Pitt Bulls have really gotten a bad rap over the years, but the blame falls, for the most part, on their owners. Remember Spot from the Little Rascals? He was an American Pitt Bull and wasn’t he sweet? Don’t let the bad behavior of some irresponsible owners deter you from considering this type of dog as your new pet. Following is some background information to give you a good idea of what to expect should you be thinking about adopting or purchasing one of these passionate animals.
The American Pitt Bull is a descendent of the Bull and Terrier breeds of dogs, grouped in the Mastiff category with bodies that are stocky and muscular, yet very nimble. Their coats consist of short, shiny, thick fur and are bred in several different colors and patterns. An American Pitt Bull’s ears are usually cropped and they have pointy tails. Their heads are hard and square like cinder blocks and they have incredibly powerful jaws with scissor like teeth. The typical weight of a full-grown American Pitt Bull is around 55 pounds and they stand about 22 inches high. American Pitt Bulls are an overall healthy breed of dog, sometimes prone to hip dysplasia and allergies to grass and usually live on an average of 12 years.
American Pitt Bulls are not people haters! Most vicious experiences being publicized about these dogs are actually the result of mixed breeding! Raised in a loving environment, they will be very good with children and other people. American Pitt Bulls do, however, have a tendency to be aggressive toward other animals, but only if they are brought up in an unsociable atmosphere – it all depends on how you raise them. Brought up correctly, these dogs can make very obedient, loyal and affectionate pets.
It is advised that you raise your Pitt Bull from the puppy stage to ensure a good temperament. When properly trained, these dogs will make excellent companions for your family. They are protective and make outstanding guardians for your property. American Pitt Bulls are very active and love to run, but even if you have an apartment or home without a yard, they will be very happy as long as you give them sufficient exercise and play time. Because of their tenacity, you will want to make sure to keep them on a leash when taking them out in public.
Please acknowledge that if you’re planning or interested in purchasing an American Pitt Bull, it is your responsibility as the dog’s owner to raise it in a manner in which it will not become a terror. If you don’t, you will surely regret it and most likely lose your animal altogether.