6 Aspects you probably do not know about the Pitbull race

Pit bulls as a race They are remarkable medium-sized dogs of solid structure, short hair, and well-developed muscles. Although this breed is known by the generic name “Pitbull”, the correct name is “American Pitbull Terrier”.

Although the name of the breed suggests that the Pit Bull originated in the United States, it was forged from dogs imported from the United Kingdom. They were used as fighting dogs until they were banned in 1976; today they are bred as pets and athletes in legal sports (although they are still the preferred breed in dog fights, which are now held in secret).

Origin of the Pit Bull Race

As previously mentioned, the pit bull was initially bred as a fighting dog. it has physical characteristics that give it considerable strength and agility. like him,. American Staffordshire Terrier, which is one of the heaviest pit bulls. He is also a dog that is very resistant to physical pain and has courage that exceeds all expectations.

These qualities have been a double-edged sword for the breed. Pit Bull fans appreciate his strength and agility, while his opponents believe that he is nothing less than a killing machine.

With all that said, the question undoubtedly arises for the average reader. Why the pit bull? Why would a normal person and a pit bull want to be in their right mind? After all, we have admitted that this breed is essentially a fighting dog, haven’t we? We have admitted that this breed very often shows aggression towards other dogs and that many pit bulls can show some aggressiveness towards humans.

Prohibition of having Pitbulls in some countries

We have seen how many countries around the world do not allow pit bull ownership to their citizens. In some areas of the world, the Pitbull can be legally owned, but the owner must carry an insurance policy to protect him in the event that a neighbor or any other person is injured.

Any race can be subject to the kind of “racial” discrimination that Pitbull suffers today. Some time ago it was the Dobermann who had this reputation in the United States. And for some time it was also poor San Bernardo. After all, even the English Bulldog is a dog of purely fighting origins, but nowhere in the world is he proposing to get Bulldogs out of the law.

In a while, the hysteria generated by the media around the Pitbull will pass and it will be another race that will focus media attention.

Irresponsible owners looking for a breed that makes an impression will divert their attention to any other breed and then we will wonder why there was a time when we thought little Pitbull was an inherently dangerous dog. Anyway, until that time comes we should discuss a few very positive qualities of this breed.

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What are the most common characteristics of the Pitbull dog breed?

one. Pitbull story

We must know the origin of the Pitbull Dog race in order to understand many of their behaviors and needs because He was raised to be a fighting or fighting dog against other dogs in his class They were always subjected to strengthening exercises and their base diet was always red meat. As we mentioned, he is from the United Kingdom and the United States, where they were looking for a fairly strong dog with hunting skills, but they only got a good fighter, although this practice is currently illegal.

The current pit bull dog breed has its origins in 19th century Britain, but its history dates back to the time of the Roman Empire.

This breed is descended from mossy fighting dogs, which were originally used for fighting bulls and bears. By banning these fights in England, fans of these alleged sports began raising lighter dogs to make them fight each other. It seems that terrier-type dogs were used, thus achieving greater agility without losing combativeness.

The pit bull was recognized at one time by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but was later removed from its records because the institution did not want the bad press that brought with it a fighting race. Thus, North American cinephiles developed a new breed from the pit bull of the time, the American Staffordshire Terrier.

Today, the pit bull dog is recognized by some lipophilic organizations, like the United Kennel Club and the American Dog Breeders Association, but it is not recognized by the International Cynological Federation (FCI) nor is the breed currently considered one of the dangerous breeds, but it is still one of the most popular in the world.

The confusion began when, in the early 1930s, the American Kennel Club decided to separate the dog show breed as the American Staffordshire Terrier, in order to differentiate it from the American Pit Bull Terrier which was the breed used as a fighting dog. . The American Pit Bull Terrier has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club, while the slightly larger American Staffordshire Terrier has been recognized.

The facts?

