Miniature Pitbull

Facts About The Miniature Pitbull

 

Physical Characteristics

 

The miniature pitbull has very many names that it may go by.  It could be called an English bull terrier, a mini bull terrier, or even an English mini bull terrier.  No matter what it is called, its history and characteristics remain the same.  The miniature usually weighs approximately 22-34 pounds and it is usually 10 to 14 inches tall.  These dogs are expected to live for roughly ten to twelve years.  It is thought to have originated in England in 1835 by breeding the English bull dog and the English terrier.  They have short, smooth hair and are usually solid in color, although it is not unheard of to find one that does have a pattern to their hair color.  Their eyes can vary in color, but they are never blue.

 

Pitbulls are often thought to be very aggressive.  Their short hair does a very good job showing off its muscles and gives the appearance of being very strong.  They are actually very confident, smart and loyal.  They are athletic and need to be exercised on a regular basis.  They were originally bred to protect their owners from other dogs.  Today, the miniature pitbull is very friendly and does very well with its families.  They are not thought to be very good guard dogs because of their soft temperaments.

 

Myths About Pitbulls

 

There are many myths that tend to accompany this breed of dog as well.  For example, it was once believed that they had a type of lockjaw system that would keep them from being able to release someone that they had bitten.  However, there is no real evidence to support this myth.  Pitbulls and miniature pitbulls have actually been used in the sport of Schutzhund.  Within this sport, they are able to release a decoy’s sleeve on command in order to gain points.  Another frightening myth is that these dogs will turn on their owners without any reason.  What is important to remember is that a dog is not going to attack without reason, at least not if that dog is in its right mind.  Keep in mind, however, that there are reasons for aggression such as improper handling and poor socialization.  If your miniature pitbull has become aggressive, you need to identify the reason for this aggression to prevent others from getting hurt.

 

Contrary to the fact that these myths are just that, many insurance companies will not insure a family if they have a pitbull or a miniature pitbull.  If they do insure the homeowners, they may only do so if the dog has received a Canine Good Citizen Award from the AKC. American Airlines also banned pitbulls from being on airplanes in August of 2002.  This was later lifted in May of 2003.

 

How Pitbulls Fit Into Our Lives

 

While pitbulls have received negative press in the past, it is important to remember that they have also received positive press.  Many of these dogs work in hospitals as therapy dogs.  Some are also very good family dogs if they are socialized properly.  Sometimes, pitbulls are even employed by U.S. customs or police enforcement agencies as effective K-9 dogs.

 

If you are interested in owning a miniature pitbull, make sure that you are prepared.  Learn effective and positive ways to socialize your puppy, so that he or she will be nice to family and friends that visit your home. Look into getting the Canine Good Citizen Award if you are worried that your insurance company will not cover you.