The American Pitbull Terrier has had its name shortened in a variety of ways for convenience, these include: the American Pitbull, Pitbull Terrier, American Bull, Yankee Terrier, the Pit Dog and just, the Pitbull.
It is a breed that was developed for the brutal world of dog fighting, from Staffordshire Bull Terriers, when a larger, heavier and more powerful breed was required. The Pitbull is a medium sized, short coated dog, solidly built with well defined muscles and immensely powerful jaws. It has gained a bad reputation in the media as a vicious killer because of a handful of tragic incidents and its blood splattered history. In reality, this is a placid dog, fondly described as loyal, loving, obedient and protective by their owners. With good early socialisation and proper training it can even be friendly with other dogs, despite its fighting ancestry.
The Pitbull has been banned outright in Sweden, and twelve other countries have enacted some form of breed legislation, including restrictions and conditions of ownership. In the UK, American Pitbull Terriers imported before the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act must be registered, tattooed, neutered, micro chipped, muzzled and on lead at all times in public.
Typical Pitbull facts
Height: 18-22in, 46-56cm
Weight: 30-80lb, 14-36kg
Average Litter Size: 8
Life Expectancy: 12 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Terrier
Colour of a Pitbull
Pitbulls can appear in any variety of colours, from brindle to solid to parti-coloured.
Grooming a Pitbull
The Pitbull’s very short coat needs very little attention. A quick groom with a (more…)