Pit-bulls are loyal, bold and courageous animals. They are naturally alert and intelligent, in other words, a lot of fun to have around! Many participate and excel in various dog sports and activities, including obedience trials, search and rescue work, agility trials, flyball and frisbee competitions, and weight pulling events.
With their tenacious work drive and strong desire to please their owners, they are natural competitors and win impressive titles wherever they are worked.
So let’s learn a few things about Pit-bulls.
A Little History
The American “Pit Bull” Terrier was bred for game purposes; both bull baiting and hog hunting. When those sports were outlawed, they were bred and used for the more widely known dog fighting.
The history of the Pit Bull can be traced back to the early 1800’s in the United Kingdom. Pit Bulls were originally bred from Old English Bulldogs, these dogs are similar in appearance to today’s American Bulldog, who gained their popularity on the British Isles in a cruel blood sport known as bull baiting.
One to two Bulldogs were set to harass a bull for hours until the animal collapsed from fatigue, injuries or both. These matches were held for the entertainment of the struggling classes.
In mentioning the gameness of the breed, it is not meant to tag him as a fighting machine, nor is it the intent to praise this trait. The origin of the gameness is important in understanding the breed, the requirements for owning the breed, and why it is crucial that the pitbull be placed into homes that will not abuse the origin of the breed.
The pit-bull has an unprecedented origin of being game. However, these dogs were NEVER bred to be human aggressive, and quite contrary to many beliefs, they make excellent family pets for the right individuals.
They were even once popularly known as the Nanny Dog for their exceptional love and nurturing of children.
What Environment Is Best For Pit-bulls
Pit Bulls are very adaptable and will even do well in urban living, provided they have enough exercise or other positive outlets for their energy.
Many Pit Bulls are easy going couch potatoes, but can also be quite rambunctious until they mature. Maturity can come pretty late with this breed, 2 to 3 years old in some cases.
Pit Bulls remain playful all their life and have a great sense of humor. These dogs will make you laugh like no other.
The real pit-bull obtains its characteristics, such as indomitable courage, high intelligence, and loyalty, from the past history of the Stafford shire Bull Terrier.
Pit Bulls have great physical and mental characteristics that make them excellent partners for responsible, active, and caring owners.
On the other hand, these same outstanding qualities can make them a little difficult to handle for people who don’t have a lot of experience with dog ownership or for those who don’t understand the breed very well.
This is a breed that is willing to please by any means possible, which is undoubtedly the reason they have been used for centuries in dog fighting pits.
The pit-bull will easily accept and adjust to changes, resulting from their love of people. These dogs are docile, agile, independent, and strong-minded.
These qualities, coupled with its affection for humans, and children in particular, its off-duty quietness and trustworthy stability, makes it a foremost all-purpose family dog if researched properly and your lifestyle allows it.
Pit-bulls adore attention, and are best suited for indoor homes. Outdoor homes are not recommended with this breed, as they have come to be the number one target for dog theft.
As with any breed, consideration needs to be taken to make sure that this breed is one that will fit your lifestyle, and that you can offer what this breed needs in a responsible family.
Don’t Pit-bulls Bite Harder Than Other Dogs
Who hasn’t heard about the incredible amount of force exerted by the jaws of a pit bull?
The amazing 1600 pounds per square inch that the pit bull is said to exert through their bite is actually just like many other breeds, around 235 pounds per square inch.
Which dog has the highest pounds per square inch bite force? The Kan gal which measures in at 743 pounds per square inch of bite force.
Even with this figure in mind though, does this mean that the Kan gal is a dangerous breed? Not necessarily: It means that if a Kan gal were to bite someone or something, it could be capable of exerting 743 pounds per square inch of bite force.
It does not mean that this dog will bite or that it will use that much force with a bite.
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, “pit-bull” is not actually a breed at all. It is a term used to describe dogs with similar characteristics and those belonging to the “bully breed” families of dogs.
Among others, breeds like American Stafford shire Terriers, Stafford shire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, and mixes of those breeds, all fall under the blanket term “pit-bull”.
Did you know that Pit-bulls are terriers. They are active, energetic, enthusiastic, and have a zest for life. They have a powerful physique and are athletically talented so they typically excel at canine sports.
The pit-bull’s determination and high desire to please can make training relatively easy, but it can also get them into trouble. Without mental stimulation and human interaction, they can easily become bored.
They are intelligent and make excellent guardians, though the pit-bull is much too people-friendly to be considered a guard dog.
So just how common are fatal pit bull attacks
According to research, an individual is 200 times more likely to die from taking over the counter aspirin than from a fatal pit bull attack.
An individual is 60 times more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than they are to be killed by a pit bull attack.
A person is 16 times more likely to die by drowning in a five-gallon bucket of water than they are to die as the result of a fatal pit bull attack.
Yet, how often do you hear of people dying from taking aspirin or from drowning in a bucket of water on the news? Many pit bull and bully breed haters are colored by this media reporting bias.
Should I Get A Pit-bull
When choosing a dog breed it is important to ensure that you pick the right dog breed. This means not only that the dog suits your preferences but also that you are able to meet the dog’s needs.
Generally speaking, Pit-bulls have an astounding love for people, which makes them incredible family companions.
They thrive on human interaction and are champion snugglers. Pit-bulls are extremely affectionate, and the emotional bond between a pit-bull and its human is unparalleled.
Pit-bulls are a very determined dog, and they will put their heart and soul into doing something if they set their mind to it.
Whether it’s escaping out of an inadequately fenced yard to explore the neighborhood or destroying your new couch when left home alone or climbing into your lap to shower you with kisses, they just do not give up easily.
The fun-loving, spunky and affectionate attitude of the pit-bull terrier is what most admirers come to love most about these dogs.
Although the pit-bull is an excellent companion, they are not right for everyone. Affectionate and loving, Pit-bulls are strong-willed and will make their own rules if you let them.
They need a confident, decisive leader that will give them consistent structure and boundaries. It can be hard work, but your efforts will be rewarded when your pit-bull is a well-behaved breed ambassador, making you the envy of all of your dog-parent friends for having such an awesome pup!
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