American Pitbull Terrier Dog Breed

Some quick breed facts for the American Pit Bull Terrier include the following:

Country of Origin: United States
Height: 18–22 inches
Weight: 30–60 pounds
Coat: Glossy, smooth, close, and fairly stiff
Colors: Any color, pattern, and combination except merle
Registries (with Group): UKC (Terrier)

Pit Bull Personality Traits

American Pit Bull Terriers make excellent companions when they are raised and trained with respect and knowledge. Although they have a reputation for aggression, a properly bred APBT is kind and caring toward children, intelligent, easily trained, loving, playful, expressive, faithful, and versatile. Theyare Some may have aggressive tendencies toward other dogs and a strong prey drive, but some get along perfectly well with other pets. They need a responsible owner who knows the breed, knows how to properly socialize them, and knows how to avoid potentially problematic situations.

Origin and History of the Pit Bull

The American Pit Bull Terrier descends from Molossians, early Greek Mastiff-type dogs who were commonly found in fighting arenas throughout the Roman Empire. Developed from bull and terrier types, APBTs were originally used by butchers to manage bulls and by hunters to help catch and hold wild boars and other game. In England, these tasks evolved to become the sports of bull- and bear-baiting, the act of pitting dogs against bulls or bears, until these blood sports were outlawed in 1835 and dog fighting sprang up in its place. These dogs gained a reputation for being strong, handsome, loyal, and affectionate with their families. In fact, the breed quickly became popular in the United States as a hunting dog and family companion, and dog fighting was outlawed in most states by the 1860s. Although dog fighting is illegal in most countries, including the United States, the APBT's negative reputation for being a fighting dog has stayed with him. Those who own and admire him for who he really is—and do so responsibly—hold the future of the breed in their hands.

How to Care for Pit Bulls


The American Pit Bull Terrier is a high-energy dog who needs several walks per day to keep him physically fit and mentally challenged. Using these walks as an opportunity to introduce your APBT to different people can help him become well socialized.


American Pit Bull Terriers have a short, smooth coat that is easily managed with regular brushing using a firm-bristled brush and an occasional bath.

Life Span

The average life span of an American Pit Bull Terrier is 12 years.


The American Pit Bull Terrier is responsive and smart, making them a relatively easy breed to train. The APBT is capable of excelling in many areas that demand a high level of aptitude.

Socialization is an important part of training your APBT. Exposure to all sorts of people and places coupled with positive reinforcement will help him to be a confident, trusting adult. Due to societal perceptions of this breed, being out with your American Pit Bull Terrier is sometimes difficult; however, every well-behaved, well-cared-for American Pit Bull Terrier can help reduce this stigma.

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