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A Pit Bull, often referred to as dog of power, is noted for its passion and undying willingness. Their heads are so sturdy that is likened to a brick. Broad cheeks housing the powerful jaws may entail fear. A well-defined neck is supported by thick muscles. A well-sprung chest makes the American Pit Bull a very muscular-looking creature. But is it strong inside?
Over fed or a Cross Breed?
At a normal rate, an adult Pit Bull’s height is between 14 to 24 inches and its weight is from 22 to 78 pounds. Height and weight are actually less important than the right height/weight proportion. American Pit Bull Terriers that are over-sized are either overfed or an American Bully, which is a cross breed between American Terrier and Bully.
Common Health Conditions
Pit Bulls’ health problems can be due to size, while others genetically inherited. Note these conditions:
|hip dysplasia||serious problem in Pit Bulls|
|Elbow dysplasia||15th worst rate of 82 breeds|
|luxating patella||can happen|
|hypothyroidism||4th highest rate|
|Heart disease||occurring more frequently in the American Pit Bull Terrier|
|itchy skin leading to pyoderma||very common|
|Demodectic mange||very common in Pit Bull Terrier puppies and adolescents|
|Tumors and cancer (mast cell tumors)||serious concerns|
|Eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, and entropion||common|
|Deafness||inherited usually by pit bulls with white on their head|
Prevention is Possible
Genetically Inherited. Genetically inherited diseases can be avoided by checking on the pups’ parents before acquiring them. Take a closer look on the following body parts if you can see the signs:
- eyes (discharge and light color)
- hind legs (difficult mobility)
- gums (bluish)
Do an overall dog check up using this link: http://www.petmd.com/dog/dog-symptom-checker. See particular body parts, note the signs associated with the corresponding diseases that are mostly applicable to any kind. This will help you spot potential problems in the future that only veterinarians can help.
Environmental situations can affect your Pit Bull pets more than anything else. Consider the following factors and do something about it:
- unsanitary dwelling
- secluded place with poor ventilation
- no playmates
- lack of bond with owner
- not enough space for a kennel area
- not enough walking and running venue
Bear in mind that the popularity of a Pit bull breed is due to its likable personality, utmost reliability, and most importantly human compatibility. They are mostly mistaken as bullies with another kind of large breed dogs. It is best to be cautious with their health because they also have vulnerabilities despite the powerful reputation. Over feeding can easily be solved with having an active lifestyle. So, it’s not all about raising an over-sized Pit Bull that can make your pet prone to diseases.
It’s the care routine and process that matters!
Sources: Daily Mail, PeoplesMagazine