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Pit Bull

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Pit bull-type dogs make for sweet, loving family dogs. They love their owners and are known to be protective of their humans, although they might try to make friends with a stranger that comes to your door. They do make good guard dogs and will warn the household of any strange behavior happening around your home.

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 17 - 19 Inches

Weight

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  • 80 - 120 lbs

Lifetime

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  • 10 - 13 Years

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

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Health

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Heart disease

What is it? 

Heart disease is most common among older or obese dogs. 

% Dogs affected:

About 10 percent of dogs suffer from heart disease at some point in their lives.

Clinical signs: 

Labored breathing, easily exhausted, irregular heart rate, exercise resistance, coughing, swollen abdomen, and skin discoloration that appears blue. 

Treatment:

Vets often recommend certain medications for dogs with heart disease. These include: 

  • ACE inhibitors 
  • Spironolactone 
  • Furosemide 
  • Pimobendan 

Health risks:

  • Untreated heart disease can decrease a dog’s lifespan. 
  • If your pit bull becomes obese, they’re at a much higher risk of heart disease. 

Average Vet Bill

$1500

Reimbursements*


90% = $1350

80% = $1200

70% = $1050

Hip Dysplasia

What is it?
Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects a dog’s hip joint and socket.

% Dogs affected: 

Approximately 2.6% of all dogs deal with hip dysplasia. 

Clinical signs:


Unsteady, swaying, or wobbly, reduced activity, exercise resistance, playing, jumping, climbing stairs reluctance, lameness, stiffness, shifting weight for relief, vocalization when touched or moves around. 

 

Treatment:
A hip replacement & A procedure called a femoral head ostectomy 

Health risks:

Obese dogs, especially larger breeds, are more prone to developing hip dysplasia. 

Dogs who over-exercise or under-exercise are more prone to hip dysplasia. 

A pit bull with hip dysplasia is more likely to need help walking up and down stairs. 

Average Vet Bill

$1200

Reimbursements*


90% = $1080

80% = $960

70% = $840

Personality

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Loving 

They would love to join you for a long walk, hike, or a run. 

Sweet 

Pit bull-type dogs make for sweet, loving family dogs. 

 Loyal 

Pit bulls are incredibly loyal to their families, gentle with children, and friendly toward strangers if they are well-socialized 

Gentle 

They are gentle and love to play, and just like any pet in the house, pitties should be supervised while engaging with visitors 

Lifetime Care

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Coat 

Pitties have short, single layer coats. They tend to look very sleek and shiny.  

Colors 

There are many colors although the most popular are red, black, and blue. 

 Hypoallergenic 

Pit bulls aren’t considered hypoallergenic dogs. 

 Grooming 

Once a week or so should be enough to help remove dead hair and dust or dirt that they have a tendency to collect when they’re outside. 

 Training 

Pit bulls tend to enjoy activities like weight pulling. 

 Lifetime Care Cost: 

Approximately $25910 (Reviews from dog breed-specific parents)

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Pit Bull: Dog Breed Information Guide 2022  

Pit bull-type dogs make for sweet, loving family dogs. If you’re thinking about adopting one of these lovable pups, you’ll need to know how to care for your new furry best friend properly. 

 At Spot Pet Insurance, we know that pets deserve the best. That includes working to understand them. We want to provide you with the information you need on your journey to being a good pet parent. 

 Today, we’ll be looking at the American pit bull terrier specifically. There are quite a few different types of pit bull, like the American Staffordshire terrier, which is the only breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The American pit bull terrier is one of the most recognizable breeds of pit bull. 

 If you want to adopt an American pit bull terrier, you’ll want to know about their needs and habits to provide them with the best life possible. 

Pit bulls: An introduction to the breed 

The American pit bull terrier is roughly 17 to 19 inches tall and can weigh up to 85 pounds.  

In terms of physical characteristics, they are big dogs and they tend to be well muscled. Purebred pit bulls also have sturdy, square heads and very strong jaws. Contrary to popular belief, however, they don’t have locking jaws.  

These pups may look intimidating, but they’re as sweet when properly trained and shown love and affection. 

What are the origins of the pit bull? 

Pit bulls are a mix of English bulldogs and tan terriers. Crossbreeding was intended to make them more agile and easier for breeders to handle. This type of dog first appeared in the United Kingdom in the 19th century.  

In the United States, they were occasionally brought into farms for herding purposes, but their instincts are not as strong as those of other herding breeds.  

