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American Pit Bull Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Pit Bull Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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American Pit Bull Terrier
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American Pit Bull Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is American Pit Bull Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is American Pit Bull Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the American Pit Bull Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubBackwoods Bulldog Club
Price
How much does the American Pit Bull Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Pit Bull Terrier price:
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the American Pit Bull Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Pit Bull Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Pit Bull Terrier gets to a happy place.

American Pit Bull Terrier History

Pitbull-type of breeds were developed in England during the 1800s, mostly by mixing the Old English Terriers with Old English Bulldogs. Breeders sought after creating a breed that has the drive and gameness of a Terrier but also has the resistance, strength, and robust physique of a Bulldog. The reason behind the breeders’ intention was the bull and bear-baiting dog fights in pits. Fortunately, this cruel “sport” was legally banned in most parts of the world, including England in 1835, with the creation of new animal welfare and care laws. Consequently, more dangerous, illegal dog fighting grew, and the ultimate losers were the Pitbulls because selective breeding had begun in order to make the dogs more aggressive, deadly, and more willing to fight.

During the mass migration of Europeans to the United States, immigrants brought their dogs with them, including the Pitbull breeds. Soon, the dogs started to perform other tasks besides fighting, like catching wild cattle and controlling the vermin and rodent population on farms and ranches. They quickly gained the trust of people, so more and more were kept just as companions and guard dogs of people and property. Later, as their popularity grew, settlers started to breed their dogs, in order to make them bigger in size than its ancestor in England. Very early on, in 1898, they succeeded, and his new, bigger breed, called the American Pit Bull Terrier was recognized by the UKC (United Kennel Club). The AKC (American Kennel Club) gave the breed recognition at the beginning of the 1930s, under a new name, in order to separate this new breed from its pit-fighting past. The AKC renamed the breed American Staffordshire Terrier. This might be confusing, because the AKC solely registered them both under the name American Staffordshire Terrier, while the UKC realized that the American Pit Bull Terrier is a completely different breed, even though that they are related, possess different behavioral traits, and conformation.

Another indispensable part of the American Pit Bull Terrier’s genetic makeup is that the dogs are unwilling to bite humans. This trait was developed during their fighting years, for the reason that they would not bite their handlers reaching into the rings. This characteristic helped them a lot to increase popularity, and to be considered nowadays as a good and gentle family-friendly pet. However, in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and most of Europe, there are legal liabilities associated with the ownership of an American Pit Bull Terrier, there usually is breed-specific legislation. The level of seriousness and the type of legislation ranges from complete banning to certain restrictions or conditions of ownership.

Just like with every other Bull-type of breed, proper and early obedience and socialization is a must with the American Pit Bull Terrier, in order to prevent aggressive behaviour. Nowadays, the breed is considered a great and versatile sporting dog in agility, lure coursing, obedience, flyball, and weight pulling. Moreover, many specimens are employed as service dogs for the deaf, as police dogs detecting explosives and narcotics, as search and rescue dogs, as border patrol dogs, and as property or person guarding dogs.

American Pit Bull Terrier General Appearance & Basic Info

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Pit Bull Terrier size:
Medium
Weight
How much does the American Pit Bull Terrier weigh? American Pit Bull Terrier weight:
22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American Pit Bull Terrier? American Pit Bull Terrier average weight:
50 pounds (22.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the American Pit Bull Terrier? American Pit Bull Terrier height:
14-24 inches (35-60 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American Pit Bull Terrier average height:
19 inches (47.5 cm)

American Pit Bull Terrier Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the American Pit Bull Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Pit Bull Terrier's coat?
Blue GrayWhiteTanBrownRedYellowBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American Pit Bull Terrier and how often?
Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the APBT? American Pit Bull Terrier shedding level:
American Pit Bull Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

