With a rich and captivating breed history, the Pit Bull is believed to be the original bulldog of the past and one of the highly prized and most popular breed of dogs in America. The ancestors of modern pit bulls come from the bulldogs and terriers of England and boast of an indisputable history of pit-fighting. Due to the breed's tenacity and accompanying strength, it was widely used by leading brands as their lucky mascots.
The Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog which is extremely strong for his size. The size of an average pit bull may range between 22 -110 pounds. They grow to a height of 18- 22 inches and posess a brick-like head, which is especially broad between the cheeks. It has quite powerful jaws which is carried upon a thickly muscled, well-defined neck. The neck runs into a deep, thick, well-sprung chest. The ears are generally cropped, though this is optional.
The colors of the American Pit Bull Terrier may vary and can be almost any solid color with the exception of merle.
Friendliness and tolerance towards humans are innate traits of this breed which makes them excellent companion dogs. Their brilliance in dog sports makes them fit to be employed as police/armed services dogs, search and rescuers, therapy animals, and livestock workers. This versaile breed make loving pets for children. Though a friendly, strong and healthy stable animal, lack of proper socialization and strong training, can make it aggressive.
Though a generally healthy breed, the pit bulls are occasionally subject to the condition of hip dysplasia. Hereditary cataracts, allergies to grass and congenital heart diseases are other common disorders affecting this breed.
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