Pitbull, the name itself does not sound very docile and timid. This dog has been termed by many as one of the most ferocious breed amongst dogs. So if you want the same adorable pooch that you saw in Little Rascals you might be in for a surprise. They were definitely not bred to be a loving family dog.
There has been a lot of confusion when it comes to description of this dog. If you are talking to someone for the same then it is very much possible that you will be greeted with these two common choices, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. In this article though, we have helped to know the American Pit Bull terrier better.History
It is ironic that the Pit Bull is now banned in England though it owes its origin to the British Isles. They were brought to American by the English immigrants. The name says for them, the breed was bred to fight in a pit as a part of a sport. They were made to participate in sport called baiting a largely inhumane blood sport.
In earlier days the dog was put in a pit with bulls and bears. This was banned around 1800s. The worse bit about this inhumane sport was that if the dog bit any of the handlers then they were culled on the spot as they were rendered unfit to be bred further. The Pitbull draws its dubious reputation from this.Unique Aspects
This is one of those few breeds that you cannot consider as a loving family pet for young children. They were bred to fight and can be a little temperamental at times. In earlier times they were bred to fight and there can be moments when this dog will not show any prior signs of aggression but will attack within a short span. They can be easily provoked and can quickly turn aggressive. So, this may not be the ideal breed for you if you have young children in the family.
Pitbulls are not conducive with other pets as well. If you have another dog then remember that he or she cannot be left unattended when there is a Pitbull in their vicinity. They are not good with other smaller breeds also as they have a strong prey drive and can at times stalk small pets. They need a house with a yard they do not do well in an enclosed apartment kind of living. They are brilliant escape artists and should be kept under a close watch.
The Pitbull is dreaded by many. Most people are afraid of them though you have to remember that not all Pitbulls are aggressive. There are some lines that show still shows traits of bull fighting but they are known to be good family pets as well.
You will be surprised that the dog accompanying the kids in the movie ‘Little Rascals’ was a Pit Bull. Along with that they have featured in the movie Epic and Beyond the Myth.
Celebrity Pitbull owners
The reputation of Pitbull has not stopped celebrity owners from keeping them as pets. Hellen Keller was a proud owner of a Pitbull, Jessica Biel, Alicia Silverstone, Dr. Phil and Jon Stewart are proud owners of Pitbull.
Your Pitbull is not that cumbersome when it comes to grooming. This is a smooth and shorthaired coat dog that is easy to groom. They just have to be brushed with a firm bristle brush regularly. If you have them at home then the will be low maintenance as they are average shedders.
They have short coat that is shiny to look at and stiff to touch. Along with this you would have to follow the regular grooming procedure such as brushing your dog’s teeth at least two to three times a week and giving it regular bath to maintain cleanliness and stop spread of any germs or infection from spreading.
Remember that your Pitbull has to be learned to be examined at a young age, this will prevent him from snapping later in his or her life. Puppies in general are not comfortable with someone checking their paws. Adapt this as a grooming technique from the very beginning to ensure a healthy companionship.
Your Pitbull is generally a healthy and sturdy breed without having many problems. As every other breed even Pitbull is prone to some common diseases. There are a few that are developed due to the nature of the work and activity. There are some issues that are present because of the linesge.
One of the most common problems with Pitbull is of hip dysplasia. This is one of the most common problems in high activity level dog. There is an abnormal growth in the hip, though this can be easily treated with a surgery. The other disease is mostly present because of hereditary issues in Pitbull. Your Pitbull can developed cataract very easily the frequency is much more common in this breed when compared to others. This cataract is almost similar to that of humans. The lens of the eye is normal but it can become cloudy and will not able to transmit light to the retina properly. This also can be easily corrected with surgery.
Allergies can be a common hindrance to many breeds. Allergies from dust and fleas are very common in Pitbulls. This can give rise to itchy skin and rashes. It will result in itchy skin for your dog that at times can give rise to abrasion. A visit to a vet will help you to get rid of the problems easily. These are just few common diseases, you puppy or dog might not be affected of this any time during his lifetime.
