American Pit Bull Terrier Training and Temperament
Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people. However if they are properly socialized when pups they will not even be aggressive with them.
A well trained Pit Bull is a loyal, safe and rewarding companion. As with all dogs, American Pit Bull Terrier training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
Either enroll in a certified local dog training school or read this.
A powerful dog, with a broad head and strong jaws. The Pit Bull immediately strikes you as being a dog of power.
The History Of The American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier is also known as Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Yankee Terrier and the APBT. They originated in United States during the 1800's.
This breeds ancestors were brought into the United States in the mid 1800's by Irish immigrants . It was a descendant of the English "Bull Terrier," which was a cross of the English Bulldog. The original English Bulldog was a straight limbed fighting dog - a far cry from the modern breed which has been much changed over the years by the demands of the show ring.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have basically the same origin as the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Boston Terrier is also closely related. They were all bred specifically for dog fighting. This aggression has largely been bred out of the best lines of these breeds.
Description Of The American Pit Bull Terrier
These dogs have a medium length tail carried low and not altered. The ears are cropped short.
The breed averages 18 - 22 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 50 - 80 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
The coat is short, flat and stiff with any color or combination of colors allowed. They require minimal grooming. Just brush regularly with a firm bristle brush and bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois leather helps the coat shine The breed is an average shedder.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a American Pit Bull Terrier is around 12 years.
Generally a healthy breed, reported health problems include hip dysplasia. hereditary cataracts, allergies to grass and congenital heart disease.
Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
Pits will be fine in an apartment. They are very active indoors and be fine without a yard provided they get enough exercise. They prefer warm climates.
American Pit Bull Terriers must have plenty of regular exercise but it is important to keep them on a leash when in public to avoid fights with other dogs. The Pit Bull will usually win but it will be messy, expensive and often fatal to both dogs.
For More Information on the American Pit Bull Terrier
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is probably the most feared and legislated against dog in the world and ownership should not be undertaken lightly.
You may find your insurance company will refuse liability insurance if you own an American Pit Bull Terrier. Check before purchasing a puppy.
The breed has been banned in England under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991. Be sure to research your choice of breeder and act responsibly in training and raising this dog to be assured of owning a gentle, loyal and loving companion.
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