Black Pitbull Breed Overview & Owner’s Guide

Black pitbulls are medium-sized, purebred terriers of British origin. The black pitbull is usually just an American pitbull terrier with a black coat.

Despite their reputation as being aggressive and fierce, these dogs love people and form strong bonds with their owners and other family members. They are also very trusting, so training them is easy.

Black pitbulls typically cost $800 to $1,000 USD.

What Is a Black Pitbull?

Dogs commonly known as pitbulls are in fact members of a specific group of dog breeds with similar features and temperaments. These breeds include American Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Most of today’s Pitbull type dogs are descendants of a 19th-century dog originating in the British Isles, bred for fighting. That dog breed was a cross between the Old English Bulldog and the Old English Terrier. 

The pedigreed Pitbulls raised by people nowadays are usually American Pitbull Terriers (APBT) – a purebred dog breed recognized by the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club (but not by the American Kennel Club).

You’ll be getting an animal that will bring your hours of joy, amusement, and love.

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A Black Pitbull is simply an American Pitbull Terrier that happens to have a black coat, but it is not a breed of its own. You can find American Pitbull Terriers in many other colors.


While many Black Pitbulls are totally black, most of these dogs have white markings somewhere on their bodies. When their chests are white, they are nicknamed “tuxedo” Pitbulls.

Like all Pitbulls, the Black breed has a short, stiff, and dense coat. If your dog is healthy, his coat will be sleek and shiny.

These medium-sized dogs have broad barrel-like chests, stocky wide-set legs, a broad head, a short muzzle, and a low tail. When their short ears are not cropped, they slightly fold over at the tips. Pitbull’s faces are flat, which gives the impression that they are not so intelligent. But Pitbulls are in fact some of the most intelligent dogs in the world.

The largest Pitbulls can grow to be as tall as 21 inches, and weigh up to 80 pounds. But most don’t get that big. It takes two years for a Pitbull to reach its full adult size.

If you could imagine a dog who worked out in a gym, a Pitbull would be the perfect example. These dogs can jump high and far, and if you get a Black Pitbull make sure you have sturdy tall fencing around your yard!

Black Pitbulls are quite common, making them the least expensive color choice if you want to buy a puppy from a professional breeder.

Black Pitbull Personality and Temperament

All American Pitbull Terriers are known for their physical strength, enthusiasm, and confidence. It is constantly looking to please its owner.

Pitbulls can suffer from separation anxiety, exhibiting stress by destructive chewing or digging. Due to their intense love and loyalty towards their owners, these dogs are excellent family pets and are especially good with children.

On the other hand, APBT’s are not pack-dogs and may express aggression towards other canines. Therefore, it is important to socialize your Black Pitbull from an early age and train him to be extremely obedient.

While Pitbulls are energetic and have high levels of endurance, they are not any less predictable than other dog breeds and are not inherently dangerous or aggressive towards humans. They are excellent working dogs due to their high levels of intelligence. They have been trained in the United States to serve as police dogs to detect drugs and explosives, search and rescue dogs, and companions for deaf and handicapped individuals.

The breed’s natural agility makes it one of the most capable canine climbers so good fencing is a must for this breed. The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable. 

Is The Black Pitbull a Good Family Dog?

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Black Pitbulls, like all members of their breed, are very loving, cuddly, and playful. However, over the course of history, many people have trained them to attack and fight because of their strong and solid physiques. People need to remember that aggressive Pitbulls were not born that way, they were trained to be that way!

Despite earning a bad reputation as aggressive and dangerous dogs, Pitbulls make excellent family dogs. They place their complete trust in people, even total strangers, and are thus easy to train.

Pitbulls are funny and entertaining, and so are particularly appealing to children. Their face seems to always be smiling, and they can tolerate lots of physical contact from young members of the family.

On the other hand, Pitbulls are so loyal that they are excellent bodyguards. There are dozens, if not hundreds of news reports about Pitbulls who protected their owners from burglars, snakes, fire, and floods. They have literally saved human lives, often at the price of their own. Your Black Pitbull will be their first member of your family to detect danger and can differentiate between friendly strangers and those who mean to cause you harm.

How to Train a Black Pitbull

You will be pleased to learn that your Black Pitbull is easy to train, and can learn a lot if you are patient and consistent. The most crucial thing to keep in mind before you buy a Black Pitbull is that the dog training must start early. The minute you get your puppy home, start training! Don’t wait until he is older, or settled into your family. The longer you wait to get started, the harder it will be to break any bad habits your dog develops.

One prominent trait of Pitbulls is their unwavering determination. This can have negative consequences if your dog gets into a fight because he will refuse to quit. Have you ever heard that when a Pitbull bites his jaws lock on its victim? That is just a rumor. Their jaws are no stronger than those of other dog breeds. But they are really so stubborn that they simply refuse to let go. Make sure to train your Black Pitbull early on that biting and nipping are totally not allowed.

You can utilize that same determination in a positive way to teach your Black Pitbull to pull and carry objects. Pitbulls can also be taught to jump over poles, the way horses do in competitions. And you can hide objects and teach your Black Pitbull to locate them by scent.

The most important thing to remember when training your Black Pitbull is to give him enough love, exercise, and playtime to make him loyal and loving to you in return. A Pitbull’s natural desire to please will only be intensified if he is raised by a kind owner.

