American Pit Bull Terrier
- AKC - not yet recognized; CKC in 1898
- Lifespan: 12-16 years
- Size: Medium
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 30” dog crate
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is often labelled as simply Pit Bull. 'Pit Bull' is not its official dog breed name, rather it is the shorter phrase that refers to the American Pit Bull Terrier and other 'Bully' dog breeds. Some people may also refer to the American Pit Bull Terrier as the same breed as American Staffordshire Terrier, but they are a different breed from within the same family deriving their linage from the crossing between bulldogs and terriers.
This dog may often be misunderstood as a rough dog due to their much publicized history as fighting dogs and sporadic, heavily reported dog attack coverage. The Bull breeding group has been labelled as dangerous for years. For the most part, this is an unfair claim. The circumstances under which dogs 'break' and attack humans is largely directly the fault of their owners, and less the breed in question. The fact is that the American Pit Bull Terrier is not the dog for everyone. It is important to invest a good amount of time to socialize and train them as well as give consistent and firm guidance from the start. This dog is very intelligent and will easily learn tricks and commands.
The American Kennel Club has not yet recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the Continental Kennel Club did in 1898. These high energy dogs were originally bred as fighting dogs and it has the reputation to match.
There are also some cities that have banned this dog and many shelters are full with pit bulls. Even, saying the name of the breed strikes fear for some people. Despite all this negative reputation, well bred pit bull which are raised in a caring and loving (normal) home show the opposite of this ill-gotten reputation.
They can be a good companion for families, and are loyal and loving. In fact they are often considered playful joker or 'clown' dogs. when this breed steps away from its playful nature, it is most always human-caused. When they are in the wrong hands, they can be trained and deprived to become vicious and dangerous.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized dog with height around 18 to 24 inches and weights around 30 to 60 pounds. The medium-size body is solidly built and muscular. The head of a pit bull is large and proportional with the body size. The forehead has some wrinkles. This Pit Bull has a single coat style which is short and close to the body. The most clear characteristic of Pit Bulls are their powerful and wide jaws.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to medium-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Grooming an American Pit Bull Terrier is easy. They need occasional baths as needed as well as weekly brushing. They also require the occasional wipe down using a damp cloth to keep them look healthy and glossy. This is also important to keep any shedding to a minimum.
The American Pit Bull Terrier requires an hour of daily walks, exercise, or playing. As this dog is energetic and active, they need vigorous exercise to prevent boredom and destructive behaviors.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 30” dog crates for most adult American Pit Bull Terriers.
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