The name pit-bull indicates itself that these are the fighting dogs that were initially bred to fight. Basically, the word “pit-bull” is a combination of two words that are Pit and Bull.
Pit means a muddy place where a fight between animals takes place and bull is added in the name because these dogs were used to fight with the bulls usually.
You must have noticed that we have used the word “these” for the pit-bull and you must be taking it as a mistake. But, it isn’t.
So, for clearing your doubt, we must say that pit-bull is not a single breed. It’s an umbrella word that covers all the dog breeds having similar traits and characteristics.
Basically, these all pit-bull type dogs are descendants of terriers and bulldogs.
These both terrier and bulldog were bred together to have some breeds that must be as agile as a terrier and as strong as a bulldog to be used as fighting dogs.
So, there are many bloodlines in pit-bulls like American pit-bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, and American bully, etc.
As we have mentioned above that pit-bulls are fighting dogs and after knowing about the various bloodlines in pit-bulls,
A question must be revolving around the readers’ mind that what is the best pit-bull bloodline for fighting?
So, we did some research to address this question and came up with a well-researched list of the best pit-bull bloodlines for fighting.
Now without any delay let’s get straight into the details.
A well-researched list of best pitbull bloodlines for fighting:
Here is the list of some best fighting dog breeds that come under the umbrella of pit-bull.
These breeds are selected on the basis of some abilities that are must for a good fighting dog as size, jaw strength, muscular body, obedience, and trainability, etc.
American Pit Bull Terrier:
American pit-bull terrier is one of the most muscular medium-sized dogs. Its height varies from 18 to 21 inches (45 to 53 cm) and its average weight is 16 to 30 kg.
Its size, athletic muscular body, and agileness make it the best pit-bull bloodline for fighting.
Along with these all traits, its bite force (235 PSI) that describes its jaw strength are the main reasons behind keeping it at top of the list.
Due to its good biting force, sometimes it locks its jaws while biting. So, it becomes difficult for the animal in opposite to get rid of it.
Moreover, its high prey drive makes it a strong participant in the cruel game of animal fighting.
Besides being energetic, it is the most obedient dog breed in the pit-bull category.
These all traits combinedly make it the best ever fighting bloodline not only within the breeds having the label of pit-bulls but among all the dog breeds.
As mentioned above that American pit-bull terrier is the most obedient breed, its obedient nature makes it an easily trainable dog.
And being the dogfighters, they love the dogs that are obedient enough to follow their commands and are easy to train.
Although the American pit-bull terrier (APBT) was initially bred to fight and it has an aggressive nature.
But at the same time, it is the most loving and human-friendly dog breed too. That’s why thousands of APBTs are living with people as their pet dogs.
Being a fighting dog, the American pit-bull terrier is full of energy and agileness. So, it loves to play throughout the day and do exercise.
And always loves to be a pet of an owner that is as much energetic as ABPT is.
The American bulldog is almost the most muscular medium-sized dog among the pit-bull category. It often has a larger head, wider shoulders, and shorter legs.
Its height varies from 22 to 27 inches (50 to 71 cm) while it often weighs around 30 to 58 kg (66 to 127lb).
Along with its size and impressive muscular body, its better biting force (305 PSI) is the main reason behind keeping it on our list.
But on the other hand, its disobedient nature makes it quite hard to train, that’s why we have kept it on 2nd.
Along with all the good traits that are a must for a fighting dog, it has a stubborn nature that is often disliked by the dogfighters.
And due to its stubborn nature sometimes it becomes disobedient to the trainer and this behavior makes it difficult for a trainer to train an American bulldog.
But once it is trained, it might be a great fighting dog as well as a great family pet.
In earlier days while fighting with other animals, this breed was quite famous for fighting with dogs of the same sex and breed.
And that fighting past is the main reason due to which the American bulldog doesn’t get along well with other dogs.
Being a fighting dog, it is more energetic and playful. It loves to play and to do exercise. It needs quite a healthy amount of exercise on daily basis to remain fit.
