Types of Pit bulls and Pit bull Breeds That Are Popular Today

American Pit bull Terrier

Pit bulls have always been depicted as ferocious and dangerous dogs by many who don’t understand them. A Pit Bull is, in fact, a friendly, affectionate dog that can adapt to any living standards.

With that been said this has not stopped the breed stigma that Pit Bull owners have had to deal with over the recent years.

Pit bulls love people and they are committed to serving and pleasing their masters. They are people-oriented and loyal breeds that thrive as part of the family.

We are going to look at the different types of pit bulls and what they actually are.

What is a Pit Bull?

Pictured, (1) American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) – (2) American Staffordshire Terrier – (3) Staffordshire Bull Terrier – (4) American Bulldog – (5) American Bully

Pit bull is a common name for a type of dog (they are not a specific breed), the name is commonly used to classify a variety of mixed and purebred dog breeds. It descended from bulldogs and terriers.

There are a variety of Pitbull breeds within this type of dog, the formal breeds include:

  1. American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
  2. American Staffordshire Terrier
  3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  4. American Bulldog
  5. American Bully

Pit Bulls first originated from the United Kingdom in the early 1800s.

They are amongst the most misidentified and misunderstood breeds of dogs. Their aggressiveness is highly overrated and misunderstood by many due to their checkered history.

A cruel bloodsport known as bear-baiting and bull-baiting was popular amongst the British. This is whereby they would set off one or two Bulldogs into a pit where they would tie a bull and let the dogs harass and attack the bull for hours until the animal collapsed from fatigue.

Bulldogs were cross-bred for their strength and feistiness. The main objective was to breed the most powerful and ferocious dogs.

However, the British parliament outlawed the bloodsport prohibiting baiting of some animals such as the bear and the bull.

This in return saw the creation of illegal dogfighting as it was much easier to hide from the public eye as well as the law.

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Due to their colored past, these dogs earned a bad reputation leading to them being banned in some jurisdictions across the United States and Britain.

Some countries have even introduced and enacted breed-specific laws that target specific breeds such as the Pit Bull, others have banned the breed group entirely with some insurance companies unwilling to cover liability bites caused by pit bulls.

But are pit bulls really that dangerous? “Any breed of dog can be aggressive, it matters how it’s treated.”

They are not inherently dangerous, just like any other dogs, without proper training, neglect, irresponsible ownership and abuse they can become aggressive and possibly violent.

Pits are in fact loving and loyal companions if in the right hands.

Pitties are intelligent and have an eagerness to please. This makes them extremely obedient and highly trainable, but this could actually be a bad thing. They will do anything that you ask them to do, hence how they end up in the wrong hands. If they are trained to fetch you a beer, they will fetch you a beer, if they are trained to fight, they will fight.

This dog type has a number of different breeds within, we will get a bit more specific taking into consideration the mixed breeds, hybrids and purebreds alike.

Different Types of Pit Bulls Breeds

American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)

The American Pitbull Terrier is a purebred dog, it is recognized by the United Kennel Club as the official Pit Bull breed in the United States, despite this the American Kennel Club does not recognize it due to its unwanting history.

It was developed as a result of the English Bulldogs and American terriers, it is somewhat taller than other Pit Bull Breeds, the height ranging from about 17 – 21 inches tall which is about 6 – 8 inches taller than the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and weighs about 30 to 60 pounds when healthy.

The APBT comes in a variety of colors the Rednose and the Bluenose this are not separate breeds rather they are just a specific color of the APBT purebred dog.

They tend to have the same traits and qualities, health problems may be more common amongst them due to their popularity and demand hence breeders may overbreed leading to more frequent health issues.

Health Problems:

The APBT is prone to some health problems that include:

  1. Congenital heart diseases
  2. Patella problems
  3. Demodex mange
  4. Thyroid dysfunction
  5. Hip dysplasia.

Grooming:

This breed sheds its skin hence it is not hypoallergenic. It is recommended to use a firm bristle brush while grooming as well as bathe them using a dry shampoo. Never use human shampoo on a dog.

Litter Size:

May have about 5 – 10 Puppies per Litter

Exercise Needed:

Daily Long Walks at least 60 minutes every day

Price of Puppy:

Getting an APBT puppy (depending on the age) would cost you around $300 – $3000 USD

Let’s look at the other types of Pit Bull of the APBT characterized by their coat and nose colors

Blue Nose Pit Bull

A blue nose pitbull is a type of pit bull, its coat has blue and grey tones as well as its eyes, nose, and toenails.

Dog lovers extremely admire and desire them but they are quite rare to find, hence it could be quite expensive to acquire one.

They enjoy playing and exercising as they are extremely active dogs.

The disadvantage of the Bluenose is its health issues. The blue and grey tones on a Bluenose are caused by a recessive gene which in return results in the melanin levels being quite low.

This makes the Bluenose prone to a variety of health issues as the low melanin levels will lead to a weakened immune system, these health issues include cataracts, alopecia, deafness and heart problems.

