The ASPCA explains that the term "pit bull" applies to several dog breeds and mixes between them. However, most experts agree that the two breeds that best suit the "pit bull" label are the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. Proving a dog's pedigree is only possible if its parents have papers from a reputable kennel club such as the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club.Know More
According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, the UKC recognizes the American Pit Bull Terrier as a purebred dog, but the AKC does not. The AKC will only allow the registration of American Staffordshire Terriers. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are another breed that can be registered with both kennel clubs, but there is some disagreement as to whether it should be classified as a pit bull.
Because there are other breeds that closely resemble pit bulls, it is impossible to know if a dog is full-blooded without seeing pedigree papers. Unfortunately, some dishonest breeders turn to shady kennel clubs for falsified papers on dogs that do not have verifiable lineage. Researching the kennel club to determine its authenticity is a vital part of determining the purebred status of a dog, notes Pit Bull Rescue Center.Learn more about Dogs
The American pit bull terrier is a purebred dog recognized by the United Kennel Club, the American Pit Bull Registry and several other organizations, but the American Kennel Club does not recognize it. It was developed by crossing the Old English terrier with the Old English bulldog.Full Answer >
Many dog rescue groups in Houston take in abandoned dogs regardless of breed. Some, like the Guardian Pit Bull Rescue, do rescue pit bulls specifically. They rescue pit bulls on the streets of Houston and also inform the public about the situation of pit bulls in local animal shelters.Full Answer >
A brindle pit bull puppy is a young pit bull with a brindle colored coat. Brindle is a streaked coat pattern where the streaks or stripes are a darker shade than the base coat color.Full Answer >
Pit bulls live to be 10 to 16 years old, depending on the type. The American pit bull terrier typically lives to be 10 to 12 years old, while the American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier live 12 to 16 years and 12 to 14 years respectively.Full Answer >