The Pit Bull Terrier Puppy Information

Brief History

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a popular breed that originates from the United States. It has other names such as APBT, Pit Bull, Pitty, PitPitbull.

It is a member of the Terrier breed group. It’s a medium-sized animal. It also has a lifespan of 10-14 years.

According to experts, the misconception began when the American Kennel Club (AKC) decided in the early 1930s to give the breed a new name, American Staffordshire Terrier, to distinguish it from its pit-fighting heritage.

The AKC has not recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier, but the American Staffordshire Terrier, which is slightly smaller, has.

Bulldog breeds are sometimes misunderstood. The attributes that make these canines such tough competitors in obedience and agility events also attract unscrupulous individuals looking for strong rivals for their dog fighting rings.

Because of this unfortunate outcome, bull breeds, particularly the APBT, have developed a reputation for being violent in recent years.

However, widespread ignorance and fear sparked by the behavior of a few canines maintained by criminals have resulted in laws banning the breed in several towns and nations around the world.

German shepherd average sizes and life expectancy (3 months old)

HEIGHT

14-24

inches

WEIGHT

20-78 pounds

LIFE

EXPECTANCY

years

The Pit Bull Terrier puppy breed standard

General Appearance

The American Pit Bull Terrier comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from medium to giant.

The Pit Bull puppy weighs from 9KG (20 pounds)at two months and about 35KG (78 pounds) at twelve months.

The Pit Bull has a short, smooth coat that varies in color and has a stocky, muscular body.

Because the Pit Bull is a mix of many breeds of Bulldogs and Terriers, its size and color can vary significantly.

The Pit Bull’s torso is lengthy, and its tail is short and whip-like, ending in a tip. On its broad, flat head, it has small to medium-sized ears.

The Pit Bull’s large, powerful jaw is its most distinguishing facial attribute.

Head

If you only look at an American pit bull terrier’s face and head, you’ll notice a few distinct physical qualities.

Large noses, big nostrils, wide muzzles, round eyes, massive chests, and robust necks are some of the distinguishing characteristics of these imposing canines.

The heads of American pit bull terriers are enormous and rectangular. Their heads play an important role in their tough and meaty appearance.

The APBT head is distinctive and an important aspect of breed type. It’s huge and broad, providing the sense of enormous strength, yet it’s not out of proportion to the body’s size.

The head is fashioned like a broad, blunt wedge when viewed from the front. The skull and muzzle are parallel to one another when viewed from the side, and are linked by a well-defined, somewhat deep stop.

Supraorbital arches are developed but not pronounced over the eyes. The head is sculpted to perfection, merging strength, elegance, and personality.

Overly huge, hefty heads are a very serious flaw.

Skull 

The skull is broad between the ears, flat or slightly rounded, deep, and massive. The skull tapers somewhat toward the stop when viewed from the top.

From the stoop to the occiput, there is a deep median furrow that gets shallower. The cheek muscles are prominent but wrinkle-free.

Wrinkles appear on the dog’s brow when he concentrates, giving the APBT his distinct expression.

Eyes

The eyes are medium, spherical, and well-spaced on the skull. All colors are OK, except for blue, which is a significant flaw. Haw should be hidden.

Disqualifications: Bulging eyes; both eyes aren’t the same color; blue eyes.

Ears

Ears are situated high on the head and can be trimmed or left natural. Ears that are prickly or flat and broad are not desirable.

Disqualification: Deafness, either unilateral or bilateral.

Nose

The nose is broad and open, with wide nostrils. It doesn’t matter what color the nose is.

Teeth 

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a full set of white teeth that meet in a scissors bite.

Disqualifications: Level bite.

Undershot or overshot bite; wry mouth; missing teeth are serious flaws (this does not apply to teeth that have been lost or removed by a veterinarian).

Muzzle 

The muzzle is broad, with a small taper from the stop to the nose and a slight drop under the eyes.

The length of the muzzle is roughly 2:3 shorter than the length of the skull. The muzzle’s topline is straight.

The lower jaw is large and deep, with a well-developed lower jaw. Lips are tight and tidy. Snipey muzzle, flews, and a weak lower jaw are among the flaws.

Disqualifications: The muzzle is too short and blunt to allow regular breathing.

Size, Proportion, Substance.