Due to their playful nature, the American bulldogs open spaces more than any city apartments to live in.
This particular breed has also been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has been ranked 05 of 197 on the basis of popularity.
American bully is shorter but wider and has a muscular body with a larger head and shorter legs.
It generally comes in different sizes that are pocket, standard, extreme, and xl. Their height varies from 13 to 23 inches (30 to 50 cm).
While they usually weigh around 30 to 40 kg (66 to 90lb). They are quite heavy than the (APBT) due to their muscular formation.
Along with their impressive physique, their better biting force (315 PSI) are the main reasons behind enlisting it in our list.
But on the other hand, they are really hard to train and this fact makes it stand on 3rd in our list of the best pit-bull bloodline for fighting.
It is one of the strongest dog breeds having one of the most muscular bodies. And due to its huge biting force, it is considered as one of the best fighting dogs.
As mentioned above they are difficult to train, the main reason behind it is their will to do whatever they want. But once they are well-trained, they will do whatever you want.
As of now, where animal fighting has been illegalized by most of the countries, these dogs are considered as loving and caring pet dogs.
They do not get along well with other dogs just because of their fighting nature but at the same time, they love to be surrounded by humans.
Being agile and energetic, they are highly attracted to playing. Besides sports, they also need exercise on daily basis to remain happy.
This particular breed has not been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) as a distinct breed yet.
Bull terrier has a well-muscular medium-sized body. That often weighs around 22 to 38 kg (50 to 70lb). While its height varies from 21 to 22 inches (45 to 55 cm).
Along with its quite impressive physique, it is smart enough to understand the commands that are given to it.
Besides its physique and smartness, its good biting force (269 PSI) is the main reason behind enlisting it in our list of the best pit-bull bloodline for fighting.
But along with all these good traits, its stubbornness and disobedient nature are the causes of keeping it on 4th.
As mentioned above it is smarter than many of the dog breeds. And due to that smartness, it is a little bit stubborn in nature.
And due to their stubborn nature, bull terriers are quite difficult to train and sometimes become disobedient to the owner.
But once they are trained, they might be the best dog ever. So, initial obedience classes are highly recommended for a bull terrier.
As we all know these breeds were bred to fight and the bull terrier was considered as one of the best fighting dogs just because of its never-give-up attitude.
But as of now, bull terriers are living at homes with humans as their family members.
And now they are considered as one of the most loving and caring pet dogs around the world.
Along with smartness, these dogs are very agile and energetic. They need exercise for at least one hour on daily basis to remain fit and happy.
This particular breed has also been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has been ranked 62 of 197 on the basis of popularity.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier:
The Staffordshire bull terrier is the smallest in size among the pit-bull category. Its height varies from 14 to 16 inches while it often weighs between 13 to 17 kg.
It has a muscular body like solid-rock, a short and broad head, and very pronounced cheek muscles.
Although it’s the smallest dog in this category, its muscular body and its huge biting force are the main reasons behind keeping it on 5th in our list.
Its biting force is stronger than all the breeds that are enlisted in our list, that is 328 PSI (pounds-force per square inch).
Despite having such a smaller size, it performed really well as a fighting dog due to its huge biting force.
Moreover, its high prey drive makes it a strong participant in the cruel game of animal fighting.
Staffies are very smart and intelligent but at the same time, they are a little bit stubborn too.
And due to its stubbornness and disobedient behavior, the trainers often find to train a Staffordshire bull terrier.
That’s why initial obedience training is highly recommended before adopting a staffy.
Being a fighting dog, staffy is energetic and agile, so, it needs a healthy amount of exercise on daily basis to remain fit and fine.
Although these dogs are not animal friendly due to their cruel past but are highly human friendly. And that human loving property makes it a great caretaker.
And many of the pet parents love staffies just because of their loving and sensitive nature.
This particular breed has also been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and has been ranked 80 of 197 on the basis of popularity.