The Pitbull is supposed to have originated in the Roman Empire, or at least some of its relatives who fought in the armies of Rome have it. So much was their ferocity and their performance at the head of the troops that these canids became part of the entertainment shows for the society of the time. “Bread and circus” for everyone, and the dogs fighting in the sand.

Following the assumptions, somehow specimens of these types of bloodthirsty dogs came to Britain and began to be used by butchers to handle the bulls. If we translate the word “bull” from Spanish to English, we obtain a term that has been part of the name of this and other related races: “bull”. Known as “bulldogs,” these dogs began fighting bulls in fights organized by their owners to show the performance of their pets.

At this point it is necessary to clarify something: the bulldog in those times has little to do with the current English Bulldog. On the other hand, their appearance was very similar to the Pitbulls that we know in these times, although they were much bigger and fiercer.

These encounters were called “bull-baitings” and were very popular between the 10th and 17th centuries. In addition to the bulls, the bear was one of the preferred opponents by followers of this bloody “sport.”. It is believed that since many “breeders” of that time maintained discretion not to reveal how they obtained such strong, large and fierce specimens, this summary secret led to the failure to fully trace the origin of this animal.

Fortunately, in 1835 the government of England banned these fights. But the thirst for blood and action was not over, and the new genius was to put the animals in a pit to fight the rats. The one who killed the most rats in the shortest time was the winner. The word “mushroom” in English is translated as “pit”, hence the unification to form the word “pitbull”.

Clandestinity prevailed around that time, and the former organizers quickly found another way to demonstrate the courage of their dogs, so they managed to make them fight each other.

It was the winner who was left alive. These types of fights were simpler to go unnoticed, but to fight in them, lighter, though equally strong, dogs were required.

At this point there are many theories circulating, however the most likely is the one that ensures that to achieve this lightness in animals, bulldogs began to cross with terriers, thin and nimble dogs that were used to hunt underground, in order for them to get into the burrows. From here would emerge the last word that makes up the official name of these dogs: Pitbull Terrier.

2. Physical appearance of the pit bull breed

When it comes to describing the physical appearance of these dogs it is difficult to do so, as we may have come across many different types of this breed in our lives. There are almost all colors; it has the higher and lower; more muscular and thinner. There are those that look fresh out of the gym and also those that look stylized but strong.

However, despite this diversity of appearances, there are certain characteristics that this breed must possess: being medium in size, solid in structure, and with very short hair. The preferred aspect is part of a detailed description known as “standard”

First of all, setting a clear standard for the Pitbull is not that simple. The FCI (International Cynological Federation), which is the European institution where the physical and mental characteristics of all dog breeds are recorded, does not recognize the Pitbull as a breed, so there is no authority that sets the standard that this race must follow.

However, there are two associations that do set a standard, which are ADBA (American Dog Breeders Associations) and UKC (United Kennel Club), both American associations.

As these two associations do not have great authority when setting standards for other races (although this is, at least, debatable) and since there is no European authority that sets a standard, many people breed dogs under the name of Pitbulls, without really adapting to either of the two standards.

• Head: He has an exaggerated head, it will simply make him carry an excessive weight that will detract from his functionality when doing any type of work. A pit bull, for all purposes provided on the head, should appear two-thirds of the shoulders and be 25% wider on the cheeks than on the neck at the base of the skull. From the back of the skull to the stop, it should be the same distance as from the stop to the tip of the nose.

The muzzle has to be straight and square. The depth from the highest part of the head to the lowest part of the jaw is very important. The jaw is closed by the temporal fossa muscle, exerting the pressure the animal needs on the mandibular coronoid process. The head will have a wedge shape seen from above or from the side, and when viewed from the front it is round. Dogs with a lot of lips are not accepted.

 Eyes: The eyes are round, separated from each other, and located in a low position.

• Ears: High inserts on the head, they can be operated or not, without preference. If they were left natural, preferably semi-straight or pink. Pointy, flattened ears in the skull or long ears are not desirable.

