The American Pitbull Terrier

Everyone is familiar with the dog breed Pitbull. An often aggressive breed that is a large culperet to over population and setting a bad stigma for the breed. Several of my dogs have been attacked by pitbulls at the dog park and I can’t help but think that the owners are to blame. The last time a pitbull attacked one of my dogs, Doodle 10 pounds, the dog lunged at my dog and pinned him in a choke bite. Of course we don’t want to identify fault with our dogs or our kids, so it is no surprise that the owner didn’t reprimand his dog or even apologize for its actions, but rather blamed my dog for triggering his dog into trying to kill my dog. I am personally not a fan of this breed. 

 

Lots of people that don’t know what they’re doing breed pits and inbreed them. Inbreeding any breed can cause serious health and behavioral issues and they manifest in aggression with this breed.  The breed is very muscular and built, so If you can’t handle the strength of the breed, you should consider another dog for your home. Prone to acting out aggressively, the breed also requires a lot of training for it to be suitable for being around in public.  While it may seem like I am painting a bad picture for the breed, that is not my intention. I just don’t want people buying a pit unless they can devote the time and energy to teach this family oriented and protective breed into being fit to go out to a dog park.  This breed needs supervision around children, obedience training at an early age, getting fixed at a young age to dial down hormonal acts of aggression, and needs to be properly socialized so that it is not overly protective of it’s owners.

Training:

The American Pitbull Terrier, as it’s commonly known, is not recognised by the American Kennel Club. The breed generally weighs between 40 and 60 pounds and lives 12 years on average. This breed sees small dogs and other animals as prey and needs to be taught from a young age that that is not the case.

 

Health risks:

This breed is prone to obesity, so it is important to give your pit regular exercise and portion her food so she remains in a healthy weight range. With this breed being so muscular for its size, the bitch is more likely than most breeds to fall victim to hip dysplasia, which I have discussed in several other posts in this dog plog, and knee problems. It is not uncommon for their knee cap to pop out of place which is something your bitch will be able to pop back in place, but if this occurs in multiple ligaments or frequently, surgery might be the only solution.  This breed is also likely to have issues with its skin from allergies to mange to skin infections and ichthyosis.

Do you think this is the right breed for you?

 

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