American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier description

The American Pit Bull Terrier breed was created in the beginning of the 19th century in England. The breed results from the breeding of the bulldog with the Terrier. In England, the breed was known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier. At this time, animal fighting was considered entertaining by the working class. As a result, breeders were interested to create a strong but balanced breed. Owners enrolling their dogs in dog fights had to be able to stop their dogs at any time. Also, Staffordshire Bull Terriers or Pit Bull Terriers were never bred to be aggressive towards humans. On the contrary, they were considered good and faithful companions by their owners. Breeders attached a lot of importance in selecting the dogs to be bred in order to make sure they did not carry any unwanted genes such as aggression. In 1835, a new legislation banned animal fights in the UK.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier were introduced to America in 1870 where the breed became known as Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier.


American Pit Bull Terrier characteristics

An American Pit Bull Terrier measures between 18 to 22 inches and weighs 14 to 36 kilos. The breed has a short haired coat which can be of any colour.

The main characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier is his large forehead and muscular body. Tail docking is not accepted by the American Kennel Club however, ears cropping is authorized.


American Pit Bull Terrier temperament

The American Pit Bull Terrier is known as a good and faithful companion who is eager to please his owners. They are generally good around older children as they are not conscious of their size and might unintentionally hurt young children. Endowed with a strong character, the American Pit Bull Terrier can be stubborn. Dog owners will need to remain patient but firm in order to themselves as pack leaders. Having originally been bred for animal fights, American Pit Bull Terriers will benefit from an early socialization with other dogs and animals.


American Pit Bull Terrier training

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a powerful breed. It is important to give your puppy a firm but gentle training. Doing so, will help you establish yourself as the pack leader. The American Pit Bull Terrier generally reacts well to positive reinforcement training also owners should remember to reward their dogs to encourage wanted behaviours.

American Pit Bull Terrier are also very active dogs which require a lot of exercise. Taking them on long walks and giving them regular exercise will help in maintaining them healthy.

Being very attached to their owners, American Pit Bull Terrier do not like to be left alone. Also it is necessary to train your puppy from an early age. Crate training has a lot of advantages. By restricting the area of dog, the owner will be ensured that no damages is caused to household furnitures and it will also provide the puppy with a secure den.

Socialization should also be part of the training of American Pit Bull Terrier puppies. Originally bred for animal fights, they need a lot of socialization around other dogs and animal. An early introduction of the puppy with other dogs is highly recommended.


American Pit Bull Terrier food habits

It is important to feed the American Pit Bull Terrier with a high quality aliment, containing all the nutrients needed for his growth. It is also necessary to control their diet as overweight dogs are more likely to develop health issues such as joint problems.

American Pit Bull Terrier health

With a life expectancy of 12 years, the American Pit Bull Terrier breed can be considered as a healthy dog breed. However some health problems can occur such as: