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Breeds

Breed Name: American Pitbull Terrier


History

Bred years ago to be an all around "farm dog", the American Pitbull Terrier is a working breed. The breed is believed to of become from different Bull and Terrier types, until eventually getting the outcome that we know of today. From working dog, to family dog, this breed can be seen in hudreads of photos on the web and in books, of old black and white photos, babysitting their family members! That's right, babysitting! This breed is no doubt, one of the most loyal and devoted family members when properly cared for and exercised daily. They will love and protect you and your loved ones day and night. This breed today is known for its protection, agility and working abilities. Despite the negative news on this breed and laws locally because of it, this breed has only fallen into the hands of uneducated owners in most cases, and we're trying to change that.

Appearance

This breed appeals to many as it is built strong and lean, as well as coming in an array of colors and color combinations that are strikingly beautiful at times. Built as a working dog breed and for protection, this breed can at times, be very intimidating with appearance. Males and females generally measuring 15-23 inches in height and weighing between 30-75 pounds in weight, this breed is medium to large in size. Their short, single layer coat can be smooth and shiny when cared for properly and is available in black, black and white, tan, tan and white, blue, blue and white, reds, red and white, and all other colors and combinations. Their ears generally are triangular and folded down firmly, however at times, owners choose to have their ears cropped. This is not recommended for the health of the dog. Their tail is long and strong, starts off thick and tapers down to a point at the end. Laying low when relaxed. Their head is often called a "block head" due to the squareness of it, and their muzzle is also rectangular, coming to a stop with a large triangular nose at the end, available in blue, red or black.

Temperament

This breed is a working dog, who needs to have work every day to do and goals to accomplish. This breed excels when getting to have agility classes. This is where owners go wrong. The American Pitbull Terrier requires an energetic, patient, persistent and understanding dog owner. This breed is not recommended for first time dog owners. The American Pitbull Terrier is a Terrier, non the less, and shows typical Terrier instincts throughout it's entire life. This breed requires puppy obedience classes, and life long training reminders of how to be the best dog it can be. When trained properly and given enough physical and mental exercise, this breed is extraordinarily loyal and devoted. This breed is phenomenal with children of all ages that it is raised with. Please note, that in general, this breed is NOT dog friendly. This breed is not a breed that does well with other pets. It very well may be great with your other pets on the rare occasion that you adopted or purchased one with a great disposition. But do not add an American Pit Bull to your home, with the assumption it will naturally live with these other pets without issue. This breed should never be left alone with other pets, or dogs for unsupervised time. Supervision and the presence of the "pack leader" is a must. Proper reinforcement training methods are the ONLY method recommended in training this breed. This breed tends to also be treat driven, making training even easier. This breed loves to learn and is eager to obey you. Mental stimulation is equally as important to physical exercise in EVERY DAY life for this breed. It is a "must" in order to have a happy and healthy pup inside your home. When not receiving enough of both of these key tips, the American Pitbull terrier will quickly become anxious, resulting in destructiveness and aggression.

Grooming

This breed is an average shedder. Requires daily brushing and bathing when needed. This breed can be prone to ear infections, to prevent this, clean ears out regularly with cotton ball.

Special Notes

Please do not add an American Pitbull Terrier to your home unless you have FULLY educated yourself about this breed and about Breed Specific Legislation and Laws in your area. This breed is not accepted in some Counties as well as Communities. This breed MUST have a properly fenced in area. This breed is a Terrier, they can dig and climb just as a Jack Russel Terrier can. This breed requires a 6 foot tall privacy type of fence that is properly instantly with rocks or other material under the ground when it is installed if you are interested in the best care and precautions prior to adopting or purcahsing your new family member. Do not add an American Pitbull Terrier to your home unless you are able to properly provide mental, physical and financial care for this breed, life long. This breed is prone to food and skin allergies. This breed comes with warnings because we do not want any puppy or adult dog to end up in the wrong home with the wrong owners. We want EVERY type of breed to end up in the proper, life long, forever home. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. F

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