American Pitbull terrior

Kevin Bazaldua, Contributor

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The American Pit-bull and terrier breeds were created in early 19th century. The Pit-bull can grow up to 17 to 21 inches and can weight up to 30 to 60 lbs. The Pit-bull’s life span can be up to 10 to 15 years. American Pit Bull Terriers were once an iconic American breed. They were American military mascots, advertising stars, and popular farm and family dogs. But when dog fighters criminally exploited the breed’s loyalty, tenacity and bold nature, the pit-bull’s reputation took a hit from which it hasn’t yet recovered. During a period of American history, dog fighting was a legal and popular activity. Many wealthy people and prominent politicians could be found at dog fights, betting on their dogs.

From his earliest days as a farm dog to when he was bred for dog fighting, the Pit Bull in America has always been an active, confident dog with a playful nature and spirit. He is best described as enthusiastic and comical.Whatever else those old dog-fighting breeders did, they created a dog who is extremely resilient and stable, as well as typically very friendly to people. That’s why so many Pit Bulls, even from the worst backgrounds, go on to be loving, trustworthy family dogs. That said, they need early socialization and training to become their very best. And they certainly have some normal behaviors that can be highly destructive when not properly channeled.

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