Olde English Bull dog:
The Olde English bulldog is muscular and big-boned dogs that often weigh around 22 to 30 kg (49 to 67lb) and their height varies from 17 to 19 inches (44 to 48 cm).
Although its athletic muscular body and its obedient nature are the main reason behind keeping in our list of the best pit-bull bloodline for fighting.
But on other hand, its bite force is quite less than the other dogs on our list and its bite force makes it stand at the last.
Its bite force is 210 PSI (pounds-force per square inch) that is not bad at all but when we compare it with others in our list, it is quite low.
Due to their obedient nature as American pit-bull terriers, they are also loved by the dogfighters.
As they are obedient, so, they are easily trainable and this the reason for which they are loved by the dogfighters.
Besides being a fighting dog, the Olde English bulldog is loyal and protective.
And because of its loyalty and protective nature, many pet owners love to keep it as a pet.
But if not trained well, sometimes it becomes stubborn and this may lead your Olde English bulldog to disobedience. So, initial training is highly recommended.
It does well with the pet parent that is as much energetic as it is.
Due to its higher energy level, it needs one to two hours of exercise on daily basis to remain happy and fit.
Along with this exercise, the Olde English bulldog loves to play athletic games in an open space like the backyard.
This breed has not been recognized by the AKC (American Kennel Club) as a distinct breed yet.
What makes a good fighting dog?
As every individual has some properties that make him perfect at his work, likewise in dogs there are some traits that them a good fighting dog.
Some of those traits are discussed below:
It is said that size matters but in the case of fighting dogs, size highly matters. Size does not only mean the height but also the weight.
Anything around 16 to 25 inches is considered as a good height for a fighting dog. While the weights between 20 to 50 kg are considered as good.
But for some dogs it is said that “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”
These dogs fight extraordinary irrespective of their size and the best example of these dogs is “The Staffordshire bull terrier”.
Which is the smallest in size in this category but has the potential to fight with any other dog that is twice its size.
Muscles are the sign of a healthy body not only for humans but also for the dogs.
Whenever a skinny person sees a muscular man, he feels himself insecure and never wants to have a clash with him.
The same is the case with dogs, whenever a skinny dog sees a muscular dog-like pit-bull, it is frightened of its appearance and usually does not want to fight with the muscular one.
That is the reason why having a muscular dog is a plus point while dogfighting.
Jaw strength is generally measured by the biting force of a dog. Its measuring unit is PSI (pound-force per square inch).
It is said that “the more the jaw strength, the more the dog is good for fighting”.
Because, if the dog’s biting force is good, he will be able to hunt to lacerate the dogs in opposite in the bloody game of dogfighting.
The dog with the strongest biting force (743 PSI) is KANGAL. While the average biting force of a dog is anything between 220 to 350 PSI.
OBEDIENCE AND TRAINABLITY:
The dog fighters always prefer a dog for fighting who is obedient. They say “a fighting dog must be obedient enough to be easily trained”.
If a dog is not obedient enough to obey your command, it will cause trouble during the fight in the pit.
As the dog owners often command the fighting dogs to stop or start during the fight. So, the dogs are trained to obey.
Although dogfighting has been illegalized in almost all countries but this cruel game is being played till now.
In this bloody game, dogs are left in a muddy open space called a “pit” to fight with other animals.
Both are made to fight with each other until one of them dies or becomes seriously injured. In this way, thousands of animals including dogs are killed every year.
The dog fighters specially bred these innocent dogs to be cruel to fight with others. And train them to fight until their last breath.
But, if a puppy doesn’t acquire the required size and physique like its companions, it is treated as a bait dog to train the fighting dogs.
And the fighting dogs start their training by lacerating the bait dogs. How cruel is that?
Same like us, the animals also feel pain but they are unable to express or we are unable to understand. So, kindly treat your dogs as living beings.
We being humans just want to request all the dogfighters to use their dogs for healthy purposes and play the games that are healthy for the dogs as well as for the owners.