Pit Bull Terrier Facts You May or May Not Know

by Anne-Marie Smith
Black Pit bull Terrier

Pit Bull Terrier facts you may find interesting is that the Pit Bull is readily recognizable as a powerful, passionate, and unwaveringly willing dog. The breed is strongly muscled, well-defined neck supports the brick-like head, which is especially broad between the cheeks (to house the formidable jaws).

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A deep, thick, well-sprung chest follows the neck. The American Pit Bull is a powerful, stocky, yet nimble dog with a large amount of strength for its size. The tail comes to a point at the end. The ears are usually clipped, however, this is not required. The UKC and the ADBA do not accept docked tails. The eyes are large and round. Blue eyes and the coat color merle are not accepted by the ADBA or the UKC. It has thick, short, lustrous hair on its coat. All colors are permitted. Red-nose Pit Bulls have a nose that is a similar red/brown color to their coat. Blue-nose Pit Bulls are gray-colored dogs with a gray nose.

Structure of the Pit Bull Terrier

Pit Bulls Structure

The Pitbull is a medium-sized, intelligent, short-haired dog with a strong frame whose origins originated in the British Isles. The American Pit Bull Terrier is taller and heavier than the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, measuring 6–8 inches in height and 25–35 pounds in weight. The American Pit Bull Terrier comes in a variety of sizes: males are typically 18–21 inches tall and weigh 35–60 pounds, while females are typically 17–20 inches tall and weigh 30–50 pounds.


Pit Bull history

Until the mid-nineteenth century, Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs were bred together to create a dog that combined the terrier’s gameness with the bulldog’s power and athleticism. This breed of dog became known as the bull and terrier in the British Isles. These canines arrived in the United States in the late nineteenth century and evolved into the American Pit Bull Terrier’s direct relatives. On February 10, 1898, the United Kennel Club (UKC) approved the breed as the American Pit Bull Terrier.

Pit Bulls were utilized in the early twentieth century in America as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and pigs, to hunt hogs and drive animals, and as family companions. Pit Bull Terriers excel as companion dogs, working dogs, athletic sport dogs (weight pulling, French Ring Sport, Top Dog), police and therapy dogs.


Pit Bull Terrier with toy

Due to their athleticism and diverse breeding background, the breed tends to be hardy, with an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years, longer than many breeds of a similar size. There are some genetic conditions to be watchful for. The breed tends to suffer from bone diseases such as hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and kneecap dislocation. The breed can also suffer from skin problems, such as mange and skin allergies, because of its short coat. Other health ailments seen in the breed include thyroid and congenital heart defects.


Pit Bull terrier traits

The UKC describes the American Pit Bull Terrier’s basic traits as follows: “The American Pit Bull Terrier’s important features include strength, confidence, and a zest for life.” This breed is gregarious and overflowing with excitement. APBTs make excellent family companions and have a long history of showing a strong affinity for children. The APBT requires a responsible owner who will socialize and teach the dog properly. Due to the breed’s natural agility, it is one of the most competent canine climbers, hence this breed requires excellent fencing. The APBT is not an ideal security dog due to their excessive friendliness, even toward strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is highly undesirable and unusual for the breed. Due to its great intelligence and desire to work, this breed excels in performance events.

Interesting Facts

Pit Bull Nanny dog

Surprising Pit Bull facts, Pit Bulls were dubbed “The Nanny Dog.” For generations, if you had children and desired to keep them safe, you desired a pit bull, the most dependable breed of dog with children or adults. The Nanny Dog has been demonized by a media that is always looking for a demon dog breed to scare people. Prior to pit bulls, there were Rottweilers, Dobermans, and German Shepherds. Each breed was deemed to be too vicious and unpredictable to be around people in its order. Each time, people desired legislation prohibiting them. It is staggeringly ironic that the spotlight has shifted to the breed that was once our country’s symbol and national babysitter.


Please research these wonderful, family-oriented, charming, intelligent, and goofy dogs before passing judgment. One of the most delightful, intelligent, and gentle dogs imaginable is a well-bred, well-socialized, and well-trained pit bull. They are wonderful family pets.

The hope is that one day soon, this wonderful dog will be once again known as America’s Dog.

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