Alert, Loyal, Fearless
European immigrants introduce the American Pit Bull Terrier breed to North America in the 19th century. These dogs are known for being loyal, strong-willed, powerful, and athletic. Commonly known as "Pitties", they have a strong desire to please people. They are kind-natured, loving dogs, who have become victims, and stereotyped with a bad rap. However, well -rained Pitties are playful and love kids. Their loyalty and protectiveness make them a great family member. Notably, they are highly protective of their owners and owners property.
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The life expectancy of the American Pit Bull Terrier is 12-16 years.
The standard size of the American Pit Bull Terrier varies from 30-80 pounds. They are part of the Terrier Group. This dog is a highly alert, energetic breed. In particular, they have a strong prey drive, and love to chase animals. A yard will need to be very secure. Training is the foundation for a good relationship with your Pit Bull. Expect to take a few walks per day to keep them is good shape. Due to their compact sturdy size, apartment life is ok. Also important to note, they must be leashed while walking, as they do show aggression toward other dogs. This breed will thrive best with an experienced dog owner.
The American Pit Bull has a short-haired coat and is easy to groom. Shedding is average, while brushing regularly is necessary. A high quality dry food will avoid excess weight gain. Overall, this breed does not need an excessive amount of grooming. The basic bath, nail trim, ear cleaning will keep them looking good. Also note, these dogs come in a large variety of colors and mixes. Blue being the most popular, followed by black, white, red, chocolate, fawn with varieties of brindle running through them.
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