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Pit Bull Terriers

Pit Bull Terrier

Developed from the Bulldog and Terrier dog types of the past, the Pit Bull Terrier has an aggressive and gruesome history that lends to its rather negative reputation today. The dog was first bred to bait bulls and bears for entertainment. After this, the dog was used for further violent spectacles such as ratting and dog fighting. The fact it was often placed in pits for these violent activities led to 'pit' being added to its name. Since its violent origins, the Pit Bull Terrier has been more commonly used as a house pet and working dog because of its friendliness towards people and its eagerness to please. 

Temperament

The Pit Bull Terrier is a good-natured dog that is eager to please. Despite a somewhat negative reputation, the Pit Bull is not aggressive towards human beings. Instead, this aggression is towards other dogs and animals. With training and socialization from an early age, the Pit Bull will be free of all aggression. When training the Pit Bull, it is important for the owner to always be dominant and act with the pack leader mentality. Otherwise the Pit Bull can become dominant itself, which would lead to destructive behaviour. Fiercely loyal to its owner and family and courageous, the Pit Bull makes a great guard dog.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 18-24 inches (46-61cm) Bitches 18-24 inches (46-61cm)

    Weight: Dogs 35-60 pounds (16-27kg) Bitches 30-50 pounds (14-23kg)

  • Health Problems

    Can be prone to hip dysplasia and can also suffer from patella problems, thyroid dysfunction and congenital heart defects.

  • Living Conditions

    Their size makes this breed suitable for apartment living if they are given enough exercise. Even indoors these dogs are highly active and can entertain themselves without the need for large spaces or a yard.

  • Exercise

    This breed is an active one and therefore must be exercised regularly. Long walks on a daily basis suit the Pit Bull Terrier best. Like many dogs, the APBT can get destructive if neglected.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 12 years on average. However they can live up to 14 years.

  • Litter Size

    Average of 5 - 10 puppies

  • Grooming

    With a smooth, short-haired coat the Pit Bull Terrier is very easy to groom. The coat should be brushed regularly and bathed when necessary. The Pit Bull Terrier is prone to only average shedding, and as such, is very low maintenance.

  • Group

    Mastiff

  • Recognition

    NAPDR, UKC, NKC, ADBA, CKC, APBR, APRI, ACR, PBFSA, DRA, BBC

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