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What are pit bulls?

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A pit bull is a type of dog breed that is known for its sweet nature, strong body and high intelligence. The dog typically lives between 12 and 16 years and weighs approximately 30 to 85 pounds.

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The dog is part of the American Kennel Club's "Terrier" group and is considered a good dog to have as a companion. The pit bull, however, has had controversy surrounding it because the media has perpetuated the idea that the dog breed is highly aggressive and dangerous. The problem with this approach is that most pit bulls are simply not aggressive.

The pit bull is a descendent of a breed that was originally bred for fighting. This breed was taught to quiet bulls by biting their nose and holding on until the bull quieted down. This required a great deal of strength and some pit bulls today are unfortunately bred to fight as well. It is these dogs that are bred to fight and to attack that are highly aggressive and dangerous.

The pit bull dogs found in breeder's homes are loyal, sweet and loving. These dogs love their owners and will guard them against intruders, which makes them the perfect guard dogs. They are also loving towards children and will let children play with their ears and snuggle up next to them. The pit bull, though larger in size, considers itself to be a lap dog and will try to get as close to its person as it can.

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