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Pit Bull Terrier (American Pit Bull Terrier)

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Agile, intelligent, heavily muscled create the characteristics of ultimate canine athletes.  These traits can be influenced to create the best of dogs or the worst of dogs.  The canine horror du jour is the Pit Bull Terrier, and quite unfairly, with proper handling, it is among the most wonderful of dogs and were it not for its appeal to the undesirable elements of the canine world, it would be among the most popular of dog breeds for its many positive traits.  Additional confusion arises as this "breed" exists primarily as a generic type of dog versus a specific breed.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 16-24 inches
Weight: 50-80 pounds Longevity: 15 years
Colors: all solid and patterns with the possible exception of merle Coat type: very smooth and short
Recognized Registries: UKC, CKC and AKC (as AmStaff and AmBull)
Overall Appearance: Powerful, heavily muscled and close to the ground. Expression can offer notable intensity.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: high
General Nature: very good
  with Children: yes (with supervision and proper socialization)
  with other pets: can be.. high prey drive!
  with dogs: can be... high prey drive!
Socialization requirements: very high, this dog is confident and intelligent, if they don't have the tools to suitably assess a situation it becomes dangerous
Ideal home characteristics: loving, dedicated to training and regular activity
Temperament Notes: physically and mentally one of the ultimate canine athletes
Training requirement: not as high as would be expected but definitely required to help with socializing and general guidance of an impulsive and clever dog
Trainer notes: Not a dog for an inexperienced handler.  Someone's first might ideally be an adult or young adult from rescue that has been thoroughly assessed.  From there, raising a puppy, which requires serious focus and dedication to give the dog appropriate social skills is warranted.  Can number among the hardest working and most skilled canines you'd care to meet, without guidance their intelligence and energy can create less desirable situations.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin:
Original Function: vermin hunter, draft dog
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Canine Hip Dysplasia, otherwise rather murky as registry is not regulated
Health Testing: OFA or Penn Hip
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Pit Bull Terriers?
  • Why do you have Pit Bull Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Pit Bull Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pit Bull Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Pit Bull Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Pit Bull Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Pit Bull Terriers in shelters or need of rescue?


Web Sites: - Canis is everything a Great Pit is!  Fabulous with kids and great on the farm.  His current foster home enjoys his company while doing the chores and this guy gets along with other dogs, ignores the cats and chickens and other livestock.  His recall is solid, perfectly housetrained and sleeps loose in the house.  YOU should be so lucky as to have this guy (or someone like him) as a bud!

Other Resources
Breed standard: No standard as there isn't really a breed or registry which explains why so often mixes and even other breeds are confused with Pit Bulls (especially by those who think every dog capable of biting must be a Pit Bull).
Breeder Ethics: None.. which makes purchasing a puppy more than precarious as the lack of guidelines means that people are generally breeding for a few, unacceptable reasons, money and/or dogfighting.
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