Breeds of pit bulls with pictures
Did You Know?
The pit bulls were brought to America by the British immigrants. They are considered to be the descendants of bulldogs.
Think pit bull, and what comes to mind is a dog with a large head, wide jaws, a muscular, stocky body, and a short coat. Indeed, the pit bull's appearance can seem intimidating to some and endearing to others. As descendants of European dogs trained specifically for vicious modes of "entertainment", pit bulls have had a past ridden with misfortune and tragedy. As their abuse at human hands continues, these dogs or any breed with the slightest resemblance evoke feelings of dread.

Pit bulls have performed excellently as police dogs in the military as well as animal-assisted therapy. Known to be loyal to a fault, these dogs will go to any lengths to please their master, which probably did their undoing, as they can be trained to attack and maul, as much as cuddle and love.

Pit Bull Breeds

The term 'pit bull' encompasses a wide variety of dog breeds, which explains all the confusion surrounding them. A few consider Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and American Bulldogs as pit bulls, owing to their striking similarity regarding head shapes and body types.

However, if one considers the origins of the dogs as the determining factor, only the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff) can make the cut, and be fittingly called "Pit Bulls".

The general consensus within experts is that it is not possible to correctly identify a pit bull breed only on the basis of visual clues. There are several dogs, including Boston Terriers, Boxers, and Bullmastifs sharing similar physical characteristics as the pit bull. Therefore, the best way to identify one is by knowing about the dog's lineage.

Note: The American Staffordshire Terrier and The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) belong to the same lineage. Staffordshires were named by the American Kennel Club (AKC), and American Pit Bull Terriers by the United Kennel Club (UKC).

American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT)
The American Pit Bull is a medium-sized dog with a muscular body. It has a smooth, short coat with varying colors and is quite glossy. The ears are small to medium in length and can be naturally floppy or cropped. The tail is small, thick, and tapers to a point. Its height is in the range of 17 to 21 in (43 to 53 cm) at shoulders. Females weigh between 30 and 50 lb, and males weigh between 35 and 60 lb.
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff)
The AmStaff's looks are quite similar to the American Pit Bull Terrier, especially with regard to their coat's colors and feel. The two breeds differ mainly on two grounds―height and weight, with the AmStaff being only slightly heavier and taller. This breed was named, thus, by the AKC so as to differentiate it from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an English breed.
Types of Pit Bull Terriers

As mentioned earlier, pit bulls constitute only two individual breeds, the APBT and the AmStaff. These dogs come in various colors like black, brown, red, chocolate, and there's even a Moo Moo variant out there. But as with the case of any other dog, the color of the coat has no bearing on its personality or behavior. Furthermore, one keeps hearing or reading about blue-nosed or red-nosed pit bulls, but be aware that these are not independent breeds of dogs, but mere coat colors.

Chocolate Pit Bull Terrier
Blue Pit Bull Terrier
Red Pit Bull Terrier

Blue Pit Bull Puppy
Blue Pit Bull Puppy
Moo Moo Pit Bull Puppy
Moo Moo Pit Bull Puppy
Black Pit Bull Puppies
Black Pit Bull Puppies

Pit bulls are an endless source of joy to anyone who treats them with love and affection, and trains them to be the loyal, friendly, and goofy dogs they actually are. If you're planning to get one yourself, know that neither does this athletic and enthusiastic breed's training period ever really end, nor does the unconditional love that you receive.