Pit bull and pit bull terrier: is there a difference?
As mentioned above, the name of the breed “pit bull terrier” can have abbreviated variants: “pit bull” or “pit.” Therefore, there is no difference between the pit bull and the pit bull terrier – it’s the same thing.
It is important to know: Professional dog handlers and breeders of these dogs claim that representatives of this breed cannot be called pit bulls, as this word is translated as “fighting bull”, and this is considered wrong. Therefore, in the professional circles of the dogs of this breed you need to call only pit bull terriers.
In Europe, the ban on dog fighting supplanted pit bull terriers as a breed. In America, they, as participants in the fighting, are banned.
At the beginning of the 20th century, a new generation of Pitbulls appeared – Staffordshire Terriers – Staffords. Dogs of this breed are also called amstaffs (American Staffordshire Terriers).
This breed differs from the pitbull in appearance and other characteristics.
Staffords in 1936 were approved by the American Kennel Club as a standard.
Stafford is a bigger dog than a pit bull terrier. She has longer legs and a head of a different shape.
Pitbull aggressive dog, as well as Stafford, but in the fight the latter will lose, because he has no desire to destroy the enemy.
Pitbulls are intended for official work, and Staffords or Amstaffs are an exhibition breed.
Connoisseurs of Staffordshire terriers are still confident that this breed has a future of dog fights.
How much does a pit bull terrier live?
The average lifespan of a pit bull terrier is 12-15 years. With good care, a dog of this breed can live for 3-5 years longer. Therefore, the maximum pit bull terrier lives more than 20 years.
The pit bull has the strongest jaws. The bite force of this dog is up to 126 kg / sq. Cm.
It is believed that it is almost impossible to open the pitbull’s jaws when it is in a fight. Such a statement is not due to the fact that this dog is bloodthirsty, that it can not let go of the enemy, she has such a feature of the jaw.
There are many cases when in a fight of a pit bull and dogs of other breeds, the pit clings so strongly to the enemy that neither the owner’s blows, nor the gas from the cannon, nor the current of the electric shockers help to separate the animals.
It seems that nothing will help in such a fight and the enemy is doomed.
But experienced dog handlers have one way that helps to unclasp the pitbull’s jaws:
Put the collar on the dog so that it is not on the neck, but a little higher to the head, almost near the ears.
Begin to strangle your pet slightly. Although it sounds scary, but you will not cause any harm to the dog.
Tighten the leash until the dog clenches the jaw. However, still do not lose your sanity, and do not pull too hard so as not to strangle the dog.
Thanks to this technique, the pet will open its jaws and release the victim.
Dog Pit Bull Terrier: owners reviews
If you are only planning to start a pit bull terrier, then you are surely in doubt whether to take a pit or still give preference to a dog of another breed. Reviews of the owners will help determine whether it is possible to start a pit bull terrier at home or not:
As an experienced pitbull breeder, I can say for sure that it is better for beginners not to take a dog of this breed. She needs special training, only so the pet will grow friendly and obedient.
Irina, 35 years old
We have a pit bull for 3 years. But we gave it to an experienced canine for training. He showed us how to handle such a dog. He explained that it is impossible to beat her and even scream, the dog can become aggressive. We have two children who adore Rimbaud (that is the name of our pit). He is benevolent to them too.
Svetlana, 30 years old
I always dreamed of a pit bull. This breed attracts with its strength and beauty of exterior characteristics. When I turned to the breeder for a puppy, I was told that it was better for a beginning breeder to take a bitch. She will be more kind and not so aggressive. But it will be necessary to engage in mating and offspring, since the girl-dog, which is not mated and she does not bring posterity, can become aggressive. Naturally, I follow all the recommendations of the breeder, there were already two litters of puppies. I can not imagine me doing without my Bella – a beautiful and good pit bull. Yes, and I get a profit from the sale of puppies.