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American Pit Bull Terrier

Origin United States
GroupHunting Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the American Pit Bull Terrier have? The breed also known as...
APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, Pit, Pitbull
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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?
$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 dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Pit Bull Terrier gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

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

Hair & Care

Coat
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 Terriers shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of this canine?
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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American Pit Bull Terrier have?
AffectionateClownishFriendlyLoyalStrongWilledAggressiveCourageousIntelligentObedientStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American Pit Bull Terrier?
Average: American Pit Bull Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are American Pit Bull Terriers 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 dog breed is this dog?
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?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. American Pit Bull Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American Pit Bull Terriers are loving and affectionate dogs. 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 this dog need?
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 Terriers bark a lot? Why does my dog 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
Are American Pit Bull Terriers good watchdogs?
American Pit Bull Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do American Pit Bull Terriers have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
American Pit Bull Terriers are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? 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 an 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? This dog's wanderlust potential:
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 leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
American Pit Bull Terrier 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
Are American Pit Bull Terriers good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Pit Bull Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
American Pit Bull Terriers are average friendly dogs towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are American Pit Bull Terriers kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young 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 Terriers get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
American Pit Bull Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Pit Bull Terriers get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Pit Bull Terriers are not dog-friendly dogs. 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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do American Pit Bull Terriers have health problems?
American Pit Bull Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do American Pit Bull Terriers live? What is the average lifespan of this breed?
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?
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.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Pit Bull Terriers 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
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The 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?
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
Do Pulis 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have American Pit Bull Terrier 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 bitch 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 bitch’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? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American Pit Bull Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
5-8 puppies

Advantages

  • 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.
  • Trainability: American Pit Bull Terriers are easy to train.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: American Pit Bull Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: American Pit Bull Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: American Pit Bull Terriers are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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