American Pit Bull Terrier

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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22-110 lbs
18-22 inches
multicolored, black and white
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How much do American Pit Bull Terrier puppies cost?

The cost to buy an American Pit Bull Terrier varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much American Pit Bull Terrier puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all American Pit Bull Terriers sold is $1,272.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for an American Pit Bull Terrier with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $4,100 upwards to $10,000 or even more for an American Pit Bull Terrier with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all American Pit Bull Terriers sold is $1,100.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $1,272.50
Average Price: $1,100.00
Top Quality: $4,100.00 to $10,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 8471 American Pit Bull Terrier puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning an American Pit Bull Terrier puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining an American Pit Bull Terriers true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular American Pit Bull Terrier Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 8471 American Pit Bull Terrier dogs.
  • 1. Blue
  • 2. Bella
  • 3. Princess
  • 4. Pit Bull
  • 5. Tank
  • 6. Shadow
  • 7. Cassie
  • 8. Buddy
  • 9. Titan
  • 10. Diamond
  • 11. Diesel
  • 12. Big Boy
  • 13. Rocky
  • 14. Troy
  • 15. Pit
  • 16. Cookie
  • 17. Paws
  • 18. Finster
  • 19. Zeus
  • 20. Best Blues

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Anonymous asked:
We adopted a dog about 4 weeks ago, he is a lover and snuggly. BUT he does some weird things. One question I have right now is when we bring him outside he will do his thing and then sit and stare, sometimes towards the sky. He won't come when hes called, and will require us to come get him. When we get to him he sort of seems to snap back to reality. I cant figure out why he would be doing this. We thought maybe muscle memory of his previous situation, although we dont know.



Sadly, some dogs whom are left alone for long periods of time; such as dogs that are tied up or left in their yard get into this habit. I have seen it with several different breeds of dogs, as well as mixes. They develop this sort of 'zone out mode' that they do when they are outside, because it was the only thing they could do while tied up or left outside by themselves for hours, or days at a time. It is really sad to see, in my opinion, especially when dogs seem to do it for the first little while after being adopted. They just expect that this is the norm and they go back into that habit. The best thing that I have found as a rescue director and dog trainer is to engage with the dog outside more. Be out there with him when he goes outside to show him that he is not alone. Don't let his mind wander back to being alone. Show him you are there and want him to engage with you. Most of the time, the dog will eventually realize that it is no longer the norm and he / she doesn't have to fall back into that head space. However, it can take some time for certain dogs. I have met dogs that still do this for 1+ years after being taken out of that situation, while others move on within weeks. Just keep at it, show him he has a much better life now and love him, that is the best thing for him.


After being with my family for 2 years, Grace was taken by my granddaughter when she went out on her own. She was then put in a crate & only taken out a couple of times a day to potty & eat. Finally, after 5+ years, I was able to get her back! Although she's been back 3 years, I still notice that when we're outside sometimes she will go to the same spot in her acre yard, sit & stare into the sky. If I can get through she will come to me quickly. It still breaks my ❤ as my dogs are normally very well treated.

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



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%.


The UKC offers some testing. You should try to contact them. They're friendly and quick to reply in my experience.


You can DNA test most breeds with pretty close accuracy...the exception being Am Bulldogs/Pits due to their breeding in of different breeds to obtain different attributes in their dogs. I just lost my service animal who was a white with brindle ear, male, Pit/Am Bulldog (not "bully") that appeared 100% Pit, and have a blue female Pit with 8 generation paperwork who is clearly a Pit. While my friend was in Vet school, I asked her to see how different the DNA was on the two. He had almost the same genetics in about the same amount in common with her. YOU CAN TELL A "TRUE PIT" BY THEIR EYES...THE WAY THEY TWINKLE WHEN YOU SAY "GO RIDE?" OR "TREAT"!!! THE WAY THEIR BUTTS WIGGLE ALMOST OFF WHEN YOU COME HOME! Otherwise, they're bulldog type and terrier type "mutts".

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



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.


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.


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.

Anonymous asked:
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.



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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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.

Anonymous asked:
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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Updated: 8/14/2022