American Pit Bull Terrier

Description

Very few dogs can compare to the powerful stature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Viewing the dog from the front, the strapping frontquarters are in plain sight. The head is massive and has a wedge shape. Females tend to have a less chiseled head. The skull is slightly angled down into a deep, long muzzle. The ears are set high and have the appearance of being pulled back. The coat is short and glossy, and can be any of a variety of shades and patterns. The tail is short and set low.

Temperament

Being the descendant of the ancient fighting bulldog, the American Pit Bull Terrier is often considered a dangerous and unsuitable pet. The complete opposite is true of the dog. The aggression that was bred in its ancestors was not directed toward humans, but other dogs. It is actually a breed that is very commonly used as a family pet. It has a naturally protective and loyal attitude toward its family. Depending on the dog, training may be necessary if it is going to live in a home with other dogs. Children are fine with the American Pit Bull Terrier, but as with any dog of its size and strength, supervision is recommended.

Height and Weight

Male height: 18-22 inchesMale weight: 50-80 poundsFemale height: 16-20 inchesFemale weight: 30-50 pounds

Health Problems

The health conditions most commonly associated with the American Pit Bull Terrier are hip dysplasia and cataracts.

Ideal Living Conditions

The often overly energetic American Pit Bull Terrier is best suited for a medium-large yard with a well-built fence. The well-trained type may be fine in a large apartment, but will require regular outdoors activity.

Exercise

The American Pit Bull Terrier will not balk at hardy physical activity. They make great exercise companions and have the stamina to keep up with a family member jogging or riding a bicycle. The key to their happiness and good health is regular exercise or opportunities for physical activity.

Life Expectancy

An average of 12 years life expectancy

Litter Size

5-10 pups on average

Grooming

Maintaining the American Pit Bull TerrierтАЩs smooth and shiny coat is as simple as brushing it on a regular basis.

Origin

The ancestry of the American Pit Bull Terrier is believed to have begun with the bulldog.

Group

Terrier

Color

All shades and combinations are acceptable for the American Pit Bull coat.