Pitbulls are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They have been bred since their birth to be very loyal and affectionate towards humans. However, they are not without their faults. Some of these flaws include:
1) Their temperaments vary greatly from breed to breed and even within different breeds themselves.
While some pit bulls can be extremely friendly with strangers, others will become aggressive when provoked or cornered (even if they don’t mean any harm).
2) There are many myths surrounding them.
Many people believe that all pit bulls are dangerous. Others think that only certain breeds are more dangerous than others. Still other people believe that there is no such thing as a “dangerous” dog; it’s just what people make out to be based on their own personal experiences and prejudices.
3) Pit bulls are often confused with other dogs.
Most people assume that all pit bulls look like each other. Other times, they may mistake a pit bull for another type of dog altogether.
4) They tend to be large dogs which makes them difficult to housebreak because they require a lot of space and time to exercise properly.
A big problem is that they do not get along well with children either!
5) Because pit bulls have been bred to fight, they can be quick to turn aggressive even towards their owners.
These dogs are very important when it comes to dog fighting. They contain a lot of strength and agility, making them the perfect candidate for such events.
6) Pit bulls have a very strong jaw that is capable of crushing through anything that stands in its way.
Many people believe that pit bulls were bred to kill other animals such as bulls and bears. While this isn’t exactly true, pit bulls do have the capacity to do so if they really wanted to.
Now that you know a little more about pit bulls, it should be easier to decide whether or not these dogs are for you. They require a lot of attention and care. If you don’t have the time to spend with a pit bull on a daily basis, then you shouldn’t get one at all.
You cannot expect your pit bull to behave properly when you only visit it every few days. These dogs need a lot of love, affection and attention on a regular basis in order to thrive. If you do not have the time to commit to such an animal, then a pit bull is most certainly not the breed for you.
Many people get pit bulls without thinking things through first. This results in a lot of abandoned and neglected pit bulls throughout America and the world at large. Pit bulls make loyal and loving companions, provided that you are capable of giving them the love that they so desperately crave.
So before you go out and adopt a pit bull, it might be a good idea to ask yourself whether or not you have what it takes to care for one. Only you know if you do or not.
Pit Bulls are one of the most popular dogs in America…
However, many people don’t realize that there are actually several different types of pit bulls! Just like with other dog breeds, the pit bull breed comes in several different variations. Some of these types aren’t even actual breeds, but rather sub-types of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common pit bulls in existence…
The American Pit Bull Terrier
This is by far the most common pit bull type and is recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). It has a short and sleek coat and has a muscular build. Its ears are usually cropped, although some people like to do a “button” ear, which is when the ears are not cropped, but are still not standing upright.
The American Staffordshire Terrier
This pit bull type has a stocky and muscular build just like the APBT, but it also shares many of the same characteristics as the Bull Terrier (another common pit bull type). Its ears are usually cropped, and it has a broad head.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier
This type of pit bull comes from the Bull Terrier and the now extinct White English Terrier. It’s the perfect example of why owners shouldn’t mix their purebred dogs with another! While this pit bull type doesn’t share the same amount of popularity that the other types do, it is still recognized as a valid breed by the AKC.
The American Bulldog
While many people believe that the American Bulldog is a type of pit bull, it is actually its own distinct breed. It was actually bred from the Old English Bulldog which all but died out around the late 1800s. This dog has a muscular build and a broad head with a short coat.
Nowadays, many owners actually cross their American Bulldogs with other breeds such as the Olde English Bulldogge in order to recreate the original look.
The Dogo Argentino
This is a large and muscular dog from Argentina that was bred for the sole purpose of hunting. It has a thick coat, and its ears are usually cropped. It has a wide skull and a powerful jaw that allows it to bite down with a lot of force when it bites prey.
These dogs were also bred to hunt with humans so they have tremendous stamina and are Athletic. This breed is relatively new, only having come about in the 1920s.
The Fila Brasileiro
This large and imposing dog hails from South America where it was bred to hunt big game such as puma, wild boars, and jaguars. It has a thick and rough coat and its ears are usually cropped. It has a wide head with wide jaws that allow it to bite down with an immense amount of force.
These dogs also have tremendous endurance and stamina owing to the fact that they were bred to hunt in teams. Like the Dogo Argentino, it is a relatively newer breed that came about around the same time.
The Japanese Tosa
This large and powerful dog was bred in Japan for the sole purpose of fighting in dog fights. It has a short and sleek coat and its ears are usually cropped. It has a wide head with a wide mouth lined with knives that allow it to bite down on prey or fighters with an immense amount of force.
These dogs also have tremendous endurance and stamina owing to the fact that they were bred to fight for long periods of time. These are by far the most rare type of pit bull terrier, as there are few left in existence today.
Pit bulls are some of the most powerful dogs in the world, but they also have a very unique history.
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