The Loyal Working Companion Dog
American Pit Bull Terrier
This breed of dog, also fondly called as APBT, is known
for its loyalty and intelligence. The dogs with this breed
make excellent companions since they are very
aggressive because of their protective nature.
How, then, are they different from the Staffies? For the
UKC or the United Kennel Club, Staffies and APBT are of
the same breed but many disapprove of this suggestion.
For instance, if the American Kennel Club has an
American Staffordshire terrier, it will be registered as an
American pit bull terrier by the United Kennel Club.
Furthermore, many breeders noted that their lineages
have been separate for a long time already for these
dogs to be still considered as having the same variety.
Meanwhile, the American Kennel Club does not register a
UKC-listed American pit as an American Staffie. In order
to gain dual-registry, the dog must initially be recorded
as an AKC American Staffie before it can be listed with
the UKC as an American pit bull, and not the other way
The following are some of the basic facts breeders would
really love to know about APTBs:
Living Environment: either outdoor or indoor
Coat: smooth, shiny, thick, and short
Colors: color varies
Height: between 18 and 22 inches
Weight: between 30 and 60 pounds
Temperament: courageous, full of energy, and loyal;
should be socialized early on with other animals
especially with children
Health Issues: heart murmurs and mange
Care and Exercise:
Bathe when necessary.
Brush their coat only occasionally using a brush with
Rub down their coat with a towel or a chamois to
remove hairs that are loose.
Their physique requires a regular exercise routine
which includes a daily play time and/or running along a
bicycle while on a leash.
They should be on leash while walking in public
The ancestors of APBT came to the US in the mid-1800s