The American Pit Bull Terrier is a companion and family dog breed.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about American Pit Bull Terrier.
1) Bloody Origin
Pit bulls were bred for a brutal lifestyle in Great Britain. The bulldog was crossed with either the white English terrier or the black-and-tan terrier to create powerfully-built dogs for fighting. Blood sports such as bull and bear baiting were popular in England as early as the 1200s. Dogs would enter pits and fight the giant animals for entertainment (hence the name). When baiting became illegal in England in the 1800s, pit bulls were turned on each other and illegal dog fighting became prevalent.
2) They are Friendly
When properly socialized and trained, pits can be some of the friendliest dogs you’ll meet. While you should never say hello to a dog you don’t know without first asking its owner, pit bulls are naturally warm and kind-hearted canines.
The pit bull is skilled in many activities and commonly participates in agility, carting, competitive obedience, hunting, tracking and weight pulling. Pit bulls are tenacious: When they put their mind to something, they often achieve it. For that reason, they make great sporting dogs. Pitties tend to excel on agility or flyball courses where they can show off their strength and speed.
4) Family Dog
American pit bull terriers may need some PR help nowadays, but there was a time when the breed was America’s favorite. Petey, the canine companion of the Little Rascals, was a pit, as well as Nipper, the RCA dog, and Tige, the Buster Brown shoe mascot.
5) Army Mascot
World War I propaganda posters would adopt the images of dogs to symbolize different countries. Germany was represented by the dachshund, England by the bulldog, and the United States by the pit bull. Respected for their loyalty, determination and bravery, they were considered the ideal candidate.
Strong and stocky, yet light on his feet, the pit bull may pack more muscles per pound of body weight than any other breed. The pit bull has a low center of gravity, and appears slightly longer than tall. The muscles of the neck and head are especially well developed. The eyes are small, and the ears may be cropped or uncropped (the latter are rose-shaped). This dog is heavy for his size, weighing about 55 to 70 pounds (25 to 32 kilograms). He stands between 17 and 19 inches. The coat is short and sleek. Any color is acceptable, although coats with more than 80 percent either white, black and tan, or liver are least preferred.
Pit Bulls are outlawed in many cities, forbidden in many apartment complexes that otherwise allow dogs, and may raise your homeowner’s insurance. Before getting a Pittie, consider whether your current and future circumstances will allow you to keep it.
8) Not a Guard Dog
Despite their reputation, Pit Bulls aren’t considered great guard dogs by those in the know. They’re too trusting of humans, and may greet an intruder as a new friend.
9) Living With
Life with a pit bull is always an adventure. These are fun-loving dogs that are always up for a game. They must have a vigorous exercise period every day. Although they are tough dogs, they are not cold weather dogs and should be shielded from the elements. Pit bulls should be obedience trained because it is a good bonding activity. Because they are very often not good with other dogs, they should be kept on a leash when around them.
Their grooming requirements are minimal. This dog’s short hair makes for easy grooming. Light grooming and bathing are only required once in a while for upkeep and cleanliness. No stripping or trimming is required.