She's mostly white with a few large black spots, including a black and brindle eye patch over her left eye. She has large seal-like eyes.
She craves attention on her terms. If she wants attention, she'll stare longingly with her big brown eyes, mutter a soft hum of a whine, and wait. If I don't respond, she'll rest a paw on my leg to remind me she's still there. He's the only non-black and white dog of the group. He's a handsome fawn color, he looks like he's wearing eyeliner with the black outlines around his eyes, and he's the calming force of the group.
He's everyone's best friend. His tail rarely stops wagging, his charm is constant, and his gentle, sweet demeanor wins the hearts of nearly everyone he meets. Kane is my resident moose. He's mostly black with a white chest, he has white feet, and soft brown eyes. Kane is the largest of the group. Weighing it at a hefty 77 pounds, this gentle giant was my first attempt at fostering a dog.
He had been scheduled to be euthanized in less than than 24 hours if someone didn't step up to save his life. That someone was me.
Kane is my resident moose. It can progress to weakness involving all four legs, and some dogs also lose vision. You'll realize you're not alone in your adventures of owning pit bulls. Eye color in pit bulls can range from blue or green to gray or brown. The creation of the British Pit Bull Terrier. If I don't respond, she'll rest a paw on my leg to remind me she's still there.
Five months after I began fostering him, I adopted him. It's a compliment if Kane spins around and shoves his backside into you. He's telling you he'd like you to scratch his rump. He's a pit bull-boxer mix that had been adopted, but later returned by his first adopters to the rescue group that saved his life.
He's all white, but he has a pair of large black eyebrows that makes him look unlike any other dog. He didn't know any English commands when I took him in. Simon is a unique character that is alert to anything and everything going on inside or outside of the house. Simon was my second attempt at fostering a dog. After just over a month of fostering Simon, I adopted him.
Pit bulls have traits that many people recognize. They have short hair, large heads, many have perked ears, muscular bodies, and long, whip-like tails. Eye color in pit bulls can range from blue or green to gray or brown. They can be quick and agile, or they can be aloof and more of a couch potato.
They can bark a lot, like Simon, or they can bark once or twice a year, like Lili. If you own a pit bull, or four, you'll soon realize how loyal these dogs are. They'll be at your side as soon as you come home. They're the guardian of the car windows and watch all cars passing by with awe and excitement when they get to go for a R-I-D-E.
You'll also learn you have to spell a select number of words, because they do know exactly what certain words or phrases mean. They'll make sure your spot on bed is nice and warm. Kane will settle into a pile of pillows at the head of the bed in a compact little ball. Once I try to move him, he becomes more of a concrete block.
I'll push, and his sleepy weight will just roll back to where he was comfortably resting. I'll shove his sleepy body over a few inches, and I'll hear a sigh or a grunt from him. He's not moving willingly. He'll make me work to earn that spot in my own mattress. Their sense of hearing can disappear at times, but just know that they'll be at your side instantly if you open a plastic bag or open the fridge door. Your dog is special! Chances are that you chose her because you like Pits and you expected her to have certain traits that would fit your lifestyle:.
Is it all worth it? She is friendly and can adapt to almost any living situation, as long as she is well socialized and gets daily exercise and attention. In America, selective breeding increased their weight and enlarged their jaws, giving them a more powerful-looking head. Originally bred for bull baiting and as a farm dog, the APBT has become a popular companion. The Pitbull is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of years. They can suffer from some common conditions like hip dysplasia and allergies.
Early diagnosis is the key to a long and happy life so be sure to schedule routine checkups.
We know that because you care so much about your dog, you want to take good care of her. That is why we have summarized the health concerns we will be discussing with you over the life of your Pitbull. By knowing about health concerns specific to American Pitbull Terriers, we can tailor a preventive health plan to watch for and hopefully prevent some predictable risks.
That does not mean your dog will have these problems; it just means that she is more at risk than other dogs. We will describe the most common issues seen in American Pitbull Terriers to give you an idea of what may come up in her future.
This guide contains general health information important to all canines as well as the most important genetic predispositions for American Pitbull Terriers. At the end of the booklet, we have also included a description of what you can do at home to keep your Pit looking and feeling her best. And unfortunately, your American Pitbull Terrier is more likely than other dogs to have problems with her teeth.
It starts with tartar build-up on the teeth and progresses to infection of the gums and roots of the teeth. American Pitbull Terriers are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections — the same ones that all dogs can get — such as parvo, rabies, and distemper.
Many of these infections are preventable through vaccination, which we will recommend based on the diseases we see in our area, her age, and other factors. Obesity can be a significant health problem in American Pitbull Terriers. It is a serious disease that may cause or worsen joint problems, metabolic and digestive disorders, back pain and heart disease. Instead, give her a hug, brush her fur or teeth, play a game with her, or perhaps take her for a walk.
Everything from fleas and ticks to ear mites can infest her skin and ears. Hookworms, roundworms, heartworms, and whipworms can get into her system in a number of ways: Some of these parasites can be transmitted to you or a family member and are a serious concern for everyone.
One of the best things you can do for your Pitbull is to have her spayed neutered for males. In females, this means we surgically remove the ovaries and usually the uterus, and in males, it means we surgically remove the testicles. Spaying or neutering decreases the likelihood of certain types of cancers and eliminates the possibility of your pet becoming pregnant or fathering unwanted puppies.
Performing this surgery also gives us a chance, while your pet is under anesthesia, to identify and address some of the diseases your dog is likely to develop. For example, if your pet needs hip X-rays or a puppy tooth extracted, this would be a good time. This is convenient for you and easy for your friend. Routine blood testing prior to surgery also helps us to identify and take precautions for common problems that increase anesthetic or surgical risk.
You may notice that he has lameness in his hind legs or has difficulty getting up from lying down. We can treat the arthritis — the sooner the better — to avoid discomfort and pain. Surgery is sometimes considered in severe and life-limiting cases of hip dysplasia. Keep in mind that overweight dogs may develop arthritis years earlier than those of normal weight, causing undue pain and suffering.
You might notice that he runs along and suddenly picks up a back leg and skips or hops for a few strides. If the problem is mild and involves only one leg, your friend may not require much treatment beyond arthritis medication. When symptoms are severe, surgery may be needed to realign the kneecap to keep it from popping out of place.
Signs can include dry skin and coat, hair loss, susceptibility to other skin diseases, weight gain, fearfulness, aggression, or other behavioral changes. Treatment is usually simple: In humans, an allergy to pollen, mold, or dust makes people sneeze and their eyes itch. In dogs, rather than sneeze, allergies make their skin itchy. Commonly, the feet, belly, folds of the skin, and ears are most affected. Symptoms typically start between the ages of one and three and can get worse every year. Licking the paws, rubbing the face, and frequent ear infections are the most common signs.
The good news is that there are many treatment options available for this condition. Demodex is a microscopic mite that lives in the hair follicles of dogs. All dogs have them. In mild cases, pet owners may notice a few dry, irritated, hairless lesions. These often occur on the face or feet and may or may not be itchy. Secondary skin infections may occur. Prompt veterinary care is important to keep the disease from getting out of hand. Many pets seem to outgrow the problem, while others require lifelong management.
Signs include red, hairless, crusting, scaling, or oozing skin around the mouth, chin, eyes, and ears or lesions on the foot pads and nose.