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American Pit Bull Terrier

Breed origin: USA
Original purpose: First used as farm dogs and to bait bulls and bears, and later used in dogfighting.

AKC recognized: No

Size: Weight: males 35 to 60 lbs; females 30 to 50 lbs
Size: Height: 18 to 22 inches
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Color: Any color.

Life span: Average 12 years.

General characteristics/temperament: American Pit Bull Terriers have received a lot of bad press and are banned in some countries and municipalities. However, those who have been well-treated and socialized from an early age generally make fun loving, faithful, athletic, readily trained companions. While they are often reserved around or suspicious of strangers, they are not aggressive by nature. The problem is that unfortunately, there are some irresponsible owners who encourage aggressive behavior in these dogs and may even use them illegally for dog fights. American Pit Bull Terriers possess a personality trait referred to as gameness. Gameness is not the same as aggressiveness. It means that the dog has a stubborn courage and, if provoked, will fight to the death. They should never be trained as attack dogs, as once they are engaged in a conflict, they may be nearly impossible to stop. Given their tremendous strength and jaw power, their attacks can often be lethal. For these reasons, early socialization and obedience training are a must for this breed. They should never be allowed to run loose, and if left alone in a fenced yard, the gate should be locked. This is for the dog's own protection as well, because, unfortunately, they are often targets for thieves who use them for dog fights. American Pit Bull Terriers generally have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise and stimulation in order not to become frustrated, bored, and destructive.

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Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: High

Suitable canine sports/activities: agility, weight pulling, flyball, lure coursing, obedience, Schutzhund

Grooming requirement: The American Pit Bull Terrier's short, sleek coat requires minimum care.

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Recommended books for further reading:

American Pit Bull Terrier (A Comprehensive Guide)
By F. Favorito
Published in 2003
158 pages

The American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook
By Joe Stahlkuppe
Published in 2000
184 pages

The American Pit Bull Terrier
By Cynthia P. Gallagher
Published in 2006
208 pages

Colby's Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier
By Louis B. Colby and Diane Jessup
Published in 1997
192 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

Wikipedia breed information page

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