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Pit Bulls Health Problems, Lifespan, Temperament & Maintenance

| Published on November 10, 2017

Average Size of Female: 30.86 pound (14 kg) – 59.52 pound (27 kg)
Height: 16.93 inch (43 cm) – 22.05 inch (56 cm)
Major concerns: hip dysplasia, cataracts
Minor concerns: valve malformations and irregularities in heart rhythm, allergies
Average Size of Male: 35.27 pound (16 kg) – 66.14 pound (30 kg)
Life span: 8-15 years

Brief History on Pit Bull Origin

Formal breeds often considered in North America to be of the Pit Bull type include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The American Bulldog is also sometimes included. Many of these breeds were originally developed as fighting dogs from cross breeding bull-baiting dogs and terriers. After the use of dogs in blood sports was banned, such dogs were used as catch dogs in the United States for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt and drive livestock, and as family companions.

Pit Bull Breed Appearance

The American Pit Bull is medium-sized, and has a short coat and smooth well-defined muscle structure. Its eyes are round to almond-shaped, and its ears are small to medium in length, typically half prick or rose in carriage. The tail is slightly thick and tapers to a point. The coat is glossy, smooth, short, and stiff to the touch. Any color, color pattern, or combination of colors is acceptable, both the ADBA and UKC do not recognize merle coloring. Color patterns that are typical in the breed are spotted, brindle, solid, and with points.

Pit Bull Breed Temperament

The essential characteristics of the American Pit Bull Terrier are strength, confidence, and zest for life. This breed is eager to please and brimming over with enthusiasm. APBTs make excellent family companions and have always been noted for their love of children. Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers.

Pit Bull Breed Maintenance

American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs) are generally low-maintenance dogs who are fun and easy to groom. Their short, single coats don’t require elaborate attention, but it’s important to perform regular brushing, cleaning, and trimming to keep them in top form. Conscientious grooming can also help you spot allergies and skin conditions that are common to the breed. With routine maintenance and the occasional bath, your Pibble will be clean, healthy, and ready to show off.

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