• Denture: Closing in scissors (preferably), pincers, and mild prognathism are allowed. The most important thing in the teeth of a pit bull, which also, the official Thursdays of this dog breed is what they take into account in an examination of the standard, are the fangs, which must slide the superiors behind the lower ones

 Nose: The nose depends on the color of the dog, if it is white it must be red, if it is gray it must have gray until the lip below.

• Neck: The neck should be strongly muscled to the base of the skull.

• Previous extremities: The scapulas (omoplates) are long, muscular, and well sloped. The humerus is almost equal to the length of the scapula, forming an apparently right angle at its joint. The limbs are strong and muscular. Elbows are well glued to the body. Seen from the front, the front limbs are placed moderately separated and perpendicular to the ground.

• Later extremities: They are strong, muscular, and moderately long. The angulation of the bones and muscles of the hind limbs must be in harmony with that of the anterior ones. Well-marked thighs, with strong and well-defined muscles. Seen in profile, they must present good angulation and with claws perpendicular to the ground.

Seen from behind, these are straight and parallel to each other. The feet are round, should be in proportion to the size of the dog, and should be well arched and tight. The pads are hard, resistant, and well padded. The fifth finger or spur can be removed.

• Body: The chest is deep, full, and moderately long. The width must not exceed depth. The sill does not extend beyond the tip of the shoulder. The ribs extend well back from the spine, presenting a good bow and forming a deep body up to the elbows. The top line is straight, firm, and slightly descending. The back is short, muscular, and arched. The flanks are slightly retracted.

 Tail: The tail will be inserted low; it should be long until a little before reaching the hocks. This one has a thick base decreasing to the end. It should be crank-shaped when the dog is relaxed.

• Mantle: The coat can be of any color or combination thereof, such as the Blue Fawn. It must be short and strong. The luster of the coat normally reflects the health of the dog, a sign of vital importance.

• Color: Any color and color distribution and combination are accepted, except merle or blackbird color (loan background with solid color patches).

 Skin: It should be thick and loose, but not with folds, except for the neck and chest, which should be loose enough to show some vertical folds.

• Height to the cross: The height at the cross of males can vary between 38 cm and 48 cm, and in females, from 35 cm to 45 cm.

 Weight: Despite what many people believe, pit bulls are a small, at most medium, dog breed, finding the weight of males that can vary between 16 kg and 28 kg, and females from 13 kg to 27 kg. kg. One can have a pure specimen of this breed that weighs three or four kilograms above these weights but certainly would have to be fat.

• General aspect: The pit bull should be seen square on the side, that the distance from the shoulder to the point of the hip is equal to the distance from the shoulder to the ground. The animal will climb high and have a maximum support point for its body weight.

There are certain defects that can be noticed in some specimens of the Pitbull breed, many of these are considered faults. We can speak of a pointed snout, the corners of the pending lips, or a weak jaw. Also with a short or thick neck, thin or thin.

Jumpy eyes, blue eyes, or those with two different colors are considered serious absences, as is the tail that has broken. On the same level, curled and wavy hair enters, which also plays against it, although the presence of long hair is directly a fault that leads to the disqualification of the animal.

Other reasons for disqualification may be cut tail, deafness (both unilateral and bilateral), albinism, and dogmatism (shortening of the lower jaw in relation to the upper jaw). As for his character, aggressiveness or extreme shyness can contribute to his disapproval.

3. Character and temperament of pit bull dogs

The media and society, in general, have been in charge of spreading many myths and legends about the character of pit bulldogs. Today the vast majority of people think that pit bulls are dangerous, unstable, and very aggressive dogs. And although that idea may be true for some particular cases, it is not true for race in general.

That idea is wrong, but its supporters try to support it based on the pit bull dog story and data from occasional attacks caused by pit bulls or the like.