Red Nose Pit Bull

 

The Rednose pit bull coat has red/brown/copper tones, their nose, toenails, and eyes also contain similar tones.

Acquiring one of this rare colored breed will have you digging into your account as the price tag may be on the higher side.

They are highly intelligent, obedient and trainable dogs just like any other American Pitbull Terrier.

These dogs are best suited for experienced dog owners that are used to powerful and large dogs. Training should be consistent and done patiently to ensure that they are at their best, if done correctly they will truly be your best friend.

American Staffordshire Terrier

One would easily make assumptions that the Staffordshire Terrier was first developed in Staffordshire, England but in reality, the Staffordshire Terrier was first developed in West Midlands, Birmingham, in the United States in the early 1970s.

It was much later that England started breeding them, however, the Pitbull breeds originally are from England.

The dog’s popularity in the United States declined after the 2nd world war.

This particular pit bull is stubborn in nature and requires owners that are firm and consistent in establishing rules. It is another type of pit bull known and loved for its working nature.

If well trained as an owner you should expect to have a people-oriented dog whos loyal and eager to please its master.

Due to its checkered history, this pit bull breed will engage when confronted and will not do well with other animals if not socialized in the proper manner.

It has a thick glossy and stiff coat, muscular build and for it being small in size it is a very strong dog.

With a broad head, this breed boasts an extremely strong jaw with a medium-length muzzle.

The American Staffordshire Terrier’s height ranges from about 18 – 19 inches tall at the shoulder for males and 17 – 19 inches tall at the shoulder for females and weighing approximately about 60 to 90 pounds when healthy. This breed type is the tallest and heaviest among all other types of pit bulls.

Health Problems:

The American Staffordshire Terrier is prone to the following health problems.

  1. Congenital heart diseases
  2. Thyroid dysfunction
  3. Hip dysplasia
  4. Elbow dysplasia
  5. Cerebellar ataxia
  6. Luxating Patella

Other health problems that can affect this dog are skin allergies, urinary tract infection and autoimmune diseases. Spondylosis and Osteoarthritis are found to affect older breeds of this type.

Grooming:

This breed is not hypoallergenic as it tends to shed. Regular brushing and grooming are required using a firm bristle brush while grooming as well as bathing them using a dry shampoo. Never use human shampoo on a dog.

Litter Size:

May have about 5 – 10 Puppies per Litter

Exercise Needed:

Daily exercise that involves long walks of about 60 minutes per day. It is important to keep this dog on a leash at all times during jogging or walks.

Price of Puppy:

Getting an American Staffordshire Terrier puppy (depending on the age) would cost you around $300 – $500 USD

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

These dogs were named after a place in England and were bred by English coal miners who wanted much lighter, faster and reliable working dogs.

The breed was used for bloodsports such as bull-baiting, bear-baiting, and dogfighting hence why it was crossbred with other dogs that would help it achieve the desired results for fighting.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the lightest amongst all the other types of pit bulls, weighing approximately 24 to 38 pounds when healthy and 14 to 16 inches tall.

They have a muscular body type with a shiny coat that is easy to maintain.

Despite their history, these dogs are well suited for active family homes as they are sweet, obedient and loyal companions whom if trained well could even run errands on your behalf.

Health Problems:

Some of the health issues this dog is prone to include hip dysplasia where the bone at the thigh fails to fit the hip joint snugly.

Their eyes also tend to be affected by PHPV and HC this can be avoided by checking if the parent breeds have any of these conditions.

Grooming:

This breed is not hypoallergenic as it tends to shed. Regular brushing and grooming are required using a firm bristle brush while grooming as well as bathing them using a dry shampoo. Never use human shampoo on a dog.

Litter Size:

May have about 5 – 7 Puppies per Litter

Exercise Needed:

Since this dog has extremely high energy it requires daily jogging and long walks to be at its best.

Price of Puppy:

Acquiring a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (depending on the age) would cost you around $300 – $1500 USD

American Bulldog

 

The American Bulldog is another type of pit bull that was first bred in England. Its muscular physique makes it a great dog for a variety of tasks that require stamina, strength, and hard work.

This breed was originally used in bloodsports such as bear and bull-baiting. Immigrant farmers also used them as stock guard dogs.

They make for great work companions as they are affectionate, loyal and assertive breeds. Over recent years the American Bulldog has been trained for tasks such as tracking and guarding dogs.

American Bulldogs have a sturdy muscular body type and some seriously powerful jaws with a square-shaped head.

Early obedience training and socialization is important so as to further suppress its aggressiveness though it is not a hostile dog.

It is a great companion for children as its protective instincts are to notch. This dog is loyal, brave and determined provided it has been trained well it will always obey what you tell it to do.

The approximate height of a healthy male is about 22 – 28 inches and 20 – 26 inches tall at the shoulder for female.

Health Problems:

The American Bulldog is a relatively healthy dog though it may be prone to neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis or NCL and hip dysplasia. Daily mental and physical exercises are very important to avoid the dog being unable to control the dog and him getting agitated.

