American Pitbull

American Pit Bull

American pitbull terrier is a very devout and loyal dog breed.

It is a common breed that is seen working as companion dogs or Therapy dogs due to its friendly nature towards humans.

It is so much loving in nature towards humans that it does terribly when made to work as a guard dog.

American pitbull is a medium-sized dog with a muscular structure and lean body fat.

The canine looks like its flexing its muscles all the time.

It is very energetic, playful and has a soft corner for kids, making it a really good house pet.

Quick Facts

Avg. Weight: 35 – 65pounds (male); 30 – 60 pounds (females)

Avg. Height: 18 – 21inches (male); 17 – 20 inches (female)

Life Expectancy:  8 -15 years

Dog Group: Terrier Dogs

Colors: Black, White, Brindle, Fawn, Tan, Blue, Grey, Brown, Red

At A Glance

Size (3/5)

A pit bull terrier is a medium-sized pooch.

It can grow up to 21 inches in height and 65 lbs in weight.

Its size, just like any other dog breed, depends on gender, exercise, genes, and food that is being fed to it.

Affection Level (5/5)

American pit bull is overwhelmingly affectionate when it comes to loving humans, may it be kids, neighbors or an unfamiliar person.

It is quick in bonding with humans and especially cares wholeheartedly for its family.

Apartment Friendly (3/5)

An apartment will do well in case of a pit bull puppy but in case of a full-grown adult, it may not suffice.

Pit bulls are energetic dogs that need space to expend their energy or else they can grow grumpy which in turn makes it much worse for an apartment styled living.

They are also one of the best climber dogs, so make sure you have big fences around your yard.

Cold Weather Tolerability (2/5)

Pit bulls don’t do well in cold weather as they have a short coat and low-fat content in their bodies making them vulnerable to cold.

Make sure to make them wear a warm coat when going out for a walk or play.

And always keep them inside the warmth of the house, leaving them out in cold can make them ill and can prove to be fatal.

Hot Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Like most of the short coat dogs, these dogs are fairly better at tolerating heat than cold weather.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take preventive steps to keep your dog healthy.

Never keep your dog out in the sun for too long, keep it perfectly hydrated throughout the day.

Take it out for walks or to play at relatively less hot times of the day like morning or evening.

Barking Tendencies (3/5)

These dogs are not exceptionally noisy in nature and can bark when alarmed or to alarm their owner.

Cat-Friendly (1/5)

These dogs don’t get along with cats.

They can be trained to behave themselves or socialized with cats since puppyhood.

Even if they seem to be getting along well, never leave the two alone or unattended for long.

Dog-Friendly (1/5)

American pitbulls were originally bred to take down larger animals and so they do comparatively less good in blending with other dogs.

They are fairly more aggressive and less tolerant of other dogs.

However, well socialization since the puppyhood can help in making them well behaved.

But still, never leave a pit bull with other animals unattended.

Exercise Needs (5/5)

These are really energetic dogs and from the look of these dogs, you can get that they need some good amount of exercising.

But this doesn’t make them very much inclined towards exercise as much as some other dogs.

Even moderately fulfilling their needs of exercise can make them satisfied.

An hourly play and an hourly walk every day can keep them at their best.

Grooming Needs (3/5)

Due to the fact that pit bulls have a short coat, they are fairly easier to groom.

Their short coat makes them a wash and wears a dog that needs bathing once in 2 to 3 weeks.

The only challenge is that these dogs shed and shed throughout the year.

Amount of shedding depends on each individual.

Brushing it every 2 to 3 days can help you keep the dog clean as well as the house.

Playfulness (5/5)

A pit bull has a lot of energy and its desire to keep people pleased makes it really playful.

It can keep kids busy and make their day when in a park or yard.

Trainability (4/5)

Yes, these dogs are fairly trainable due to their nature to please their owner, which makes them fulfill their wishes and listen to what they say.

Also, these dogs are also intelligent which eases the task of training them.

They need an experienced owner to look after them.

Intelligence (4/5)

American pitbull terrier is an intelligent dog.

They have a mind to understand the intent of their owner and family.

Mouthiness (5/5)

Painless biting, nipping or teething on fingers, hands, and homely objects like furniture and curtains, is a trait that is shown by various dog breeds.

It just varies in degrees in different breeds.

This breed, in particular, is very mouthy in nature and so as an owner you should never run out of chew toys and meaty bones to take care of its mouthiness.

Price Group (1/5)

Pitbull price can be heavy on the pocket as it ranges from $2000 – $20000 depending on the bloodline and breeder’s reputation.

Decent bloodline might cost $800 – $1000.

Grey pitbull with blue eyes is one of the most expensive pit bulls that can cost well over $8000.

Abo>About American Pit-bulls

About American Pit Bulls

An American pitbull is a very suitable family pet as it has a nature to please humans and adhere to their commands and wishes.

It is also well behaved with kids and neighbors.

In fact, it loves people so much that it does miserably when made to do tasks like guarding.

It has a strong structure with muscles bulging out near the shoulders and legs.

It has a strict stature but isn’t as ferocious as it may look.

The owner should be experienced in keeping dogs as this dog can be hard for the first-timers.

The owner should be controlling and alpha-like to have command over it.

This dog doesn’t do well with other dogs or animals as it was a breed bred to hunt big animals and the traits still remain.

All types of American pitbulls showcase this trait in different degrees.

Yes, socializing them since puppyhood can make them better behaved but still, you should not leave a American pitbull with other pet or animal alone for too long.

Pit bulls make good companion or therapy dogs.

They are a people’s dogs and so they do well in a family with kids and dog-friendly neighborhood.

Where Doe>Where Does American Pit Bull Come From?

Where Did Pit Bulls Come From

American pitbull origins can be traced back to the British Isles from the mid of 19th century.

It is a mix of old English terrier and old English bulldog which are now extinct.

Their mix produced a breed that was strong and agile.

It was initially bred for games like bull bait or bear bait in which the dog had to be strong enough to take down big animals.

Then it was used for inter dog fights as with time many dog welfare laws had come up banning bull bait and other such games.

Inter dog fights were illegal as well but these were easy to conceal from the law.

It was introduced to America in the late 19th century and was used as a catch dog to herd cattle.

It also continued to enter the dog fights there.

Their image was that of a ferocious beast and many homes that adopted it complained about it killing the house cat and so its reputation went deeper underground.

But, with time its friendly and loving nature towards humans came to be known giving it space in households.

The American army used the pit bull as a mascot in the propaganda posters of WWI to symbolize their country.