Because the American Pit Bull Terrier needs to be both powerful and agile, overall balance and the proper weight-to-height ratio are significantly more crucial than the dog’s actual weight and/or height.

It’s vital to note that dogs that are overweight or underweight aren’t penalized unless they’re excessively huge or rangy.

Gigantic dogs, as well as dogs whose height and/or weight are so far off the mark that their health, structure, movement, and physical capacity are jeopardized.

Height

  • 14-24 inches (35-60 cm)

Weight

  • 22-78 pounds (10-35 kg)

Litter Size 5-8 puppies

Pit Bull Puppy Weight Chart

Age Male Female
1 month
2 months
3 months
4 months
5 months
6 months
7 months
8 months
9 months
10 months
11 months
12 months
9.2 lb – 4.2 kg
19.9 lb – 9 kg
31.3 lb – 14.2 kg
41.8 lb – 19 kg
50.6 lb – 22.9 kg
57.4 lb – 26.1 kg
62.6 lb – 28.4 kg
66.4 lb – 30.1 kg
69.4 lb – 31.5 kg
72 lb – 32.7 kg
74.3 lb – 33.7 kg
76 lb – 34.5 kg
7.2 lb – 3.3kg
16.6 lb – 7.5kg
26.7 lb – 12.1 kg
36.2 lb – 16.4 kg
44 lb – 20 kg
50.1 lb – 22.7 kg
54.4 lb – 24.7 kg
57.5 lb – 26.1 kg
59.7 lb – 27.1 kg
61.5 lb – 27.9 kg
63.1 lb – 28.6 kg
64.2 lb – 29.1 kg

Chart Source: dogfoodsmart.com

Temperament

Weight pulling, agility, and obedience are popular activities for them because of their perseverance, gameness, and daring. It can be affectionate, aggressive clownish, courageous, friendly, intelligent, loyal, obedient, strong-willed, stubborn.

Forequarters

The shoulder blades are long, wide, muscular, and well laid back. The upper arm is roughly equal to the shoulder blade and joins it at a clear right angle.

The forelegs are muscular and sturdy. Close to the torso, the elbows are set. The forelegs are wide apart and perpendicular to the ground when viewed from the front.

Short, powerful, straight, and flexible pasterns. The pasterns are practically upright when viewed from the side.

Upright or loaded shoulders; turned outward or tied in elbows; down at the pasterns; front legs bowed; wrists knuckled over; toeing in or out are all faults.

Disqualification: Front legs are shorter than half the total length (measured from elbow to ground).

Front legs shorter than half the overall height at the withers (measured from elbow to ground). The front legs are so bent that regular movement is difficult.

Hindquarters

Strong, muscular, and relatively broad hindquarters. On each side of the tail, the rump is filled in and deep from the pelvis to the crotch.

The hindquarters’ bone, angulation, and musculature are in equilibrium with the forequarters.

The thighs are well-developed, with robust muscles that are immediately distinguishable.

The hock joint is nicely bent and the rear pasterns are well let down and perpendicular to the ground when viewed from the side.

The rear pasterns are straight and parallel to one another when viewed from behind.

Disqualification: Narrow hindquarters; shallow hindquarters from the pelvis to crotch; muscular deficiency; straight or over-angulated stifle joint; cow hocks; sickle hocks; bowed legs

Coat

The coat is glossy and smooth, close to the skin, and relatively stiff.

Hue except for merle, any color, color pattern, or a mix of colors is permissible.

Disqualification: Curly, wavy, or scant coat. Albinism is also a disqualification.

Gait

The American Pit Bull Terrier moves with a bouncy, confident demeanor, as though he expects to see something fresh and thrilling at any moment.

The gait is fluid, smooth, powerful, and well-coordinated when trotting, with good reach in front and drive behind.

The topline maintains level with only a tiny flutter when moving.

The topline stays level while moving, with only a small flex to show suppleness.

Legs don’t turn in or out, and feet don’t cross or interfere with each other when viewed from any angle. Feet converge toward the balancing line as speed rises.

Legs not moving in the same plane; legs overreaching; legs crossing over in front or back; rear legs moving too near or touching; rolling; pacing; paddling; side winding; hackney movement; pounding

Feet

The dog’s feet are round, appropriate to its size, well arched, and tightly bound. The pads are thick, durable, and highly padded. Dewclaws can be removed if necessary.

