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7/28/2011 Breed Spotlight – The American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier Breed Spotlight Information and Dog Training Tips

Misunderstood Breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier (commonly referred to as a “Pit Bull”), is a misunderstood dog with an unfair reputation. The name “Pit Bull” carries a certain stigma, as they have often been characterized as violent and aggressive dogs by the media. However, this breed is not naturally aggressive, despite popular belief. Believe it or not, this type of dog in particular is very good with children, and is extremely loyal to his family.


Pit Bulls do have a tendency to be reactive towards other animals. This is due to the fact that they are Terriers by breed. In the Animal Behavior College Dog Obedience Instructor Program, breed characteristics are discussed in more detail. It states, “Since many terriers were bred to hunt and kill vermin, they may hunt and try to kill small animals they encounter.” This makes Pit Bulls a more suited fit for an owner with experience or knowledge of the breed and someone with strong leadership skills. Terriers are also very active dogs that require a large amount of exercise and stimulation.

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These behaviors can be altered or managed with hard work and consistency on the part of their owner. The best way to do this is by socializing them as early on as possible with all kinds of animals. Pit Bulls are very tenacious and stubborn at times. They need a consistent pack leader in order to be well mannered pets. Dog training on a regular basis is essential in managing their behavior. This breed of dog should be consistently stimulated on a daily basis to make sure they are willing to work for real life rewards in everyday situations.


Pit Bull’s come in a variety of colors, from blue to red, and have a very lean muscular body frame. There is a general misconception that Pit Bulls are the same as Staffordshire Terriers, when in fact, they are actually a different type of the same breed. There is a lot of confusion when it comes to identifying what category or type of breed your pit bull may be. There are English Staffordshire Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bulls and American Pit Bulls depending on who you may speaking to. The best option as a pet owner is to speak with your veterinarian to determine which category your dog falls into.

American Pit Bull Terrier Care Tips

Generally a warm climate is recommended for Pit Bulls, due to their short coat and lack of cold weather protection. However, there are many people that have Pit Bulls in cold weather climates. If this is the case, make sure that they have appropriate shelter from the cold elements. When it comes to grooming, general hygiene like nail clipping and ear cleaning is all that is necessary. Bathing your dog regularly will help prevent issues with fleas and ticks.

Dog trainers have varying view points on the temperament of Pit Bulls, but most trainers that have worked with them agree that they are great family dogs with the right leadership in the home. They are eager to please their owners, and generally very lovable and friendly dogs. If you do consider pursuing an animal career, it is important that you are educated in the temperament and drive of this breed to set them up for success.

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