Types of Pit Bull Dog Breeds
For those looking for a powerful, yet loyal dog, there are several types of pitbulls that might meet your needs. Much like a hound or terrier isn’t a specific dog, the term covers several specific breeds. The most common is the American Pitbull Terrier, and this is the only breed recognized by the UKC so far. Other breeds exist and are being refined, however, so you may not want to narrow your search immediately.
Each type of pitbull has its own distinct appearance, physical traits, and personality. Even considering this, a pitbull might be drastically different from the breed tendencies, so if you’re looking for a dog with a particular personality, it’s best to talk to breeders and find one willing to carefully match the puppy to your family. Here are the different pitbull breeds to start your search with, however.
Standard American Pitbull Terrier
This is the most common dog you will see being called a pitbull. The short and smooth coat can have a variety of colors, including red, white, fawn, or black, and can have brindle markings. The dog is medium- to large-sized dog at 35 to 65 pounds and has a fairly proportionate head. This dog is popular because it is so loyal to owners and is relatively easy to train as long as you are firm. You need to be consistent when training so the pitbull understands who is boss. This doesn’t mean you should be harmful or hurt the dog, of course; it’s important to avoid violence so you don’t train your dog to be aggressive or antisocial. This type of dog is not as outgoing as other pitbull breeds, and tends to be cautious of strangers.
American Staffordshire Terrier
Another type of pitbull, somewhat larger than the APT, is the American Staffordshire. This dog weighs 65 to 90 pounds and is built similarly, but has a thicker coat. The build is square and muscular, and like American Pitbull Terriers, Staffies have a friendly and loyal nature. They are very devoted to their masters and are also relatively easy to train if you are firm and in charge. These dogs tend to be very outgoing, but they are not as active as the smaller dogs. They are confident, yet have the size on their side to win confrontations.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This type of pitbull is somewhat smaller than the “standard” American Pitbull. It weighs 28 to 38 pounds and has a similarly smooth and short coat, though can also come in a blue coat color. The head is broad, where American Pitbulls’ heads are more proportionate. Staffordshire Bull Terriers can be aggressive to other dogs, so you need to socialize and train it properly to avoid this. They have a good reputation when it comes to children, however. The dog has much more energy than its larger cousins, so it’s best to avoid this dog unless you’re willing to go out for long daily walks to keep it tired out! They tend to be affectionate and outgoing.
Other Pitbull-Like Dogs
There are a wide variety of dogs that are called pitbulls even though they do not technically count. These include dogs like bulldogs (American and Old English Bulldogs in particular). Breeds lumped in with pitbulls tend to show pitbull-like characteristics in their physical appearance and build, but can be mistaken for pitbulls when it comes to breed-specific legislation. If you’re interested in a pitbull-like dog, look at dogs like Presa Canarios or Boxers, and different types of bulldogs.
The term “pitbulls” does not refer to one particular breed, as most people think, but to a category of dogs. Just like you might call a Jack Russell Terrier a terrier, these types of pitbulls are pitbulls, but more breeds exist under the same umbrella. This can lead to confusion when it comes to disputes over the legality of your dog, so be careful when local laws target pitbulls. Unfortunately, this is the source of confusion over pitbulls’ aggression – while all other breeds surveyed by the CDC were counted separately when it came to dog bites, all pitbulls were lumped together into one nonspecific breed name. As you might expect, the count was higher since these breeds were counted together.
Next time you hear someone talking about pitbulls like a breed, you can correct them or ask what type of pitbull they are referring to. Not all pitbulls are created alike, and the breed variation creates great aesthetic appeal while breeders try to sustain lines of pitbulls that are consistent enough to be classified as pitbulls by the UKC.
American Bully Pitbulls
If you are looking for a confident stable and an excellent companion in a dog, an American Bully Pitbull may be your perfect choice. But before we get into a little more details about the temperament of the this dog, let us tell you about the history of American Bully Pitbulls. This breed of dogs was established in the mid 1990’s.
The breeding of the American Bully Pitbull
They came about from the selective breeding between American Pitbull terriers and the Staffordshire terriers. Years of breeding went in to culminate into the perfect human companion. The American Bully originated in both the east and the west coast regions of USA, such as Virginia, Los Angeles and California. Today they can be found easily in Europe and Asia as well.
Though one may be intimidated just by the way the American Bully Pitbull looks, they make the most affable of family dogs. The American Bully is characterised by its broad skull structure, cheek muscles that are very pronounced and a well defined jaw. The ears of this dog are set high and the eyes will be found set rather low in the skull and far apart from each other.
