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Playful Pet: American Pit Bull Terrier
05/05/15 at 10:44 AM | Published Under Dog Breeds
Often combating a bad reputation, the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) can actually be a “pussy cat” with proper breeding, training, handling, socializing and management.
The ancestry of this canine is rooted in England from the breeding of Old English Bulldogs with Old English Terriers. When its initial purpose of baiting bulls and bears was deemed inhumane, dog-baiting and rat-baiting took over. The “pit” part of the breed’s moniker reflects it being put into pits with rats or other canines.
The medium-sized, shorthaired breed has a solid, well-defined build. Eyes range from almond to round shaped, ears are small to medium in length and the slightly thick tail tapers to a point.
Since some Pit Bulls have protective instincts toward strangers, they demand extensive socialization at an early age to learn to differentiate between normal behavior and when someone is actually a threat. A well-trained Pit Bull typically makes for an intelligent, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet that is good with children and adults. As with any breed, Pit Bulls should not be left unattended with unfamiliar children. When training, Pit Bulls respond best to consistent, confident “pack leaders”.
Although considered a generally healthy breed, they tend to have a higher than average incidence of hip dysplasia. They’re also very prone to congenital heart disease, hereditary cataracts, and allergies to grass.
These powerful dogs must have regular opportunities to vent their energy in positive ways. Otherwise they’ll become rambunctious and bored – and will typically express this through barking and destructive chewing through drywall, ripping stuffing from sofas and turning yards into a mass of craters.
Pit Bulls will thrive with mental stimulation with a toy from Quaker Pet Group’s Hear Doggy line of ultrasonic plush dog toys. The science behind Hear Doggy! is based on the fact that dogs can detect sounds at a higher frequency (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz). Tuned to an ultrasonic range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human hearing range, while still providing the thrill of squeaks to your dog.
For canines like Pit Bulls that are known to be especially tough chompers, the newest Hear Doggy® line with Chew Guard™ Technology is manufactured with a durable Chew Guard™ liner and reinforced seams made to withstand rigorous play. While Pit Bulls are tough, these dog toys are tougher!