Monday, October 22, 2007

Pit Bull Profile

Here is a brief profile on the American Pit Bull terrier to give you some general insight about the breed:

Breed’s Name- The American Pit Bull Terrier

Description of Breed- Pit Bull’s are known for their intelligence and devotion. American Pit Bull Terriers make outstanding, loving and protective companions, in spite of the unfair, inaccurate press they receive by the media. Some of them are dual-registered as an American Pit Bull Terrier with the UKC and as an American Staffordshire Terrier with the AKC; though, this draws criticism from many who point out that the bloodlines have been separate for too long for these to be considered the same breed. If you are looking into getting a Pit Bull make sure you get one from a responsible breeder and make sure the puppy is going to be properly socialized and handled correctly with specific care. With minimal yet accurate training your puppy will turn out to be a calm, good, and obedient companion.

Common Height Range- 18 - 22 inches

Common Weight Range- 30 - 80 lbs.

Colors- Variety of Colors

Coat- Thick, short, shiny hair

Temperament- Pit Bulls are loyal, courageous and very energetic; They should be initially socialized with children and other animals.

Care and Exercise- Regular brushing with a bristle brush or rubbing down his coat with a chamois will keep the coat shiny and clean, but bath only when necessary. Pit Bulls need a considerable amount of forceful exercise, which needs to be on-leash or in a confined area. Pit bulls commonly enjoy running along side a bicycle.

Health Issues- Mange and heart murmurs. Pit bull breeders should be concerned with doing health testing on the sire or dam such as OFA, PENN HIP

Category- Terrier

Registries- UKC, ADBA, CKC, APBR

Living Environment- Either Outdoor or Indoor

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