Most pit bulls are fun, gentle companions and patient with family members. As with all breeds, there are exceptions.
American Pit Bull Terrier At a glance
Male: 30-80 lbs.
Female: 30-80 lbs.
Height at Withers:
Male: 19 in.
Female: 18 in.
Exercise Requirements: 20-40 minutes/day
Energy Level: Average
Longevity Range: 11-13 yrs.
Tendency to Drool: Low Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low Social/Attention Needs: High
Colors: Any color
Overall Grooming Needs: Low
UKC Classification: Terrier
The American pit bull is strong and stocky, probably packing more muscles per pound of body weight than any other breed.
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.
Perhaps no other dog has endured the public misperceptions that the pit bull has. The misperceptions go two ways. Some people consider the pit bull to be the safest, gentlest, companion ever created for a toddler. Others consider them to be very aggressive and dangerous. Neither viewpoint is correct, but both viewpoints have some basis.
Most pit bulls are fun-loving companions, gentle and patient with all their family members (with the very likely exception of other pit bulls). As with all breeds, there are exceptions.
Pit bulls were bred to be courageous and game, to continue whatever they are doing in the face of adversity. These qualities make them stubborn, tenacious and fearless. They were also bred never to act aggressively toward humans. Whether through poor breeding or socialization, this characteristic has not always been the case. As with any large dog, pit bulls should be supervised when with children.
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.
The ancient Greek Mollossian war dogs gave rise to several tough strains of dogs, including dogs that specialized as gladiators.
A pit bull owner formed the United Kennel Club (UKC). The UKC remains to this day a strong registry for the American Pit Bull Terrier. Similarly, the American Dog Breeder's Association was formed in 1909 just to register pit bulls.
Most pit bulls today live as family members, but the breed has gained a bad reputation and been the subject of breed-specific bans, mostly due to the irresponsible actions of people who do not know the difference between courage and aggressiveness. The former is a hallmark of the breed; the latter should never be.