The Pit Bull is the product of interbreeding between terriers and bulldogs to produce a dog
that combined the pluck of the terrier with the strength of the bulldog. Initially, they were bred in England, Ireland and Scotland and arrived in the United States with their immigrant owners. In the United States, they were used as catch dogs for wild cattle and feral hogs and used to drive livestock.
Despite their reputation, Pit Bulls make wonderful family dogs. They are generally not aggressive towards humans, though some dogs may be unsuitable in houses with cats and other small pets if not socialized
. Properly socialized dogs generally do not instigate fights, but will be unlikely to back down from a challenge, making them good protectors of their family and home.
Although they possess much strength and resolve, these guardians of home and family are nonetheless prone to hereditary and congenital conditions
that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family budget
. Some of the conditions and illnesses Pit Bulls are prone to include joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia
; skin conditions such as demodicosis
; and heart issues
such as subaortic stenosis.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance
covers all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of your pet
as standard. Which means if your Pit has the misfortune of inheriting his father’s bad hips or his mother’s bum elbows, you’re covered