American Pit Bull Terrier, a medium sized dog, is a result of the breeding between Old English Terriers and Old English Bulldogs. It was done for a quality of fighting dogs like the terrier and being strong and like the bulldog. The Bulldogs and Terriers had their breeding in England and after that arrival in the U.S.A. and in this country; both of them are considered to be the ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier. It earned their name in hunting, catching hogs and being an ideal family dog in America.
Mass: Male: 35 to 60 pounds; Female: 30 to 50 pounds
Height: Male: 18 to 21 inches; Female: 17 to 20 inches
Life Expectancy: 8 to 15 years
The APBT is well-known for being physically strong, confident and enjoying life. It is always ready to make the owner happy with great zeal. Being friendly with children and caring for family are two of positive points of this breed. If you want to keep an APBT as a pet, then be prepared to train the dog for optimal obedience and proper socialization; because it has the tendency to become aggressive; it’s hard to control it in such a case because of its strong body. Fencing mustn’t be avoided to deal with the climbing skills of the dog. The American Pit Bull Terrier has a soft behavior towards strangers, that’s why it is not a capable canine for guarding. It gives outstanding performance in events due to the sharp intelligence and being ready to work.
America Pit Bull Terriers may face these health issues like Hip Dysplasia, allergies, Thyroid disease, knee issues, Mange, nerve disease and some skin infections. What, when, how and how much a canine eats play a crucial in the promotion of its health. Therefore, it is very important to pick a nutritional dog food.
Protein is the prime nutrient in a dog food; it enhances muscle strength of all dog breeds including an energetic dog like Pit Bull. Avoid wheat, potatoes, and corn can cause allergic problems in canines. Dog owners must buy the food that contains meat as its first ingredient. When it comes to feeding a homemade dog food, then feeding the pooch 2 to 4 percent of its total body weight daily is recommended.
A consultation with dog expert is strictly advised for feeding puppies; because they are more delicate than the larger ones. Nurturing them with nutritious food, proper basic training and exercise must be adopted as an integral part of their care.