The Pit Bull is a medium-sized dog with a stocky, athletic build.
Their short coat can come in virtually any color and is exceedingly easy to maintain. Pit Bulls only require a weekly brushing and—barring any especially messy adventures outside—a few baths per year. However, Pit Bulls are prone to skin conditions, including mange. So using medicated shampoo or applying special lotions is sometimes required.
Pit Bulls are bred to be athletic, and they require plenty of exercise to work off all their natural energy. At least an hour of strenuous exercise per day is recommended for these pups, who are more than happy to tag along on runs and hikes. Swimming is not necessarily recommended as the Pit Bull’s muscular build can make swimming difficult.
Though Pit Bulls have an unfair reputation as dangerous dogs, they are in fact very friendly and make great family pets, even for families with children. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, “breed is a poor sole predictor of aggressiveness and pit bull-type dogs are not implicated in controlled studies [so] it is difficult to support the targeting of this breed as a basis for dog bite prevention.” Care should be taken, however, when Pit Bulls are interacting with other dogs and animals given their high prey drive. Pit Bulls that will interact with other dogs and animals should be trained and socialized at a young age to prevent potential injury to other animals.