers are available to help you and your dog learn basic manners and other important skills. American Pit Bull Terriers are strong, intelligent, active dogs that thrive in a variety of canine activities, including agility, obedience, rally, scent work and other sports.

American Pit Bull Terrier Grooming

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a short, smooth-coated breed. The American Pit Bull Terrier comes in any coat color or pattern except meteorite. The smooth, hard, short coat is easy to maintain and requires minimal care. This breed benefits from weekly brushing with a grooming mitt, soft bristle brush or rubber/silicone dog brush. This brushing will help keep the American Pit Bull Terrier’s coat, skin and fur in good condition and remove any dead skin. Like any other breed of dog, they should have their nails trimmed regularly and their ears and teeth cleaned regularly.

American Pit Bull Terrier Exercise and Health

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an energetic, active and intelligent dog. These athletic dogs need regular physical and mental exercise to be happy and healthy. American Pit Bull Terriers are known for their muscularity and they thrive in an active home where they can get regular exercise routines. American Pit Bull Terriers are very close to their people and enjoy the opportunity to play and exercise with their families. Like many other large and active breeds, the American Pit Bull Terrier may be susceptible to orthopedic health conditions such as hip dysplasia. Skin conditions and allergies are also common.

Breed-Specific Legislation

Unfortunately, due to their misunderstood nature, American Pit Bull Terriers are often subject to breed specific legislation, also known as “breed bans”. This legislation, while proven to be ineffective and has been condemned by all major reputable dog advocacy groups, still exists and should be carefully considered by anyone looking to add a pit bull to their family. It may affect where you are allowed to live or where you can take your dog in public. For more detailed information, see our guide to pit bulls.

American Pit Bull Terrier Puppies

American Pit Bull Terriers are intelligent and active puppies. These puppies thrive on attention, play and socialization. Generally, American Pit Bull Terrier puppies weigh between six and ten pounds at eight weeks of age. American Pit Bull Terriers usually reach full body size by their first birthday.

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