Well, folks, you might have heard of the mighty Pit bull. As we fathom of it, we visualize a sinewy breed of dog which is more depicted as a fighter. There’s more to Pit bull than just this mainstream impression about it. For that, we’ve to go more profoundly into the details.
Pretty interesting eh, as most of us thought it would be a single breed for a single purpose which is fighting. Well, let me enlighten you that the original or the formal pit bulls are depicted as ‘fighters’ whereas, the mixed breed ones are used as family pets, for hunting purposes, livestock drivers.
Although, the aforementioned purpose of original pit bulls is deadly and should be put to a halt as animal lives carry the same importance as any living being inhabiting mother earth.
Formal breeds include American Bully, American Pit bull, American Bulldog and American Pit bull Terrier. Talk about the lots of America in the bread but let me remind you, Britain and Ireland also house Pit bulls as well. The mixed breed has Black Pit bull, German Shepherd, Pusky Bull and others with hilarious names.
Pit bulls are also being used as search and rescue dogs as well as police dogs, kinda cool. Detective Pit bull reporting!
We look upon what the history says about this distinct breed. As I’ve described the nexus of two breeds, ‘bulldogs & terriers’ which led to the genesis of Pit bull, this process has its own importance. Pit bulls came into inception when the thought of integrating the agility and strength of the two aforementioned breeds came into people’s minds. Pretty cool as this breed has both the muscle and speed.
Inception in the UK
These dogs were employed in bear-baiting and bull-baiting which are two different kinds of blood sports. Since this blood sport got eliminated in the United Kingdom by 1835, the players of this practice turned towards dogfights which were more implicit and were organized painlessly.
This was also easy to cover up from the authorities and hence this lethal game continued to prosper afterward till the 21st century. Dog fights were mainly used for gambling purposes and to illustrate the quality of player’s stock.
Inception in America
How did they end up in America? Well the immigrants! Those people came up with their Pit bulls and their families in America and employed those dogs not for dog-fighting but for safeguarding their territory and possessions from intruders and dangerous animals as they knew about the capabilities and competencies of this breed precisely.
This breed also used to accompany the immigrant’s young children and hence became an integral part of their household with getting more acceptance in the society.
Early 20th century also entails this breed being utilized for hunting purposes. They were specifically named as ‘catch dogs’.
The different aspect of its use
On the other side, these dogs are used for notorious activities and practices such as used against the police, to guard illegal drugs and used as attack dogs. This totally doesn’t mean that these dogs are not apt for daily life as it all depends upon how you raise them and how you employ them so cheer up and be happy for your mate.
Role in American Culture
Pit bull is now considered as having a pivotal role in the American culture due to its numerous traits such as friendliness, bravery, hard-working, enduring and deemed worthy of respect.
Due to these aspects, it has become well-known to every strat of the American Society and has also been in the limelight. They are getting featured in ads, a plethora of magazines and posters, Pit bull isn’t known as a fighting dog now rather a devoted companion of us humans.
Sometimes, it takes shape of an uphill battle to identify the right ones. Some dogs are mistaken to be Pit bulls whereas they aren’t because they did not originate from the combination of terriers and bulldogs.
Those dogs which aren’t counted as Pit Bulls genetically are Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux and Cane Corso. Talk about the difficulty level of their names, most of these dogs originated from France and Italy so there is no way they can be Pit Bulls.
Lifespan is dependent on caring aspect. On average, Pit bulls live up to 13-15 years but if raised with care and concern, it can surpass its average life-span. Thoughtfulness towards it is the key. It’s not always about what you’re feeding it but how you treat it as well. The atmospheric conditions play a key role in shaping its life-span as well.
Although the original Pit bulls were aggressive because of which they were solely used for fighting purposes, when the immigrants came to America, they focused more on mixed breeds as to diminish this specific trait resulting in them being more prone towards being companions to us humans and taking the role of stout guardians.
Termed as canine companions, this breed is now less aggressive, loyal and intellectually stable. The only thing on which this breed would get its aggressive stance is the potential danger to its family or caretakers which is, in fact, a massive development in the psychology of it hence earning the title of a household companion and a custodian. All it needs is a thorough training to become more sociable.
Care and diligence should be there when it comes to Pit bulls interaction with other animals. Although it won’t attack another dog albeit illustrating a mild aggressive behavior, when it comes to animals like rabbits, cats, and other domestic ones, precautionary measures should be taken because it still has a high prey drive and can possibly attack these animals.
According to the American Temperament Test Society, Pit bulls by far are one of the most tolerant and less aggressive dogs tested.
Although many traits have been described, we still have to get an in-depth view of how Pit bulls really behave sometimes.
If they’re well trained, well bred, it would exhibit apt-nature, loyalty and sociality. Socialization can halt it from behaving vehemently. It can be stubborn at times when the owner coerces it to follow the rules.
It is quite comfortable with other dogs if the other dogs don’t exhibit a nonsense attitude. One can make an inference from this fact as it is a dog with high moral values when it comes to interactions.
We’re going to compare male and female body ratios side by side.
When it comes to male’s dimensions, it stands about 19 inches in height whereas for a female, it’s 18 inches.
If we take into consideration the weight, a male stand at 30-80 pounds and same is the case with female.
You’ve to be informed about various diseases a Pit bull can encounter. Some are skin problems which include skin allergies and mange. It can also experience heart defects and thyroid with several bone diseases like hip dysplasia, kneecap dislocation.
Feeding your Pit Bull:
Whole meat with high protein content should be used to feed it as it satiates the maximum nutritional intake requirement. Dog foods containing more vegetables than meat aren’t ideal but make sure it has fillers in its ingredients like wheat, potatoes, corn.
The abundance of salt in dog food isn’t also required or permissible in terms of a healthy and nutritious food for this breed. Its intake should be 2-4 times a day and make sure the quantity of food isn’t low. It should not eat for half an hour after its physical fatigue or exercise.
This breed has a plethora of color variations.
Some of them are Red and White, Black Pit bull, Black and White, Chocolate and White, Tan, Cream and White, Brindle and White, Tan and Black Pit bull, Tan and Brown even they come up in Tri-colors and Solid ones.
Carriage through Airlines:
Most of us are avid travelers and with that we don’t want our little companion to be left behind. There are some obstructions to it with which you’ve to cope with if you opt to travel via airplane.
Some of the Airplane companies don’t allow Pit bulls in flights. I am going to list down those companies for your ease.
Airlines refraining Pit bulls
- Alaska Airlines
- Air France
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
The good news is that there always is a savior and in case of Pit bull friendly airlines, it is United Airlines.
They do have some conditions for letting your buddy on board. Your Pit bull should be at least weighing more than 20 pounds and should be over 6 months in age. Breeds like American Staffordshire, American Pit bull and related are allowed.
Maybe you can disguise your Pit bull with other breed costumes if it ain’t the ones mentioned haha.
So there you go ladies and gentlemen, these were some abridge facts about your little friendly companion. Please do take care of it as the way it takes care of you. Keep its belly full and prolly, it will return the favor in a more stellar way. Wish you and your Pit bull a healthy life ahead!