The Ultimate Guide To Owning A Pitbull For The First Time

Like most dog lovers, owning a Pitbull for the first time is exciting but also it can be doubting at first. Sometimes you may face queries like:

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How do pitbulls behave?

Is my pitbull safe for my children?

What obligations do I have towards it?

The list may go on. But here is our promise, by the end of this article you will know pretty much about Pitbulls alongside answering similar quizzes.

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Let's take you through this exciting revelation about pitbulls bloodline.

First, What Is a PitBull?

To begin with, “Pit bull" or "Pitbull” is not a particular breed. It’s a public term which describes dogs with similar traits. In fact, there are a lot of misconceptions about their sources. This is because they have variant characteristics like those of rescue dogs, livestock drivers, game races, show kinds etc. As you can guess, it is almost impossible to precisely identify the different types of pitbulls unless you have the pedigree of the dog in question.

Nevertheless, below is the list of the common types of pitbulls:

  • Bull Terriers
  • The American Bulldog
  • American Pitbull Terriers
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    American Staffordshire Terries
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    Staffordshire Bull Terriers

SIDE NOTE


If you are struggling to identify your Pitbull Dog, we recommend you read on how can you tell what type of pitbull you have. It is also an informative resource about everything you need to know about pit bulls. Meanwhile, continue reading.

Pitbull Historical Background – Origin, Use, And Where We Are Now.

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Bull Terrier: Pit bull historical background

Traces of Pitbull ancestors can be tracked all the way back to Britain in 1800. And since by nature they are breeds of dogs with characteristics of brevity, hardworking, and absurd temper, they are natural fierce dogs. And due to this, their masters were lovers of savage sports involving bull-baiting. Fortunately, in 1835, the sports that these merciless masters adore, was declared illegal. It was a relieve to these fighters. However, soon a similar habit will emerge as dogfighting. A new trend in the streets since no one could resist the temptation of throwing these bloodthirsty creatures in the arena. The brand-new culture will involve a blend of Bulls with Terriers to create Pitbull Terries. A unique breed with more agility, and fighting hunger but a little bit temper-controllable. However, the game will soon receive another debacle. It will again be declared illegal and inhuman.

Now with the old barbaric culture dead and also dwindling of its fighting popularity, the breed found it's way to the US through immigrants. However, this time it was used in protection and guarding. Also, due to its agility, it was used in jungle hunting and hog raids.

Overtime as seasons changed, so did the use and fate of the Pitbull changed. With their sway and statue, the dogs started receiving a better reception than before. In fact, in the US today, it’s more of a symbol of brevity, handwork, and unequivocal friendship. Pitbull dogs have even found a spot alongside prominent people in the society like celebrities, politicians, scholars, in front covers of popular magazines, and even in advertisements billboards.

The today Pitbull is a human companion - not anymore, a fighting beast.

The today Pitbull is a human companion - not anymore, a fighting beast.

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Understanding the Nature of Pitbull Dogs

Knowing the background of a Pitbull dog will guide you in appreciating its character traits. Indeed, it will be your first step towards giving attentive care to your loyal friend.

Sadly, the original intention of these breeds was to serve as entertainment to the human in brutal pit fights - a dangerous bloodbath of dog-to-dog fights. It's an undeniable adage fact we could only sympathize and hope you will learn to understand their inherent qualities embedded deep within their DNA.

To stand in their defense, their behavior is like those in any other breeds of dogs that have different traits to suit their masters. For instance, the Greyhounds were bred to be runners, Terriers to dig out and catch squirrels, shepherds to the heading, so does the Pitbull to the fighting. Luckily, this behavior Is not condoned anymore. It’s illegal and inhuman. And it will definitely lead anyone involved in lawsuits if found guilty of the offense (find more about the illegality of dog fighting here).

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Common Attributes About Their Physical Traits: Height, Size, and weight

Although there is a standard physical trait of these breeds, there are subtle variations between these breeds. Still, a major difference is in their size brought about by the initial mix.  Let's take an instance of a Pocket Pitbull mix. Its small nature differs from another big original breed of the Pitbulls like Pitbull Terrier or even American Staffordshire Terries.

Although Pit bulls are quite difficult to identify due to many mixes out there, they have unique characteristics you can use to visually identify them. They usually have a huge body – a well-built form – covered by short fur. The head and shoulders are the most prevalent areas of their body. The head is square-shaped with a wide mouth almost resembling that of a Bulldog. The shoulders are broad with an outward pronounce. They portraying energy, strength, and high agility. But when it comes to height and weight, we will use the standard size of the first mix which is Pitbull Terrier.

It is important to note that, male Pitbull Terrier has a little more pronounced shoulders compared to a female. As for the males, the size is usually around 19 inches while females are slightly below at 18 inches. Their weight is almost equal - 30-88lbs. The table below shows their height and weight by sizes.

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Body Size

Chest

Waist

Hips

Adult S

30-40 in

22-26 in

32-36 in

Adult M

32-36 in

24-28 in

34-38 in

Adult L

34.5-38.5 in

26.5-30.5 in

36.5-40.5 in

Adult XL

37-41 in

29-33 in

39-43 in

Adult 2X

38-42 in

30-34 in

40-44 in

Pit bulls Have High Levels of Intelligent

Not certainly the most intelligent, but Pitbulls were blended for more serious affairs. Their original DNA screams combat. The reason they exhibit’s a combo of great physical agility and high metal intelligence.

