Pitbull Breeds & Types of Pitbulls – Full List

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 06/13/20 •  9 min read
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Are you interested in Pitbull dogs? Are you looking to adopt a Pitbull from a shelter, or perhaps buy a dog or puppy from a breeder? Then you’ve come to the right place!

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In this article, we’ll take a look at Pitbull breeds and everything you need to know about these amazing dogs!

Different Pitbull Breeds

Is there such a thing as a purebred Pitbull? No, experts say Pitbulls are not a breed. However, there are several types of Pitbulls.

Many people believe that Pitbull dogs are a breed; however, that’s not the case. In fact, there are several different types of Pitbulls. Here’s a Pitbull breeds list:

Types of Pitbulls

There are also breeds that have been mixed with the Pitbull dogs, which are also very popular. Let’s take a look!

Rottweiler Pitbull Mix: these dogs are known to be loyal, loving and very affectionate. If you choose this mix, you may find you have a large lap dog! These are not purebred dogs, but are a combination of the Rottweiler and a purebred American Pitbull Terrier.

Pitbull Husky Mix: these dogs are usually a Husky mother mated with a Pitbull male. These dogs are known for being extremely playful, affectionate and intelligence. In fact, you’ll feel like you have a very smart clown in the family with one of these dogs!

History of Pitbull Dogs

The original Pitbull dogs are thought to have originally come from England back in the 1600s. They were often used in the horrible sport of bull baiting. Over the years, they were also used for bear baiting, cock-fighting and other now banned sports. Later, the dogs were used in dog fights, which are also illegal, but still take place in some places.

Later, British immigrants took Pitbull dogs to the U.S., where they were used as protectors and guardians of homesteads and farms. They were used to keep intruders and wild animals away from the home and cattle. Pitbulls were also used to hunt, catch hogs, and were also loved as part of the family.

Pitbull Dogs in the U.S.

In the U.S., these dogs became highly popular for the bravery, love of hard work and for their friendliness. Pitbull dogs were so popular they were seen in magazines, ads and more. Everyone wanted one of these beautiful dogs.

Bad Humans Breeding Fighting Dogs

However, due to bad breeders who mainly bred the most aggressive dogs for dog fighting, Pitbulls now have a very bad reputation. Some cities and towns have made it illegal to own a Pitbull within the city limits, and some homeowner’s insurance providers will not cover the dogs.

The breeds that make up the Pitbull family are not inherently aggressive; however, it’s important to understand and accept that these beautiful dogs come from lines of dogs that were bred to be aggressive. While they may appear to be the most loving dogs, they can (as any other type of dog) become aggressive all of a sudden.

This is important to understand if you plan on adopting a Pitbull, especially if you get one from a shelter. Parental lines are often not known, so you may be getting a dog that comes from an abusive background, or was taught to fight, etc. We don’t mean to scare you or perpetuate the negative views of these dogs. However, you do need to understand what you’re getting into before you adopt one of these amazing pups.

Physical Characteristics

Pitbull dogs are generally anywhere from 18-19 inches for males, and 17-18 inches for females. They can weight anywhere from 30 to 90 pounds. These pups are known for the stocky bodies, which are very muscular, and their smooth, short fur. They can vary in color, too, due to the other breeds they’ve been mixed with.

Pitbull colors can include:

Pitbull dogs have long bodies, with short tails that are a bit like a whip. Their ears may be small to medium in size and are set high on their squarish heads. And they’re known for their powerful, wide jaws.

Pitbull Personality Characteristics

These wonderful dogs are highly intelligent and have great physical strength. Pitbulls are also known to bond with their pet parents for life; the bonds are very strong. This is a dog that can’t be left out in the yard alone. He needs plenty of love and attention, training, and socialization. Dogs that are left alone will become depressed and possibly even destructive.

Pitbull dogs do have a strong prey drive and may charge after animals that are running away from them. When walking these dogs, they should always be kept on the leash and taught not to go after other animals, including other dogs.

Pitbull Dogs’ Health

These dogs tend to live anywhere from 12 to 14 years, or longer. While they’re mostly healthy, they can suffer from some genetic conditions such as hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and kneecap dislocation. They are also prone to skin conditions such as mange and skin allergies. Pitbulls are also known to suffer from congenital heart defects and thyroid problems.

In addition, Pitbull dogs excel at dog athletics and they’re very agile. They are also are great at escaping yards with fences, etc. These fur babies also very active and need a lot of exercise. They should be taken on a walk for at least 20 minutes, but longer is better. These dogs have a lot of energy—we can say it enough! Pitbulls enjoy everything from jogging, playing fetch and running, and they do great at competitive obedience competitions, along with weight pulling, agility and scent work.

Pitbull Dogs’ Temperament

When it comes to temperament, you’ll be surprised to know that Pitbull dogs are some of the most loving, loyal, laid-back dogs around. However, they can be stubborn, so a Pitbull needs obedience training and socialization.

One interesting fact is that in 2017, the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. tested about 931 American Pitbull Terriers. Of these dogs, 814 passed the test with flying colors, while 117 failed. In other words, 87.4% of the dogs were able to pass the test. The test proved that these dogs are some of the nicest dogs around! In fact, they’re one of the tolerant dogs tested by the society. They were ranked second, just after Labrador Retrievers as being the most tolerant dogs tested.

How are Pitbull Dogs with Kids and Other Dogs?

These dogs may be aggressive towards other dogs, especially if the other dog is being aggressive. However, if properly socialized, they can get along with other dogs in the household. Even so, it’s best to be safe and supervise them around other dogs, cats and other fur babies.

Pitbulls are known for their love of kids; in fact, these dogs make excellent playmate for kids. However, children should never be left unsupervised with this or any other type of dog. And kids should never be allowed to pull a dog’s tail and ears. It’s also important to teach kids never to approach a sleeping dog, or one that’s eating. In regards to food, be sure to teach kids never to food away from any dog.

How to Feed Your Pitbull Dog

The determining factor on how much your dog needs to eat depends on his age, build, size, metabolism, and activity level. Each dog is unique and each one will need a different amount of food. The active your fur baby, the more he will need to eat. On the other hand, if he’s laid back and not as active, then he won’t need as much to eat.

Vets generally recommend that Pitbull dogs each about 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry dog food each day. These servings should be divided into two meals.

Care for Your Pitbull Dog’s Coat

With their short coat, Pitbull dogs don’t need as much grooming as other dogs. They have fur that’s stiff and short, which makes them easy to clean. They need a bath about as often as any other dog—maybe once a week. And brushing and then wiping their fur down with a cloth can also work to keep their fur clean. As with other dogs, it’s a good idea to brush their teeth about 2-3 times a week, or daily if the dog allows it. This will take care of bad breath, bacteria that causes gum disease, as well as keeping his teeth free of tartar.

The Pitbull will also need his nails cut about 2 times a month, or less if he wears his nails down by walking and being active. His ears will also need to be checked about once a week. Check to see if you notice any bad odor coming from your Pitbull pup’s ears or if you notice any redness. Both of these could indicate he has an ear infection. We hope this guide has been a good introduction to the different breeds & types of Pitbull dogs to choose from. Remember, while these dogs have a bad reputation, they can make loyal, loving, protective family dogs. And they deserve a fur-ever home just like other dogs. We sure wish you both all the best!

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Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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