American Pit Bull Terrier

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
Originating during the 19th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was noted for having the gameness of a Terrier and the athletic abilities and strength of a Bulldog. This breeds versatile talents made them a favorite of farmers and ranchers for such uses as protection, livestock driving, family companions, and as catch dogs for hogs and semi-wild cattle.

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Character
The American Pit Bull Terrier is solidly built, medium in size, muscular, and powerful. Frequently referred to as great warriors, this breed exhibits strength, courage, agility, and grace. They have an exceptionally gentle disposition with those they love.

Does your American Pit Bull Terrier bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
This breed is extremely loyal, deeply devoted, affectionate, intelligent, and good-natured. The American Pit Bull Terrier does best in a home with older considerate children. They will get along with other dogs they have been raised with but may exhibit aggression toward strange dogs and other small household pets. They are exceedingly protective of their family, home, and territory. American Pit Bull Terriers are not generally used for guarding due to their friendly nature. Aggressive behavior toward humans is an uncharacteristic trait in this breed. They are not recommended for the novice, apathetic, or sedentary owner.
Care
Regular grooming with a firm bristle brush will minimize loose hair. Bathing or dry shampooing should be done when necessary. The American Pit Bull Terrier is prone to hereditary cataracts, hip dysplasia, congenital heart disease, and allergies to grass. They prefer warmer climates.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a glossy, short, smooth coat that is stiff to the touch. The coat comes in a variety of colors, combination of colors, or color patterns. This breed is an average shedder.
Training
The American Pit Bull Terrier is very obedient and eager to please. Intensive and extensive early socialization and obedience training are absolutely crucial for this breed. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be done with respect, praise, firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. They display talents in such performance areas as agility, tracking, conformation, weight pull, and obedience. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new American Pit Bull Terrier puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
This breed requires a high degree of exercise to keep them happy. They enjoy securely leashed walks, hiking, and mountain-biking. The American Pit Bull Terrier thrives on human interaction and benefits from family play sessions such as Frisbee and playing ball. They will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
22-110 lbs
Height
18-22 inches
Color(s)
multicolored, black and white

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American Pit Bull Terrier Questions

How can i verify if my dog is a real pit bull terrier? Is there a genetic test?

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You can try DNA testing which is not always accurate. Linage is really the only way. Without a registered pedigree, it is hard to tell what your dog is 100%.

How do you get a Pitbull to look full of muscle?

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If you are referring to the low-set, extremely muscular looking 'pit bull', then you are actually wanting a mal-formed dog. These dogs have been bred to have extra wide-set shoulders and be lower to the ground then the actual American Pit Bull Terrier. If you want a great looking dog, get a pup from a reputable, responsible breeder that breeds AKC, CKC or UKC dogs -- work with your dog, exercise your dog and keep him/her at a proper weight and she/he will be muscular. However, please do not get a dog just for looks. The American Pit Bull Terrier deserves responsible and loving owners, not people who want the dog for looks.

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I have rescued 18 pit bulls and the owners who purposely deform their bodies then abandon them because of all the foods,supplements, and their owners bizarre need to make them deformed to look tough is animal abuse. Unfortunately it lies on the lower end.

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Genetics is key, next to exercise and a good quality food. You do not need supplements if you are feeding a good food. Extra vitamins are harmful in the long run. Do your research. Please note that CKC (unless they mean Canada Kennel Club) is NOT a reliable registry and AKC doesn't recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier breed. Depending on the style of 'pit bull' you are looking for, UKC and ADBA have good standards.

Never owned a Pitbull/Terrier mix breed dog. I see one in Cleveland kennel that I absolutely love, but we have cats and not sure if they are good dogs with cats. He has been there for over 2 months and showing signs of giving up. Would this be a good dog to adopt even though we have cats? They know nothing about his background, he came in as a stray.

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Like any dog breed, you must do your research. The American Pitbull Terrier is a beautiful breed of dog that is loving, loyal and devoted to their owners. They are big babies that love attention, snuggles and are all around happy dogs. However, this breed does have it's down-falls like any other breed. Some lines of this breed are known to be prone to dog-on-dog aggression and/or have a high prey drive. Both which would be difficult to live with as you have cats and another dog in your home. However, not all Pitties are like that. Since the dog is still in the shelter, I am assuming that shelter themselves have done some work with him to see if he is good with dogs. What I would suggest is to get up a 'post-adoption' meeting with the dog and your dog. See if they get along, and if they do, great! Some shelters will do a cat test if you ask them, while others can not. If that is the case with your local shelter, then I would suggest asking if you could foster-to-adopt.

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Meaning that you will take him into your home, see how he does and if he does well, adopt him. Now, this can be a little daunting on someone whom has not done this before, but you need to set the dog up for success. First off, have a room set up for the cats strictly with 1 - 2 baby gates in the doorway so your cats can get away from the dog if needed. Make sure to have plenty of cat towers for your cats to water/ponder the dog from afar. Next is to have supervised time with the dog and cats in the same room, with the dog on leash of course. But make sure to exercise the dog for at least 30 minutes to an hour before doing this to make the best of the scenario.

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Get lots of yummy, soft treats and every time the dog looks/noticed the cat's and reacts the way you want him too; ie: calm, doesn't go towards them, just wags his tail, or ignores them -- then praise him and give him a treat. After a while you will be able to see if the dog is good with cats or if further training is needed or if the dog can not be trusted around cats at all. Good luck!

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I have a 9 month old I've raised since 6 weeks. He is a 90 lb teddy bear. He goes out front every morning without a leash to greet elementary aged kids who catch the bus in front of our house. He is awesome with kids and elderly people yet on guard against any threat. You can't be soft with them while raising them. Dicipline is important and one HAS to spend time with them.

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American Pit Bull Terriers have a high prey drive. Some will do well with cats, and some won't. This breed was bred to be Dog aggressive, NOT humane aggressive. The 'true' breed loves humans, it has nothing to do with how you raise them, or soft training vs hard training. Correct training is key!

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I have rescued and rehabed 8 pit bulls and have been unsuccessful with cats. Maybe it is because of their pasts? They are pack animals like all dogs and critical when rehabing they gently, lovingly, and understand they are at the very bottom of pack. They all quickly learned this and are very smart. To the above they were not dogs whose direct breeding was to make them Dog Agressive. They don't like being aggressive with other dogs. Have you ever attended a pit on pit arranged fight? Horrifying! And I strongly disagree with your statements They respond best to soft, positive,!and clear training. Many trainers are clear about this approach because as noted it is when they are afraid as they are the most sensitive dog I know and will bite when pushed like this so please be careful.

Why does the state want to minimize American Pit Bull Terrier state weight?

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Unfortunately, unless you actually say which state is trying to do that, no one will be able to help you. But please note that a standard on a dog breed, such as weight, can not be changed by a state law. It would have to be accepted by the AKC, UKC, and the CKC for the entire breed itself. However, a state-law can put a size limit on a dog allowed in certain area's, which would be considered something close to a breed-ban.

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