Disqualification: Splayed feet.

Tail

The tail tapers to a point and is attached as a natural extension of the topline. The tail is carried low and extends almost to the hock when the dog is calm.

The tail is carried level with the backline when the dog is moving. The tail may be carried in a high, upright position (challenge tail) when the dog is aroused, but it should never be curled over the back (gay tail).

Long-tail fault (tail tip passes beyond point of hock). Gay tail (not to be confused with challenging tail); kinked tail are serious flaws.

Color, markings, and patterns 

Color, patterns, and markings are all important factors to consider.

The American Dog Breeders Association recognizes over 30 colors.

Black, buckskin, chocolate, fawn, chocolate, red, Black and Tan, Blue, Brown, White, Yellow, Gray, Red, and white are some of the most common primary colors found in prominent Pit Bull lineages.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck 

The neck is muscular and of moderate length. At the crest, there is a little arch.

From where it meets the head to where it fits in with well-relaxed shoulders, the neck gradually widens.

The skin on the neck is taut and dewlap-free.

Disqualification: Neck too thin or weak; sheep’s neck, and dewlap.

A short, thick neck that would obstruct functional abilities.

Body 

The chest should be deep, well-filled, and relatively wide, with plenty of room for the heart and lungs, but never wider than it is deep. Beyond the tip of the shoulder, the prediction isn’t very promising.

The ribs extend far back and are fully sprung from the spine, before flattening out to form a deep body that extends to the elbows. The back of the chair is solid.

From the withers to a broad, strong, level back, the topline slants slightly downward. To the top of the croup, the loin is short, strong, and arched slightly.

Short, muscular, and slightly arched to the top of the croup, but narrower than the rib cage and with a mild tuck-up, the loin is short, muscular, and slightly arched to the top of the croup. The croup has a modest downward slant.

Disqualification: Overly large body type obstructing working ability.

Disqualifications

Any disproportionately exaggerated feature (e.g., small legs, a lot of boning) should be avoided.

Any disproportionately exaggerated feature (such as short legs, extensive bone, or a huge head or body) that would limit physical activity or labor ability.

The muzzle is so small and blunt that proper breathing is hampered.

The front legs are so bent that regular movement is difficult.

Front legs shorter than half the height at the withers (measured from elbow to ground).

Normal movement is hampered by a chest that is too big.

Pit Bull Terrier puppy information

Genetic variability 

The amount of gene polymorphism in 10 microsatellite loci was investigated in 27 American Pit Bull Terrier pups with a high percentage of blood and an inbreeding coefficient of 43.8 percent.

It was determined that the heterozigosity was higher than expected for this amount of inbreeding coefficient.

It was proposed that the high level of heterozigosity is due to selection against homozygotes.

Behavior

The American Pit Bull Terrier makes a terrific companion for youngsters when properly trained and socialized.

He is kind and loving with people, but his tail-wagging enthusiasm to welcome the person at the door makes him an ineffective guard dog.

American Pit Bull Terriers are faithful to their families and will defend them to the death if required.

As the owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier, you must know individuals who are uninformed about your lovely dog may react with rage and animosity.

This is not a breed for everyone, especially those who are unable or unwilling to devote time to training and socializing, as well as those who cannot or will not provide consistent, firm supervision.

Reproductive information 

Base on the physiology and anatomy of the Pit Bull Terrier dog breed, it is relatively simple. The breeding bullies are large enough to escape most anatomical whelping concerns, and their overall health does not make them a threatened breed.

A pregnant pit bull bitch’s nutrition must be carefully monitored: if the calorie and protein density is not increased, she may lose muscle mass. The usual litter size of an American Pit Bull Terrier is 5 to 10 puppies.

The size of the litter will be determined by the age of the two parents, the mother’s size, and the female’s overall fitness.

Health

When deciding whether to choose the American Pit Bull Terriers, it is important to note these health conditions. Although some of them do not get down with any of these diseases because they are healthy, they are still subject to the health issues.

Demodectic Mange

When your dog’s skin becomes infested with small mites that feed on the hair follicles and oil glands of the skin, this is known as demodex. It commonly causes skin sores, hair loss, genetic diseases, and immune system issues.

The type and intensity of symptoms, on the other hand, are determined by the type and amount of mites present in the dog.

