The History Of The Pitbull

The History Of The Pitbull

History Of The Pit Bull

Pitbull history dates back to the early 1500's in England where bulldogs were commonly used as working animals. These dogs were specifically bred to assist farmers with bringing large farm animals in from the fields. History of the pit bull details its ability to bite a bull on the nose until submission is achieved. This is where the name "bulldog" gets its meaning. At this point, the farmer can slaughter, castrate, or begin to breed the animal brought in from the field. As time progressed, English bulldogs were bred with terrier dog breeds for fighting  in competitions. This crossbred dog is widely known as a pitbull. In 1835, the cruel entertainment was abolished. When immigrants came to America from England, they brought their breeds of pitbulls with them.


         Pit Bull Picture From Wikipedia

Health Problems Associated With Pitbulls

A pitbull typically has an average life span of 9 to 15 years of age. They are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies, and Parvo. Canine hip dysplasia similarities can be compared to that of arthritis in human beings. This disease affects mostly larger dog breeds and is considered to be a genetic trait. Dogs are not the only type of animal to be affected by hip dysplasia. The effects of this disease can be minimized by proper diet and exercise.

Cataracts cause the lenses behind the dog's pupil to turn a cloudy white color. Over time the dog will lose its vision. A veterinarian can perform genetic tests to see if a dog’s bloodline carries this trait. Environmental and food allergies tend to be common among many canine breeds. 

Pitbulls can suffer from food allergies like people. Some easily noticeable signs that a dog is experiencing a reaction to food are consistent scratching, licking, and biting parts of their body. Any change in a dog's normal behavioral patterns can suggest an allergic reaction is occurring. The most prevalent cause of a food allergy concerning these canines are soy, corn, and wheat products. Changing what the dog eats can relieve allergy symptoms. There are many choices available when purchasing dog food. It is suggested to read the labels to make sure the diet consists of the proper amount of omega fatty acids. A daily supplement can be added to the diet if a particular food brand relieves allergies, but doesn't contain enough omega three, six, and nine fatty acids.

Parvo can happen at any time during a dog’s life span. When at the age of 9 weeks or younger, puppies are most prone to contracting Parvo. The symptoms, not the disease is what kills animals. Tolerance is increased after surviving Parvo.

Breeds Of Pitbulls

The pitbulls short coat can range from white, tan, brown, or black. It may consist of solid or mixed colors. Breeds of pitbulls can weigh between 30 and 80 pounds. These dogs are slow to mature; therefore early socialization is highly recommended. Children should never be left alone with these particular puppies since they often do not realize their strength, and can unintentionally cause harm. The history of the pit bull shows them to be loving, protective, strong, obedient, intelligent, and full of energy.  They also have had a history of having a mean streak in them, and known at times just to attack for no reason.


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  • KittyKat Bar
    KittyKat Bar This is an interesting, informative piece on pitbulls. The pup in the picture hardly looks like a traditional, "mean" pitbull. I look forward to more articles about other dog breeds!
    March 27, 2012
  • Barb Slocum
    Barb Slocum This is a great piece on pitbulls. I do have to disagree though about the mean streak. I don't think a mean streak is bred into any dog, it is learned through human interactions.
    May 30, 2012