Dogs 101: Pitbull Facts About American Pit Bull Terrier – Animal Facts
Originally bred to be farm dogs, the American pit bull terrier is known for its strong stature and protective nature. While you won’t find many pit bulls on farms in America, you will find this breed used commonly as a family dog, and even sometimes used in military work.
Don’t let the stereotype of this breed scare you away. There are many amazing and notable qualities that most people don’t know about pit bull terriers.
Pit Bulls (no not him!) are multitalented dogs
The pit bull is skilled in many activities and commonly participates in agility, carting, competitive obedience, hunting, tracking and weight pulling. Pit bulls are tenacious: When they put their mind to something, they often achieve it. For that reason, they make great sporting dogs. Pitties tend to excel on agility or flyball courses where they can show off their strength and speed.
Their grooming requirements are minimal.
This dog’s short hair makes for easy grooming. Light grooming and bathing are only required once in a while for upkeep and cleanliness. No stripping or trimming is required.
Pit bulls pre-date the United States – they were bred in England and were brought to America by settlers. In England, the sport of ratting became popular. A pit was filled with rats and dogs competed to see who could kill all of them in the shortest time. Some believe that this is where the PITBULL comes from.
Pitbulls are awesome!
Pit Bulls were popular mascots in early 20th Century America, often appearing on Army recruitment posters and other advertisements.
The most decorated dog of World War I was a Pit Bull named Sergeant Stubby. In between his 17 battles on the Western Front, the legendary pooch helped comfort wounded soldiers. Sallie the Pit Bull stood guard over dead and wounded Union soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg. She is immortalized in a Civil War monument in Pennsylvania.
Pit Bulls were considered to be so trustworthy with children that they were known as nursemaids or nanny dogs.
Pit Bulls were on the cover of Life Magazine three times – more than any other breed dog.
American Pitbull Dog Facts
While it’s tough to estimate dog breed numbers, it’s believed that there are at least two million Pit Bulls in the United States alone.
Pit Bull puppies often have wrinkly foreheads. As the dog grows, the skin stretches out and becomes smooth.
Modern-day celebrity Pit Bull owners include Jessica Biel, Alicia Silverstone, Linda Blair, Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Rachael Ray, and Dr. Phil.