Basic Information About Pitbull Dogs
If you are looking to add an outgoing, fun loving pet to your family then the Pitbull dog is one that you should consider adopting. There are many Pitbull breeds that are popular today including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier and the English bulldog. The Pitbull has been used in dog fights throughout the years but is a much better choice than the boxer type of dog which has many fighting bloodlines. There are many positive aspects of the pitbull’s personality, training needs and loving nature that make them such a great pet to have in your home.
One thing that is true about most pit bulls is that they love attention. If they get all of the attention then they can be very destructive to their surroundings and people. Many people would rather not own these types of dogs because of this. They need plenty of exercise and love from their owners and therefore many do not get the proper exercise that their dogs need. One way for you to accomplish this is to begin training your pitbull terrier so that he or she receives proper exercise. With proper training you can make your dog one that enjoys the company of others.
Pitbulls have some health issues that you need to be aware of. These include the following: eye problems, epilepsy, glaucoma, heartworm, fleas and even skin issues. It is important to get your pitbull licensed so that you know what health issues your dog may have and can deal with those promptly. In most states it is illegal to own a pitbull without this license. It is also illegal to use choke collars on these dogs without their owners consent.
Pitbulls are generally much larger than other breeds of dog and as such, have more potential for health issues. It is important that you look into breeding pitbulls if you are considering them as a pet. Even though they have a large body size, they can still potentially suffer from heat exhaustion and stress at the same time. There is also a higher risk of these types of health issues if the dam is already pregnant.
It is very important that you do not let your new pitbulls get too heavy. They should only be able to weigh between ten and fifteen pounds for adult females. If you do allow them to get too heavy, there is a chance that the dam could suffer from postural hypotension which can cause seizures and comatose. Breeders should only allow their pitbulls to weigh no more than fifteen pounds.
The American Kennel Club classifies pitbulls as being any of the following: Terrier, Staffordshire/Cairn Terrier, Akita, Rottweiler, Bullmastiff, Doberman, Saint Bernard, Great Dane, Poodle, and Alaskan Malamute. There are many purebred American pitbulls on the market as well. They are classified by the type of fur they have (all breeds except for the purebreds) and the color of their coats. They can range from black, brown, orange, blue, fawn, red, tabby, white, and any other color you can think of!