What Is a Pit bull?

What Is a Pit bull?

They get a very bad rap, the same as Rottweilers about attacking people well…. Ya know so do Chihuahuas and actually I have seen more vicious Chihuahuas than Pits.

It has become a stereotype that all Pitbulls will turn on you. Countries, states, cities banning them when they really are the most loving, cuddly and VERY Loyal dogs.

See the Real definition of a Pitbull below.

Picture a Pitbull in your head, and most likely you see a muscular, short-haired dog with a broad head, deep chest, and a medium-to-large size. But it might surprise you to learn that there is actually no such thing as a “Pitbull.” In fact, a Pitbull isn’t a specific breed—there are several types of Pitbulls.

Pitbull is an umbrella term that’s used for several breeds often referred to as “bully breeds.” This is no reflection on their temperaments, however. Bully breeds are generally playful and affectionate dogs when raised properly.

Pitbull-type dogs often face unfair discrimination. These dogs were bred for their muscular build and consequently have been used in inhumane dog fighting sports. This has given them an inaccurate reputation as being overly aggressive dogs. In fact, pitbull-type dogs are usually incredibly loving, loyal, and gentle with their family members. They also tend to be playful and eager to please.

As of recently I’m sure you have seen all over the internet about the UK Bully Ban.

Pitbulls have been banned in the UK for many years; the American XL Bully is the Newest addition to the Dangerous Dog Act of 1991.

Pitbull Ban Dangerous Dog Act 1991 UK

Updated UK Bully Ban Information Here

Here are the five breeds that are most commonly referred to as types of Pitbull dogs.

1. American Bully

American bully standing in a forest

Breed Overview

HEIGHT: 13 to 20 inches

WEIGHT: 65 to 85 pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Compact, strong, thickset, and muscular; short and smooth coat; comes in a wide variety of coat colors and patterns.

2. American Pitbull Terrier

brown American pit bull terrier

Breed Overview

HEIGHT: 17 to 20 inches

WEIGHT: 30 to 65 pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Muscular build; short coat; colors include black, white, brindle, fawn, blue, red, brown, tan, and gray

  • Red Nose Pitbull Terriers have a brown, fawn, or chestnut colored coat with red nose, lips, toenails, and sometimes even eyes. This variation is rare and can be prone to health issues, so always buy from a trusted and reputable breeder
  • Blue Nose Pitbull Terriers tend to have a gray or blue coat, lips, eyes, nose, and toenails. Their coloring is the result of lower melanin levels that can result in health conditions including heart issues, cataracts, deafness, and a weak immune system.

3. American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire terrier lying in grass

Breed Overview

HEIGHT: 17 to 19 inches

WEIGHT: 50 to 80 pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Short coat; variety of colors including black, brown, blue, fawn, red, and liver; brindle pattern and/or white markings are also seen

4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

black Staffordshire bull terrier in nature

Breed Overview

HEIGHT: 14 to 16 inches

WEIGHT: 24 to 38 pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Muscular build; colors include black, blue, brindle, fawn, white, and more.

5. American Bulldog

white American bulldog

The American bulldog is a descendant of English bulldogs, which were developed in the 17th century for bull baiting—a blood sport that involved dogs fighting bulls. In North America, bulldogs became working dogs on farms and all-around friendly companions. They tend to be extremely affectionate with their families, often wanting to sit in laps despite their large size. They also often love kids. But they can be very protective of their families, so training and socialization starting in puppyhood are a must to ensure they will be friendly to people outside of your household.

Breed Overview

HEIGHT: 20 to 28 inches

WEIGHT: 60 to 120 pounds

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Stocky build; deep chest; short muzzle; typically white with patches of brindle, red, black, or shades of brown or gray

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