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
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 >
A reverse brindle pit bull has a coat pattern of extensive stripes that mask the background coat color, giving the dog the appearance of being black or black with light markings. Normal brindle is a pattern of dark stripes on a light background.Full Answer >