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‘Pitbull’ is a household name of one of the common types of dogs with origin from the North America. This dog type has been an outcome of cross breeding of bull-baiting dogs and terriers in the earlier days of its evolution (used to hold the faces and heads of larger animals such as bulls). The primary breeds include American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier etc. Initially bred to fight in pits and baiting larger animals such as bulls, these dog types have evolved from being ‘fighting dogs’ to ‘farm dogs’, and later as ‘nanny dog’ as they behave calmly towards children. Among other traits, their gameness, tenacity, and courage make them popular competitors in the sports of agility, weight pulling, and obedience competition. They can be stubborn sometimes, yet they respond well to their confident owners who know how to enforce rules of accepted behavior.
One can easily purchase pitbull puppies in India in the range of around INR 9,000 to INR 80,000 depending upon the breed of the dog, (i.e. its parentage and pedigree scrutiny). Purest of the breeds cost high. The male puppies are always costlier in comparison to their female counterparts.
As there are various breeders available for pitbull across India, it is of utmost importance to make sure regarding the purchase of these dogs only from certified and reputed pet breeders. Always avoid purchasing from mills. The 2 most primary aspects to consider before adopting/buying a dog like this are:
1) Scrutinize through the concerned pitbull puppy’s parents and their lineage by verifying their proper health certificate. It is important so as to not get stuck with a puppy with hereditary and other ancestor concerned diseases.
2) Have a thorough and decisive understanding regarding the diet structure of the puppies and adult dogs. This knowledge is very, as you have to feed it from day one itself. Considering there are various dog food brands available in market today, buying food online from authorized pets stores is greatly required.
Dog fighting was a popular and legal activity in the less civilized era of American history. Prominent politicians and wealthy people could easily be found at the dog fights clubs, betting on dogs. Pitbulls dogs were commonly seen in dog fighting. These dogs were originated for dog fighting as a cross between bulldogs and terriers.
These dogs were equally popular with families and farmers. They were widely used in hunting dangerous wild bears and pigs, and they loved people. Sergeant Stubby (a pitbull) was a hero of World War I, and he was considered as the most decorated dog in the history of American military.
The AKC accepted the pit bull dogs in the year 1936 for the registration, giving the dogs the name Staffordshire terrier. Later, the name was changed in the 1972 to American Staffordshire terrier.
|Breed Name||American Pit Bull Terrier|
|Other Names||Pitty, APBT, Pit, Pitt Bull, Pit Bull|
|Lifespan||12 -14 years|
|Breed group||Terrier dog breeds (UKC)|
|Height||17 – 22 in (43 – 56 cm)|
|Weight||Male: 35-65lbs ; Female: 30-60lbs|
|Temperament||Stubborn, Clownish, Affectionate, Friendly, Intelligent, Obedient|
|What to Feed||Recommended daily amount is 1.5 to 2.5 cups nutritious dry food per day, which is divided into two meals|
|Shedding||This dog sheds regularly. Regular brushing will reduce shedding as well as make dog’s coat cleaner and softer.|
|Litter size||5 – 10 puppies|
|Health Problems||Generally healthy breed, although prone to some health conditions like hereditary cataracts, hip dysplasia, allergies to grass and congenital heart disease|
|Breed Group||Terrier dog breeds (UKC)|
|Coat Colours||Blue, Black, Fawn, White, Red, Brindle, Tan, Grey, Brown|
|Tendency to||Drool – Low|
|Snore – Low|
|Bark – Low|
|Dig – Low|
|Space Requirements||They do okay in an apartment if provided sufficiently exercised|
|Train-ability||Easy to train|
|Energy Level||These dogs are very active indoors|
|Grooming||Their smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. They are average shedders.|
|Exercise needs||20-40 minutes/day|
|Bred for||Hunting, Drive livestock|
|Club recognition||UKC Classification: Terrier|
|Breed Overview||Low Maintenance, Moderate Shedding, Easy Training, Low Watchdog Ability, Low Adaptability, Very Active|
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