While there is only one pit bull there are many different pitbull bloodlines. Each has their own structures, temperaments, history, and strengths. Built for performance, the pit bull is a medium sized, very muscular, short coated breed. They are known for their intelligence, strength, loyalty and friendliness. They make wonderful family dogs and pets for the children always wanting to take care of them.
There has been negative publicity about them in recent years, not due to the actual behavior of the Pit Bull dogs, but do to improper breeding of different types of pit bull with the intent of making tough guard dogs. The pit bulls, in general have unfairly been labelled as mean, untrustworthy and actually restricted and banned in some parts of the world.
Responsible supporters willingly admit that there are ‘bad’ Pit Bulls that have no business serving as any pet or working dog. They will also report that the dogs that have shown dangerous, negative temperaments should be destroyed and never bred.
In all if the pit bulls are trained properly from a tender age they can prove to be quiet sensible pets. The aggressive nature of theirs can be eliminated with the proper authority of the owner.
During the time of Minos in Crete the sport of bull baiting was quite a popular form of pagan worship and entertainment. At this time most of the dogs were wild and ferocious by nature. As the Roman tribes of the time conquered and moved across the land they also took the sport with them. Due to selective breeding among the best dogs in terms of strength resulted in several pitbull bloodlines.
By the 1700’s there were two primary bulls baiting dogs that had developed due to cross breeding. This was the Blue Poll of Scotland and the Alunt from Ireland both of which were referred to as bulldogs because of the similarity in appearance. They often mixed these breeds with the great dogs of England which by this time were also used to bait bulls.
In 1835 bull baiting was officially banned. This forced people especially of the lower classes to find alternative work for their dogs such as guarding. It is recently that they accompany their master wherever he goes.
In the 1930s, pit bulls were admitted to the AKC under the name Staffordshire terrier.
Different Pitbull Bloodlines Available:
The different pitbull bloodlines available are: – Alligator, Apache, Avant, Banjo, Big Boy, Bolio, Booger, Boudreaux, Boyle, Buck, Bullyson, Camelot, Carver, Castillo, Ceaser, Chaos, Chevy, Chinaman, Cherokee, Clemmon, Clouse, Colby, Collett, Corvino, Cotton’s Bullet, Cowboy, Crenshaw, Cruz, Dagger, Dax (American Bully), De La Cruz, Dibo, Blue Diamond, Dozier, Eddington, Eli, Falin, Farmers’ Boy, Frisco, Gaff, Gambler, Gatormouth, Giroux, Gladiator, Gottiline (American Bully), Greenwood, Greyline, Hammond, Hank, Hawaiian Jul’z, Hemphill, Hollingsworth, Homer, Honeybunch, Ironline, Iron Cross, Iron Kid, Iron Man, Jeep, Jocko, Knowlwood, Kobe, Krush, Lightner, Linasky, Lonzo, Mayday, Mayfield, Maverick, Maximillion, McCoy, Monster G, Neilson, Nigerino, Old Family, Old Rednose, Palladin, Patrick, Peterson, Powerline, Rapid Roy, Rascal, Razors Edge, Red Devil, Red Man, Redboy, Remyline, Rocky, Royal Blue Generation, Royal Red, Ruffian, Sarona, Six Bits, Snooty, Sorrell, Spike, Sundance, Tab, Tant, Turpin, T-N-T, Tom Garner, Tombstone, Two Eye, Virgil, Watchdog, Whitsell, Whopper, Wildside, Wood Forest, Yellow, Yella John, York, Zebo.
These all are the pitbull bloodlines that were created by dog breeders in the United States over the past 100 years. While the American Bully weighs nearly 100 pounds in some cases, the colby and carver pitbulls are generally around 45 pounds. This shows how much a dog’s size and structure can change from line breeding. Each breeder has their own vision of what a pit bulls should look like, therefore each bloodline can look totally different.
Temperament and Behavior:
Pit bulls tend to be very dependent on their humans and crave love and attention. They are not protective by nature as many people believe. This breed is known to keep its owners laughing. They are silly, almost to the point of being ridiculous. Flailing around upside down on their backs, lying with their heads draped off the side of the couch, engaging in rambunctious sprints around the living room, these dogs are always clowning around. They are active and energetic, and too much dog for some to handle, just the right amount for others. Pit Bulls make great therapy dogs and are commonly used in search and rescue. They have also distinguished themselves in the role of drug and bomb sniffing dogs. Pit Bulls can and do interact peacefully with other dogs and animals.
Dog and animal aggression on the other hand can be different, but it relates differently from dog to dog. Each dog is different and has its own personality so you cannot always judge a pit from other pit bulls actions.
Pit bulls begin showing their dog aggression signs around 2 and 3 years of age but if socialized and trained correctly you should have no problems.
Socializing and Training:
The socialization and training is common for all the dogs but the special attention has to be paid on Pit Bulls as they tend to get aggressive during the training exercises. Pit Bulls are very intelligent and loving canines. When getting a Pit Bull puppy, you must be sure to begin training him immediately. Get educated on the breed and know the best techniques for training your Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls consider their family to be their “pack”, and they need to know that their master is the alpha dog in the pack. They need to know that their master is the one that is in control.
Using positive rewards is the best way for training any dog, especially a Pit Bull. Reward them with treats, toys, or affection every time he exhibits good behavior. Pit Bulls strive to please their owner, and this will teach them that the best way to do that is to behave well.
As soon as you get your Pit Bull puppy begin taking him on walks, and around different people, children and animals. This will get him comfortable with other people and animals, and teach him that they are not a threat. Get the entire family involved with the training, including the children in the family. This will earn everyone in the family the dog’s respect.
Table Of Contents:
- Socializing and Training your dog
- Pitbull Bloodlines
- Temperament of the Breed
- The American Bullies temperament
- APBT history of the breed
The different types of health issues found in these breeds are:
- Infections: – Pit Bulls can suffer from many potential infections – on their skin, in their teeth or eyes, in their ears etc. Ear infections are very common and are often due to a foreign body or bacteria making its way inside.
- Allergies: – There are dozens of allergies your Pit Bull can get. Allergies from fleas are extremely common especially from heavy exposure to wooded areas. Regular checkups at the vet will help immensely as well as taking any flea medication they may recommend.
- Diabetes: – Rich foods that are in excess of fat and sugar can lead to problems with your Pit Bull’s pancreas which may then bring on the onset of diabetes. If you must, keep the table food down to a minimum.
- Hip Dysplasia: – This occurs in Pit Bulls as well as other breeds when the leg bone and the hip bone don’t fit together as well as they should. This leads to joint pain and arthritis.
- Obesity: – Pit Bulls are strong, active and muscular and when they are hungry, they are hungry! Making the right to choice to not over feed or table feed your Pit Bull will be the greatest step in avoiding one of the largest Pit Bull health problems – obesity