There are many pit bull breeds out there, and the American Pit Bull Terrier is one of the most common. Indeed, it is found in American shelters more than any other breed. They are great dogs, but not for everyone. Their good qualities include being affectionate, loyal and playful. They are usually good with people, but not always, especially if they are victims of abuse or neglect. Sometimes they are aggressive towards other dogs, especially of the same sex. Some bark and others are quiet.
American pit bull terriers are not suitable for spending long amounts of time outdoors in cold or snowy weather. They will become unhappy and territorial if left outside and can only truly thrive as an indoor pet. They require lots of one-on-one time with their owners. Obedient and willing to please, they are easy to train for owners with dog experience. They can sometimes be stubborn or distract, though, so they are not recommended for first-time dog owners. It is often said they have a locking jaw but this is just an urban myth.
Some people insist that American pit bull terriers be fed an all-raw diet but this is not necessary at all. These dogs can eat the same diet as any other breed. Since they tend to be active, they may eat a lot. Some have allergies, but it’s not terribly common. American pit bull terriers are rarely obese and some may actually have trouble keeping on enough weight.
American pit bull terriers are strong dogs. Since they are of moderate size and are typical of a healthy weight, they are less likely to get many canine ailments. That said, they are prone to injury. One reason is that because they are so active, it is easy for them to hurt themselves. Another reason is that American pit bull terriers are a stigmatized breed and often mistreated. Former fighting dogs have scars and many behavioral problems.