American Pit Bull Terrier Facts
Most widely used name for this species
|American Pit Bull Terrier|
The area where the animal first came from
The domestic group such as cat or dog
|Average Size (L):|
The average length (L) or height (H) of the animal
The average measurement of how heavy the animal is
The average time the animal lives for
|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
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Small and sharply pointed ears|
American Pit Bull Terrier Location
Map of North America
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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