Pitbulls- “The Nanny Dogs”

Pit bulls is not a breed. It is a generic term used for a breeds of dogs with similar type of traits and characteristics.

5 types of breeds fall under “ The Pit bulls”

  • American Pit-bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • American Bull Dog
  • Bull Terriers

American Pitbulls Terriers

American Pit-bull terrier

American Staffordshire

American Stafford-shire Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Stafford-shire Bull terrier

American Bull dogs

American Bull terrier

Bull terriers

Bull Terriers


Pit bulls are companion and family dog breed. They were bred to use bait the bulls. But, because of  their cool and gentle behavior near and around the children they got famous as “Nanny Dogs”. Pit bulls are very playful, caring for children and human attention seeker, which makes them nice family dogs.

But for being the owner of a Pit-bull breed , its important for the owner to  have a proper knowledge about Pit bulls. As these dogs were sadly bred for fighting purposes, they are high energy, tenacity, strong and courageous dogs. Hence these dogs can be excellent partners for active, responsible and caring owners. But can be difficult to handle for inexperienced owners or for the owners who don’t have much knowledge about them.

Pit bulls are the best cuddling partners and enjoy the belly rub like anything. They are very funny also. In fact some of the pit bulls think that they are lap dogs.

Pit bulls can be great apartment dogs, if they get regular and proper exercise.


  • Strong
  • Energetic
  • Agile
  • Tenacity
  • Powerful
  • Prone to distemper
  • Adaptable
  • Great sense of humor
  • Affectionate
  • Obedient
  • Determined

Determination is the most highlighted trait of pit bulls. They don’t like giving up easily, whether its escaping from fence, chewing off your new couch, showering you with kisses or in a fight.

Stahlkuppe (1995) writes: “The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) or the Am Staff, is certainly not the right pet for everyone.  Being a powerful dog, it will require sufficient and adequate control.  Some prospective elderly owners or children, will not be able to supply that control.  A first time dog owner, in the minds of many experienced dog breeders, should not buy an APBT or an Am Staff.  An insecure person who wants only an aggressive dog to bolster some personal human inadequacy should never become an owner of one of these dogs.”


Pit Bulls can develop behavior problems if mishandled, abused, poorly bred, unsocialized, and can become inappropriately aggressive. Unlike the myth developed by the society, pit-bull may be prone to distemper but can be the best dogs if taken care and handled by good and selfless owners.  In fact, Pit Bulls tend to do better than average in temperament tests. As per the temperament test results of The American Temperament Test Society Pit bulls have the passing rate of 82.3 %, making it as one the most stable breed. In fact Pit bulls have less temperament that Golden Retrievers.



The American Pit Bull Terrier has been “selectively” bred for hundreds of years to fight other dogs. Hence we can’t blame the breeds for behaving like killer machine, as they were bred for the this. These selective traits generally become the part of their character.  Hence keep your Pit-bull properly and timely vaccinated before taking it to places where it will meet other dogs and animals.

To be a good and responsible Pit-bull owner, its important to keep yourself educated about the breed.  Its important to understand that in case of Pit bulls fight can strike immediately, without any prior warnings and for no reason. Unlike other dogs, Pit bulls don’t growl or scream before getting into a fight or while fighting, they are the silent but deadly fighters.

It is not necessarily a hate of other dogs that will cause Pit Bulls to fight, but rather an “urge” to do so as Pit Bulls were bred specifically for it and will therefore do it with more drive and intensity than most other breeds. A Pit Bull may not even be the one to start the fight but will definitely fight like a pro if he has to.

In closing, its never the breed to be blamed, it’s the owner, Unless they have been very poorly bred and/or specifically “trained” to attack humans (often through abusive methods by undesirable individuals), Pit Bulls by nature are very good with people and in fact one of the most loving, loyal, friendly and dedicated companions one can have.


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