Better known as the Pit Bull, this terrier has a rather interesting reputaton. So what is hype and what is reality with the American Pit Bull Terrier breed? The following information details the facts.
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The American Pit Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years.
The American Pit Bull Terrier got their start in the 19th century on the other side of the pond. Breeders in England, Ireland and Scotland crossed the old-style English Bulldog with various terriers including the White English Terrier, Black-and-Tan Terrier and/or Fox Terrier. Their intent was to create a strong, athletic dog that could be used for bull baiting. The resulting dogs were called “bulldogs.” These bulldogs were not considered to be a breed, just a general group of working dogs.
Bulldogs eventually made their way to America. Here, they earned the name “Pit Bull Terriers” and were used for guarding, hunting and farm work. In 1898, the American Pit Bull Terrier became the first breed to be registered with the newly-formed United Kennel Club.
The American Pit Bull Terrier weighs 35 to 65 pounds and measures 18 to 24 inches.
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a single, shiny coat that only needs to be brushed once a week and bathed when dirty. Like all dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is cheerful and good natured.
The American Pit Bull Terrier may have been bred to fight, but today’s breed is better described as gentle, affectionate and friendly. The American Pit Bull Terrier loves being with their family and is especially fond of children.
American Pit Bull Terriers have earned an unfair reputation as unstable attack dogs. In reality, they are far from effective guardians. American Pit Bull Terriers like people too much and have a personality that is more lover than fighter. However, with other dogs, American Pit Bull Terriers can be aggressive if not well trained and socialized.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is intelligent, but can be challenging to train. The American Pit Bull Terrier has a short attention span and requires plenty of patience. The American Pit Bull Terrier responds best to a calm, but assertive handler as well as brief, varied training sessions and lots of positive reinforcement. The American Pit Bull Terrier also needs plenty of early socialization to help manage any aggression toward other dogs.
The American Pit Bull Terrier likes activity and needs plenty of it to be happy. The American Pit Bull Terrier should have a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to run around and play. Without enough activity, the American Pit Bull can act out and become destructive.