American Pit Bull Terrier Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Pit Bull Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
AffectionateClownishFriendlyLoyalStrongWilledAggressiveCourageousIntelligentObedientStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Pit Bull Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú American Pit Bull Terrier. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
Trainability
Are American Pit Bull Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American Pit Bull Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. American Pit Bull Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
American Pit Bull Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the APBT need? American Pit Bull Terrier social needs:
American Pit Bull Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Pit Bull bark?
Average: The American Pit Bull Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American Pit Bull Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do American Pit Bull Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the APBT? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Pit Bull Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
High
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a high chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Pit Bull Terrier do?
American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Pit Bull Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American Pit Bull Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Pit Bull Terrier roam?
Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Pit Bull Terrier have high prey drive?
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is American Pit Bull Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani American Pit Bull Terrier kutyafajtát. Kertben érzi magát a legjobban, ha mégis lakásban szeretnéd tartani, akkor napi szinten hosszabb sétákkal alaposan le kell mozgatni, így a napi rutinok beiktatásával megoldható American Pit Bull Terrier tartása lakásban.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where American Pit Bull Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? American Pit Bull Terrier temperament with other people:
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are American Pit Bull Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Pit Bull Terrier temperament with children:
American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is American Pit Bull Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best choice.
Office Friendly
Are American Pit Bull Terriers good office dogs? Do American Pit Bull Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terriers be office dogs?
No
American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the APBT temperament with senior people? Are American Pit Bull Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are American Pit Bull Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Pit Bull Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American Pit Bull Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a American Pit Bull Terrier be an emotional support animal?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Pit Bull Terrier breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a boat dog?
Not really
American Pit Bull Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Pit Bull Terrier be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

American Pit Bull Terrier Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the American Pit Bull Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed? Most common health risks of American Pit Bull Terrier:
Demodectic MangeHip DysplasiaSkin Allergies
Life Expectancy
How long do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Pit Bull Terrier be?
10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American Pit Bull Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
American Pit Bull Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American Pit Bull Terrier have? What is the activity level of the American Pit Bull Terrier?
American Pit Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do American Pit Bull Terrier dogs require per day?
American Pit Bull Terriers have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Pit Bull Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American Pit Bull Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Pit Bull Terrier risk for obesity:
Average. The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American Pit Bull Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American Pit Bull Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the American Pit Bull Terrier drool?
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Pit Bull Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Pit Bull Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

American Pit Bull Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American Pit Bull Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American Pit Bull Terrier have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Pit Bull Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

American Pit Bull Terrier Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The American Pit Bull Terrier requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The American Pit Bull Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Child Friendly: American Pit Bull Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American Pit Bull Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Cons
  • Health Issues: American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: American Pit Bull Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Nem ajánlott lakásban tartani American Pit Bull Terrier kutyafajtát.
  • Mouthiness: American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the American Pit Bull Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Pit Bull Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Cat Friendly: American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly.
  • Office Friendly: American Pit Bull Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American Pit Bull Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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American Pit Bull Terrier Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Tyra Talley

    Oct 24, 2021, 7:05:04 AM:

    I have a beautiful dog named TAZZ he’s so people friendly and he’s kind hearted when I comes to me but he’s such a brat but I LOVE HIM so got such a beautiful personality to him plus he’s so weird sometimes haha it’s so cute

  • PitBull Owner

    Aug 14, 2021, 7:06:04 PM:

    Pit bulls are by far the sweetest dogs I've ever known! I have two, Lilly and Duke, and they are playful, loyal, and sweet! Every pit bull I've met is friendly as well! The only dogs that are dangerous are the ones with bad owners/abusive past owners

  • Clarice, NH

    Apr 16, 2021, 1:59:17 PM:

    Pit-bulls are hardwired to respond any stimulus with lethal aggression. If they see it as prey, a child or cat, or as a threat, another dog or a stranger, their instinct is to kill. A “good pit” will fight this and appear “anxious” but they too can snap.

  • Me

    Oct 28, 2020, 10:15:36 PM:

    I don't have one, but the ones I know are good dogs.

  • Anony mous

    Jun 20, 2020, 3:27:28 AM:

    By far the sweetest, loyal and playful dogs I've met. People think they're dangerous, but most of the dogs considered hostile (in my experience) were quite nice. Don't believe these myths. But there's a VERY HIGH chance they'll steal your heart.

  • M J

    Jun 15, 2020, 4:14:30 PM:

    High chance of biting yet rated as kid friendly. You must really want kids to get hurt.

  • Billy Lee

    Apr 12, 2020, 9:12:37 PM:

    As a one time breeder the American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the most loyal and protective breeds I’ve owned. They are resilient, strong, smart, a bit stubborn but always wanting to please