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Pit Bull Information, The Most Popular Dog Breed in America

What Makes This Breed So Popular

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Is the Pit Bull right for you?

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    The Pit Bull dog is one of the most controversial breeds, but not for good reason.

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    With the proper training applied to Pit Bull puppies from a young age they are as gentle and obedient as any other dog.

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    Pit Bull dogs need regular exercise and training.

HISTORY

A cross between English and American terriers and bulldogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier is believed to resemble more closely the Bulldog of yore than either of the two genuine breeds of today. A relatively new breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier has quickly gained a reputation as a tenacious and oftentimes violent breed, even though many of these accusations are unfounded and even in the instances where they are true, the blame lies with the owner and not the dog.

quick facts

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    Size

    Medium, Large

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    Lifespan

    12-15 years

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    Hair Length

    Short

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    Male Height

    16-24 inches

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    Male Weight

    35-65 pounds (16-29 kg)

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    Female Height

    14-24 inches

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    Female Weight

    30-60 pounds (16-27 kg)

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    Litter Size

    6 to 10 puppies

APPEARANCE

One look at an American Pit Bull Terrier and you can tell you are dealing with one mighty breed. They may not be the biggest dogs, but pound for pound, they are some of the strongest dogs on earth. They can grow to be up to 22 inches tall and fall somewhere between 22 - 110 pounds. They have a very wide frame like a bulldog, and same goes for their head, which houses some of the most powerful jaws in the canine world. Their ears are typically cropped, but not always.

PERSONALITY

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a innately friendly breed that constantly seeks the approval of their humans. They excel in dog sports like strength games, and they do very well in police/military roles, search and rescue, and as farm workers. They get along like gangbusters with children. However, because of their natural strength and diligence, if they are not properly trained, they can become a handful, and potentially dangerous.

color

The colors of the American Pit Bull Terrier may vary and can be almost any solid color with the exception of merle.

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health concerns

Though a generally healthy breed, Pit Bulls are occasionally subject to these conditions:

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