Top Ad 728x90

The American Pit Bull Terrier, massive and dynamic dog

Very popular, the American Pit Bull Terrier is nevertheless victim of a bad reputation of "dangerous dog" because of its aggressiveness. However, its character depends mainly on the education it has received. If trained properly, it can bring a lot of pleasure to any family as a pet.

Characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier

The main characteristic of the American Pit Bull Terrier is its very massive but short body. This silhouette developing a particularly muscular structure makes it look like a hound. The body is completed by a short tail, if one were to compare it to the rest of the body. Its broad muzzle, revealing sharp teeth, is another distinctive feature of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Its ears are straight and look like roses while its eyes are bright and round.

The coat has different colors: black, white, fawn, red, brown and many other shades. Depending on the animal, the color is not always structured. Some dogs have a Red Nose, a Black Nose or a Blue Nose.

History of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier was born in England, Scotland and Ireland at the beginning of the 19th century, under the impulse of some breeders who wanted to test the crossing of terriers and bulldogs. Their objective was to obtain a breed combining the strength of the bulldog with the playful spirit of the terrier. It must be said that the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier is not the most glorious. It was used for dog fights to death. A very common phenomenon in the high spheres of New York. These fights reinforced the carnivorous image of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Domestication only started after the banning of these fights.

It is also important to know that in France, the American Pit Bull Terrier is perceived as a type of dog and not as a breed. It is only in the United States that it is considered a breed.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an energetic, obedient, intelligent and very attentive dog and even if its aggressiveness is not an innate character, it develops following a very bad education. He loves cuddling and shows a lot of affection towards his masters. He also needs a lot of physical exercise. One thing is sure: if you are athletic, this breed is made for you. Beware, given his behavior, it is preferable that the toddlers do not play with him without supervision.

Diet and main health problems of the American Pit Bull Terrier

Because they are lively and dynamic, American Pit Bull Terriers need a diet rich in protein to give them the energy they need. In particular, it needs a significant amount of meat.

As far as health is concerned, this breed is lucky enough not to develop any specific health problems. Dermatitis and allergies are the most to be feared. On the other hand, this dog does not like the cold, nor too much heat either.