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Breed Spotlight: The American Pitbull


The American Pitbull- the original bulldog as some may say, its name suggests a family of breeds, as some may be confused by the names.

The American Pitbull Terriers are muscular and domineering to look at, but they are completely the opposite: friendly, loving, and sometimes clownish! Though they were originally bred for fighting and considered one of the aggressive dog breeds, they are today a popular choice among pet dog lovers.

The soft side of the American Pitbull Terriers is often ignored. They are very friendly and affectionate and often form a close bond with the people they stay near. They love to cuddle, snuggle, and play with their owners.


Grooming the American Pitbull Terriers is not rocket science: they have a simple coat with simple hair on it. They also have jaws and nails akin to those of any other dog breed. A moderate level of shedding is also a plus point. All these natural characteristics make their grooming easy and low-maintenance.

Nonetheless, a properly nutritious diet needs to be maintained for the proper glossy look of their coat.

  • Coat - They have short, thick-haired, and easy-to-clean single coats. They are average shedders, not requiring too much brushing and bathing. Brushing once a week and bathing once every two to three months is enough. In fact, bathing is not necessary—unless your dog gets himself into something messy and stinky; in such a case, you’ll have to bathe your dog. You can try using a vet-approved oatmeal shampoo to give your stinky dog a good smell.

  • Teeth - To keep his powerful jaws and teeth healthy and clean, you should clean your dog’s teeth two to three times a week. Just brush your dog’s teeth gently and in a circular motion. You should never use human toothpaste; instead, always use quality dog toothpaste.

  • Nails - The American Pitbull Terriers have blood vessels in their nails. Therefore, you should not trim the nails too deep, or he might become resistant to nail trimming due to the pain. We advise using a dog nail grinder, which reduces the chances of accidentally nipping a blood vessel in nails. You should trim his nail once a week.


The American Pitbull Terriers are strong, muscular, and physically very active. They, hence, require a regular, well-maintained, and nutrient-rich diet to meet their daily nutritional requirements. Adult The American Pitbull Terriers require the following dietary components on a daily basis:

  1. Calories: 1,700

  2. Protein: 20 to 25 percent of the daily diet

  3. Fat: Five percent of the daily diet

Based on these requirements, about a cup and a half to two cups of dry dog food every day will be enough. You can also divide this quantity into two or three meals per day. It is suitable for adult dogs to have two meals a day while infants to have three.

Please note that the requirements given above are for the adult and fully-grown American Pitbull Terriers. This amount varies according to the size and age of dogs as well as the activity level of each dog.


The American Pitbull Terriers are agile and athletic and are often listed as high-energy dogs. They need a lot of exercise to stay healthy and fit. You should aim for about two hours of workout for your dog every day.

Besides, to have a healthy cardiovascular system for your dog, you should also aim for occasional walks—provided the weather outsides is not too cold.

If your dog is young, you should aim for the following duration of exercise each day:

Age (Months) - (Minutes)

Up to four - 20 to 40

Up to five - 25 to 50

Up to six and beyond - 30 to 60

In addition to the physical exercise, you also need to provide mental stimulation to your American Pitbull Terriers to avoid getting bored and resorting to destructive behavior. You can get your Pit interesting dog food puzzles to make eating more fun and keep him engaged.

Known to be forever up for gaming, you can try the following games with your American Pitbull Terrier:

  1. Hide and Seek

  2. Fetch

  3. Tug


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