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Pit Bull

Size: Medium

Weight: 30 - 70 lbs.

Height: 18" - 22"

Life Span: 11 - 13 years

Health Problems: Requires an experienced dog owner. Be sure to choose a reputable breeder to avoid behavioral problems (aggressiveness) and health problems.

Origin: United States

Also Known As: American Pit Bull Terrier

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Pit Bull is an active breed that requires several long walks and play sessions each day. They will appreciate a yard where they can run and romp.

Grooming Needs

Brushing once per week is required for your Pit Bull.

Temperament

The Pit Bull can be a wonderful family companion if provided with early socialization and obedience training. This dog can be bred for gentleness. However, Pit Bulls are often bred to fight. Therefore many street Pit Bulls are aggressive: They have been taught to main or kill. Before you purchase a Pit Bull, be sure it is permitted by your local government and that you are working with a reputable breeder.

Compatibility with Kids

Not recommended for homes with small children.

History

The Pit Bull was developed in the United States during the 1800s. It is the result of a cross between the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and an extinct fighting Bulldog. It was originally bred for dog fighting.

Pet Facts

Due to its aggressive nature, not all local governments permit residents to own a Pit Bull.