7 Interesting Pit Bull Facts
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Pit bull dogs currently suffer unjustified bad press, caused in most cases by improper handling by their owners. However, those of us who have had the opportunity to share our home with these beautiful and noble dogs know that they are excellent companions, capable of providing: love, joy and affection on any occasion.
For those who already know about the lovely character of a pit bull and want to know more about this fascinating breed, you have come to the right place. In this AnimalWised article we will be telling you about the 7 most interesting Pit Bull facts, so keep reading to find out more.
- They have the most balanced character of most canine breeds
- Its fingerprints are on its nose
- Its skin is more sensitive than other dogs
- Hulk, the biggest pit bull in the world
- They are not considered good watchdogs
- The possession of a pit bull is prohibited in some countries
- Pit bull dogs are not a single breed
1. They have the most balanced character of most canine breeds
One of the biggest myths about pit bull dogs is that they are unpredictable and can attack without prior notice. However, we must remember that aggressiveness is not an inherent characteristic of any breed. It is a serious behavior problem that can affect any dog, regardless of: breed, age or sex. This behavior problem, as with any other breed, needs to be dealt with quickly for the welfare of both the dog and those that surround it.
In addition, temperament tests carried out by the American Temperament Test Society indicated that pit bull dogs have a more stable character than most canine breeds. When measuring their reactions to; different people, negative circumstances or stress, the results recorded that pit bulls came very close to breeds considered "exemplary" and "stable". These breeds include: the Newfoundland, the Beagle and/or the Golden Retriever.
2. Its fingerprints are on its nose
This fact does not only include pit bulls, but all dogs breeds. Just as we have humans a unique "print" on our fingers, each canine has a unique design on the tapestry of its nose. This means that your pit bull has its "fingerprints" on the tip of its nose and, in a way making up its identity (although it can not be used as an official registration method, like microchips).
3. Its skin is more sensitive than other dogs
In general, pit bulls stand out for their excellent health and low predisposition to degenerative and/or hereditary pathologies. However, their skin is more sensitive than other races, so they are more susceptible to developing; allergies, inflammations and skin diseases.
It is recommended that you use specific hypoallergenic shampoo for your pit bull. If you are not sure which shampoo to use, we suggest consulting your veterinarian. In addition, we also propose consulting a veterinarian about allergy tests for dogs.
4. Hulk, the biggest pit bull in the world
Hulk entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest pit bull. When he turned 18 months old, Hulk already weighed around 80 kilos and attracted attention on all social networks. This huge dog lives with his owners and their two little sons.
Hulk, contrary to what people believe when they see him, enjoys a serene home life. He loves to spend a lot of time with his family, and is considered a loyal and loving dog. In 2016, he become a dad to a litter of eight precious puppies which were believed to be able to fetch up to $500,000 on the breeders market.
5. They are not considered good watchdogs
Many people believe that, because of their privileged physique, pit bull dogs are excellent guard dogs. But in reality, the size of a breed does not determine its ability as a guard dog.
While they are smart enough to learn various tasks, exercises and tricks, pit bulls are not usually considered good guard dogs. This is because, in general, these pets are sociable with people and can behave in a "good-natured" way when they are with strangers.
6. The possession of a pit bull is prohibited in some countries
In many countries, including America, pit bull dogs are among the breeds that are considered potentially dangerous. Pit bull owners must comply with legal rules and laws. Pit bull owners also have to adopt the necessary preventive measures to guarantee secure possession.
However, in some countries, such as New Zealand or Venezuela, the: breeding, reproduction, sale and/or importation of pit bulls are prohibited or limited by law. Their illegal possession can result in sanctions. In some places, illegal possession of Pit Bulls can result in the euthanasia of the animal. Therefore, before you travel with your pit bull, we recommend researching the different pit bull laws.
7. Pit bull dogs are not a single breed
We currently use the term "pit bull" as an umbrella term for the different breeds. But in reality, many experts say it is not appropriate to talk about a pit bull as ¨breeds¨. According to them, there are various genetic ramifications that allow us to identify and differentiate blood and genealogical lineages, which are manifested through certain physical and behavioral aspects.
For this reason, it would be best to refer to pit bulls as types rather than breeds. As they that can be grouped into a large group according to their physical similarities and character. In this great group of "pit bull dogs", we can find well-defined and standardized types, such as; the American pit bull terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, etc.
There is a lot of controversy regarding pit bull breeds, but it is important to separate truth from hate speech. This is why in this article on pit bull breeds and types we do into the myths surrounding pit bulls and provide research to dispel them. As with all of our articles on AnimalWised, we base our information on scientific research from an unbiased perspective. This includes the information we provide on pit bulls.
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