American Pit Bull Terrier Breed Profile


The brick-like head, which is especially broad between the cheeks (to house the powerful jaws), is carried upon a thickly muscled, well-defined neck. The neck runs into a deep, thick, well-sprung chest. The American Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog which is extremely strong for his size.


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The American Pit Bull Terrier has a strong pleasure to please. The APBT has evoked more human emotional, rational, and irrational response than any other breed that exists today.á By no means are these dogs people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people.


The American Pit BullÆs origins come from a variety of Bulldogs from England and Ireland. They first appeared in the US in the 1800Æs and accompanied pioneer families on their explorations of the American West. Pits were used as flock and livestock protectors, family companions, and even for the hunting and tracking of large game. Pit Bulls have enjoyed a much respected history, and from the time they entered the US, they quickly became AmericaÆs sweetheart.

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