The American Pit Bull Terrier is a tough-looking dog that is muscular and athletic. But beyond the breed's tough exterior is a huge smile and a heart of gold. Nicknamed the "pit bull," "pit" or "pitty," this breed is a source of controversy. Unfortunately, the pit bull has one of the worst reputations of all dog breeds. This breed has a history as a farm dog and hunter, but it also was once commonly used in dog fights. Sadly, the pit bull is still found in illegal dog fighting rings. Bottom line, the pit bull was historically bred to be a companion dog and makes an excellent companion dog to this day.
Despite its attributes, the American Pit Bull Terrier is not the right dog for everyone. Pit bulls are generally high-energy dogs with strong prey drives. They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They also desire to spend time with their humans and do not thrive as outdoor dogs. Think this could be the breed for you? Learn all about the American Pit Bull Terrier and decide for yourself.
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