American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier (also known as ‘Yankee Terrier’, and closely related to the American Staffordshire Terrier) derived from crossing Bulldogs with an older Terrier line. The American breed was reared largely for illegal dog fighting (the ‘Pit’ in Pit Bull likely derives from fighting pits) in the United States and was recognized as a distinct breed in 1936. American Pit Bull Terriers became popular with ranchers and farmers for protection, companionship, and catching hogs and cattle. Despite its media reputation for ferociousness, the American Pit Bull Terrier is an affectionate dog which has risen to popularity as a pet. The American Pit Bull Terrier’s natural aggression is directed toward other dogs, not humans, and even this can be overcome with training. They often serve as search dogs or police dogs.
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The American Pit Bull Terrier has a shoulder height of 46-56 cm (18-22 in) and weighs 22.5-32 kg (50-70 lb). American Pit Bull Terriers have highly set, pointy ears which may be cropped, a broad head, wide cheeks, short back and tail (undocked), and wide, straight forelegs. They are very stocky, muscular, and powerful. The American Pit Bull Terrier has round eyes and teeth that form a scissor bite. Unlike the American Staffordshire Terrier, they are allowed nose leather of any color. The American Pit Bull Terrier is usually taller but with smaller head and bones.
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American Pit Bull Terrier

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American Pit Bull Terrier Club Directory
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- Hosts national events including weight pull, sled sprints, obedience, and confirmation. Calendar of events, rules and regulations, and description of awards.

- Parent site of all their sanctioned breed clubs. Club locations, show dates , breed history, and membership application.

- An American Dog Breeders Association sanctioned club in Ontario, Canada dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the breed by hosting conformation shows, weight pulls and public events. Pictures, membership details, and list of breeders.

- Facts and myths about the breed, information on upcoming events, membership application, and rescue links.

- Hosts an annual national show where the United Kennel Club National Grand Champion is crowned. Archives of past show results, top ten dogs, and past winners with photographs.

- Supports breeders through a free breeder listing and educates people about the breed. Photo gallery, breeder directory, breed profile, and history.

- Promoting the working abilities and qualities of the breed. Their by-laws, membership application, and photographs of dogs at work.
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American Pit Bull Terrier Dog Directory
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- Registers American Pit Bull Terriers. Breed history, frequently asked questions, photographs, and a discussion board.

- Provides information on registration, pictures, veterinarian locator, rescue contacts, memorials, shelter listings, and breed history.

- Questions and answers about all aspects of the breed.

- Dedicated to the past, present, and future of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Information on conformation, agility, obedience, weight pull, therapy, health, genetics, and pets.

- Advice and comments on the breed.

- Positive presentation of the Bull and Terrier breeds focusing on the Pit Bull Terrier as a companion, working dog and stable animal. Lots of photographs and stories.

- Site dedicated to restoring the reputation of the American Pitbull Terrier.

- Training tips, health articles, advice for new owners, and breed description.

- Pictures, breed information, lost and found listings, and rescue contacts.

- Protesting the pit bull dog bans.

- Resources, articles, list of breeders, and links.

- Photographs, breed standard, information on rescue, obedience, and other activities.

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