American Pit Bull Terrier (Pit Bull)
At the beginning of the 20th century in England, several wild entertainment ideas with animal participation were popular today, for example, baiting bulls and bears with dogs. It was for such a fierce and bloody sport that the breed of dogs was created pit bull terrier.
In 1935, this type of entertainment was recognized inhumane and harmful to society, as a result of which it was banned at the legislative level. However, on the site of one forbidden bloody entertainment, they immediately created another – dog fights, where the pit bull terrier breed also gained great fame. This is not surprising – powerful jaws, a strong muscular body, enormous endurance and excellent reaction, wonderful instincts and fearlessness – all these qualities went down in history together with the pit bull terrier.
Also, an important distinguishing feature of pit bull terriers is their unwillingness to bite people, which plays a huge role in dog fights. Trainers need to separate animals from time to time, and at the same time, with a minimal chance of harming themselves – the pit bull terrier is almost the safest dog in this regard. Although, of course, with due persistence, you can also train it for security functions, including attacking a person (this is usually done for protection purposes).
After these dogs were brought to America, they began to carry out just security functions to protect households and cattle. Moreover, local American breeders raised a larger variety of the breed than the British. In 1898, the UKC, the British equivalent of the American AKC, called these dogs the American Pit Bull Terrier. The AKC decided to recognize the breed in the early 1930s, but under a different name.
In order to separate them from the cruel past – bloody battles, the AKC called the breed the American Staffordshire Terrier. Since then, the American Staffordshire Terrier has been bred for AKC conformation or dog shows. The differences in body structure and personality of the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are very small, because in fact, this is the same breed.
The American pit bull terrier has a muscular, athletic physique characteristic of this type of dog. It has dimensions slightly more than average, a wide, powerful chest, well-developed muscles (especially if the dog undergoes regular training), and the average length of the limbs. The pit bull has folded ears that stop at an early age, as does the tail. There is a wide variety of colors for this breed.
Despite its menacing past and reputation as a ruthless and fearless fighter, the American Pit Bull Terrier breed is a great nanny for children. It would seem difficult to believe, but they really have great patience in dealing with a child, and they never show aggression. Especially, the female pit bull terriers are good at this.
Despite the fact that these dogs do not like to bite people and do it reluctantly, there is no doubt that if someone wants to offend her owner, the pit bull terrier will do everything to stop the offender, and given his strength it will be easy. In a word, do not try to attack a person with such a dog. It will end badly. First of all, for the striker.
The owner must make efforts to properly educate the pit bull terrier, here you need to be strict, but fair. Improper and aggressive education can lead to mental disorders of the animal and negative consequences for others.
In the circle of his family, these are very kind, faithful and loving dogs, creating lasting bonds with their masters. They love to walk, need physical and intellectual stress, which means you will need to provide the animal with appropriate training and games.
The American pit bull terrier is smart and understands a person well. They should be “friends” with cats from an early age. Also, from an early age it is necessary to accustom the dog to obedience, otherwise it will begin to manifest inborn stubbornness, which is especially pronounced in males.
Early socialization is extremely important for these pets, because, despite their friendliness, they are wary of strangers. Also, it is necessary to teach teams and achieve the iron performance of the simplest. This primarily concerns the teams to stop the attack, as the pit bull sometimes likes to get involved in a fight with another dog. With a lack of education, stopping the dog will be difficult, and in such cases, sometimes every second counts.
When training and training, it is important to always maintain emotional contact with the dog so that she understands the essence and importance of what is happening. It is imperative that her success be encouraged; when teams are not followed, there is no need to scream – just be patient and persistent.
Since these are short-haired dogs, you will not have a problem with grooming in this regard. Be sure to monitor the cleanliness of your ears and eyes, cut your nails in time, and bathe your pet at least once a week.
American pit bull terrier, a breed, in general, characterized by good health, good immunity.