What You Need to Know about Raising an American Pitbull Terrier?
American Pitbulls are known for being one of the most prominent of the bully breeds and often do well as loving and loyal pets. Although people in England initially bred them as fighting dogs, they eventually made a reputation as a good family pet, and despite their size, many of them are gentle enough to be kept around children.
Of course, just like any other dog breeds, raising an American Pitbull Terrier does have its challenges. For one thing, they can be difficult to handle and train due to their stubborn nature. You would do well to learn as much as you can about them before adding them to the household.
The history behind the dog breed
American Pitbulls have a rich history that most people do not know about. As mentioned earlier, American Pitbulls were once a breed of fighting dogs often used to bait and hunt large animals such as bulls, horses, and even bears. They were also used to attack rats and animals in a sport called "ratting" which is done in pits and explains the moniker "pit bull." Over time immigrants brought the dog breed to America where their aggressive and agile nature was put to good use as guard dogs.
Today, American Pitbull Terriers enjoy a reputation as a reliable canine companion. These dogs can be described as an affectionate and hardworking companion which makes them ideal service and therapy dogs.
American Pit Bull Terriers are muscular, average sized dogs that can grow up to 60 cm in height and weigh a maximum of 27 kg. They have almond-shaped eyes with small to medium sized ears. Like most of the bully dog breed, they sport a dense short and shiny coat which come in a variety of colors as you will see in this color chart from the American Dog Breeders Association. The average lifespan of an American Pitbull Terrier is about 12 years.
With proper training, American Pitbulls make a dutiful and good-natured pet that tend to display a high level of concern towards their owners. They are also highly intelligent which makes them an excellent choice for people in need of a working dog.
Possible health problems
American Pit Bulls belong to a generally hardy and healthy breed of dogs although they do tend to suffer from certain debilitating conditions such as hip dysplasia, cataract, and heart problems.
Raising an American Pitbull Terrier
If you want to raise an American Pitbull Terrier for a pet, then you will need to be prepared to invest a significant amount of time training the dog which includes laying down ground rules for them to follow. For one thing, you would want to feed them only during specific times of the day and pet or give them treats for good behavior. These things are not always easy but essential nonetheless if they are to grow up as friendly and dependable canine companions.
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