Pit Bulls are fiercely loyal to their guardian and that is why, like all dogs, their disposition depends entirely on their pet parent.
In the 19th century, Pit Bulls were brought over from England and Ireland as fighting dogs bred from bull-and-terrier crosses. The dogs bred were allowed to be dog aggressive but never to show aggression towards the owner and thus became known as a good companion or guard dogs.
In 1936 the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club. Pit Bulls are have long been used for everything from police to farm to therapy work.
Sadly, due to the Pit Bull’s dark history of dog fighting, thugs will often raise these dogs to fight or be aggressive guard dogs. This has made the Pit Bull the most legislated-against dog in the world, and the most common dog found in animal shelters.
Fortunately, many people are realizing it is bad owners that are dangerous – not the breed. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Biel, Jon Stewart, Bernadette Peters and Rachael Ray are proud Pit owners.
American Pit Bull Terriers are also known as Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull.
While the American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized as a different breed than the American Staffordshire Terrier, it is difficult to find many differences between the two besides the American Pit Bull Terrier’s larger size.
- Fiercely loyal to owner
- Exuberant and energetic but not hyper
- Often need to be “top dog” with other dogs
- 50-80 pounds
- 18-22 inches at the withers (shoulders)
- Does best with discipline mixed with love
- Needs stimulus like daily walks, fetch, agility training or obedience classes
- Known to be overly exuberant (“The Pit Bull Wiggle”) and may unintentionally knock children over
- Would rather be with people than with other dogs
- Natural guard dogs due to their innate sense of loyalty
Training & Exercise
- Excel at training because they are both intelligent and extremely eager to please
- Excellent running partners due to their large, strong physique
- Some (especially if rescued or adopted) may not do well at dog parks – unfortunately their possible fighting past, combined with their need to be “top dog,” may be dangerous with multiple dogs and personalities running around
- Coat is short, thin, stiff to the touch and glossy
- Common colors are white, black, tan, brindle or with patches
- Fine in apartments if given sufficient exercise
- Due to their thin coats they are better in milder temperatures and require a dog coat/sweater for colder weather
- Average shedder; brush using a bristle brush and add some grooming oil to make coat shine
- Strong, healthy breed
- Like most big dogs they are prone to hip dysplasia or hereditary cataracts in old age
- White Pit Bulls often have skin allergies
- 12-14 years
- Visit Pit Bull Rescue Central to learn more about the many rescued Pit Bulls that desperately need a home