The American Pit Bull Terrier was brought to America in the 1800′s from Ireland and England. The American Pit Bull Terrier was a popular dog for fighting and as a working dog on farms.
In the early 1900′s dog fighting in American was banned and two clubs were formed to register and keep track of all American Pit Bull Terrier’s. The United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeder’s Association were created to help legitimize the breed.
The American Pit Bull Terrier remained a popular breed of choice until the time period of World War II where other dog breeds emerged.
Today the American Pit Bull Terrier remains to be a highly controversial topic for many dog enthusiasts. It’s aggressive attitude and natural fighting tendency still in it’s blood line has many wondering how family friendly this breed really is.
American Pit Bull Terrier male weighs from 35 to 65 pounds and stands 15 to 22 inches from the ground. It’s female counterpart weighs in between 30 and 60 pounds and also stands 15 to 22 inches from the ground.
The coat of the American Pit Bull Terrier is short and stiff but has an almost shiny appearance to it. It’s coat comes in many different colors and shades as well as the eye color. The American Pit Bull Terrier has a medium sized muscular jaw that meets a wedged shaped head.
It’s body is very muscular and sturdy with little to no fat. The American Pit Bull Terrier boast a broad chest giving it an intimidating and powerful stance.
The Temperament of the American Pit Bull Terrier is based on how the dog was raised. One that has been brought up in a family environment shows an outgoing, playful yet protective attitude for it’s family. The APBT will make a great pet as long as it trained well and raised with a firm but fair hand.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is well know to show aggression towards other dogs that are moving in on it’s territory. It is not a recommended pet for a first time dog owner unless you are ready to handle the aggression that could arise. The breeds high energy level and natural tendency to “prey” leave the American Pit Bull Terrier needing lots of exercise to focus this energy positively.
Mange and heart murmurs and the main health issues that face the American Pit Bull Terrier. Mange is a parasitic infestation
of the skin where a naturally occurring mite will create small patches of missing hair on the dog (see pic). Mange will usually go away with time as long as the dog has a strong immune system. Heart murmurs are most often caused by defective heart valves and if not to serious should not be a major issue.
Overall the American Pit Bull Terrier is good dog when treated with respect and trained with a firm hand. First time pet owners this probably is not the dog of choice for you due to it’s energy and naturally aggressive nature.
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 years.