Pit bull

Other name: American Pit Bull Terrier

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The Pitbull is a dog whose character is often controversial. Assimilated (wrongly) to Molossoids, he sports a body with strong musculature and a very lively air. In France, the Pitbull is often described as a non-LOF version of the American Staffordshire Terrier, but the breed is unrecognized and rather related to a dog with a mollosoid appearance. The Pitbull is actually an almost perfect dog for families with children, only if it has been adopted very early. With a good education, his aggressiveness will be erased and he will then present qualities of gentleness, calm and loyalty. It does not present any disease and is rather easy to maintain. A very good choice even if each outing in public must be accompanied by a muzzle and a leash.



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Hair type Short
Origin United States
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Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 13 kg to 28 kg From 40 cm to 50 cm
Male From 13 kg to 30 kg From 40 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The Pitbull unfortunately knows through its history a reputation which does not need any more to make. A predatory dog who is attracted to the smell of blood. A simple summary? Not only. At its origin, Pitbull appears at the end of the 18th century and early 19th century. He was placed in the arenas to fight the bulls, thus shaping his legend. In 1835, when fighting was banned in Great Britain, the Pitbull breed became more specific with the crossing of Bulldog with terriers, which were faster, livelier and lighter.

In reality, the Pitbull is in a way an American Staffordshire Terrier which is not registered in the LOF because it is unrecognized. He therefore lives in total hiding on French territory. Since 1999, it has been considered dangerous. It is therefore part of the number 1 category of dangerous dogs that it is forbidden to buy, sell, give or import into France.

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Physical features

His hair : very short, it is perfectly smooth.
Its color : it is found with a fawn, white, black, brown, red or other colors dress. These may or may not be united, depending on the dog.
His head : the shape depends on the angle of view. From the front, it appears round while seen from above it seems conical.
Her ears : they look like semi-erect roses, very straight.
His eyes : round in shape, they are solid in color.
His body : it is very short, but all in muscles.
Its tail : compared to the body, it is quite short.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

Far from his image of a dangerous dog, the Pitbull is actually a very delicate, gentle canine with remarkable intelligence . It blends in very well with a familiar setting with a caring master and children. They should not be afraid of a dog who will be very happy to play with them. Obviously, for these characteristics of calm and gentleness to develop, the Pitbull must have been adopted very early. Thus, he will never develop the slightest aggression, except perhaps with a few congeners, like many dogs.

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In order for this breed to be truly devoted to its owners, they must take charge of their education very early on. It is a long job which requires daily exercises. Powerful by nature, he must learn to obey and to be leashed from an early age . The Pitbull must be the object of a positive education . Good training will give the Pitbull qualities of loyalty and fidelity . He will become charming, touching and gentle . The game must be able to stimulate him and make him learn many commands

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold


Ease of gaining weight

The Pitbull has very good health . He rarely gets sick. He has no genetic pathology . However, due to a very short coat, it is particularly sensitive to hot and cold . It will therefore be necessary to take care not to take it out in winter and to avoid the sun’s rays in summer. The Pitbull can be prone to various illnesses such as allergies and dermatitis .

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 8 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Aortic stenosis
Occasional concerns
Suggested tests

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 11 years old

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of a Pitbull is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Pitbull does not require any special attention compared to its congeners. It requires little grooming. A short, hard and shiny dress is enough to say that the maintenance of the Pitbull is minimalist .

Weekly brushing is more than enough for this dog who loses little hair. A rubber brush will suffice to remove dead hairs. Check their skin regularly for any skin conditions. As for washing, the Pitbull is satisfied with an occasional bath.

It is advisable to check the condition of the Pitbull’s eyes as well as his teeth . Do not hesitate to brush it off if tartar settles on it. His ears also deserve regular attention to make sure there are no traces of dirt or any infection. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, his nails need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

200 €
500 €

The purchase price of a Pitbull is between € 200 and € 500.

Annual maintenance cost

1000 €
€ 1,100

The annual maintenance cost of a Pitbull is between € 1,000 and € 1,100.

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The Pitbull can eat a bit of anything. Whether it is high quality croquettes available in specialty stores or human food made with meat, starches and fresh vegetables. Do not hesitate to add a little olive oil for example, which adds vitamins and minerals essential to its development. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Pitbull loves the great outdoors . In summer, it is important to avoid sunburn. And we must not forget that his fur coat is not sufficiently thick to withstand the biting cold. The length of a walk should be adjusted according to the season , but take place every day. In general, a long daily walk of a good hour, games and exercises are necessary for this breed of dog.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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