Pitbull guard dog

In this post we will talk about the characteristics of Pitbull dogs. Let’s find out if it is an aggressive breed that puts fear in any intruder. Are Pitbull dogs considered good guard dogs?

Pitbull guard dog

The Pitbull is one of the preferred breeds to be used as guard dogs. Due to its physical characteristics, muscular size, and strong body. It is a dog that puts fear in any intruders.

It is a dog that does not tend to be very aggressive with strangers but can be aggressive with other animals. However, it is a friendly, faithful, and protective dog, characteristics that make it a great guard dog.

Pitbulls are usually a little quieter, but still need daily walks and exercise. With practice and training, Pitbull dogs can be excellent companions and guard dogs.

About the Pit Bull breed

The Pit Bull Originates from the cross of Bulldogs and Terriers. The result was a dog that brought together all the virtues of the great warriors: resistance, indomitable courage, and kindness to those he loves.

Due to their physical and behavioral characteristics the Pitbull were used for protection, in the capture of semi-wild cattle and pigs, as an assistant in hunting, sheepdogs and as a companion for their families.

Currently, it continues to demonstrate its versatility, successfully participating in obedience, lightning, agility, protection and traction, as well as conformation championships.

Physical characterizes

The Pitbull is a medium-sized, solidly built dog with well-defined musculature. The body is slightly longer than it is tall. He is very fast for his size and, in some cases, because of his strong musculature, he can have a disproportionately greater weight in relation to his height.

The head is of medium length, with a flat skull and a broad, deep muzzle. The ears are small to medium in size, set high. The relatively short tail is set low, thick at the base and tapering towards the tip.

He is also a very short-coated puppy and can be found with many coat shades, except merle. Pitbull truffles can also be found in two versions red and black. 


The essential characteristics of the Pitbull are strength, self-confidence, generosity, loyalty and an excellent companion full of joy for living.

The breed’s intelligence and adaptability are the most outstanding points regarding its temperament. The breed is full of enthusiasm and loves to please. It is a dog that likes children, making it an excellent companion dog.

As for aggression, Pitbull dogs show a certain level of aggression against other dogs, but the same should not be shown for humans. As due to its powerful physique, the breed needs tutors who carefully socialize them and who train obedience to their dogs from puppies.

Health care

Pitbull dogs tend to be very healthy. Due to the stature of this breed, dogs can have hip dysplasia. Also, these dogs can feed in large amounts, which can result in obese dogs.

Obesity can influence hip problems. Therefore, the practice of physical exercises should be constant, as well as monitoring the pet’s diet.

Animals with hip dysplasia should not breed. And tutors who want to buy an animal of the breed, must buy from kennels that seek genetic improvement.

As for reproduction, few reproductive problems are reported. Before having an animal of the breed, it is essential to consult the veterinarian and regularly accompany the animal with exams and consultations.

American Pit bull general care

Due to the short coat, the pit bull only needs to be brushed once a week. Baths in this breed are indicated with specific shampoos for dogs.

Bathing should be done very carefully, especially to avoid water getting into the dog’s ears that have cropped ears. The animal must always be very dry after bathing to avoid the growth of microorganisms that can lead to dermatitis.

As for nail clipping, it is recommended to cut the dog’s nail once or twice a month. Dogs that live in backyards, or walk constantly, sometimes don’t need a nail clipping. Because the friction of the paw with the floor causes the nails to naturally reduce in size.

Pit bulls should brush their teeth every 48 hours with a dog-specific toothpaste. Constant brushing of your dog’s teeth helps prevent tartar buildup and the resulting problems.


Pitbull breed dogs are excellent guard dogs, due to their physical and behavioral characteristics. They are sweet, playful, and affectionate dogs, but their angry face can ward off any intruders. The fear that dogs of this breed generate in intruders does not match the affection and the intention that he has with the tutors. As they are extremely protective dogs, they are good companions and guard dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Pitbull guard dog

Are the Pit Bulls aggressive? 

Pit Bull dogs show a certain level of aggression against other dogs, but the same should not be shown for humans. As due to its powerful physique, the breed needs tutors who carefully socialize them and who train obedience to their dogs from puppies.

How big is a Pitbull?

The weight of an adult male in good condition ranges between 35 and 60 pounds. The weight for a mature female, in good condition, ranges between 30 and 50 pounds.

Are Pitbulls good family pets?

Yes, they are smart, agile, faithful and companions and are great to consider if you have young children. They are famous for being cheerful, healthy and love to please.


CBKC – Brazilian Canine Cynophilic Confederation, 2018 Official Breed Standard: American Pit Bull Terriers. https://www.portalvidapet.com.br/pdf/padrao-raca_pit_bull.pdf Accessed 11th Jan 2022.

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