Grooming:

It is easy to maintain these dogs coat. Brushing of the coat with a firm bristle brush is enough. Only bathe the dog when necessary.

Litter Size:

May have about 11 Puppies per Litter

Exercise Needed:

Taking the dog for a long walk of about 1 hour a day is enough exercise for him

Price of Puppy:

Purchasing an American Bulldog Puppy (depending on the age) would cost you around $600 – $950 USD

American Bully

This is a very popular and recent type of pit bull. They were developed as a result of crossbreeding between the English Bulldogs and the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Bully inherits hard working and fighting instincts from its parent breeds.

The height of an American Bully is approximately 16 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder and the weight is somewhat proportionate to the height. They make good family pets.

There are subtypes of breeds within the American Bully breed.

The American Bully subtypes are the XL Bully, Standard Bully, Classic Bully, and the Pocket Bully.

Below we will summarise what each of these subtypes entails

XL Bully

The XL Bully, just like their name suggests they are the biggest of the American Bully dogs.

A healthy XL Bully male may measures approximately 20 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and 19 to 22 inches tall for females.

The basic physical appearance of the XL Bully is similar to all other subtypes of the American Bully, one thing that is noticeable is that the XL Bully is much taller, muscular and bulkier than the other subtypes.

XL Bully’s have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

Their coats appear to be close, shiny and stiff.

Dog lovers adore the XL Bully for its massive build and height.

They are people-oriented and generally happy, sociable, friendly dogs. Sof-natured but powerful.

Their muscular build of an XL Bully often tends to scare children but once there is a bit of familiarity, they can be the very best of friends.

Standard Bully

The Standard Bully breed closely resembles a Bulldog with its general size and look.

Its look is close to the American Pit Bull Terrier.

It is regarded as one of the best American Bully breeds.

They have a large heavy broad head with a thick and compact body.

This dog has undeniable stamina and great power, he is, however, affectionate and loyal especially towards their family and masters.

Classic Bully

The Classic Bully closely resembles the Standard Bully with some differences in its physical appearance.

It has a compact body but is much lighter with heavier bones and lean muscles.

They have a similar temperament to the Standard Bull hence, the Classic Bully is sociable and friendly by nature.

Just like the Standard Bully, the Classic Bully is trustworthy and very loyal to his master and family.

Pocket Bully

This is just another subtype of the American Bully, the Pocket Bully is much shorter in height than the other subtypes.

Types of Pit Bull Mix?

There are a number of popular Pit Bull mixes.

Pit Bull Husky Mix (Pitsky)

A Pitbull Husky Mix is known as a Pitsky, it is as a result of crossbreeding an Alaskan or Siberian Husky with a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier.

This breed has a fun and loving personality and has a lifespan of 12-15 years.

As this mixed breed is a cross between a Pitbull, and either a Siberian or Alaskan Husky, the size can vary greatly. They may weigh between 30 t0 70 lbs and be as tall as 19-21″.

A Husky Pitbull Mix is an intelligent and devoted dog breed that is hardworking and provides great companionship.

Read more about the Pitsky here.

Pit Bull Labrador Mix (Labrabull)

Pitbull and lab mix

A Pitbull Labrador Mix commonly known as Labrabull is as a result of crossbreeding a Labrador with a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier.

They are sometimes called a Pitador, Labrabull, Pitador Retriever, and even a Bullador.

The Labrabull is a high energy dog that is easy to train and makes a great addition to the family.

Read more about the Pitsky here.

Rottweiler Pit Bull Mix (Pitweiler)

A Rottweiler Pitbull Mix is known as a Pitweiler, it is as a result of crossbreeding a Rottweiler with a purebred American Pit Bull Terrier.

They are unbelievably strong and loyal companions who are eager to please their masters.

Which is the best Pitbull?

Since there are many different breeds and types of Pit Bulls one may wonder which of them is the best bloodline or breed.

Each dog has different traits and characteristics hence this is the wrong question to ask.

What should be taken into consideration when seeking to adopt a Pit Bull is our lifestyle needs and how they match up with the traits and features of each Pit Bull.

Without looking too much into the differences here is what you should consider if you want to adopt a pit bull.

  • Since they are such active dog breeds and require quite a bit of exercise to keep them at their best, they need a committed and active owner who also loves to exercise.
  • They need a patient, tough and persistent owner to train them and socialize them accordingly.
  • The dog is quite strong and adult supervision is absolutely necessary if they are children in your home.
  • It is the owner’s responsibility at all time to take the dogs out for walks.

Summary

Pit Bulls are not a specific breed of dog but a classification of a type of dog that is used to describe purebreds and mixes alike.

The American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier are types of Pitbulls which are purebreds.

To get a Pit Bull Mix usually the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the one that is crossed with other breeds of dog (e.g. Pitbull Husky Mix that produce a Pitsky).

Pit Bulls need responsible owners and handlers are they are quite strong dogs and in the wrong hands, they could be quite dangerous.

They need time, love and patience to be at their very best.

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