The American Pit Bull Terrier originated from a mixture of working breeds selected for functional and convenient traits such fighting ability, unrelenting bravery, a high pain threshold, resilience, a willingness to fight to the end, and also an unmatched affection for people. American Pit Bull Terriers also excelled in their service to mankind on the frontier as all around working dogs and soon earned a reputation as one of the finest dogs a man could own. This breed was adept at just about anything he was asked to do, which included: herding, livestock protection, vermin removal, weight pulling, guardianship, and just being a loyal and friendly companion.
Interestingly, in 1898, Chauncy Bennet formed the United Kennel Club (UKC), a breed registry aimed solely at the registration and acceptance of Pit Bull Terriers. Chauncey’s own dog, “Ring,” was the first dog registered in the UKC. At that time, when Pit fighting was still widely accepted as a national pastime, the UKC provided registration and fighting guidelines for Pit fighting. Bennet sought to create an organization that would represent the breed as performance dogs. Thus, the American Pit Bull Terrier was born as a breed. At that time the UKC was an elite registry for the APBT. For a Pit Bull to be accepted into the UKC as an American Pit Bull Terrier, the dog had to have won three fights.
Today's American Pit Bull Terrier has become a marvelous working and companion dog, bred to be exceptionally sturdy and extremely human friendly, not to mention athletic, courageous, and tenacious. They can be found employed as police/armed services dogs, Therapy dogs, and search and rescuers. American Pit Bull Terriers have been used by the FDA and USDA for sniffing out bombs and drugs; the first certified hearing dog in Alaska was an APBT, and they also continue to work livestock. They can be extremely friendly and affectionate animals but they can be dog aggressive if not properly socialized.
Size: 17 - 23 inches, 45 - 90 Lbs
Energy: Extremely energetic
Obedience: Require much attention and training; high intelligent and can have a stubborn streak
Temperament: Strong, confident, have a zest for life, intelligent, courageous, unwavering, dominant, tenacious, affectionate and eager to please their owners
Grooming: Regular brushing with a firm bristle brush is recommended; baths only when necessary
Shedding: Average shedder