Though they can get a bad rap, when these mixed breed dogs are properly trained and cared for, pit bulls make wonderful and sweet pets. In fact, an American pit bull terrier played the original Pete the Pup in Little Rascals

What are the types of pit bull? 

Although we will be focusing on the American pit bull terrier, there are several varieties of this family pet. The bully breeds include: 

  • American pit bull terrier 
  • American Staffordshire terrier 
  • American bully  
  • Staffordshire bull terrier 
  • American bulldog 
  • Red nose pit bull 
  • Blue now pit bull 
  • Bull terrier 

 

What is the personality of a pit bull like? 

Pit bulls are very affectionate with their dog owners. They can be friendly toward strangers when they are properly socialized. 

Pit bulls love their owners and are known to be protective of their humans, although they might try to make friends with a stranger that comes to your door. They do make good guard dogs and will warn the household of any strange behavior happening around your home. 

An American pit bull terrier is fairly easy to train through reward-based behavioral lessons. They can be stubborn when they want to be, so they respond best to positive encouragement, praise, and treats. They want to make you proud and happy. 

Do pit bulls get along with children? 

Pit bulls are incredibly loyal to their families, gentle with children, and friendly toward strangers if they are well-socialized.   

They are gentle and love to play, and just like any pet in the house, pitties should be supervised while engaging with visitors.  

Pit bulls are known to have a high pain tolerance, so they are patient when being poked and prodded by small hands but it’s always best to teach children how to be gentle. 

Do pit bulls get along with other dogs? 

Pit bulls vary in their comfort levels with other dogs, primarily depending on how much socialization they get. It’s good to introduce your pup to new places, people, and other animals. Like all doggy introductions, pits should be on a leash during new experiences to ensure their safety and others.  

 

Consult with a behaviorist expert to understand your pit bull’s personality.  

 

How to care for pit bulls 

Training isn’t all you’ll need to do to care for a pit bull. There are many other aspects of doggy care, some of which are more time-consuming than others. 

 

What is the pit bull’s coat like? 

Pitties have short, single layer coats. They tend to look very sleek and shiny.  

 

What colors are pit bulls? 

Pit bull coats come in many different colors: 

  • Red 
  • Brindle 
  • Blue 
  • Brown 
  • Gray 
  • Black 
  • White 

 

Are pit bulls hypoallergenic? 

Pit bulls aren’t considered hypoallergenic dogs. Hypoallergenic dog groups are those that tend to lose less hair or shed less dander, which is dead skin attached to hair similar to dandruff. Many people with allergies are sensitive to dander and often choose a dog that does not shed to avoid the symptoms of a reaction. 

 

Grooming a pit bull 

Like most dogs, a pit bull needs to have their nails clipped occasionally. You’ll also need to brush their teeth regularly and check for ear infections. 

 

They don’t require as much brushing as breeds like golden retrievers or huskies. Once a week or so should be enough to help remove dead hair and dust or dirt that they have a tendency to collect when they’re outside.  

How to be the best parent for a pit bull 

Wondering how to keep your pit bull happy and healthy? Read below for tips about exercise, diet, and everyday care to keep your furry family member happy and healthy.  

How much does a pit bull puppy cost? 

Pit bull puppies typically cost between $500 and $2000. However, if adoption is an option for your family, fees for rescued pitties can range from $175 and up. An adoption fee is always necessary since the cost covers the care of the pup so that you take a happy, healthy bully home as a new family member. For precise adoption fees, it is best to contact your local shelter, a pit bull rescue, or a nearby dog welfare organization who can help you understand care costs and lifetime costs of your pit. 

Basic training and behavior etiquette for your pit bull 

Although they aren’t as energetic as some breeds, pit bulls require exercise to ensure they don’t get too antsy from being cooped up inside all day.  

  • Pit bulls tend to enjoy activities like weight pulling. There are also obedience and agility competitions that they might find fun.[Text Wrapping Break] 
  • They would love to join you for a long walk, hike, or a run. 
  • Socialize your pit bull as early as possible to train them to get along with people and other dogs. 

What foods should a pit bull never eat? 

It’s always best to avoid giving this American dog any of the following foods: 

  • Chocolate 
  • Onions or garlic  
  • Grapes and raisins 
  • Caffeinated drinks 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Dairy 
  • Excessive salt 
  • Raw dough 
  • Avocados 

Pit Bull life stages 

Pit bulls typically live for about 12 years. 

 

Below are the stages in a pit bull’s life. 

Puppyhood: 0-12 months 

Adulthood: 1-7 years 

Senior: 7-12 years 

 

 

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