Height: 18-22 inches
Weight: 30-70 lbs.
Life Span: 11-13 yrs.
Breed Group: Terriers
Despite its reputation, the extraordinarily muscled American pit bull terrier
can be a wonderful family companion if bred for gentle temperament and trained
at a young age.
The breed can also be stubborn and aggressive, so early socialization with
all kinds of people and animals is crucial.
The muscular pit bull terrier has a bricklike shape and powerful jaws. Its
short, glossy coat comes in all colors and markings, including brindle,
white with patches of color, black, and red.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The pit bull's short coat needs to be brushed once a week with a rubber
brush. This active dog needs a few long walks and some playtime in a secured
The American pit bull terrier, a cross between Staffordshire bull terriers
and an extinct fighting bulldog, was bred in the 19th century for dogfighting.
The American pit bull terrier is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
It can be especially aggressive with other dogs. Prospective owners should
avoid selecting puppies from fighting stock.
It is especially important to obtain an American pit bull terrier from a
reputable breeder, as there are, unfortunately, some who choose to breed
the most aggressive animals and then train them to maim or kill.
Avoid puppies under seven weeks of age that are sold off the street.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club