The American Pit Bull Terrier is a companion and family dog breed. Originally bred to “bait” bulls, the breed evolved into all-around farm dogs, and later moved into the house to become “nanny dogs” because they were so gentle around children. Their tenacity, gameness, and courage make them popular competitors in the sports of weight pulling, agility, obedience competition.
Information and History about Pit Bull Terrier
Characteristics of Pit bull Terrier
Pit Bull Terrier have great physical and mental characteristics that make them excellent partners for responsible, active, and caring owners. On the other hand, these same outstanding qualities can make them a little difficult to handle for people who don’t have a lot of experience with dog ownership or for those who don’t understand the breed very well.
The American pit bull terrier is strong and stocky, probably packing more muscles per pound of body weight than any other breed.
Male: 30-80 lbs.
Female: 30-80 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 19 in.
Female: 18 in.
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 11-13 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: LowTendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: LowSocial/Attention Needs: High
Colors: Any color
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
UKC Classification: Terrier
Facts about Pit Bull Terrier
In addition to the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier, other breeds sometimes identified as Pit Bulls include the Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japenese Tosa, Dogue de Bordeaux, and the Bulldog.
While it’s tough to estimate dog breed numbers, it’s believed that there are at least two million Pit Bulls in the United States.
Pit Bull puppies often have wrinkly foreheads. As the dog grows, the skin stretches out and becomes smooth.
Due to their athletic builds, Pit Bull Terrier are some of the best fence-climbers in the dog world. Something to keep in mind if you need to confine one of these notorious escape artists.