The pitbull dogs are lovedbysomeandhatedby others,thepitbullbreedis one ofthemostcontroversial breedstoday.The badpressit receivesis oftenovershadowhisqualities. Homewever the negativepressandofthe manyurban mythsthatsurround them,thesedogs captivated,intriguedandwillcaptivatethehearts and imaginationsof thousandsof peopleworldwide.
PitbulldogstodayhavetheiroriginsinXIX century Britain, butits historygoes backtoRoman times.
This breeddescended fromdogsfightingmolosos,originallyusedfor fightsagainst bullsand bears.Withthebanof thesefightsin England, the fansofthese"sports"beganto breeddogstomake themlighterfightingamong themselves.There appears to beusedterriertype dogs, thusgreateragilitywithout losingthefight.
Thepitbullwas recognizedatanytime bytheAmericanKennelClub(AKC),butwas laterremovedfromtheirrecordsbecausethe institutiondid not wantthe badpress brought with itafightingrace.The people that love the dogs inAmericans developeda newracefrom thepit bullthen, theAmericanStaffordshireTerrier.
"Pit bulls are famous, in circles of knowledgeable dog people, for the love and loyalty they bestow on anyone who shows them a smidgen of kindness."
"Pit Bulls are especially good at pleasing people since they are strong and smart, they learn quickly and they are very adaptable."
Search & Rescue
Pit Bulls have excelled at this important and interesting activity. It is an exacting hobby, and requires lots of money, lots of time, lots of slogging through tough terrain, and more importantly it requires exceptionally dedicated dogs and people.
Pit Bulls have been used as service dogs for the physically challenged for over two decades now. They work as hearing assistant dogs, physical assistant dogs, and in a variety of other capacities. They offer stability, strength and a willing nature, all necessary for the serious task of service dog.
This German sport developed at the turn of the century as a breeding suitability test for German Shepherd dogs. Today the sport is still dominated by the breed for which it was developed. Other breeds have competed with great successi n the US. USA happens to allow some other breeds to compete in its trials (but not at the very top championship level). Pit Bulls were banned from USA trials some years ago, the result of typical doggy-politic garbage when certain Am Staff people petitioned USA to only allow dogs called "American Staffordshire terriers" to compete. It is possible to enter a Pit Bull in USA trials, however you must call your dog either a "mixed breed" or an "American Staffordshire". Schutzhund trials test the dog in three areas, tracking, obedience and bite work.
A great outlet for the competitive spirit of bulldogs and their owners. There are several organizations which offer weight pulls for Pit Bulls. Each dog is harnessed and hooked to a cart (or sled in the snow) upon which increasing increments of weight are added. Each dog has 60 seconds to pull the load 16 feet without the handler touching the dog or crossing a line which is in front of the dog. Dogs cannot be "baited". The dog that pulls the most weight across the line (in the fastest time in case of a tie) wins. Dogs can earn three titles, the Working Dog (WD) for pulling 12 times their body weight at four different pulls. The Working Dog Excellent (WDX) for pulling 18 times their body weight at four different pulls, and the Working Dog Superior (WDS) for pulling 23 times their body weight at three different pulls. Dogs can also compete for regional and national ranking. Sadly, in the past few years a number of really, really pathetic people have started using cattle prods and shock collars to force un game dogs to pull.
A fun and exciting sport for those with dogs under control around other dogs. There are several national organizations which sanction trials. Dogs compete based on their shoulder height, and most organizations offer three levels of competition. Handlers direct their dogs to climb over, weave around, jump over or climb through obstacles on a course which is timed. Dogs are off-lead and excited, and other dogs are all around the ring, so you can see that only well directed and trained dogs would be feasible for this sport. Many Pit Bulls and Staffie Bulls are currently competing at national levels. This is a great sport for those who are really in tune with their dogs.
Any Pit Bull can be shown in obedience, papers or not. In fact, most of the serious dog sports (agility, weight pull, ring, Schutzhund) do not require a dog to have papers. In obedience trials dog and handler are required to work as a team, demonstrating the dog's ability to obey commands, and to be a useful canine citizen. Pit Bulls respond best to positive training methods.
