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American Pit bull Terrier

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American Pit bull Terrier

Overview

The American Pit Bull Terriers are agile, strong, sturdy, and powerful dogs of the Molosser family. It initially originated in England, Ireland, and then Scotland at about late 19th century. The powerful American Pitbull Terriers are medium-sized, shorthaired and heavily built dogs. Their fully muscular and well-defined bodies make these dogs a top choice for people who want to use it in toilsome work. In the onset, it had been used as a bull, rat, and bear baiting dog. In about the same time, the dog fighting game was popular and they were active participants of this game.

They proved themselves as excellent working dogs based on their innate fabulous intelligence, being excellent working dogs they accomplish any given task efficiently. This overwhelming dog has banned in 12 or more countries on basis of a 20 (1979-98) year analysis, another analysis held in the year 2000, revealed similar data to that of the same analysis, which revealed that they are enthusiastically aggressive toward humans and their bite rate is exceedingly higher than other breeds. Setting aside this debate, we will take stock of temperament, behavior, health issues, care, grooming, training, and exercise requirements in the ensuing paragraphs.

Other Names

Other names of American Pitbull Terriers are:

Pitbull, Pit, Pit Terrier, Half and Half, Staffordshire Fighting Dog, Bull Baiter Dogs, Old Family Dog - the Irish name, Yankee Terrier - the Northern name, Rebel Terrier - the Southern name.

History

It initially originated in England, Ireland, and then Scotland at about late 19th century. The breed is bred from Bull and Terrier type dogs as a versatile farm dog, capable of doing work on farms as hog or cattle dogs. Some owners turned them into fighting dogs; it has peerless tenacity, strength, and power. Some claim, this is the offspring of the original bulldogs of the far past, in addition, old woodcarvings and prints have added reason to believe the aforementioned statement. These prints and woodcarvings have shown dogs that exactly resemble the dogs, which known as pits today. The UKC registered and announced it as purebred, not an ill-bred warrior type mongrel. They had a versatile reputation known as a much loved, dependable, and trustworthy companion. Unfortunately, some criminal minded people breed them as fighting dogs; this aspect of their personality spoilt their reputation. But most of them are bred as family or sports dogs. However, media and law enforcement agencies say all Pitbulls bred for fighting. If they were only fighting dogs, why is it that dignitaries like Jack Dempsy, Jack Johnson, and Teddy Roosevelt owned them? If it is well bred, it can accomplish tasks such as herding, hunting, guarding, policing, cart pulling, and ratting. The UKC registered them as a separate pure breed. The AKC started to give it a new name American Staffordshire terrier in 1930 in order to keep it separate from its pit-fighting past. The AKC does not recognize them.

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Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the American Pitbull Terrier is 12 to16 years.

Appearance

The American Pitbull Terrier is an average-sized dog with a shorthaired, smooth, glossy, slightly stiff and any color coat (a merle coat color acceptable for registry). Physical appearance is good and its body is muscular and well defined. The head looks a brick, broad between the ears and above the cheeks. The neck is thick, muscular, and wide. The chest is thick and deep while its eyes are round in shape like almonds (blue eyes are not acceptable by the UKC and the ADBA); the ears are medium to small. Some breeders crop the ears. Tapering to the point, a slightly thick tail is a good look (the UKC and ADBA do not acknowledge the docked tails). The teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Weight and Height

They have a normal weight between 22 and 78 pounds and a height of 14 - 24 inches in general.

Temperament

Irrespective of rumors, a well-bred, adequately trained American Pitbull Terrier is an easygoing, good-natured, loyal, and dependable companion. Its zest for life, confidence, strength, affection with greatly loyal attitude, and the greatness in power is the hallmark of this overwhelming breed. Not only are they passionate in pleasing their owners, but they also have an extreme level of eagerness. These laborious dogs hold a puppyish demeanor well into adulthood, and that vivacity makes them a joy to live with. Once you have met and gotten to know it, you may passionately wonder, how you ever lived without one!

However, the breed interacts with children very pleasantly and behaves with lovingly. Never leave it alone with children that are not well known to it. The lack of socialization as well as training can bring various behavioral issues to this breed. Being behaviorally disturbed, it tends to be aggressive towards humans and may bite accidentally or intentionally; small domestic animals, pets, and dogs can also be victims. Nevertheless, they extremely dedicated and loyal to their family and will defend their family to death.

