American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

This dog is devoted and gets along well with children. It is protective so it may be wary of strangers and strange dogs.

Breed Overview

This American breed was developed from bull and terrier breeds. These dogs are excellent for guarding, herding, and hunting rats. As hard working as they are, they are loyal, protective of their families, excellent with children, enjoy playing, and can handle rough play. With proper training and exercise, these dogs will be tranquil and obedient dogs, making them great companions. Those living alone, families with older children, and outdoorsy types are usually ideal owners. They require exercise daily, and grooming their short, smooth hair is easy. Brushing regularly with a firm bristly brush is best, and bathing is needed when necessary.

Breed Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
 
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
 
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
 
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
 
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate
 

Breed Details & Traits

Height: 15-20"
Weight: 20-55lb
Lifespan: as long as 12 years

Breed Traits

Companionate , Loyal, Strong,

Health Concerns

Common Health Concerns for American Pit Bull Terrier:
Less Common Concerns for American Pit Bull Terrier:
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