Demodex is normally not a major problem, and most dogs can control mite growth on their own. The immune system of the dog can usually avoid new infestations after this has occurred. Demodex cannot be inherited, even though it can be handed down from mother to pup after birth, contrary to popular belief.

As a result, if your dog has a severe Demodex infestation, you should not breed the dog until the infestation is treated.

Hip Dysplasia (HD): This condition is usually the result of the malformation of the ball and socket joint at the hips.  It can be prevented by doing the X-rays of the hips for dogs if they will be bred. It is a very painful health condition and the severe it is, the worse the pain.

Allergies are widespread in APBT/AmStaffs. Fleas, grass, pollen, and dust are common allergens that cause skin allergies.

It’s also possible that they’re tied to eating, but this is less often. Beef, rice, wheat, and corn are some of the most common food allergies.

Because allergies can cause severe itching and discomfort, dogs will dig and chew until they bleed. Secondary infections might develop in the injured tissue, which is dangerous.

To treat allergies, the source must be identified and, if feasible, removed from the dog’s environment.

A veterinarian can assist you with this and tell you which allergy symptoms can be managed with medicine.

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid gland dysfunction that causes weight gain, a bad coat, reproductive troubles, and other disorders.

It mainly affects middle-aged dogs and can be managed with daily medicine that must be given to the dog for the rest of his life.

Heart illness affects these canines in a variety of ways, the most frequent of which is aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a congenital cardiac condition, which means it is present at birth.

The link between the left ventricle and the aorta narrows abnormally. Some dogs show no or very slight symptoms, while others may have low energy or even die suddenly. If your veterinarian detects a cardiac murmur, he or she should consult with you.

Care

Expect to walk, play, or otherwise exercise this dog for about an hour each day.

American Pit Bull Terriers are strong because of their size and can be stubborn if left to what they like, even though they love people. Obedience training should begin early in the dog’s life and be continued throughout the dog’s life.

A successful relationship with your American Pit Bull Terrier begins with proper training.

Because American Pit Bull Terriers do not endure the cold well, they should not be kept outside for long periods.

These dogs are best kept indoors, regardless of the weather. They build close bonds with their families and suffer if they are left alone for long periods.

Grooming

The sleek, stiff coat comes in a variety of hues, including red, blue, brown, grey, black and white, and brindle.

They have a coat that is easy to keep clean with the occasional bath and requires little upkeep. The coat’s luster can be maintained by brushing with a stiff brush and wiping with a cloth.

Brush your dog’s teeth at least two or three times a week to get rid of tartar and the bacteria that live inside them. If you want to avoid gum disease and bad breath, brushing your teeth every day is even better.

If your dog’s nails don’t wear down naturally, trim them once or twice a month to avoid unpleasant tears and other issues. They’re too long if you can hear them clicking on the floor. The dog toenails include blood veins. Because of this, bleeding can occur if they are cut too short. Once bleeding occurs, the dog might not yield the next time he sees the clipper. So, if you’ve never trimmed a dog’s nails before, seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Check his ears once a week for redness or a foul odor, which could suggest an infection. To help avoid infections, wipe out your dog’s ears with a cotton ball wet with a moderate, pH-balanced ear cleaner.

Only clean the outer ear; put nothing into the ear canal.

When he’s a puppy, start brushing and inspecting your American Pit Bull Terrier. Handle his paws often–dogs’ feet are sensitive — and inspect his lips and ears. Make grooming a pleasurable process full of praise and prizes, and you’ll be setting the stage for smooth veterinarian tests and another handling when he’s older.

Check the skin, nose, mouth, and eyes, as well as the feet, for sores, rashes, or symptoms of infection such as redness, tenderness, or inflammation.

No redness or discharge should be present in the eyes. Your weekly examination will aid you in spotting possible healing issues.

Exercise 

Pit Bulls are high-energy dogs who need at least 30 to 45 minutes of rigorous exercise every day.

Pit Bulls are powerful and athletic canines. You should give them some type of physical and mental exercise every day to keep them happy and healthy.

You must offer your dog this exercise and activities. It’s not enough to simply let your Pit Bull out in the yard and hope that he will exercise on his own. These dogs are extremely attached to their owners and require that they take part in activities with them.

Pit Bulls require a lot of activity to be happy and healthy. Every day, set aside 1-2 hours. Make sure that this time is filled with things that both you and your dog enjoy. Simply opening the entrance to the yard isn’t enough.