The Schutzhund sport now offers tracking tests for all breeds. Tracking is fun, but a rather solitary sport. It is not to be confused with search and rescue, where the dog moves about much more freely, nose high in the air. Tracking, as developed by the Germans, is much more dull and precise. Dogs are scored not on how well and how quickly they complete the track overall, but rather on how meticulously they keep their noses to each footstep, and how slowly and calmly they move down the track. It is more difficult to get a dog to do this than you might think, for it goes against their nature. Tracks are aged anywhere from 30 minutes for several hours, depending on the degree of difficulty. They range in distance from a couple hundred yards to nearly a mile. The dogs must follow the trail accurately, and locate articles dropped by the track layer along the way.
They are not bred to work sheep. To ask a Bulldog to work sheep requires that the dog control thousands of years of genetic whispering that tells him to grip and hold. Look for a trainer who is willing to work with your breed, and then don't be surprised as many people have, when the dog grips an animal. They are gripping dogs. If you have a very close relationship with your dog, and your dog is cool headed, you may be able to trial.
Nursing Home Visitation
This is something you can do either alone or with a group. Well mannered dogs are welcomed in a variety of care giving institutions. The dogs are either taken from room to room, allowed to wander at large, or are taken to a main room where they performed tricks to amuse the residents. Needless to say, a rowdy, hyper dog will not work in this situation, as the elderly are susceptible to scratches and bruising.
Another activity that many dogs are really wild about. A boomer ball is a hard plastic ball about the size of a soccer ball. They can be purchased through local pet stores or most pet catalogs have them. The dogs run it with either their noses or their front feet. You might see some slight bleeding around the nose on the more whacko dogs, but no real damage is done. These are great toys.
Frisbee toys were made for Bulldogs! They love the prey-drive aspect of chasing them, and their athletic bodies allow them to leap and jump well.
This is a fast, fun sport for those with well mannered and well trained dogs who love to jump and retrieve. Fly ball competitions are great fun to watch, hilarious, and the dogs LOVE it. The point is for one team of dogs to compete against another team of dogs in a relay contest. The dogs run down through a series of jumps, come to the fly ball box which the dog must hit with its foot, the ball shoots out, the dog catches it and races back to the handler. This sport has been featured as half-time entertainment at sporting events. The sport has evolved tremendously in the past couple decades, and fly ball titles are even available for dogs to earn.
Hunting is the original use for the Bulldog and many of the breed's closest relatives. Today Pit Bulls are still used by some to catch and hold hogs, bear, badger and other creatures. These dogs are a lucky few, as the hunting drive is undiminished in the heart of a Bulldog. Caution must be taken when releasing Bulldogs on large game - their courage will often get them killed where lesser dogs will back off and simply bay the game.
Running is an activity that pretty much every dog loves to do, especially Pit Bulls. That's what they're built to do. It's excellent exercise for both the owner and the dog. So get out and take your dog for a run.
I haven't met too many Pit Bulls that didn't like to go for a nice swim or dip in the pool. You could try getting them one of them cheap plastic wading pools and fill it with water and let them lounge around in that or maybe a nice day at the beach will do. Either way try it out, you never know, you may have a swimmer on your hands.
Tricks are always fun for everyone, both you and your Pit Bull. They may take a little time and practice, but what's better than showing your friends and family what new things your dog can do. Pit Bulls are also "people pleasers" which makes them a little easier to train. They'll do pretty much anything to make you happy as long as your showing them affection and a little treat every now and then.
