Males between 35 to 70 lbs and females 30 to 60lbs. No penalty for dogs above the standard weight as long as the dog is well proportioned.
The American Pit Bull Terrier instantly gives the impression of being a canine of power, passion and undaunted determination.
The perfect American Pit Bull Terrier should be of medium to medium large in height and size with a brick-like head, which is especially broad in the cheek area due to the powerful muscles of the jaws.
The American Pit Bull Terrier’s muscular body gives the appearance of great athletic ability, a thick neck of medium length runs into a broad, deep and well-sprung chest. The APBT has a broad shoulder area and a thick powerful rear end.
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a very muscular, powerful, yet agile dog which is extremely strong for it’s size. The American Pit Bull Terrier should have an excellent temperament, and are quite intelligent.
The temperament is to be very stable, loyal and trustworthy. Their disposition should be outgoing, playful yet protective when needed.
Perhaps no other dog has endured the public misperceptions that the pit bull has. The misperceptions go two ways. Some people consider the pit bull to be the safest, gentlest, companion ever created for a toddler. Others consider them to be very aggressive and dangerous. Neither viewpoint is correct, but both viewpoints have some basis.
Most pit bulls are fun-loving companions, gentle and patient with all their family members (with the very likely exception of other pit bulls). As with all breeds, however, there are bad seeds, and pit bulls are no exception.
Pit bulls were bred to be courageous and game, to continue whatever they are doing in the face of adversity. These qualities make them stubborn, tenacious and fearless. They were also bred never to act aggressively toward humans. Whether through poor breeding or socialization, this characteristic has not always been the case. As with any large dog, a pit bulls should be supervised when with children.
Life with a pit bull is always an adventure. These are fun-loving dogs that are always up for a game. They must have a vigorous exercise period every day. Although they are tough dogs, they are not cold weather dogs and should be shielded from the elements.
Pit bulls should be obedience trained not only because it is a good bonding activity but also to combat the public’s perception of pit bulls as maniacal beasts. Because they are very often not good with other dogs, they should be kept on a leash when around them.
Most bad guys would not be foolish enough to face a pit bull. Half of the pit bulls would lick them to death, and the other half would protect their territory — and the bad guys could never guess which one it was going to be just by looking at them.