In order to instill the desired training, the handler of this dog breed should be very sharp mind, powerful, commanding, authoritative, and consistent. As it holds strong instinct; early socialization and introduction is paramount. With an inbuilt dog-fighting tendency, it may tend to extremely aggressive toward other unfamiliar dogs. It has an innate ability to climb up; these dogs are capable of skipping fences, so it must have high fences around its yard.

Behavior with Children and Other Pets

Having enough socialization with dogs, humans, pets, and children, they will live harmoniously especially if raised together. It would be harmful for pets, children humans, kids, and dogs, if it has no socialization, introduction, and training. After having some introduction it will welcome strangers. Remember, this breed has an inbuilt fighting instinct and if brought up with the intended focus to incite that instinct, it will emerge as a dangerous breed. It can never be trustful being a fighter, so neither leave children around it in the absence of adult supervision nor leave it around unfamiliar pets, dogs, and humans unattended.

Care and Grooming

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The smooth, glossy, and short coat is rather easy to groom and simple to care. Being an average shedding breed, it sheds very little hair. Regular combing and brushing may do well in order to keep it looking tidy. Bathe and shampoo when necessary. The ears of the breed should be checked on a regular basis in order to avoid any ear infection.

Health Issues

Generally, a healthy breed but some can be prone to health issues such aship dysplasia, congenital heart disease, grass allergies, and hereditary cataracts.

Training

In order to instill the desired training, the handler of this dog breed should be of very sharp mind and powerful, commanding, authoritative, as well as consistent. As it holds strong instinct; early socialization and introduction is paramount. Remember, this breed has an inbuilt fighting instinct and if brought up with the intended focus to incite that instinct, it will emerge as a dangerous breed. To teach a dog never to behave rudely is the responsibility of the owner. While having right directions, these dogs prove their intelligence by learning tricks and commands without any trouble, thus they are easy to train dogs. Moreover, these dogs are full of life and have a great zest for life, and like to be involved in everything happening around them. Consistency, firmness, and positivity are the keys to training it successfully.

Exercise

The American Pit Bull Terrier can live in an apartment if sufficiently exercised on a daily basis. These dogs are very active indoors and can do well even without a yard. Mostly, it prefers warm climates. Being athletic and agile dogs with fine tuned reflexes it should have a fair supply of daily exercise in order to maintain its amazing muscle tone. A daily walk is a good opportunity; running, jogging, and free play in a doggie park can provide extra benefits to the fitness of these dogs.

Recognition

The ADBA, ACR, APBR, APRI, BBC, CKC, DRA, PBFSA, NAPDR, NAPR, NKC, and the UKC all recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Group

The Pitbull Terrier group is:

Terriers

Talents

A well-bred American Pit bull terrier has following talents:

Herding

Hunting

Guarding

Police Dog

Cart Pulling

Ratting

Weight Pulling

Companionship

Litter Size

The litter size of the American Pitbull Terrier is usually 5 to 10 puppies.

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  • Interesting Facts

    Some of the interesting facts about the American Pit Bull are:

    Irrespective of the rumors, a well-bred, adequately trained American Pit Bull Terrier is an easygoing, good-natured, loyal, and dependable companion.

    They can live in apartments if sufficiently exercised on a daily basis. They are very active indoors and can do well without a yard.

    Its zest for life, confidence, strength, affection with a greatly loyal attitude, and greatness in power is the hallmark of this overwhelming breed.

    These dogs are full of life and like to be involved in everything happening around them. Not only are they passionate in pleasing their owner, but also have an extreme level of eagerness.

    These laborious dogs hold a puppyish demeanor well into their adulthood, and vivacity that makes them a joy to live with.

    Once you have met and gotten to know it, you may passionately wonder, how you ever lived without one!

    Remember, this breed has an inbuilt fighting instinct and if brought up with intended focus to incite that instinct, it will emerge as a dangerous breed.

    After having some introduction it will welcome strangers by wagging its tail, thus it cannot be a guard dog.

    As it holds a strong instinct, early socialization and introduction is paramount. It will only interact harmoniously with those pets raised with it from the onset.

    The AKC started to give it a new name ‘American Staffordshire Terrier’ in 1930 in order to keep it separate from its pit fighting past. The AKC does not recognize them.

    Jack Dempsy, Jack Johnson and Teddy Roosevelt all had owned American Pit Bull Terriers.

    This dog has banned in 12 or more countries based on 20 (1979-98) year analysis held in 2000.

    The data revealed that American Pitbull Terriers are enthusiastically aggressive toward humans and their bite rate is exceedingly higher than other breeds.

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