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American Pit Bull Terrier

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American Pit Bull Terrier Facts

Common Name:
Most widely used name for this species
American Pit Bull Terrier
The area where the animal first came from
North America
The domestic group such as cat or dog
Average Size (L):
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
55cm (22in)
Average Weight:
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
36kg (80lbs)
Average Lifespan:
The average time the animal lives for
12 years
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
The animal group that the species belongs to
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, White, Tan, Brown
The way the animal thinks, behaves or reacts
Stubborn yet obedient
The level of house-training needed for the animal
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Small and sharply pointed ears

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American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a strong-willed, sturdy companion. It is a breed that is loyal to friends and family, and friendly to strangers. With guidance from its handlers, American Pit Bull Terriers are obedient and show a high desire to please. However, when left without direction they can become stubborn and may become aggressive. According to a study done by CDC , American Pit Bull Terriers account for the majority of fatalities in the US among all breeds. During the years 1979 - 1996, 60 people have been killed by American Pit Bull Terriers. The breed with the next highest fatalities is the Rottweiler with 29.

A well bred American Pit Bull Terrier should have a stable and dependable temperament. The American Temperament Testing Society shows a pass percentage of 84.3% for American Pit Bull Terrier, a 0.2% higher passing rate than the commonly considered 'family dogs' such as Golden Retrievers.

However, a firm, even hand and early obedience training are strongly recommended for this breed. They generally have a lot of energy and high prey drive. They need exercise and stimulation in order to channel their energy properly and not become frustrated, bored, and destructive.

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First Published: 10th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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