18 to 22 inches (46 to 56 cm)
30 to 60 pounds (14 to 27 kg)
Short, smooth and glossy.
All colors and patterns acceptable.
When raised and trained with respect and knowledge, there is no finer companion than the APBT. He is intelligent and easily trained, loving, playful, expressive, faithful and versatile. Properly trained, APBTs are actually less likely to be human-aggressive than other breeds.
The ideal environment for the APBT is a home with a fenced-in yard, where his energy needs can be met and where he can be supervised.
The APBT is adept at Schutzhund, tracking, obedience and weight pulling. Jogging and camping can also suit this breed.
APBTs are high-energy dogs who require an outlet for their enthusiasm. Vigorous daily exercise is necessary for a well-adjusted dog. Several walks a day can keep him physically fit and mentally challenged, as can outdoor games that involve the whole family.
These active and muscular dogs need a high-quality diet. Feed two meals a day. They can gain weight easily, which puts extra strain on their joints and musculature.
Responsive and smart, the APBT is a relatively easy breed to train and has excelled in many areas that demand a high level of aptitude. A training issue with this breed can be how others perceive him, which makes going out with your APBT - who needs the exposure to all sorts of people and places to help him be a confident, trusting adult - sometimes difficult.
The APBT is devoted to serving his family. He is kind and caring toward children and very tolerant of any accidental roughness. He will play for hours with his human children and is a natural and competent guardian. APBTs can be dog-aggressive, but with training and management, can learn to ignore other animals.
The average life span of the American Pit Bull Terrier is about 12 years. Breed health concerns include allergies; cataracts; heart disease; and hip dysplasia.
His short, smooth coat is easily managed with regular brushing using a firm-bristled brush, an occasional bath and a vigorous rubbing with a soft towel.
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