The truth is, the pit bull is a dog with a highly developed prey boost, but it is not a killer by nature. In fact, tends to be a very sociable dog with people This is usually a dog that, when well socialized, can get along very well with children and adults, and can even be a unique and exceptional pet.

However, the good character of any dog (including the pit bull) depends on its correct socialization from its first months of life.

Despite all the bad comments, the pit bull is an incredibly faithful dog The race becomes very close to their human family and will not accept others unless they perceive that they are welcome at home as if they were part of the family. As an extension of this attribute, it can also be a very powerful and protective dog, although small and manageable, and can be very useful in the right hands and with a responsible owner.

Anyway, unlike many very faithful dogs, the pit bull can accept the changes. If there is an unfortunate situation that a family has to give up their pit bull, the dog can be delivered to its new owner over time. In the same way, a “second-hand” pit bull can be an option that you might consider, particularly if you know its former owners and lifestyle.

Above all, the pit bull is an excellent companion dog. Those who know the breed will often say that, in their opinion, there can be no better companion dog than the pit bull. He is a dog that will form ties with his entire human family, but he will always keep a very special place in his heart towards the person he decides to be his best friend. It is a dog that will always be there for its master. He is a forgiving race, extremely loyal, fun-loving and a friend for life.

Usually, these dogs are friendly, playful, and trustworthy with people, Either way, even if they get along with the little ones, you should never leave a child alone with a pit bull or any other dog since that is an invitation to accidents.

According to statistics from the American Temperament Assessment Society (ATTS), the pit bull breed has a more stable temperament than the average dog. Furthermore, in the evaluations carried out by that organization in 2006, the pit bull obtained a better “qualification” than races such as the Beagle and the Golden Retriever.

Now, even though this breed does not tend to be aggressive towards people, there are some pit bulls that are aggressive. This is due to poor care or inadequate care and irresponsibility of their owners and can happen with any breed of dog.

On the other hand, although a pit bull can be socialized with other dogs and perhaps with other animals, this is not the most adjustable or recommended breed if you want to have more than one dog. A pit bull dog may have dog friends, but the strong prey momentum and combative ability of this breed tend to cause serious conflict between dogs.

The intelligence of these peculiar dogs makes them easily trainable. The pit bulls adapt very well to different canine training techniques, but they respond much better with positive training.

They are, although many people think otherwise (based on popular mythology), dogs very dedicated to their owners, interested in satisfying everything that is asked of them.

Finally, just to say that, despite the above, the Pitbull is still a naturally dominant and very stubborn dog. That is why, in bad hands, it can become a real danger.

If you don’t get the treatment you deserve, you can become aggressive, brash, and nervous. Unfortunately, although these specimens are the least, they are the most frequently featured in the news for starring attacks on other dogs or people, thus giving rise to myths and legends about the “evil nature” of the breed continuing to spread.

4. Pit bull health

Pitbull is generally a healthy breed, and the closer the dog is to a line of work, the healthier it will be. This race does not usually present specific diseases, and in themselves, the specimens of the pit bull are usually very healthy and resistant, perhaps this is due to their origins and the improvements in the breed that have occurred over the years, in order to create stronger and more massive dogs.

This does not mean, however, a regular visit to the vet in the first months of the puppy’s life, to check that it is growing healthy, and then to have it controlled, when it is an adult, to make sure that everything goes on rails.

However, it can be afflicted by any of the diseases of the dog breed. A situation that deserves a special mention here is hip dysplasia and its relationship with the working pit bull. While there is no doubt that this is a serious condition for many breeds and that selecting a puppy should generally include questions about the hip condition of breeding animals, in some cases the concern may be exaggerated. In the case of work pit bulls, this is usually the case.

Shortly after the United Kennel Club became involved in organizing beauty pageants for pit bulls inscribed in their book of origins, exposure pitbull breeders began examining their animals to rule out hip dysplasia. A cry of alarm spread throughout the United States, as most of the pit bulls being examined turned out to be very dysplastic. None of these dysplastic dogs showed any external evidence of suffering this disease, and all the breeding animals from which these dogs descended had been hard-working, long-lived, and super athletic fighting dogs.