Pit Bulls are Mean and Vicious. No more vicious than golden retrievers, beagles or other popular dogs! In a recent study of 122 dog breeds by the American Temperament Testing Association (ATT), APBTs achieved a passing rate of 81.7%. That's as good or better than beagles (78.7%), and golden retrievers (81.1%). In these tests, a dog is put through a series of confrontational situations. Any sign of panic or aggression leads to failure of the test. The achievement of the APBTs in this study disproves once and for all the old tired belief that pit bulls are inherently aggressive to people. Are Pit Bulls aggressive towards other dogs in general? The short answer is no. Developed for the purpose of fighting other dogs, most Pit Bulls are dog aggressive, At least to some degree. Some Pit Bulls will simply not tolerate any other dogs, regardless of sex. Some Pit Bulls will remain dog friendly their entire lives. Other Pit Bulls are at least same sex aggressive and as adults will not do well with other dogs of the same sex or those that are "pushy" with them, although as pups they may get along fine (this can be very misleading to a novice Pit Bull owner). Pit bulls will commonly start developing signs of dog aggression between the ages of 8 months and 2 years, although it can develop at any age and can come on either gradually or quite suddenly. It is important to note that many pit bulls do not display the "typical" signs of dog aggression before a fight. They may not growl, bark, or posture at all, but simply alert and raise up on their toes. Owners of dog aggressive Pit Bulls learn to "read" their dogs and recognize the subtle signs indicating impending dog aggression. Training will not eliminate dog aggression in the Pit Bull but, when combined with responsibility and vigilance, training can bring these natural tendencies under control in on-leash situations. Where housemates are concerned, if one is a Pit Bull, extra care should be taken to prevent tension over food, desirable treats (like bones), and favored toys. These items are often "triggers" for spats or fights between dogs sharing the same house and owners should be very aware of them. This is also the reason that an adult Pit Bull should NOT be left alone with housemates or other dogs. Due to their fighting heritage, many Pit Bulls do not recognize signs of submission given by a dog they are fighting and, if they are unsupervised, the results can be disastrous. It should be noted that many breeds have dog aggressive tendencies, and leaving any such breed unsupervised with another dog, especially a dog of the same sex, can lead to a tragedy. Although you should never leave any dogs alone together no matter the breed. A fight can break out between any dog breed. The only people that own Pit Bulls are criminals, and the only thing the breed is good for is dog fighting. The majority of Pit Bulls are owned by normal dog - loving folk. Pit Bulls are kept as companions; they're used as working dogs involved in search and rescue, therapy, and police service; they compete in obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, and schutzhund; the list goes on and on. Plus, although pit fighting was the main activity the breed was originally created for and involved in, there were also many other functions the breed was used for during it's development. This breed is truly a jack - of - all - trades. Pit Bulls have locking jaws. There is nothing about a Pit Bull's jaws that would physiologically distinguish them from the jaws of any other breed. The breed's jaws can't lock any more than a Poodles can. In fact, there is no animal -- domestic or wild -- with jaw - locking capability. Pit Bulls do have a lot of jaw-strength, however. Pit Bulls can hold on with their front teeth while chewing with their back teeth. Another physical impossibility. Pit Bull jaws are constructed in the same way any other breed's jaws are.
All Pit Bulls are vicious or born mean. No one breed as a whole is bad, the same as no one race of humans is bad. Much has to do with the individual, it's genes, upbringing, and training. In the case of Pit Bulls, a breed that was created to be especially gentle with people, all of the human aggressive dogs are victims of one or more of the following: poor breeding, bad training, or irresponsible upbringing. There are thousands upon thousands of Pit Bulls that are loving, loyal, safe pets, who will live and die without ever having bitten a human. They are the proof that this "born bad" idea is fiction, pure and simple.
Names: American Pitbull Terrier, Pit Bull, American pit bull terrier. Classification FCI: The pitbull is not recognized by the FCI. It is recognized by UKC, ADBA and other organizations.The characteristics presented are the pitbull standard according to the United Kennel Club (UKC). Origin: Great Britain. Need for exercise: High Life expectancy: about 12 years. Number puppies:5 to 10 puppies. Weight: 15.9 to 27.2 kg (males), 13.6 to 22.7 kg (females). Fur: Glossy, smooth and tight.Should be moderately stiff to the touch. Color:Any color or combination of colors, except the blackbird (background mottled with patches of solid color.) Head: Long and broad, powerful-looking but not disproportionate to the body.Front view is shaped like a triangle with a truncated end width.The top of the skull parallel to topline of muzzle.The stop is moderate. Ears: Set high, have a rose or are semi-erect.The UKC accepts standard and natural ears amputated, but now there is a greater tendency not to amputate the ears. Eyes: The pitbull’s eyes are medium size, it is round to almond. The eyes are well separate and set forth below in the skull. Ones can to have any color except blue. Body:The body of the pitbull is about medium height and powerful.The topline slopes gently downward from the shoulders to a straight back and muscular.The back is short and muscular.The chest is deep and moderately wide (the width must not exceed the depth). Tail: The tail is course at base and thin at end.In operation, the dog carried horizontally.Occasionally it may take more up, but never curled over back.