All About American Pit Bull Terriers

About This Breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier is known by its admirers for being a loyal, protective, and athletic dog breed. However, there are parts of the country where it is illegal to have a Pit Bull.

Physical Characteristics

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a large muscular build with a block-shaped head and pronounced jaws. Its ears are semi-erect and its tail is medium in length.


The American Pit Bull Terrier can be seen in a variety of colors and color combinations.



Personality and Temperament




When trained properly, the American Pit Bull Terrier is playful and good with children.


If left untrained or if trained to fight, the American Pit Bull Terrier can inflict a massive amount of damage when provoked.



The American Pit Bull Terrier would fare well in country or city, especially with an energetic family that understands the importance of proper discipline.


The following conditions are commonly seen in American Pit Bull Terrier:

  • Allergies

History and Background

The Pit Bull’s origins can be traced back to early 19th-century England, Ireland and Scotland. The canine’s ancestors were the result of experimentally crossbreeding different Bulldog and Terrier breeds for the purpose of bear- and bull-baiting, a blood sport in which the dog was trained to attack until the larger animal was defeated. When baiting was banned in the 1800s, the dogs were then bred for the sport of ratting and dog fighting. European immigrants introduced the Pit Bull breed to North America.

Because of its controversial origins, the Pit Bull is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. This has resulted in the formation of two separate clubs for the specific purpose of registering Pit Bulls. The first was the United Kennel Club (UKC), which was formed in 1898 by founder C. Z. Bennett. The founder’s dog, Bennett’s Ring, was assigned UKC registration number one, making it the first registered Pit Bull in recorded history. The second club, the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA), began in 1909 as a multiple breed association, but it has been dedicated mainly to Pit Bulls, as the original president, Guy McCord, was an avid fancier and breeder of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Contrary to its dubious reputation as an aggressive breed, the Pit Bull is regarded by many as a friendly dog with an outgoing disposition. As those who are loyal to this breed are becoming more active in the education and training of the breed, the Pit Bull is fast becoming a popular companion pet.

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