6 FAQ’s about the American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament, Health Concerns, and Their Food

6 FAQ’s about the American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament, Health Concerns, and Their Food

If you’re still a beginner at keeping dogs and would like to know more about the American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament, Health Concerns, and Nutritional Needs, you’ve come to the right blog.

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Pet Profile: Pit Bull Terrier

Scientific Classification

Common Name: American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull

Height: 17 – 19 inches

Weight: 30 – 85 pounds

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Other Name(s): Pit Bull; APBT; Pitty; Pit; Pitbull

Commonly Asked Questions About an American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament, Grooming, and Nutritional Needs

1. What is the American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament?

american pit bull terrier temperament

Without a hint of doubt The American Pit Bull is one of the canine world’s most misunderstood breeds. The reason for this is their history as a dog fighter and bull baiter (as well as unethical news media coverage). Hence, the pit bull has become one of the world’s most feared dogs. 


While this breed can be dangerous and aggressive, these characteristics, most of the time, are a result of poor training, mistreatment, or neglect on the part of their owners. 


If they get a loving home, proper training and socialization, lots of love, the pit bull is one of the most affectionate and friendliest breeds there is. In fact, they are a very gentle breed and well-known for their companionship.


How an American pit bull terrier is raised will determine its temperament. 


2. Are pit bulls good with kids in general?

Of course!


The American Pit Bull is a playful, tolerant, and highly energetic breed which is frequently a good choice for families with children.


Because of these reasons your pit bull’s needs for attention are satisfied and met through one-on-one interaction with them. Making children excellent playmates for the American Pit Bulls. However, as you do with all dog breeds, it is important that parents constantly supervise their dogs when they are in the presence of children. 


Due to their high energy, they can get too excited and are prone to roughhousing can cause serious injuries if boundaries are not established. 


To add to that, one should teach their child to avoid pulling on the pit bull’s tail or ears as well as leave a sleeping or eating dog alone. Especially because any of these actions may be interpreted as aggressive by your dog and result in bites. As a result, Pit Bulls are generally not recommended for families with small children such as toddlers. 


3. Are the American Pitbulls an Intelligent Breed?

Because of their receptive and inquisitive nature, American Pit Bull Terriers are an extremely intelligent breed. If trained properly, they can learn a wide range of commands and tricks in their lifetime. This simply means that they are very easy to train as long as reward-based incentives and positive reinforcement are used when you are training them. 


While few studies have been conducted to assess the pit bull’s intelligence, it is widely accepted that the APBT possesses both problem-solving abilities and adaptive intelligence. As a result, most pit bulls can learn new commands even with a few repetitions only. 


Plus, they are also very good at responding to their owners’ emotional states.


4. What Are the American Pit Bull Terrier’s Nutritional Needs?

With so many options available at convenience stores and supermarkets, selecting dog food for your American pit bull terrier can be hard. You don’t really know what’s best for your American Pitbull terrier, especially if you’re still a beginner. As a result, owners should actively collaborate with a trusted veterinarian to develop a dietary plan that meets the needs of their Pit Bull Terrier. 


Whatever option you choose, make certain that the ingredients are sourced from a high-quality product. While table scraps may appear appealing to many owners, it is important to note that many human-based foods are extremely harmful to dogs because they contain contaminants and fats which are difficult for most dogs to digest.


5. How Much Food Does an American Pit Bull Terrier Eat Daily?

Feeding requirements vary greatly with each pet, as they do with all dog breeds, and are heavily influenced by your dog’s weight, energy level, and age. As a result, owners should actively collaborate with their veterinarian to establish a feeding cycle that meets their dog’s specific needs. 


Experts recommend 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry dog food per day for average adult Pit Bulls (divided into two separate meals). Pit Bulls that are more active may require more, while those that are less active may require less.


6. What Are the American Pit Bull Terrier Grooming Needs?

The American Pit Bull, as a short-haired breed, requires little grooming to keep their coat fine and in good condition. In general, a weekly brushing especially with a stiff brush is enough to prevent excessive shedding and matting. After brushing, owners should wipe their Pit Bull with a dry cloth down. This is to remove leftover hairs and debris that are stuck on their coat. 


To add to that, owners should pay special attention to their Pit Bull’s nails, ears, and dental hygiene, as with all dog breeds. A pit bull’s ears should be cleaned daily to remove earwax, dirt, and debris such as lodged hair in the ear canal during their regular shedding. 


Similarly, keep your nails clean, short, and trimmed on a regular basis. Overall, owners should trim their American Pit Bull Terrier’s nails at least once a month. Longer nails are more likely to tear over time, resulting in serious injuries to your dog’s feet.


Also, an American Pit Bull Terrier’s dental hygiene is very crucial. In order to remove food-based debris from their teeth and gums, owners should make it their daily routine to brush their dog’s teeth. 


Maintaining proper oral hygiene is an important aspect of grooming that many owners overlook. Inadequate cleaning will almost certainly result in  gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay in your pet. Bad breath is also very common for Pit Bulls, and if not treated, it will only get worse over time.

If you want to learn more about pit bull coat and grooming, we have a blog that dives deeper into this topic.



As pet owners, we are responsible for our dogs. We give them everything they need, shower them with love and give them lots of pets (and treat). They deserve all of that. But remember, there are no bad dog breeds (or dog in general), just bad owners.

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