American Pitbull Terrier Breed Profile

by Holly Wright on June 11, 2010

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…)

English Bull Terrier Breed Profile

by Mark James on May 29, 2010

The English Bull Terrier is instantly recognisable by its egg shaped head, deep set eyes and animated gait. Often described as a fun-loving and clownish, it’s a loyal and obedient dog that becomes very attached to its owner. This breed requires firm leadership and a lot of exercise as they tend to be destructive if they are bored. Originally bred as a fighting dog, they are much gentler today, but will protect their owner if the situation arises.

Typical English Bull Terrier

Height: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm.)
Weight: 45-80 pounds (20-36 kg.)
Average litter size: Between 1 and 9, but averages around 5
Life expectancy: About 10-12 years
Good with children?: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Terrier

Colour of an English Bull Terrier

English Bull Terriers are divided into two colour classes; the White Bull Terrier and the Coloured Bull Terrier. The White Bull Terrier may only be all white, but is allowed to have coloured patches on its head, whilst the coloured Bull Terrier may be (more…)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on April 30, 2010

Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or Staffies as they are affectionately known, are a hardy breed and are affectionate and loyal to their owners. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are misguidedly seen as good guard dogs when they are in fact, a very people friendly breed and excellent as a family pet, preferring your lap or the sofa to being on their own.

As they are a very strong, sometimes boisterous breed it is vital to provide good basic training to keep them calm around visitors and enable you to enjoy your walks on the lead. A fearless character with a muscular appearance, the Staffie is eager to please and enjoys companionship. Staffordshire Bull Terriers have little sense of fear or cautiousness and are therefore likely to get themselves into situations where they could be injured. Even though the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has received bad press in recent years, with careful training and socialisation they make wonderful pets and will give many years of loyal service to their owners.

Typical Staffordshire Bull Terrier facts

puppy-training-staffordshireHeight: Male 14-16 in (36-41cm) Female 13-15 in (33-38 cm)
Weight: Male 25-38 lb (11-17 kg) Female 23-35 lb (10-16 kg)
Average litter size: 4 to 6 pups
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Good with children: Yes
Kennel Club classification:
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