Originally bred to bait bulls and later used as a farm dog, the American Pitbull Terrier (APBT) is now a family dog and companion known for its courage, tenacity, and strength.
In terms of size, the American Pitbull Terrier stands 17-19 inches tall and weighs 30-85 pounds. The average lifespan of this breed is 12-16 years.
American Pitbull Terriers are very affectionate with family members and do exceptionally well with young children. They are gentle and patient with kids and are often referred to as nanny dogs. While friendly with human strangers, American Pitbull Terriers are not very sociable with other dogs at home or in public.
The APBT is a moderately good choice for people who live in apartments. Novice owners should consider other dog breeds, however. American Pitbull Terriers are very sensitive and do not tolerate being alone. If left alone for long periods, these dogs can develop destructive behaviors. An American Pitbull Terrier can adapt to hot weather reasonably well, but less so to cold weather.
Grooming an American Pitbull Terrier is pretty much fuss-free. However, the coat can shed quite a lot. American Pitbull Terriers are not heavy droolers. They enjoy good general health.
It takes a little patience to train an American Pitbull Terrier, but these dogs are very trainable with a gentle, but firm and consistent reward-based approach. They are intelligent and eager to please and respond well to positive reinforcement. Training is important because American Pitbull Terriers can be quite mouthy and have a moderate prey drive and wanderlust potential as well as a moderate tendency to bark. Training can help keep these traits in check.
American Pitbull Terriers are high energy dogs that are athletic and energetic. They require high intensity physical activity on a daily basis to remain happy and healthy.
Overall, the American Pitbull Terrier is a breed that is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, this breed is very similar and only slightly smaller than the American Staffordshire Terrier which is AKC-recognized.
Pit Bulls are often misunderstood and have gained a reputation as bully breeds. However, the truth is that American Pitbull Terriers are wonderful pets provided they are properly trained and socialized.
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