Size: Medium Height: 46 - 56 cm (18 - 22 inches) Weight: 14 - 36 kg (30 - 80 lb) Life Span: 12 years Grooming: Easy Exercise: Demanding Feeding: Medium Temperament: Confident & exuberant Country of Origin: United States AKC Group: Not registered Other Names: Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull
Temperament: The American Pit Bull Terrier is confident, eager, enthusiastic, loyal, courageous, gentle and loving. American Pit Bull Terriers usually display some level of aggression toward other dogs and have tremendous strength. Therefore these dogs need a firm owner who can provide proper training and socialization. American Pit Bull Terriers are known for their love of children and it is uncharacteristic for them to show any aggression towards humans. They are not good guard dogs as they are generally friendly with strangers. If American Pit Bull Terriers have early contact with household pets they should get along without any problems. American Pit Bull Terriers can make excellent, loving and protective companions with early obedience training and socialization.
Grooming: Periodic grooming with a firm bristle brush (particularly when coat is shedding) is sufficient for American Pit Bull Terrier. Rubbing coat with a piece of toweling or chamois will bring out natural shine.
Exercise: American Pit Bull Terriers need a considerable amount of daily exercise. These dogs should be kept on a leash unless within a controlled environment to prevent any aggessive interactions with other dogs. American Pit Bull Terriers enjoy running alongside a bike, which is a good activity for them to burn energy.
History: The American Pit Bull Terrier evolved from Staffordshire Bull Terrier and other fighting dogs including extinct fighting Bulldog. Their ancestors were brought to Unites States in mid - 1800's by Boston-Irish immigrants. They were originally bred to be fighting dogs until bull baiting was banned in England in 1835. There are differences in classification of this breed between different countries. The American Kennel Club considers American Staffordshire Terrier as a separate and distinct breed from American Pit Bull Terrier, yet United Kennel Club registers both breeds as American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs).