There are three main breeds of pit bulls and several smaller offshoots. Like "terrier," "pit bull" is a descriptive term that encompasses many different breeds, coat types, colors and sizes. The three main ones are often confused, and it is best to differentiate them musculature and coat size when using general terms.Continue Reading
The three main types are the American Pitbull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier. The American Pitbull is roughly 30 to 60 pounds and has a variety of coat colors. Its head is proportionate to its body. In comparison, the American Staffordshire is a lot more muscular and bulky, and it takes on a square form. An American Staffordshire terrier usually weighs 60 to 90 pounds.
The Bull Terrier has a broad head and weighs in the same range as the American pitbull, but it retains some of the Staffordshire's bulk. All of the three breeds have short, smooth coats, but they can come in blue, red, tawny, brindle, black or brown.
Aside from the main breeds, there are terms like "gator pitbull," which refer to a specific breeding line that was bred for fighting and has since been bred out. When speaking about a dog, try to use its true breed name for clarification.Learn more about Dogs
Although pit bulls, German shepherds, chow chows, Rottweilers and dobermans frequently are considered the most aggressive breeds of dogs, any dog of any breed can be aggressive. Research shows that training and socialization is more important than breed in predicting aggression, reports the Smithsonian Institution.Full Answer >
Razor Edge pit bulls are a part of a specific breed of pit bulls that was originally created to breed the dogs to be a companion. The breed was developed by Dave Wilson and got its name from the kennel he owned in Virginia: Razor's Edge.Full Answer >
Some pit bulls have albinism, an inherited trait that prevents cells from producing the pigment melanin. This lack of pigment gives cells a pink, white or bleached appearance. Albinism can be complete or partial, but not all animals that are white have albinism. Dogs with no pigmentation are rare, but some breeds of dogs are prone to partial albinism.Full Answer >
Most dogs of any breed, including pit bulls, are ready to leave their mothers and go to a new home when they are 8 weeks old. At that age, puppies are completely weaned and comfortable with other dogs, but are still quick to adapt to new social environments and experiences.Full Answer >