Include both physical and mental difficulties while organizing your Pit Bull exercise. Most exercise for an elderly dog or a young puppy should be mental rather than physical.

Every day, spend 1-2 hours with your Pit Bull doing activities. On certain days, you can change what you do: A lengthy walk on a particular day, trick training and sniffing activities in the yard on another, and a park visit, etc.

Training 

You need to get the American Bully Pit Bull from a proper breeder.

Because the American Bully Pit Bull is so active, you need to start the training process of your dog immediately after you bring him home. When they are young, these dogs are strong-willed and restless, and obstinate. Be patient while training your dog.

With an American Bully Pit Bull puppy, it’s like disciplining a toddler. Use force and harshness, but you should maintain a calm demeanor with him and create limits for him.

Also, let him respond to little voice commands. As soon as that happens, he will know his limits and fall in line.

You must also help your dog to socialize from a very young age. They could be jovial with humans but naturally reserved towards other dogs. Taking a young puppy to dog parks can help him overcome this initial reluctance and soon be a confident and happy dog among his peers.

Encourage your dog to exercise with some maze-like games in your backyard. Playing games with your dog daily will keep it active and fit. It will also keep the brain cells of your dog alive and active.

Nutrition 

1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food divided into two meals per day is the recommended daily intake.

It is important to note that the amount of food your adult dog consumes is determined by his size, age, body type, metabolism, and exercise. Dogs, like people, are unique individuals who require different amounts of nutrition.

A very active dog will almost certainly require more than a couch potato dog.

The quality of dog food you buy matters, too: the better the dog food, the more it will nourish your dog, and the less you’ll have to shake into his bowl.

Instead of putting food available all the time, measure your dog’s food and provide meals at fixed intervals each day to prevent obesity.

If your dog’s ribs are hidden beneath rolls of fat, he needs to lose weight.

Good feeding habits and the proper dog foods should be instilled in your dog.

The feeding habits you instill in your dog are just as crucial as his training. Keep in mind that your American Bully Pit Bull is an energetic dog who needs plenty of vitamins and proteins.

While you can offer your dog raw protein as uncooked meat, contact your veterinarian before deciding on the appropriate portions. Otherwise, meat-only dry dog food is the best option.

You can provide your dog with fruits and steamed vegetables to meet its vitamin requirements, but it is important to note that the diet you feed your dog should be chosen after consulting with a veterinarian or a dog nutritionist.

The American Pit Bull If you don’t have a correct food schedule in place for your Pit Bull, it will eat itself sick.

You may feed him whatever you want, as long as you do so at a specific time. Set a food schedule for it and don’t let it eat scraps from the table.

It is not a good idea to feed your dog more than twice or four times a day.

Give them sweets occasionally, but don’t make it a habit. The Young Americans Pit Bulls, like children, should have their weight and food habits closely watched.

Make sure a veterinarian keeps track of their weight. The feeding habits will be trial and error, but the idea is to keep you happy.

Life expectancy of a Pit Bull Terrier

The Pit Bull breed is very agile, healthy, and strong due to their active lifestyles, athletic build, and very good genes.

If well taken care of, your Pit Bull is likely to live longer and happier. Proper care includes all the routine management, from grooming to feeding.

Even though they suffer from some common conditions like hip dysplasia and allergies, they live have a long lifespan so you will have your canine companion around for quite a while.

The Pit Bull lives up to an average of 12-14 years.

As genes have an impact on their health and lifespan, pit bulls with sickly inclinations or illnesses known to shorten lifespans will sadly not live as long as their healthier peers with healthy genes.

How much does an American Pit Bull Terrier puppy cost?

Puppy Prices

Average $500 – $1000 USD

Regular breeders charge between $500 and $1000 for each puppy for American Pit Bull. These puppies usually have a common pedigree and are over 95% purebred. Pit Bull puppies from reputable breeders are expensive, ranging from $1500 to $2500 for each puppy.

Conclusion

The Pit Bull has proven to be an outstanding companion. Although people regard these kind and lovable canines as a problem and a menace to the community, humans are the source of the hazard when these pit bulls are bred and fought irresponsibly.

Seeing them as nothing more than a source of stock does injustice to the breed. Everyone must look beyond the negativity but maintain positivity.

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