American Pit Bull Terrier Breed Information

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At a Glance

Male Height18 - 21 inches
Female Height17 - 20 inches
Male Weight35 - 60 pounds
Female Weight30 - 50 pounds
PersonalityAffectionate, Brave, Confident, Loyal, Protective,
Lifespan10 - 14 years


APBTs have seen success as companion dogs, and police dogs. Unfortunately , Pit Bull Terriers have also been used in illegal dog fighting operations - which has somewhat tainted their character in the eyes of some. Despite some of these negative impressions - most owners will tell you that a well-bred American Pit Bull Terrier is a faithful, good-natured companion.


The Pit Bull Terrier is a UKC recognized breed that originated in the UK by cross breeding older lines of English Terrier and Bulldogs. Once in the new world they were further developed into what is known as the American Pit Bull Terrier. They are very closely related to the American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC) which came from the same lineage.


The breed is regarded as an strong and confident dog always willing to please its owner. They are usually amiable toward people - even strangers. The UKC specifies that aggressiveness is an undesired trait in this breed.



The coat is short glossy and smooth (never wavy or curly), and moderately soft. APBTs come in a large variety of solid and mottled colors. Merle is th only color that is specified as a disqualification by the UKC.

Do Pit Bull Terriers do well in Apartments?

Pitbulls can do quite well in apartments if not left along for long periods and given adequate exercise. Left alone they can develop bad habits like chewing furniture and other household items. Unfortunately for some would-be APBT owners some apartments do have breed and size restrictions - so be sure to check out your buildings regulations before adopting a pitbull.


Pitbulls may bark at other dogs but otherwise it is usually an expression of boredom. As with most behavioral issues, problems can be prevented by proper socialization and training when the dogs are in their puppy and adolescent stages.

Do Pit Bull Terriers Get Along With Children & Other Pets?

If trained properly pitbulls get along well with pets and children. Owners say that they make excellent family companions and have noted for their love of children. As with any breed, they should not be left alone with unfamiliar children.

Exercising a American Pit Bull Terrier

An hour or two of walking time is required for these dogs, along with a good romp at the local dog park once a week.

How to Groom a American Pit Bull Terrier

Brushing once a week is all that is required to keep their coats in shiny and healthy condition.

Pit Bull Terrier and Shedding

Their short coats make them fairly low maintenance dogs. Though they will shed more with the onset of summer and winter.

Pit Bull Terrier Health Problems?

They are very health dogs, but can still suffer from some genetic problems such as cataracts, L-2- hydroxyglutaric sciduria and Mastocytoma.

Are Pit Bull Terriers Intelligent?

Getting a dog to focus can be problematic especially when pitbulls are still young because they can be boisterous and quite headstrong as puppies

American Pit Bull Terrier

Because most APBTs exhibit some level of dog aggression and because of its powerful physique, the APBT requires an owner who will carefully socialize and obedience train the dog. The American Pit Bull Terrier can be willful with timid owners and needs a firm hand. The APBT really needs an owner who is experienced with this or similar breeds