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While the names American Bulldog and Pit Bull are often used interchangeably, the two are actually totally different breeds of dogs that have their own unique history, distinctly different temperaments and, if you look closely, they look quite different too.
Pit Bulls have gained a bit of a reputation for being ferocious, vicious dogs, a reputation that many Pit Bull owners would dispute, but nonetheless, Pit Bull related breeds have been banned in some countries and other countries have placed restrictions on their ownership. For that reason, American Bulldog owners are always very keen to point out the differences between their pet and the much maligned Pit Bull.
So, if you are one of the many people who often confuse an American Bulldog for a Pit Bull, here are some of the main differences between the two breeds and a little bit of history of where they originated from.
There are actually two main types of American Bulldog, the Standard and the Classic. The Standard American Bulldog also called the Scott American Bulldog is the type of bulldog that is most often confused for a Pit Bull. It has a more athletic look than the Classic Bulldog and it has a narrower head and muzzle. The Classic American Bulldog, also known as the Johnson American Bulldog, is heavier and wider than the Standard Bulldog and it has much more of the look of an Old English Bulldog about it.
Classic American Bulldog or Johnson American Bulldog
The reason that we have two main types of American bulldog can be traced back to two breeders, John D. Johnson and Alan Scott. Bulldogs were originally brought to the American South by early English settlers who used them was working dogs on their farms. By World War II, bulldogs were virtually extinct in America, until John D. Johnson and his father took it upon themselves to revive the breed. Alan Scott became interested in Johnson’s work and he began breeding Johnson’s dogs with other bulldogs from American farms, while Johnson began breeding his dogs with English bulldogs, hence the difference in appearance between the Standard and the Classic American bulldogs.
A Standard American Bulldog or Scott American Bulldog
The American Bulldog is typically a confident, social dog with loads of personality. If they are trained properly and they are socialised at an early age, American Bulldogs can be great with children and make very good family pets, even though they were originally bred to work on farms, kill vermin and guard property.
The American Pit Bull Terrier, more often just called an American Pit Bull, was produced by crossing Old English Bulldogs with Old English Terriers. The name is used to describe three different breeds; the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.The dogs were originally bred to combine the athleticism of the bulldog and the gameness of the terrier and they were used as working dogs on farms.
In England, pit bulls were used in blood sports, such as bear baiting and bull baiting and then, later on, they were used in illegal dog fights too. In America, pit bulls were used as hunting dogs, for driving cattle, and as catch dogs. And some have been selectively bred for their fighting abilities and used in illegal dog fights.
It is because of the illegal use of Pit Bulls that they have gained a reputation as an aggressive dog, but if they are trained properly and socialised early, they make loyal, confident pets and they are renowned for their loyalty and their love of children.
Both the American PitBull and the American Bulldog were originally used as farm dogs and both breeds have a history of being used as catcher dogs or big game dogs. Today, both breeds are more usually found in family homes than on the farm, but they are both still used for wild pig or boar hunting.
As for which of the two breeds is the best hunting dog, that’s almost as controversial as this type of hunting with dogs itself it is. It really depends on the individual dog and on the preference of the hunter that you ask.
As to which of the two breeds would be the best family guard dog, most people would say that strength and courage of the American Pit Bull would make it the winner in that category, but both have the loyalty and the tenacity to make a formidable guard dog.
American Bulldogs are fearless and courageous dogs as well, though, and they have developed a reputation for being excellent family pets. Of the two breeds, it’s the American Bulldogs that are more laid back, whereas the Terrier that is in the American Pitbull makes them much more active and they need to be exercised regularly so they can work off some of that energy.
Both the American Bulldog and the American Pit Bull are wonderful dogs that have their own unique physique, history and temperament. Like any dog that was bred as a working dog and a hunting dog, both of these breeds will make wonderful loving pets, so long as they are trained properly and they are socialised early on in life.
