Types of Pitbulls: know the difference!

Did you know that there are several types of pitbulls?

Some people mistakenly believe that the term “pit bull” refers to a single breed of dog. That would be same as saying that “hound” refers to a single breed.

Instead, like “hound”, “pit bull” is a grouping that contains several breeds of dog.

The three most common types are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Of all of the dogs included in the pit bull grouping, only one, the American Pit Bull Terrier, is recognized by the United Kennel Club.

Here are a few facts about these three popular types of pitbulls.

American Pit Bull Terrier

• Weight is typically between 35-65 pounds

• Coat is short and smooth with colorings that include red, brown, black, fawn, brindle and solid white.

• Head is proportionate to the rest of the body.

• Breed is loyal and obedient, but needs a firm owner so he will know who's in control.

American Pitbull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

• Weight is typically between 65-90 pounds.

• Coat is thick but short. This breed is found in a variety of colors.

• The dog’s body is muscular, with a square build.

• Breed is very friendly and devoted to its owner.

• The dog “Petey” that was featured in the "Our Gang" television series was an American Staffordshire Terrier.

American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

• Weight is typically between 28-38 pounds.

• Coat is smooth and short. Colors include fawn, white black, blue and brindle.

• The breed is known for its broad head.

• The breed is said to be good with children, but sometimes aggressive with other dogs.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Many dogs that are not even truly pitbulls are lumped into this category as well. Any dog bearing even one or two of the physical characteristics of a pit are often called “pit bull type” dogs.

These include Boxers, American Bulldogs, Old English Bulldogs, Presa Canarios and Blue Blood Bulldogs. This case of mistaken identity is a much bigger problem than just getting the name of the grouping wrong. 

Some locations, such as Miami-Dade County, Florida and Sioux City, Iowa have instituted breed specific legislation which bans residents from owning any types of pitbulls.

Also, because of the negative portrayal in the media of all pitbull types, many dogs that would make wonderful pets are overlooked at shelters and are eventually put down. Again, some of these dogs are not pits, but have been incorrectly lumped into that group.

The improper definition of pitbull types has also flawed the system that was in place to determine how many dogs of each breed bite humans each year. While a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control showed that pit bulls bit more than other breeds, that study did not separate the types of pitbulls, but instead counted all bites by any “pit bull type” dog in one group.

All other breeds of dogs were counted as individual breeds and not lumped together as a group.

There is a lot of confusion about types of pitbulls, but there is one thing that they all have in common: They are a misunderstood and misrepresented group of dogs.

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Did you know that there is a lot of confusion about the colors of Pitbulls?

Often times you will hear terms such as "Red Nose", "Blue Nose", "Gator pitbull" and so on.

So let´s take a deeper look at each of this terms.

For Black Pitbulls click here

For Red Nose Pits click here

For White Pitbulls click here

For Gator Pitbull click here

For Brindle Pit Bulls click here

For Red Pitbulls click here

For Blue Nose Pits click here

For Razor Edge Pitbulls click here

For Colby Pitbulls click here

For Gotti Pitbulls click here

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