Pitbull was developed for fighting so be prepared to handle a temperamental dog right from the beginning. The behavioral traits of this breed demand this from him or her. The aggression is present in many lines of Pitbull even today and if you have cats and dogs in the house then this may not be the ideal breed for you as it may have a go at it anytime.
You also have to supervise your dogs at all times when taking him out to a park or a walk if he is getting aggressive then remove him immediately from that area as it can give rise to a ugly fight at times. If you have young kids at home then this may not be the ideal pet. They are recommended for mature handlers and certainly not for first time dog owners. Your kids will not be able to identify if your dog is getting aggressive and can accidently trigger temperamental issues with them.
Your Pitbull needs to be socialized early in life. If they are isolated for long times they can become aggressive towards any new comers. They need regular exercise so if you can devote time for regular runs or jog then this is the breed for you.Environment
Your Pitbull will not be able to adjust to an apartment life. He or she will need ample space to move around and plenty of exercise so this will be the perfect breed to keep in a house that comes with a yard, preferably a fenced yard as they are big escape artists. This breed is considered trainable but then they need positive reinforcement time and again to help them be perfect for your family.
If you have other pets in your house then this may not be the perfect breed for you. Most of the lineages show traits of fighting and they might consider the other pet as a threat and attack it also. If you young kids at home and are a first time owner then this may not be the ideal breed for you. They may not know how to deal with them.
Pitbull will be good for all experienced pet owners. If you know how to deal a dog then this will be the perfect breed for you. If trained properly they can become good pet contrary to belief. Proper handling and training will ensure to keep a check on the aggressive temperament of this breed.Training & Intelligence
Pitbull is trainable, if you are getting a puppy it is advisable to check for the lineage of the parents before you get one home. If it shows parents with traits of being reared for a fight then your pup may not be the pet, which you want.
This is an intelligent breed but always remember that harsh training will never yield results for you. One has to be sensitive to the issue and maintain patience when providing training to your dog. The other thing is that your Pitbull will need training all through his or her life. Unlike other breeds the training does not end here, it will continue all through life.
Breeding or mating your Pitbull is not much trouble at all. They are generally a healthy breed and other than the lineages that show aggression can be considered good pets. The average litter size for your Pitbull is around five to eight puppies on an average. An average male and female Pitbull attains sexual maturity anywhere between six to nine months of age. Though you puppy is still very young to breed now.
A dog takes around 18 months to reach his full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are first timer at breeding then taking a vets care is advisable. You can get all the colors of the breed in the same litter or can be of the same color as well.Puppies
A Pitbull puppy will need a little more socializing than any other average breed pup. They have an internal trait that does not make them friendly with other breeds. He or she has to be trained from the beginning to enjoy the company of other dogs. If you have smaller animals as pet in your home then we would not recommend getting a Pitbull pup home.
If they are interacted regularly with other breeds then one can modify their natural playful attitude. They need to be trained early in life to repress their aggressive behavior. You have to remember something that this breed will not be able to take a squabble very easily, just remove the puppy from the premises if there is a small issues also as it may turn into a serious fight if your Pitbull feels threatened.
There has been lot said about a Pitbull, they stature and alert eyes have made them a talk of among Kennel Clubs and breeders for a long time. There has been a long debate for the same. There will be lot of owners who will vouch for their pets and there will be some that have got the other side of the coin for this breed. Just remember that this for the experienced owners and will be your companion for anything between 12 to 14 years.
Pitbull should have broad skull and will be of medium length. The neck is heavy and has a slight arch, which is tapering from the shoulders to the back of the skull. There is no looseness of the skin in a Pitbull. There shoulder are strong and muscular with blades, which are wide. The body of your Pit is well sprung in ribs and is a little deep in the area. The forelegs are set apart and have a deep chest. The tail is set low and has a fine tapering point. The coat is short and close to the glossy, which is stiff and touch and looks glossy. They come in a variety of colors; the most common are white, black and tan. It can be solid, partial or patched.