The lifespan of pitbulls depends on genetics and environmental factors. On average, they can live anywhere from 8-16 years. In some rare cases, these dogs may live up to 20 years, whereas some bigger pitbulls may live for less than five years. A healthy diet with proper nutrition is necessary to give them a healthy, and hopefully long, life.
History of the American Pitbull Terrier
The origin of the pitbull dates back to the 19th century in Ireland, Scotland, and England. The ancestors of this breed were a result of crossbreeding terrier breeds and with the bulldog for bear & bull-baiting (a sport where dogs attack larger animals until they are defeated). In the 1800s, baiting was banned, and this breed was used for dog fighting and ratting. Pitbulls were introduced to North America by European immigrants, but due to its controversial origins, the AKC does not recognize it. Two clubs were formed for registering this breed, namely United Kennel Club, formed in the year 1898 by C.Z. Bennett and the American Dog Breeders Association. His dog was the first registered American Pitbull and was assigned number one by the UKC. The ADBA, started in 1909, is the second club that has been solely dedicated to pitbulls as Guy McCord (its 1st president) was a breeder and avid fancier of the American pitbull terrier.
American Pit Bull Terrier-Physical Characteristics
An American pit bull terrier is one of the most popular dogs. The blue nose pitbull terrier and the red nose pitbull terrier are varieties of this breed. The most interesting thing in these dogs is their specific nose color; at first, the colored nose may not be a big deal, but many do not know that it is rare and not found in most breeds. Pitbull puppies are easier to train than some other breeds.
Their size ranges from medium to large with a muscular build and a smooth short coat with varying colors. The variation in color and size is because of their origins. The pitbull has a long body shape with a whip-like short tail that has a pointed end. The ears are small to medium-sized and are set high. The head is flat, and the most defining characteristic of the face is its powerful and wide jaw.
Blue Nose Pitbull Terrier
This adorable dog does not truly have a blue nose but a nose with a grey tone along with a blue tint, making them appear different from the standard pit bulls who have a black nose. Blue nose pitbull terriers have an average lifespan of 10-12 years and some may suffer from health issues. These dogs are extremely loving, friendly, highly intelligent, docile, affectionate and protective. They become aggressive if anyone threatens their family. They are physically strong but friendly dogs and love to jump. Being athletic in stature, they often jump high.
Red Nose Pitbull Terrier
The red nose pitbull is a mixed breed from the American terrier. The rust-colored nose fascinates dog lovers. Being a medium-sized canine with lots of muscles, it can weigh between 40 to 60 lbs. A male reaches up to 19-20 inches in height while the females are a little lighter and shorter. With early training, these dogs become obedient, confident, and majestic. Similar to other pitbulls, the red nose pitbull also has a lifespan of 10-12 years on average.
What is the temperament of the American Pit Bull Terrier?
The American pit bull is affectionate and loving. These dogs are obedient as well and like to follow their owners as well as cuddling and sitting on someone’s lap for a long time. Therefore, proper training is required so they can appropriately show their affection and love. Many times they can be quite stubborn because of their short attention span. Due to this, masters have to be careful while training. During the training session, if the dog does not seem interested in any subject, then it is better to leave that subject or else the dog becomes irritated and stubborn.
This breed also experiences separation anxiety, which can be stopped by keeping the dog busy and making sure it gets plenty of exercise. In this way, the pitbull gets less time to fret when he is alone. Pitbulls have a bad reputation of being violent and cruel; the truth is when they are socialized and well-bred, they are people-oriented and friendly pets. They are highly energetic and not suitable for everyone but are intelligent and eager to learn new things.