Is your dog a full breed Pitbull? Learn how to tell! Pitbulls are a unique breed of dog, having descended from the now-extinct Old English Terrier. They are loving and loyal dogs but can be a handful if they have not been properly trained.
If you are looking for a loyal companion, a Pitbull might be right for you.
Your dog’s personality is dependent on many things, but a large factor is where your dog came from.
So, how can you know for certain that your dog is a full breed, Pitbull? You can´t. ‘Pitbull’ is a name given to a group of breeds with a similar heritage and/or appearance.
How To Identify A Pitbull
Pitbulls have been the subject of much controversy in recent years, with people on the one side claiming that their blood is tainted with other breeds’ blood, while the other side claiming that they’re a 100% pure breed.
The FCI, or International Cynological Federation or the AKC, or American Kennel Club are the main organizations that classify and standardized canine breeds. The American Pitbull Terrier is NOT recognized as an official breed.
However, the UKC has registered them as a race of their own and has established a standard (click here).
American Pit Bull Terrier Standard
The standard describes the breed’s physical and mental qualities, with the idea that dogs that best exemplify the standard should, in theory, make the best dogs for the job.
The standard describes the size, color, coat, head, eyes, ears, tail, feet, and more.
American Pit Bull Terrier Standard Physics
The standard is not a complete description of the breed, which would fill several books; it is a collection of the breed’s ideals.
Physical appereance according to to the United Kennel Club (UKC)
- Solid and compact looking medium-sized dog.
- Very athletic dog with a defined muscular
- Unique and a key element of this breed is its head. It gives the impression of great power. Broad, flat but never disproportional.
- Broad and deep muzzle. Ratio muzzle/length of skull appx. 2:3
- Teeth evenly spaced, white, and meeting in a scissor bite.
- The nose may be in any color, large, wide
- High set ears, small/medium-sized
- Coat. Any color/color pattern. Disqualification: Long coat, albinism, merle color
- and more…
Read the full article here: https://www.ukcdogs.com/american-pit-bull-terrier
As with some other breeds, certain physical characteristics can help you tell if your dog is a full-blooded pitbull, as well as certain personality traits that will help you determine how full-blooded your pitbull is.
American Pit Bull Standard Character
While the American Pit Bull Terriers are known to be determined, loyal, and energetic, they are also known to be patient and gentle with their owners as well as with children.
American Pit Bull Terriers love any activity that allows them to use their intelligence, physical strength, and agility.
A Pit Bull does best in an active household. Because they are intelligent dogs, they need a lot of exercise and training.
If they are not properly trained, they can be destructive, especially if they are kept in a kennel or yard all day.
Pit Bulls aren’t recommended for first-time dog owners
How to Tell if Your Puppy is a Pitbull
There is a lot of debate when it comes to determining whether or not a dog is purebred.
Some of the most popular breeds and crossbreeds have been DNA tested to determine their genetic makeup in recent years. If you don´t want to spend the money on a DNA test, look for the above mentioned physical traits.
But keep in mind that until fully grown-up, a puppy may evolve in its appearance quite significantly.
Whether the results have made a difference in how people treat the dogs in question is up for debate. In my opinion, it shouldn´t!
Is It Important For A Pit To Be Purebred
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the differences between mutts and purebreds, so we’re here to separate the fact from the fiction.
The first myth is that purebred dogs are somehow better or healthier than mutts.
While it’s true that purebreds tend to have better health because they’re bred to be as healthy as possible, they aren’t immune to genetic problems (read.. Skin Irritation in Pit Bulls).
So no! If you are not a breeder but are looking for a canine companion, it should not be important if your Pit is a purebred.
What To Do if You Can’t Figure Out If Your Dog Is Purebred
It is sometimes tough to tell if your dog is a purebred pitbull or not. It can be even harder if you do not know what to look for.
There are some key things that you need to look out for when trying to figure out if your dog is a purebred pit bull.
If you are unsure, go and see your vet
Can Pit Bulls Do More Damage Than Other Breeds?
It’s no secret that pit bulls are one of the most feared breeds in the United States. The negative stereotypes and frightening stories only fuel this fear.
However, when you look at the scientific data, you will find that this breed actually does relatively little damage to other dogs.
While a pit bull certainly can be a dangerous dog, most of the time, the level of danger it poses is no greater than the danger presented by a Labrador retriever.
Pit bulls are loyal to their owner and protect his family and his property from intruders. They are powerful and, in most cases, fearless (read.. Pit Bull Kennels Across the US).
It is said that if a pit bull bites – the power of his yaws is equal to the power of a dog four times his size