The Pit Bull is made up by a plethora of dog breeds including the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier.
The term is so popular today due to the fact that these breeds display such similar characteristics that even experts have a difficult time identifying and differentiating them.
Pit Bulls are well built, agile, muscular, and graceful. The breed is medium sized and possesses a short coat. It oozes power and athleticism.
Proportionally speaking, Pit Bulls are slightly longer than tall and own medium sized, high set ears. The Pit Bull comes in all colors besides merle and has a relatively short tail.
Although bred to excel fighting-wise, Pit Bulls are not genetically predisposed to aggression or aggressive behavior. In fact, the breed is good natured, confident, and intelligent.
Pit Bulls are extremely eager people pleasers. This makes them easily trainable! Additionally they are fantastic with children. Pit Bulls are the perfect family companion.
Due to your Pit Bulls strength, he/she must be properly trained and socialized. These are especially important areas of emphasis due to the dangerous reputation Pit Bulls have and society’s misunderstanding thereof. Keep your Pit Bull healthy and happy by providing it with tons of affection and love.
Pit Bull Nutrition
Your optimal food formula will differ depending on how big your Pit Bull gets. Most dog food providers will have breed specific formulas.
The Pit Bull is a medium sized breed with a life span of twelve to fifteen years. Your Pit Bulls nutritional intake will be your best ally in increasing his or her lifespan.
Pit Bulls must remain hydrated at all times. Provide lots of clean, fresh, cool water.
When grooming, use a short soft-bristle brush. This type of instrument will make your Pit Bull’s coat shine. You should also bathe your dog on a regular basis to keep him/her clean. Pit Bull’s have extremely good hygiene and rarely shed.
You will need to trim your Pit Bull’s nails so that they do not grow too long, making it difficult for them to walk. Teeth brushing and ear checking can also be done regularly.
Pit Bulls need lots of exercise! They are awesome running partners, fearless tug-of-war champions, and perfect fetch playmates. You can also take your Pit Bull on long walks and scent walks (let him/her smell everything). Your Pit Bull would love to accompany you as you go through your day to day errands.
Finally, exercise your Pit Bull by playing with him! Chase him, let him chase you, wrestle him, play fetch. Wear him and yourself out- it’s healthy physically and mentally.
The Pit Bull is an extremely healthy breed. That being said, it does have some skin and coat allergies.
The main concern when it comes to Pit Bull health is an inherited disease called Cerebellar Ataxia. This neurological disease causes the progressive decline of voluntary coordination.
Pit Bulls were originally bred in England to combine the strength of bulldogs with the speed and spirit of Terriers.
The breed was used as recreational blood sport participants. Examples include bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and cock fighting. British blood sports were outlawed in 1835 as the United Kingdom began to create animal welfare laws. Due to the fact that dogfights are easier to hide from law enforcement, and less expensive to organize than bull or bear baiting, blood sport supporters turned to pit bull fighting.
To this day, discreetly breeding pit bulls to fight and secret dog fighting takes place. In fact, pit bulls constitute the majority of dogs used for illegal dog fighting.
That being said, in todays world the breed is used for companionship, police work, and therapy.
Ranked the 84th most popular dog breed, Pit Bulls are highly intelligent, lovable dogs that are up for anything!
They are easily trainable and should be socialized from puppyhood. Assuming these necessities are met, Pit Bulls are loyal trustworthy friends till the end.