The Patterdale Terrier (Pitbull) is one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. They are known for their loyalty, love of family and affectionate nature. However, they have been known to display aggressive behavior towards other dogs and humans when provoked or if not properly socialized. Pitbulls tend to be very loyal companions but they do need some training and guidance in order to become well behaved pets.
In fact, there are many types of pitbulls, each with its own personality. Some of them are friendly and loving while others are extremely dominant and possess strong instincts to protect themselves from any threat. There is even a breed called the American Staffordshire Terrier which is considered to be a “pit bull” but it’s temperament is much different than the typical pitbull.
There are two main types of pitbulls: the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Each type has its own characteristics and traits. Let us see what kind of dog these are…
What Are The Characteristics Of A Pitbull?
1. Their Temperament Is Aggressive And Violent
2. They Have An Extremely Dominant Nature Which Can Be Very Dangerous To Other Dogs Or Humans
3. Pitbulls Are Very Protective Of Their Owners And Will Attack Without Hesitation
4. They Are Very Loyal Dogs Who Make Excellent Guard Dogs Since They Are Always On The Lookout For Any Potential Threat
5. Pitbulls Are Not Suited To Be Family Pets Especially If There Are Very Young Children In The Home
6. Pit bulls were originally bred as fighting dogs and can revert back to their aggressive nature if they are not well trained
In the late 1800s, there was a cross breeding of the English Bulldog and the Terrier and this was known as the “Bull and Terrier.” These dogs were then later bred with a mix of other types of terriers and this is how the “Staffordshire Bull Terrier” came into existence. They were bred and known for their entertaining antics in the ring and they soon became very popular in England.
Later on, these dogs were brought to the US, where they were bred with other terrier types in order to create a smaller sized dog that was easy to bring to the ring. This is how the American Pit Bull Terrier came into existence. They became known as one of the most “dangerous” breeds since their aggressive nature made them perfect for fighting.
These dogs have been known to be extremely aggressive and violent towards other animals and humans, as well as very protective of their owners. Pitbulls are a favorite choice of dog for many criminals since they know that these dogs will attack without hesitation. Due to their size and strength, pitbulls can easily kill other dogs or even humans when provoked.
Due to their reputation for being dangerous, several governments have enacted laws that require any owners of pit bulls to take extra precautions such as keeping them muzzled. Many places have outright banned pit bulls.
Even though pit bulls are extremely dangerous animals, they can make very good pets under the right conditions. Pit bulls need extra training and discipline when they are young so that they do not develop any aggressive behavior. It is also very important to always be the “leader” of the pit bull at all times so that they never think that they are dominant over their owner.
Pit bulls can be very good with children and people in general as long as they are socialized at an early age. These dogs were bred to be nanny dogs, which means they were supposed to look after children and help in the farm fields. It is important to train them when they are puppies so that they know their place in the “pack.” The owner has to be the “alpha dog” and show that they are the leader at all times.
Pit bulls make excellent guard dogs since they are very observant and will let their owners know of any potential threats that are near. Pit bulls can be trained for a number of jobs such as search and rescue, being an assistant to the blind, or even as a guide dog. It all depends on how well the pit bull is trained and socialized when it is a puppy.
Pit bulls have a very strong instinct to protect their owner, which is why they are often used by the police and the military. Their strong protective instinct can be used to advantage in many different types of jobs. Pit bulls are highly intelligent and have the ability to follow commands easily when they are trained properly.
Pit bulls are very affectionate with their owners and like lots of attention. They thrive on the attention that they get. If they do not receive enough attention, they will become destructive since they are bored.
Pit bulls can easily learn how to behave themselves when they are given plenty of mental stimulation along with physical exercise.
Pit bulls generally get along well with other dogs and pets in general as long as they are socialized at an early age. If pit bulls are raised with other animals, they will usually never be hostile towards them. Pit bulls will usually even play nice with other dogs too.
Pit bulls have great stamina and are full of energy. They need plenty of exercise and like to run, jog, or even swim on a daily basis. If they do not get their energy out, they can become destructive since they have so much pent up energy.
Pit bulls were originally bred to be working dogs on farms and with all of that activity they still had plenty of energy left over, that is why they make excellent joggers and can thrive on the most basic of diets. Pit bulls were also bred to fight other dogs and to endure pain, which is why most of them do not ever “throw in the towel” or become submissive when they are in a stressful situation. They were bred to be very courageous and to keep going despite the pain.
Pit bulls need owners that are able to keep them under control. These dogs can easily get out of hand if they are not trained properly. It is important to make sure that your pit bull is on a leash or has a secure fence around your yard.
These dogs have an instinct to chase after small animals and this often results in them getting hurt since they do not know their own strength. When these dogs start to put on muscle they also become much stronger than they look and can easily break boards or windows with their head. It is very important to socialize your pit bull while it is still a puppy. These dogs can become very aggressive if they are not properly trained. They need to learn to respect humans and to not be hostile towards other people or animals. Pit bulls do not have a quick trigger and will attack whenever. They are one of the most loyal breeds of dogs and will not attack their owners, but instead they will attack anyone that their owner attacks or threatens.
These dogs need an owner that is not going to be intimidated by their large size.
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