American Pitbull Terrier

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Pit Bull
  • Yankee Terrier
  • APBT
Country/Date of origin:
  • United States
  • 1800′s
Height:
  • 18 to 22 inches
Weight:
  • 50 to 80 pounds
Personality:
  • Tenacious and fearless.
  • Has a strong assertive personality.
  • Can be aggressive toward other dogs.
  • Although this dog’s name brings fear to the minds of many, mainly because of mis-informed media hype, when bred and raised by responsible breeders and owners, American Pit Bull Terriers (APBT) can be excellent family pets.
History:

The ancestors of this breed were brought to the United States by Irish immigrants in the mid-1800′s.  It was descended from the English Bull and Terrier, which was already a cross of the original English Bulldog and various English terriers, including the English White Terrier (now extinct), and the Black and Tan Terrier.  Staffordshire Bull Terriers have basically the same origin as the APBT.  They were bred specifically for dog-fighting, which was outlawed in most states in the early 1900′s.  Although the APBT is often associated today with aggressiveness, many people will also remember Petie (the dog of the Little Rascals) was an APBT.  Careful breeding, accurate training, and loving care are important elements to maintaining a sweet nature in this breed.  It is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) or the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).  The primary registry body for this very popular breed is the United Kennel Club (UKC).  It was the first breed recognized by them 1898.

Body Type:
  • A powerful dog, with a broad, slablike head and immensely strong jaws.
  • The medium-length tail is carried low and is not altered.
  • The ears are cropped short.
Coat:
  • Short, close, and stiff.
  • Any color or combination of colors is allowed.
  • Minimal grooming is required.
Health and Wellness:
  • Generally very healthy.
  • Possible hip dysplasia.
What you should know:
  • This is probably the most feared and legislated against dog in the world.
  • Ownership of this breed is not to be undertaken lightly.
  • Some insurance companies will not provide liability insurance if you own an American Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Check with your insurance company before purchasing a puppy.
  • Banned in England under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991.
  • Be sure to research your choice of breeder and act responsibly in training and raising this dog to be assured of owning a gentle, loyal, and loving companion.
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