Dog Breed: Pitbull
Age: 10 Weeks Old
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The Pit Bull, Pittie or APBT, as he’s known for short, is often described as a goofball or clown. Although this medium-sized dog is not always aggressive, he has a fearsome reputation because of his background as a fighting dog. The Pit Bull immediately strikes one as being a dog of power, passion and undying willingness.
From his earliest days as a farm dog to when he was bred for dog fighting, the Pit Bull in America has always been an active, confident dog with a playful nature and spirit. He is best described as enthusiastic and comical.
Whatever else those old dog-fighting breeders did, they created a dog who is extremely resilient and stable, as well as typically very friendly to people. That’s why so many Pit Bulls, even from the worst backgrounds, go on to be loving, trustworthy family dogs. That said, they need early socialization and training to become their very best. And they certainly have some normal behaviors that can be highly destructive when not properly channeled.
The Pittie is a good communicator. He will make all kinds of unusual noises as he tells you about his day.
One of the misconceptions about Pitties is that they are vicious guard dogs. Hardly. They might look scary, and that serves them well as far as intimidating potential intruders, but the truth is that most of these dogs are friendly. When it comes to being a guard dog, well, they’re sometimes just a little too outgoing to succeed. With their families, they’re not always aware of their size and will often attempt to squeeze into a lap for some loving.
Nonetheless, even carefully bred APBTs are usually strong, determined and smart dogs, and backing down is not part of their normal behavior. The idea that the Pit Bull is some kind of dual-personality dog ready to switch from a loving pet to a killer in an instant is generally unwarranted, but like all dogs, he needs to be trained and socialized.
Pitbulls are not always aggressive, they have a fearsome reputation because of their background as a fighting dogs. But people who appreciate and understand the Pitbull's personality, know the Pitbull is a wonderful family companion.
During a period of American history, dog fighting was a legal and popular activity. Many wealthy people and prominent politicians could be found at dog fights, betting on their dogs, which went by several names: Pit Bull, Yankee Terrier and half-and-half dog — a reference to their origin as a cross between Bulldogs and Terriers.
The same dogs were equally popular with farmers and families. They tended to be good ratters and useful in hunting dangerous wild pigs and bears, and they were said to be good with people. Pit Bulls could do it all, from being the kids’ playmate to serving in the military. A Pit Bull represented the United States on World War I recruiting posters, and pop culture Pitties included Tige in the Buster Brown comic strip; Nipper, the RCA trademark dog; and Petey, who starred in the “Our Gang” comedies of the 1930s.
The United Kennel Club has registered the American Pit Bull Terrier since 1898, when the club was established.
The American Kennel Club does not currently recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed.