Place of Origin:
Height from Shoulder:
18-19 Inches (Male), 17-18 Inches (Female)
55-70 Pounds (Male) 40-55 Pounds (Female)
Pit Bulls, often referred to as land seals, have had a bad reputation for being aggressive in recent years due to their use as fighting dogs – but that couldn’t be further from their true disposition. Pitties are resilient and stable.
Pit Bulls are also great family pets because they’re extremely loyal and love to learn. Because of their high energy levels, keeping this breed busy is best. They love to be active and are grateful for a fenced-in yard to run around in.
Socializing breeds in the Terrier family is of the utmost importance because they’re doggone determined – once they get their paws on something, they don’t back down. Practicing “leave it,” “watch me,” and “stay” cues helps get their attention.
As pure breed dogs, Pit Bulls are at a higher risk for certain health and genetic conditions. Hip dysplasia and myotonia are two of the most common issues to plague this pet.
Pit Bulls are more susceptible than other breeds to issues with their hips and elbows. Whether they are born with the disorders or caused by an injury or illness, these conditions are usually treated with alternative therapies, ongoing medications, and surgery; all things covered under our dog insurance plan.
They also take their high-energy attitude with them to feeding time, and for this reason, they’re a breed to watch for bloating (i.e. when the stomach twists and blood flow is cut off). To help prevent bloat, consider making mealtimes a game by making them work for their dinner or using interactive feeders.
4-year-old Pittie Mix, Barron, injured his back legs and needed two major surgeries. But his pet parents didn’t sweat it because they had Embrace.
Vet Bill: $6,989 Embrace Reimbursed: $5,721
Risk Factors and Costs for Common Pit Bull Health Issues
From elbow dysplasia to bloat, here are some common Pit Bull health issues. Information based on Embrace claims data.
Estimates based on claims paid by Embrace Pet Insurance.
Average Cost to Insure Your Pit Bull
For comprehensive accident and illness coverage, the majority of our Pit Bull pet parents pay between $39 and $86 per month.*
Pet insurance may cost more or less depending on where you live, your dog’s age, and what policy parameters you choose.
Policies for Pit Bulls can cost more than those for mixed breed dogs because they are much more likely than mixed breed dogs to make claims for hereditary conditions that are expensive to treat.
Pit Bull Mix Suffered Lead Poisoning
Inara the Pit Bull Mix who thrived on a raw venison diet ingested a lead bullet that was used to hunt her food. Thankfully, Embrace was there to help this girl back to health.
Vet Bill: $2,349 Embrace Reimbursed: $1,664