In addition, you also have to be aware of possible heart-related problems, and also of those parasites. The. fleas and ticks They are a common problem for all animals, so pit bull is no exception, as are some skin conditions that can be contagious.

If we talk about skin, we cannot leave aside some conditions to which this breed is prone, such as pyoderma or the demodectic Some specimens may become allergic to fleas or certain foods, generating dermatitis that causes them to scratch continuously.

Finally, we cannot let go of its dental health from our pitbull. Brushing teeth, while sounding a little strange, is very important in all dogs, and they should be used to it from a young age. In this way, the formation of tartar, halitosis (bad breath) and some diseases in the gums are avoided, whose treatments are not pleasant at all. Therefore, as they always say, “prevention is better than cure.”.

5. Be careful if you want a pit bull breed dog

There are cares that are common to all types of dogs and that we must take into account since we take the puppy to our house, say, to his new home. Keeping the diet that the dog adopted in the hatchery where we acquired it is an important point. From then on, as it grows, the animal will gradually change the diet and increase the amounts of balanced food.

Of rigorous need is to deworm the puppy on the first visit to the vet, where it will also begin with the vaccination plan. Until it is complete, you will not be able to go outside or be in contact with unknown dogs.

The bathroom and the brush are always required to keep our pet clean and neat. As in this case we are talking about a short-haired dog, as is the pit bull, maintaining its fur is not complicated at all. A bath every now and then (depending on the time of year) or every time it gets dirty and brushed every two or three days, so the dog will always be presentable.

In addition, it is also important for all dogs on daily exercise There are certain races that do not need to spend as much energy, but in other cases, the only way to prevent them from destroying the house and becoming hyperkinetic beings is to carry out a lot of physical activity. When we talk about pit bulls, their need is related to their physique.

The pit bull needs to be taken for a walk at least once a day for long periods (1-hour minimum). And it will also be the only way to keep it in shape. Long walks are very important, so that the dog burns all the fats and calories that he acquired when eating, and thus turns them into muscles. It should be noted that when walking you have to take care that you do not fight with other dogs since this is something frequent in the breed. You also have to provide basic canine training to control it when necessary.

6. The ideal owner for these dogs

Being the perfect owner of a pit bull involves understanding your dog and adjusting to certain breed needs, but it also involves selecting this breed because it simply fits into your lifestyle. For example, if you have another dog and you know that your dogs will be neglected for a few hours a day, the pit bull may not be the right breed for you.

After all, the fights between the pit bull and other dogs he can meet on the street can be easily discouraged. Leaving two dogs alone regularly for hours, when one of them is a pit bull, maybe asking too much of this breed. We must understand that, despite everything, the pit bull is a fighting dog.

If you are a person with a job “the other half” of a couple with a job and want a pet that can be left alone throughout the day and practically every day, any dog of any breed will not be your right pet. There will be other times in your life to have a dog, but this would not be the right time.

Even if you are a person who simply hates taking walks on a regular basis, pit bull may be the wrong breed for you. There are other races that can live in such an environment. You would do yourself a favor and you would do it to the pit bull if you chose one of these other races instead.

The perfect owner for a pit bull is one who will give you back the devotion the dog will dedicate to you. This owner will love the dog, first of all, because of the fantastic camaraderie it will provide and not because of the image it conveys. This owner will enjoy, as well as the dog, the exercise that this breed lacks.

This owner will understand the reputation for retaliation against this dog and will work to improve this. This owner will be able to take care of a dog that can live with him for 15 years, without waiting for the dog to take care of excessive changes during his life. This owner will be the one who can provide you with a very regular routine in all aspects.

If you are this person, the pit bull dog may be a better choice among purebred dogs than you would have originally thought.

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