This dog also has a heavy and muscular neck and strong shoulders. The height of the average male would be 19-21 inches while the height of the female would be about 17-20 inches. Although they are not very athletic by nature, these dogs tend to be agile and energetic and keenly aware of their immediate surroundings.
The nature of the American Bully Pitbull
The temperament of the American Bully Pitbull is mild and gentle. It is a most stable and confident dog. For an American Bully Pitbull nothing is more important than pleasing its master, so you would be thrilled to have and obedient dog that listens all your commands and is happy, outgoing and amusing. But this is not to say that they do not have any aggression. They will protect your family fiercely if a need arises.
In fact you can leave your kids with the dog, without ever having to worry about their safety. The American Bully Pitbull is especially noted for its extreme tolerance with small children. Not just entertaining your kids you can be sure that the American Bully Pitbull will defend your children with all that they have!
In fact their courage and valour is something that is exemplary. If the dog feels that its family members are threatened or the property of its family is being trespassed it will fight ferociously and do all it takes to stop the miscreants. There have been numerous instances when an American Bully has saved its family from a lot of trouble.
Though the American Bully Pitbull is a great family dog, it is not a dog for an owner that is passive in nature. It is very important for a dog owner to understand that from a time that a dog comes and lives with a family, the family becomes its pack. Thus, clear limits have to be defined as to who is the pack leader.
You as the owner and the pack leader have to come across to your dog as a calm, confident and yet a firm master. You need to set limits for your dog and should be insistent that the dog falls in line. This is in fact the only secret to having a successful relationship with one’s dog, especially if it is an American Bully Pitbull.
Training your American Bully
It is important to conduct proper on the ground research before you get the puppy home. It is important for you to get the American Bully Pitbull from a proper breeder. In fact if you get the American Bully Pitbull from a proper reputable source, you may be able to even get to know the mates of the litter you are choosing your puppy from and able to see the temperament of the bloodline at close quarters. On the other hand getting the American Bully Pitbull from an unknown source can turn out to be quite risky. Unless you are very well versed with different breeds of dogs, you may not even known whether the puppy that is being handed over to you is a real or a fake.
Because the American Bully Pitbull has a lot of energy as a puppy, you must start the training process of your dog as soon as you bring him home. When they are young, these dogs tend to be strong willed and obstinate, and very restless. You have to keep patience while training your dog and bringing him in line.
With an American Bully Pitbull puppy, it’s like disciplining a toddler. He will be restless and disobedient till the time you use force or are harsh. Instead try maintaining a calm demeanor with him and establish his limits right away. First have him respond to little voice commands. Once you start doing that he will automatically know what his limits are and fall in line.
You must also encourage socialization skills in your dog from a very young age. While they are very good with humans these dogs seem to be a little reticent when it comes to socializing with other dogs, as a part of their basic nature. Taking a young puppy to dog parks can help him overcome this initial reticence and soon your puppy will be a confident and happy dog among those of his kind. Consider socialization a part of the dog’s training process.
Its also important to train your dog mentally in order to build up his abilities. Try putting some maze like games in your backyard where your dog can exercise its abilities. Playing games with your dog on daily basis will not only keep the both of fit and active it will also keep the brain cells of your dog, alive and active as well.
Inculcating good feeding habits and the right dog foods.
As important as the training of the dog, is the feeding habits you inculcate into it. Remember, your American Bully Pitbull is a high energy dog and needs his full of vitamins and proteins. While you can choose to give your dog raw protein in the form of uncooked meat, do consult your vet before you decide what portions should be given. Else, it is best to stick with meat only dry dog food.
For its vitamin needs, you can give your dog some fruits and steamed vegetables, but it needs to be reiterated that the food that you are giving you dog should be given after proper consultation with the a vet or a dog nutritionist. An American Bully Pitbull is a dog that can eat itself sick if you do not set up a proper feeding schedule for it.
You are free to give him any food that it right for him, but do so at an exact time. Stipulate the meal timing and do not encourage feeding it table scraps. Feeding your dog more than two to four times in a day is not recommended. You can give them occasional treats, but do not inculcate this habit. Just like children, the weight and feeding habits of young American Bully Pitbulls should be monitored carefully. Make sure that their weight is well regulated by a vet. The feeding habits will go through a process of trial and error, but at the end of the day, the goal is to keep your dog healthy and happy.