American Bulldogs are classified as a direct offshoot of the Mastiff Breed and they have none of the Terrier’s looks or temperament about them. They are laid back dogs that will work when they need and you won’t catch an American Bulldog wasting energy chasing its own tail! Pit Bulls definitely do have the energy of a Terrier and they need a lot of exercise to stop them getting bored, frustrated, and possibly short-tempered.
If you are ever again confused between the two breeds, you can distinguish a Pitbull by its block shaped head that rounds towards the muzzle and its pointed ears. An American Bulldog, on the other hand, has a much shorter boxed shaped snout, wrinkles on its face, and a Bulldog is usually larger and bulkier than a Pitbull and it has a broader chest and head.
The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is a perfect device for cat owners who want their pets to have easy access to clean drinking water all the time.
Aside from food, all living creatures also require an ample amount of water in order to stay healthy, and that includes your beloved pets too. Cats are typically low-maintenance pets and require small amounts of water (about 1 ounce per pound of their weight daily) since they mostly get their water from the food they eat. However, if you give them dry food, then your cat has to find other ways on how to get water.
Read our review of the Cat Mate Pet Fountain (see Top 6 Best Pet Water Fountain) and find out if this nifty pet fountain from Cat Mate is the best match for you and your cat’s needs.
Setting up the Cat Mate Pet Fountain is very easy to do. Once you receive the product, all you have to do is find your cat’s favourite drinking spot where they won’t be bothered, fill up the unit with some clean drinking water, plug it into the nearest power source, and that’s it!
Cat Mate is one of the three brands of Pet Mate, which is founded in 1986 and is the leading maker of innovative items for pets and ponds. The company uses only the best materials, clever technical design, and employs careful UK-controlled manufacturing practices. Thus, you are assured that you are getting quality products for your beloved pets.
Overall, we rate the Cat Mate Pet Fountain quite highly and regard it as one of the best pet fountains for your pet cat.
The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is considered to be one of the most popular pet fountains on the market.
The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is considered to be one of the best and popular brands of pet fountains in the market today. Since it has been manufactured by Pet Mate. There are quite a few drawbacks to this unit according to some customers. Let’s see below what are its main advantages and disadvantages.
The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is very easy to set up – just find an appropriate spot where your cat can drink in peace, fill the unit with clean drinking water, and plug it into the nearest power source.
There are three tiers/layers with two waterfalls, so your cat can choose where to drink – be it on the two elevated pools of running water, or two waterfalls, or the largest pool of still water at the bottom.
The unit is also portable, so you can bring it anywhere: a friend’s apartment, your parents’ house, or even at your hotel room when you bring your pet with you on your vacation. The unit is lightweight and what most people like about it is that it works very quietly unlike other brands.
While the fountain really is indeed an ultra-quiet unit and is easy to clean, the main disadvantage of this pet fountain is when the pump stops working. Apparently, the pumps are not sold individually; therefore, once the pump dies, the entire unit is useless and you will have to wait for its replacement.
Depending on your cat’s personality, they may not want to drink out of the fountain immediately, probably out of fear or confusion. However, most pet owners say that it takes a little while for their pet cats to get used to the unit and start drinking on them.
A minor disadvantage of this unit is that it can be hassling to clean the filters every other week, which is not good for owners who dislike cleaning.
The Cat Mate Pet Fountain is definitely a unit, that since it is lightweight and portable, you can bring it anywhere with you. Non-pet owners will also be amazed when they see you have this product and can strike a good conversation topic. What most pet owners love about this product is that it runs very quietly, and best of all, it is very inexpensive compared to other brands. Thus, if you want your pet cat(s) to have access to clean running water all the time but don’t want to break your bank, then the Cat Mate Pet Fountain would be the best product for you.
A Wireless dog fence is a great option for many dog owners especially those with yards that are difficult to fence up or a yard that is bordered by a stream or even at residential places where fencing is not allowed.
