The American Dog Breeders Association describes purebred American Pit Bull Terriers as athletic, heavy dogs that do not stray into bulkiness with defined and smooth musculature. The head must be in proportion to the body with a neck long enough to seat the head above the top of the back when upright. They must be socialized and gentle without displaying signs of aggression or timidity.Know More
Pit bulls are typically well socialized, so unruly behavior or aggressiveness may indicate that a dog is not of a pure pedigree. The proportions are also an important factor in determining if a dog is purebred.
If no pedigree is available, breed is determined by appearance, but pit bulls are difficult to categorize because the word refers to over 20 breeds, not including those that are mixed with Boston terriers, French bulldogs and English bulldogs. Because of this ambiguity, some breeders and researchers criticize the unreliability of visual markers for identifying breed.
An alternative to visual identification is DNA analysis. The documented accuracy rate for DNA identification is much higher, averaging 90 percent. Another important factor in the improved accuracy rate of DNA analysis is that many animal control officers and veterinarians are not trained in breed identification. Some states and buildings prohibit the ownership of pit bulls.Learn more about Dogs
A merle pit bull is actually an American pit bull terrier bred with a Catahoula leopard dog. These dogs have solid or piebald base coats with mottled patches of red, brindle or blue spots. They may also have blue or odd-colored eyes. Dogs with a merle pattern should be bred with a dog of solid color, as breeding two merle dogs can cause severe health issues to their offspring.Full Answer >
The term "pit bull" refers to two breeds: the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. These two breeds were originally bred from bulldogs but are now different, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.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 >
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 >