American Pit Bull Terrier History
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), like the citizens of the United States, is a product of the American melting pot. This American bred dog is a combination of the bulldog and terrier. They were bred to be muscular, athletic, and strong. American Pit Bull Terriers were originally used by ranchers and farmers to protect their property and to fight off semi-wild cattle and hogs. Sadly, because of this exceptional fighting ability, they were also abused by being used in fighting pits for entertainment. That is the root of the bad reputation with which this breed is now associated. That is unfortunate. Although the fighting ability is inbred in the dog, they are truly lovable animals who want nothing more than to please their owners. They are great with children, although supervision is required when they’re around small children, not because the dog is dangerous, but because of their size and strength. While APBT’s make exceptional pets, this breed is not for the first time pet parent.
Bad Rap For A Good Breed
Although this breed has a bad reputation they do not go looking for trouble; their problem is they won’t back down from it. To make this breed a good family pet, provide a structured routine and start socialization early – be consistent with obedience training. This muscular breed needs lots of room and exercise, a fenced in yard is a start but they should be walked and played with also.
Breed Appearance and Health
The American Pit Bull Terrier originated in the U.S.A. Nicknames for the breed include Half and Half, Yankee Terrier, American Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, and Pit Bull Terrier. These dogs live to be between 10 and 12 years, are of medium build with a short, smooth, soft, glossy coat. They grow to be 18 to 22 inches tall at the shoulders. Males weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, while females are slightly smaller, weighing between 39 and 50 pounds. They are not heavy shedders; in fact they are known to be one of the lightest shedders of the canine community. The common health problems of American Pit Bull’s include congenital heart disease, hip dysplasia, and hereditary cataracts.
Keep Them Busy
This breed has long been well-liked because of its courage, agility, tenacity, and sprit. They also excel as working dogs, doing things such as sniffing for bombs, herding animals, search and rescue, or even therapy. They will always give their best and they aim to please. APBT excel at sports, whether it is weight pulling or Frisbee catching or some other canine sport; in competition, they are sure to win awards.
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One note of caution for prospective owners: Many states and local governments have legislation in place that targets this breed. Also, insurance companies may have restrictions or higher costs for home owners and renters insurance if this breed is present in the home. It’s not fair, but fear sometimes prevails over common sense.
Please Consider Adopting
Please consider adopting before purchasing through a breeder. Please avoid purchasing a animal from a pet store. There are plenty of pure bred Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes in need of good homes. Click here to search for you a pit bull terrier in need of adoption near you: <PetFinder>