To respect the master’s orders.

To charge the prey.

To hunt and trace trails.

Such a high level of skills, therefore, makes them much more intelligent compared to other meek breeds. Besides, what makes them even more superior is that Pit bulls have little of every other breed. That’s why to be partners with a them, you need to be more of a superior leader, because they tend to be more authoritarian.

Pitbulls Are Natural Tempered Breeds

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Pitbull Temperament test

To understand this, let’s take you all back to the Genesis. By all means, pitbull are amongst the best bloodline for fighting. Meaning, deep in their DNA, they are relentless fighters and mule-stubborn. Due to this, they can become selfish and brutal. When they set out to do something, they will surely attain it regardless of the barrier. Take for instance a breakout or a destruction expedition.

A Pitbull dog will break out and set it’s nosy face to the neighborhood. Not by any chance a simple fence will stop it. In your house, with its calm attitude but hidden aggressive nature, if it is set for your couches, nothing will hold it from tearing every piece of their fine linen.

However, you cannot conclude a Pitbull is not a fair-minded dog due to its inborn behavior. On the contrary, according to the American Temperament Test Society (AMTTS), a Pitbull Terrier is among the top 5 most stable dogs (check AMTTS statistics in their website). The study also shows, it’s not the dog with the problem, it’s the human factor. Furthermore, pit bulls on a temperament test performs more than average. The study, therefore, confirms the fact, Pitbulls are exceptional dogs when put under a family care.

When you put them under a good care, you will be surprised by how they are in love with people. It’s in their nature to crave attention and affection. A bit of belly massage here. A bit of cuddle there. A bit of warmth. There they go, excited and believing they are a lap dog.

The main reason we are providing this information is that you appreciate their original intention, their limitation, and their potential. No reason to fuss over the background of the dog.

They Are Easy To Train

Due to Pitbull high level of intelligent, they are easygoing with their training. However, they are extremely unruly. Reckless. Boisterous. Indiscipline. Therefore, it is paramount to prioritize their obedience lessons to shape a calm personality. Luckily, they are loyal, dependable, and easy to give orders. But this depends on how you train them socially. Their conduct with other dogs or strangers is no different either. It also depends on the nature and timing of the training. At the same time, be on the look-out, their maternal instinct still sleeps deep. It can be awakened by poor handling or intrusive training.

Precaution


While going out in social places, we recommend you ascertain your dog is vaccinated.

Nevertheless, Pitbull are most fun, energetic and humorous type of breeds you can ever own. Be nice and offer appropriate training early enough and they will reward you with undying gratitude for loyalty and friendship.

Pitbulls Are Heavy Chewers

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Pitbulls playing aggressively

By now, you’ve realized that Pitbull dogs are a no-nonsense type of breeds. If they intend to chew and destroy something they have no problem with that. In fact, it used to be their ancestral thing. But to be on the safe side with them, you need to be the friend they crave. That energetic, athletic, and agile person to match their energy. Also, besides giving them the obedience training and good massage, equip them with treats and toys that match their energy. For instance, get them the best indestructible dog beds and best toys for heavy chewers. These kinds of accessories will keep them busy and prevent them from chewing your valuable possessions.

Pitbull Have High Tolerance To Pains

Pitbulls usually have a high tolerance for pain and diseases. In case of injury, you can easily fail to notice at times leading to an advanced ailment. However, this doesn’t mean the breed is not prone to diseases like kneecap dislocation, hip dysplasia, or degenerative myelopathy. You should also observe common health care like de-worming to keep pest like worms, mange, or even skin allergies away. But mainly be on the watch over thyroid and congenital heart defects. Above all, make sure you feed them well for their stomach welfare.

Pit Bulls Love Their Stomach Welfare

Pitbulls love nutritious food filled with high proteins. Meaning, meat feeds are their favorite. Either whole meat, or feeds with extremely high proteins. However, we highly discouraged feeding them with too salty foods especially those with high traces of nitrates and phosphorus. Similarly, to maximize their nutrition intake, we challenge dog feeds with high fillers of corn, potatoes, and wheat. Also, steer away from dog foods with veggies.

Due to their active nature, giving them 2-4 meals a day will go along as a total satisfaction. But since they are always hungry, make a note of the quantity of intake. Because overfeeding and also feeding your Pitbull within 30 minutes after training will lead to health problems.  

Final Thought

We’ve carefully gone through each piece of information about the Pitbull, their history and even an in-depth understanding of their traits. All we hope is that you can now give them better care, and a safe-haven to suit their agile nature especially now you know everything about owning a Pitbull.

As we wind, we would like to reiterate Pit bull dogs are quite adorable, loyal, and friendly creatures. However, the original design was to raise fierce fighters, ruthless protectors, and irrefutable hunters. Therefore, you should know owning a Pitbull for the first time comes with immense responsibility. Meaning, they demand a lot of attention. And if you are a calm, modest, and more of a reserved person, a Pitbull may not offer the companion that matches your character unless you are willing to be patient and engage in obedience training. Otherwise, we would suggest you go for a dog with fewer responsibilities like a Chihuahua.

Nevertheless, owning a Pitbull is like owning a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. They are a symbol or strength, energy, and glory.

Why not have one if you can wield their stubborn nature?

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