About the Amazing Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dog Breed
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The American Pit Bull Terrier is also known as the American Staffordshire Terrier(AKC). Pit Bull “type” dogs are American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier.The American Kennel Club does not recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier as it’s own breed. Some people say the American Pit Bull Terrier is the same as the American Staffordshire Terrier and others say the opposite! We re not taking sides in the debate-but for the sake of this article we will consider them the same. Contrary to what some believe, they are recognized as a pure breed dog. Pit bulls have their origins in United Kingdom back in the early 1800’s. They were originally bred from the Old English Bulldog and British Terriers to be used in blood sports such as bull-baiting. When this “sport” as outlawed, dog owners turned the dogs on each other in the “sport” of dog fighting. The strongest dogs were king and were bred to develop the traits of aggression, strength and stamina.
Eventually the breed came to the United States and became the American Pit Bull Terrier. Although still used for dog fighting, the dogs began to take on different roles and were used as working dogs on farms.
Unfortunately, due to their history, the Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed has developed a much undeserved reputation as an unsafe dog that will attack and maul humans at will. While nothing could be further from the truth, there are still irresponsible dog owners who train their dogs to be aggressive. Twelve countries in Europe, as well as Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Malaysia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Venezuela, have enacted laws governing the ownership of these dogs. The Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed is banned in several parts of the United States, Ontario, and Canada. You can not legally own a pure-bred pit bull in the UK-and that’s is where the breed originated!
Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed Temperament
Contrary to popular belief, this breed loves humans. They may have been bred originally to be aggressive but were also bred not to harm or attack their owners. This trait was just as important as all others, as if you couldn’t handle your dog-nothing else mattered! They tend to be very affectionate and want to climb into your lap.
Pit Bulls are strong, confident dogs with a lot of energy. They usually tear up any “dog chew toys” because of their powerful jaws although in the 2008 Bite Pressure Tests conducted by National Geographic Domestic dogs showed 320 LBS of pressure on avg. A German Shepherd Dog, American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), and Rottweiler were tested The APBT had the least amount of pressure of the 3 dogs tested. Pit Bull Terriers will generally not start a fight but will never back down from one! They are loyal and love their humans (specially children) but may not be good with other dogs/animals. As with any dog breed-early socialization is paramount.
Pit bulls passed at a rating of 86.4% on the ATTS Temperament Test-higher than popular breeds such as golden retrievers, corgis, beagles and boxers. You can see results for all dog breeds here: American Temperament Test Society
Description of the Temperament Test from their website:
“The ATTS Temperament Test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat.”
Pit Bull Terrier Dog Breed Health and Care
The breed is characterized by a short, stocky muscular appearance.Their colors are almost unlimited with “blue” – “red” and brindle being popular. According to breed standard, the only colors that are discouraged are more than 80% white, black and tan and liver. Males generally weigh up 80 pounds and females 65 pounds.
- Pit Bulls are prone to heart disease that can be congenital such as aortic stenosis
- Allergies and skin infections are two of the most common pit bull health issues
- Hypothyroidism is a condition that Pit Bulls are prone to
- Knee Problems-tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament