The history of this breed began somewhere in the nineteenth century. By crossing the Bulldog and the Terrier, an attempt was made to obtain an active dog, capable of being playful and at the same time a strong athlete. The short fur, well-defined muscles, wide neck and chest, and flat head, give the Pitbull the appearance of a strong and agile dog. The ears are generally cut in a sharp shape. The height varies between 14 and 25 inches and the weight between 22 and 78 pounds.
Because of its appearance and volcanic temperament, the American Pit Bull Terrier has been at the center of several stories about attacks on humans. In fact, the breed is dominated by the desire to please the owner and show aggression towards other animals or, especially, other dogs, when commanded. In fact, it is well known that these quadrupeds are used in illegal dog fights.
Despite this tarnished reputation, if they are socialized and unquestionably subordinate to a calm, confident owner who knows how to dominate the dog, they will not show their violent side, but on the contrary. They are funny, playful animals, extremely loyal, and full of affection towards family members, be they adults or children.
How much does a pitbull dog cost?
These dogs are unique in a number of ways, and the price reflects it. They come from an elite bloodline that is known for its strength and intelligence. Not only do they have excellent genes but these traits were also carefully cultivated through selective breeding so that each generation would be stronger than the previous one.
For a purebred champion pitbull puppy, the average price is between $500 and $1,500. However, for registered dogs with good bloodlines from a world-class breeder, you should expect to see prices as high as $10,000 or more.
If you’re looking for a good deal, older dogs and unregistered pitbull puppies are typically found at local shelters or on classified websites. You can adopt one of these cute pups for as low as $200. The price will depend upon the quality, age, gender (male/female), bloodline (purebred vs mixed breed), geographical location, and who you choose to buy them from.
On average, the price of a pitbull puppy will be somewhere between $170 to $380.
If you want a purebred pitbull, look for backyard breeders who try to sell their dogs as “blue nose” or “red nose.” These are just mutts with special colored noses. They may be good pets but they certainly aren’t worth thousands of dollars.
What is going to be included in the adoption fee?
A well-known breeder should ensure that their puppies are healthy by providing a health guarantee, providing an examination with a veterinarian, and administering up-to-date vaccinations. If you adopt from them, they might also include microchips, spaying or neutering your dog as well as samples of food and coupons for products.
The breeder could also include an airline-approved carrier if the puppy is going to be shipped via airplane.
What are the extra costs?
Shipping a puppy can be quite costly. Shipping fees can start at $220 and go up to $450 depending on where they are traveling from and how far away your location is. Though, you may face restrictions imposed by some airlines when shipping this breed.
Taking dog obedience classes at a young age can help dogs become more docile and less aggressive. Dog owners should expect to pay $85 for an 8-week class, though this cost may increase as the length of the course increases.
For those who do want their pup’s ears cut and shaped into the proper position, it can cost between $200 – $400.
As with any pet, you must be prepared for recurring costs such as food and shelter. The average dog owner should expect to spend about $850 per year on their furry friend – this will include veterinary visits if the animal is healthy. However, an unexpected illness may drastically increase your annual expenses.
Important things to remember
It is called in many ways: Pitbull, Pit, Pit Bull, Pit Terrier, Half and Half, Staffordshire Fighting Dog, Bull Baiter Dogs, Old Family Dog (Ireland), Yankee Terrier (North America), Rebel Terrier (South America).
Some local counties and cities have laws or directives that can limit the number of dogs you’re allowed to own or sometimes ban them entirely.
Before buying a pitbull, you will need to prepare your home with all the elements necessary for its growth. We are talking here, of course, about a kit containing a bowl of water, food, a leash, and some age-appropriate toys. Remember that Pitbulls are strong dogs, and older puppies can gnaw on things around the house from time to time. Replace the toys over time as they wear out and there is a high risk that the pit bull will swallow them and, as a result, suffocate. You will also need a place for him to sleep, soft beds, as well as paper towels or other cleaning supplies if the puppy has not yet been taught to go to litter or even outside.
The pit bull breed does not require intensive care, but only washing when necessary, weekly brushing and occasionally you can wipe the fur with a damp cloth to keep it shiny and clean. The ears must be checked to prevent infections, and their cleaning is done with cotton swabs, from the inside to the outside.
The average life span of the pit bull dog is 10-12 years. This breed is vulnerable to allergies, gastric dilation, cancer, cataracts, congenital heart disease, ligament rupture, hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand disease.
It is sometimes said that the brain of the pit bull would grow too big in relation to the size of the skull and that for this reason, it would become crazy and aggressive. All of these are completely FALSE. His brain and skull will in most cases have absolutely no malformations.
The training of the pit bull dog should start as early as possible, in a calm and assertive manner, because it will not respond to harsh methods. Training sessions should be short, as the dog will quickly become disinterested, even if a reward system is used. It takes a lot of patience in training a pit bull, being a long process.
How can I save money?
The local humane societies and rescue groups often have older Pitbulls that are looking for a loving home. They typically charge less than $200 in adoption fees, which is an affordable price to pay.
If you truly want a dog with a “colored” nose, then by all means make sure the price is less than $100. However, if you are tempted by an expensive blue or red-nosed pit bull, think again.