The 5 Most Popular Types of Pitbulls
The 5 Most Popular Types of Pitbulls
Planning on purchasing your first pitbull puppy? Let's start with the most common types of pitbulls. Click here to get the facts on 5 popular pitbull puppies.
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Pitbulls have gotten a bad reputation in recent years.
More and more people are learning about the breed and discovering these bulky, muscular pups are actually gentle giants. In fact, they were once called Nanny Dogs for their gentle nature!
Not many people realize there are various types of pitbulls. While only one, the American Pitbull Terrier, is recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC), there are several types of dogs that fall under this category. The others are recognized by the AKC and other registration groups.
If you're in the market for a new pit bull puppy, you need to know the different types that you can choose from. Read on to learn the five most popular types of pitbulls.
1. American Pitbull Terrier
The American Pitbull Terriers have a long history that dates well before America was established as a nation. Old English Bulldogs and Old English Terriers were bred together in Britain and used as hunting dogs. They were aggressive enough to hunt wild animals and athletic enough to drive cattle and other livestock.
They soon became household pets once their aggressiveness was bred out of them.
Some characteristics of these types of pitbulls include:
- A short, smooth coat
- Small to medium ears
- A short tail that tapers to a point
- A deep, wide muzzle
- A large, wide nose
This type of pitbull, like many of the other types, is very protective and eager to please its owner.
2. American Staffordshire Terrier
These types of pitbulls were bred with the English Bulldog and another breed which has not been solidified. It is believed that this mystery breed might be the White English Terrier.
Like the American Pitbull Terrier, these dogs were initially used for bull baiting and other aggressive sport. They were popular in the United States well until the second World War, when their popularity fell.
Some physical characteristics of the American Staffordshire Terrier include:
- A variety of colors and markings
- A strong, wide jaw
- A strong, muscular body
- Stiff, thick hair for its coat
The American Staffordshire Terrier is a very family-oriented dog that will work well with other children. They are able to be around other dogs so long as they are not dominated. The downside to these types of pets is their susceptibility to diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia and skin allergies.
3. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Like its cousins on this list, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was bred with breeds such as the Bulldog and Mastiff. They were bred until they became brutal enough to fight each other or other animals. It was this aggression that gave them an initial bad reputation.
In modern times, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier is now known as a family pet, no longer subject to a life of fighting. But the breed does have some tendencies that should be considered.
They require strict training for them to associate with other dogs. They are a bit stubborn and take more time to housetrain. Once they are taught proper obedience, they are affectionate dogs that, like the others on this list, seek attention and acceptance from their owners.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier looks a lot like its cousins, with a few differences. The most distinctive physical characteristics include:
- A broad skull with a dark nose
- Shorter forehead and face
- A low set tail that is tapered at the end
4. Bull Terrier
Yep, this type of pitbull was also bred to be a fighter in England. This mix of Old English Terrier, Old English Bulldog, and the Manchester Terrier didn't create the powerful fighter that was intended. Instead, these precious pups were poor at fighting the likes of bulls and other animals.
There are standard and miniature versions of the Bull Terrier. This type of pitbull will grow to only 24 inches in height and tend to gain weight rather easily. It's best to keep them on a strict diet to prevent them from overeating.
They are fiercely loyal, sometimes silly, obedient dogs that look much different than the other types of pitbulls on this list. Here are a few of their most notable physical features:
- An oval shaped head
- A sloped, black colored nose
- Two types of colors: white, or colored (red, fawn, brindle, or tricolored)
5. American Bulldog
Depending on who you speak with, many won't include this breed along with the other pitbulls. But, like most of these types of pitbulls, the American Bulldog was bred to participate in blood sports. Once immigrants came to America to breed them, they were used to help on the farm and ranches.
At the end of World War II, this breed was almost nearly extinct. John D. Johnson, a breeder in Georgia, bred the remaining Bulldogs in order to keep them in existence. The result is now what we know as the American Bulldog.
Bulldogs are used as the mascot for many companies and are one of the most popular types of pitbulls. They are very loyal, protective, and athletic. This type of pitbull is not as aggressive, but also needs early interaction with humans as well as other dogs.
They require lots of physical exercises as well as mental stimulation.
Some of their defining physical features include:
- A broad, deep chest
- Strong, thick legs
- A short, smooth coat that is often times brindle
- A square shaped head
Who Knew There Were This Many Types of Pitbulls?
Though the media often portrays the pitbull as a dangerous dog, more people are realizing the gentle nature of these breeds. As with any breed of dog, they are only as good as their owners!
Many think pitbulls are one type of dog. As you've learned, this isn't the case. There are several types within this category that you're able to choose from. Whether you're looking for a slope-nosed Bull Terrier or a stocky American Pitbull Terrier, you'll be bringing home a great family pet.