With the wireless fencing, also known as wireless fencing, your dogs can roam freely in your yard and compound, but within the boundary that you have set. This fencing is essentially a system that is installed around the perimeter of your yard and has a radio signal relayed to your dog’s receiver collar. It beeps when your dog is anywhere near the boundary area.
Firstly, you need to decide the location for your transmitter. Consider the area of your yard and where you would like your dog to roam around freely.
The transmitter is usually at a central area and near a power source. You need to place your transmitter at least two to four feet off the ground and in an area that is dry and ventilated.
You can even mount the transmitter on the wall using a mounting template as well. The transmitter should be at least three feet away from any large metal objects so that you can get the maximum coverage area for your pet as well as enable it to have a source of power. Do not place anything on top of the transmitter.
The collar that comes together with the transmitter is rechargeable. It is a quick charge unit and it can be fully charged in 2 hours and will last about two to three weeks depending on how frequently your dog challenges the boundary. Fully charge the unit before you began testing the system.
The receiver collar comes with long and short contact points. The long contact points are for pets with longer fur whereas the short contact points are for pets with shorter fur. You can install the contact points with the wrench provided.
To turn the receiver collar on, press and hold the ‘Mode’ button for 5 seconds. The indicator light will turn on. To turn the collar off, press the ‘Mode’ button again.
With the collar on, hold the test light provided on the throbs. Now walk out to your yard. The collar will start beeping and flashing as you reach the boundary area. The light on the test light tool will illuminate.
You can use two people to make this process easier. One person can be in the yard with the collar checking the boundary whereas the other person can be at the transmitter adjusting the zone.
You can adjust the boundary size up or down to make the area larger or smaller.
The person with the collar and the test tool can test the boundaries by standing at the desired boundary line whereas the other person at the transmitter can adjust the transmitter by setting it to ‘8’ and slowly turn the dial down until the collar starts beeping. Communicate with each other when the collar starts beeping.
If the boundary area isn’t the size you want, or it falls outside your property area, adjust the transmitter, adjust it to fit your specific needs.
Once you have the boundary area size you want, plant the provided flags to mark the boundary line. These flags will help train your pet.
It is crucial to get the right fit of the collar on your dog to ensure its safety. Make sure the collar is snug and the contact points are touching your dog’s skin. Never pull the collar and put pressure on the probes against your pet’s neck.
When you begin training your pet, you should begin your collar at the lowest setting and increase it one level at a time, until you find the right level.
The collar has five levels of correction as well as a ‘Tone Only Correction’ setting.
The number of times the collar starts flashing red, indicates the correction level.
The level you choose to use will depend on your pet and their level of temperament.
You can even use your own collar with the receiver; just make sure that it is non-metallic and only 3 quarters width.
To do this, remove the receiver and loop it in your own dog collar. Never attached a leash to the D-ring of your own collar as this will put pressure on the contact points on your pet’s neck.
Dogs dig their way under fences for a variety of reasons. Their urge to dig for freedom could be driven by the desire to mate, it could be that they feel trapped and anxious, or it could simply be that are digging out of boredom.
If you have a dog that has started to dig under your fence, once they have managed to do it once, they are very likely to try to do it again. That can lead to lots of unsightly holes in your garden, damage to the fence, and to the danger of your dog escaping and coming to harm or causing a nuisance.
Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to stop a dog digging under a fence and none of them is overly expensive. Dogs are all different, so you may have to try a few of these options to find the one that works with your dog. Here are the easiest ways to stop a dog digging its way under a fence.
When a dog hides food, it is simply acting instinctively and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog doesn’t like that food, or that your pet is unwell. Dogs will hide food to keep it safe so that they can go back and eat it later, much in the same way that some dogs will sometimes hide toys, so that they can retrieve them later to play with.
Hiding toys does not cause too much of a problem but, if a dog begins to hide food around the home, that can become a big issue or a dog owner. Any food that a dog hides indoors will quickly start to smell and it will soon become a health hazard and attract rodents and insects. A dog may also try to bury food indoors, which can lead to damage to floors, carpets and furniture.