Pitbull Terrier: Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training


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Pitbull Characteristics

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The Pit Bull is a medium to large dog breed having a short coat with a wide head and strong jaws. It has been referred to as an “all-around athlete”, probably because of its prowess in dog fights, hunting, guarding, and carting. Pit Bulls tend to be very strong-willed intelligent dogs that are quick learners with an average lifespan of 12-15 years. Pitbull terriers require special attention as they tend to become aggressive if not provided the proper training and exercise.

History

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Pit bulls have a long history of being bred for blood sports such as bull-baiting and bear-bating. Pit Bulls also have a long history in war, most notably with the United States Marine Corps during World War I and World War II when they were used to run messages between encampments with their keen sense of smell and their ability to silently sneak up on the enemy. Pit Bulls also proved to be excellent ratters on naval ships as well as excellent guard dogs.

Pit Bull Temperament

Pit bulls are sweet, patient, loving dogs who crave human attention. The Pit Bull is highly adaptable so it can fit into any lifestyle including apartment living.

They also have a high prey drive, meaning they like to chase other animals — so they must be kept on leashes at all times when outside the house or yard. Pit Bulls form close attachments with their owners but may become reserved around strangers.

Pit Bull Health

Pit Bulls are typically healthy, but like all breeds, they can be prone to certain health issues. For example, Pit Bulls may develop hip dysplasia and cataracts as they age. Some Pit Bulls also have food allergies. Pit Bull Care: PitBulls grow quickly so early spaying/neutering is recommended to avoid oversized puppies getting stuck in the birth canal during delivery. Most Pitbull Terriers will eat about 3 cups of high-quality dry food each day, which should be supplemented with occasional table scraps or raw meaty bones (never cooked bones).

Pitbull Training

Positive reinforcement methods are best when training a Pitbull terrier. Also known for its intelligence, one should always start training early and be consistent in teaching the Pitbull basic obedience. Pit Bulls must not be given too much leeway, or they will quickly take over the house and become unmanageable. Pit Bulls need to know their position in the family and that they aren’t the boss; it’s humans who are in charge. Pitbulls should be socialized with other dogs and people as early as possible (at least by age 3 months) to help them grow into well-adjusted adults.

Summary

Pitbull terriers are medium to large dog breeds that have been bred for blood sports, hunting, guarding, and carting. Pit bulls make excellent family pets but require special attention as they can become aggressive if not provided with proper training and exercise. Pit bulls need early spaying/neutering to avoid oversized puppies getting stuck in the birth canal during delivery. They should eat about 3 cups of high-quality dry food each day, which should be supplemented with occasional table scraps or raw meaty bones (never cooked bones). Positive reinforcement methods are best when training a Pitbull terrier. Pit bulls must be socialized with other dogs and people as early as possible (at least by age 3 months) to help them grow into well-adjusted adults.

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