American PitBull Terrier
American PitBull Terrier also commonly known as Pit Bull is one of the most misunderstood breed. Due to poor handling and misuse of some negligent owners, there has been a lot of propaganda against this breed on the mainstream media which has led to the ban of this amazing breed in different cities and countries.
Before we start discussing this breed in detail we want to let you know that Pit Bull dog itself is not the name of a breed. It is just a term used to describe the breeds such as American Pit Bull Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. A lot of people confuse American Pit Bull Terrier with the American Staffordshire Terrier. But these two are two entirely different breeds, American Staffordshire Terrier being a little smaller one in size.
History of PitBull:
The Pit Bull originated in British Isles. In 1800’s bull baiting was very popular there and the breed called Olde English Bulldog was used for this purpose. Later in 1835, Bull Baiting was banned and became illegal. As a result, dog fighting started emerging as the new favorite sport among those people. So a more agile and smaller breed was created. The Pit bulls originated from mixing of the Olde English Bulldog and terriers. Pit Bull Terriers inherited their strength and muscular body structure from the Bulldog and their agility and gameness from the Terriers.
The immigrants to USA brought their dogs with them and used them for many different tasks. Pit Bulls proved their ability as working dogs, hunters and guard dogs. Pit bulls were pretty good at hog hunting too which earned them the title of “catch dogs”.
PitBulls were called bulldogs before the end of 1800’s. Then later in 1898, the United Kennel Club (UKC) was founded by Chauncy Z. Bennet and he changed their name to “American Pit Bull Terriers”. In 1930’s the American Kennel Club (AKC) gave the new title “American Staffordshire Terrier” to this breed. This was done to change their reputation as pit fighters.
The Pit Bull happens to be very friendly towards humans, be it family members, guests, or complete strangers. Reputed for the particular sturdy personality, firm nerve, and awesome intelligence, the Pit Bull tends to make the best companion for families with small children, whilst continuing to be tough and wary enough to defend its loved ones if needed. It is certainly not mandatory to start on guard or attack training with this dog breed, since they happen to be naturally keyed to their surroundings and spontaneous in regards to genuine threats. Despite the fact that they are never aggressive towards people without real need, the pit bull terrier may possibly display aggression towards other dogs, however this aggression towards other dogs will differ from dog to dog. The Pit Bull breed is renowned for its elevated prey drive, and for that reason necessary caution has got to be practiced in case cats, rabbits, domestic fowl, or any other such small animals are around. You should supervise your dog. The aggression towards other dogs and the high prey drive should not be considered to be faults. However, excessive, uncontrollable aggression is not a desired or correct feature to have. Aggression towards humans on the other hand should be viewed as a serious fault.
Despite the fact that in the past few years some folks have abused the Pit Bull and the media have done a lot of propaganda to misrepresent it, hostility, when it comes to human beings, never was and to this day is certainly not what the Pit Bull is mainly about. Aggressive behavior towards humans is a really serious matter, certainly not an issue to be taken frivolously.
Standard and Appearance:
The Pit Bull must give the notion of terrific toughness for his size, a tank like dog, muscular and ripped physique, and yet agile and elegant. He should really be stocky. He should not have long legs and should not appear racy. And courage is a must-have.
The head of Pit Bull should be medium length and have broad skull. It must have a clear stop and ears should be set high. Un-cropped ears are preferred and the ears should be short. The preferred eyes are dark and round and set far apart from each other. Nose must be black. Jaws should be well defined with under-jaw being very strong with solid biting power. The back of a standard Pit Bull should be short and should be sloping towards rump. The chest should be deep and broad.
The coat of the Pit Bull is short and glossy. Pit Bulls come in different colors which include Brindle & White, Blue-fawn or Blue & White, Tan or Cream with White, Red & White, Black & White, Chocolate or Liver & White, Solids, Tri-Colored, Merle-Coloring, Ticking/Freckling, Black & Tan, Brown & Tan etc.
The average height of Pit Bull is about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches for the females.
Although Pitbull is primarily a healthier breed, however a few are susceptible to health issues such as hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies to grass and congenital heart disease.
The life expectancy of Pit Bulls is almost 12 years.
This breed is a very active one and needs lots of physical and mental exercise. You should take your dog for long daily walks.
There is a myriad of myths surrounding this breed. One of the most common myths is that Pit Bulls have locking jaws. That is not true at all. Pit Bulls don’t have any mechanism to lock jaws. Their jaws are the same as those of any other breed. It’s just that they do everything with great energy and enthusiasm. So when they bite, they do that with great force too. That’s where this myth originated from. Another common myth is that this breed is inherently vicious. That is not true either. Mostly the aggressive behaviour in Pit Bulls is due their owners’ fault.
Pitbull Colours & Variations:
Blue Nose Pitbull
They are the most beautiful looking pitbulls. They are blue in colour but they aren’t great of guard dogs and can show a lot of aggression to other dogs.
Red Nose Pitbull:
It’s a myth created by the pitbull owners that red nose pitbull are the better one amongst all the pitbull lines but it’s not the truth. No line is better than the other , these myths are just created to take advantage and rob people of their money. Red nose started from Ireland called old family red nose.
Razor Edge Pitbull:
Razor Edge pitbulls were bred for the purpose of companionship.
Unfortunately when name pitbull comes to mind along comes the thought of dog fighting. This is a fact in the history but not the dog’s fault. Colby line was bred with simply one and only thing in mind and that was winning the fight in the pit.
Gotti Pitbull just came into surface in 1997. This Line was started by Richard Barajas who owned a famous pitbull named “The Notorious Juan Gotty”. The Gotty Line pitbulls are quite stocky, wide, with a broad head.
Gator pitbulls are said to be bred for fighting as well, and the true gator line hardly exists now. They were excellent fighters and were loved by sick minded dog fighters. They were called gators cause they look like elegators and are quite strong.
One of any colours of Pitbull is black,myths being spread that black pitbulls are more aggres
siveand protective than other lines but this isn’tthe case.
Usually not very popular amongst pitbull lovers. The white pits and specially with a red nose are not good for a state or country with a hotter climate. They can’t cope well with the heat.
Brindle colour pitbulls are beautiful and desirable but at the same time not as rare as blue or rednose are.
Beautiful pitbulls with fawn eyes, some say they have a better temperament than other lines of pitbull but the experts strongly disagree with it.