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What is a Pit Bull?

*Edit* In my original post, I realized the wording I used was confusing, so I have clarified that. Apologies!

The term “Pit Bull” has essentially been turned into an umbrella term, such as “hound”, used to describe a type of dog, not necessarily one specific breed. 

The three most common breeds people refer to as “pit bulls” are:

American Pit Bull Terrier

Height: 14 - 24 inches (35 - 60 cm)
Weight: 22 - 78 pounds (10 - 35 kg)

American Staffordshire Terriers:

Height: Males 17 - 19 inches (43 – 48 cm) Females 16 - 18 inches (41 – 46 cm)
Weight: 57 - 67 pounds (25 - 30 kg)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

Height:  Males 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41cm)    Females 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm)
Weight: Males 25 - 38 pounds (11 - 17 kg)   Females 23 - 35 pounds (10 - 16 kg)

A lot of dogs that are not “pit bulls” are often lumped into this category because they have one or two similar physical characteristics, such as American Bulldogs

This creates a problem regarding breed-specific legislation (often referred to as BSL) which is popping up in a lot of counties. 

There are also terms tossed around frequently, such as Red Nose and Blue Nose, in regards to pit bulls. This refers to the breeding stock the dog came from. Some people have perpetuated the belief that these dogs are somehow more valuable than non-Red/Blue Nose Pitties. Red Nose Pit Bulls are distinguished by their red noses, golden eyes, and red coat. 

The same is essentially true for Blue Nose pits. A lot of people think they are more valuable for their unique coloring, but that is essentially the only thing that distinguishes them from any other pit bull. Blue Nose Pit Bulls have a grey/blue coat and grey or blue eyes. 

Like any breed, these dogs have amazing potential to be great pets. However, they are typically a higher energy dog and require lots of exercise! It is also important, because of these breeds’ histories and the fact that they are a very strong dog (physically and mentally- they can be stubborn and strong-willed), that you seek out proper training for you and your dog- which, of course, is necessary for every breed, but especially so for these guys!

Again, these dogs are not the vicious killers the media would like you to believe they are. They have just as much potential to be a happy-go-lucky family dog as a Golden Retriever! 

Hope this helps clear up any confusion anyone had about Pit Bulls!