Never keep your dog tied up for long periods of time on a short lead. Never hit him. Never!

Make sure to expose your Black Pitbull to as many people as possible, and with caution, to as many dogs as possible. Socialization is probably the most important goal in your training sessions.

You may find training your Black Pitbull puppy difficult if you try to do it on your own. These dogs are both fearless and stubborn, and it will be hard at first to get them to follow your lead. The solution to this problem is to join a group training class. That way you kill two birds with one stone – your dog will be socialized and learn good behavior at the same time.

Caring for a Black Pitbull

Exercise Requirements

The most important thing to keep in mind before you buy a Black Pitbull is that it needs lots of exercise time. Lots and lots. No matter how long the walk is, no matter how much you play with your Black Pitbull, he will never seem to get tired.

Regular, intense exercise will keep your Black Pitbull mentally as well as physically fit. If a Pitbull is left alone for too many hours a day or a week he will get frustrated and depressed. Eventually, the lack of exercise can make your Black Pitbull aggressive.

If you won’t have time to take your Black Pitbull for at least one long walk every day, then don’t buy that type of dog if you don’t have a large yard where you can play with him and allow him to run and jump and burn off his excessive energy.

Grooming and Shedding

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Black Pitbulls have beautifully smooth and shiny coats. Their fur is short and dense, lying flat against the body. If you are looking for curly or wavy fur to put a clip-on, this type of dog is not for you. 

Despite their minimal amount of fur, Black Pitbulls still need to be regularly brushed to remove dead hair and skin. Use a firm bristle brush to gently groom your Black Pitbull, and try to wash him once every week or two. The best shampoo for a Black Pitbull is naturally based products with oatmeal. These dogs have sensitive skin that is prone to allergies, and they need a shampoo that is soothing as well as cleansing.

Some Pitbulls shed quite a lot, while others only once or twice a year. Your Black Pitbull’s fur is very short, but it can still need proper grooming and fur management.

Feeding and Diet

Your young Black Pitbull puppy needs to eat at least three times a day. These dogs burn a lot of energy and need to refuel frequently. Their food should be of high quality, with a large percentage of meat ingredients. 

At age 18 months you can reduce feedings to two times a day. As your dog gets older, you may be able to give him just one serving of food a day. Fresh and raw food is also permissible for a Pitbull, but make sure to avoid feeding your dog the foods that are dangerous for all breeds.

All Pitbulls require high protein diets, and grain-based dog food will not provide the nutrition they need. In addition, cheap dog food that uses fillers such as corn, potatoes, or wheat may cause an allergic reaction in Pitbulls.

Known Health Problems

Black Pitbulls, like Pitbulls of all colors, are generally healthy dogs. However, this breed tends to have higher than average cases of hip dysplasia.

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Some Pitbull dogs develop allergies as they get older. Allergic reactions can occur if you suddenly switch their brand of food. Allergies can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and itching.

As is true with any dog, the better care it receives and the more love it is given, the longer your Black Pitbull will live. The average lifespan for Pitbull breeds is about 12 years.

Buyer’s Guide

Affectionate towards family members
Tend to be nippy and mouthy, especially as puppies
Friendly towards strangers invited into your home
Stereotypically perceived as aggressive dogs, causing fear in pedestrians
Easy to groom with nearly no shedding
Territorial, which can pose a danger to other dogs
Playful and entertaining
Need more exercise than other popular breeds
Wonderful companions and guards for joggers on short, brisk runs
Need consistent, extensive training to ensure obedience as an adult dog

Since Pitbulls are naturally energetic, choose the calmest puppy of the litter. 

Try to find a puppy raised in a loving environment. Purchasing or adopting an older dog that was tied up for long periods of time, or trained to fight, will make it difficult for you to teach it good behavior once you get it home.

How Much Do Black Pitbull Puppies Cost?

The price of your Black Pitbull puppy will depend on its ancestry and its physical qualities. Female dogs are always more expensive than males.

Poor quality puppies born in private homes or cared for by shelters can be as cheap as $100. An inexpensive Black Pitbull dog sold by a breeder can cost anywhere between $800 and $1000 dollars. Black Pitbulls from pedigreed bloodlines, with the best traits, will come with price tags ranging from $2000 to $20,000 dollars!

Quick Breed Summary Table

Breed Characteristics
Size:Up to 21 inches tall
Weight:Up to 35lbs
Lifespan:12-15 years
Coat:Short, smooth, dense
Color:Totally black, or black with white patches on chest
Do They Shed:Sheds heavily once or twice a year
Temperament:Affectionate, loyal, eager to please
Intelligence:Extremely intelligent
Socialization:Does better with people than with other dogs
Destructive Behavior:Chewing and digging when left alone for too long
People Skills:Friendly towards strangers
Good with Children: Tolerant and loving towards children
Activity Levels: High energy, require lots of exercise


If you are looking for a fun, energetic, loyal-to-the-death kind of dog, a Black Pitbull is a perfect choice. But keep in mind that buying a Pitbull is not like buying a car. 

A dog is not something you exchange every few years when you get tired of the model you own. And nobody else can fix it for you if something goes wrong with the way it’s behaving. You will need to spend time with your dog every day for over a decade, and train it to obey every one of your commands.

Another problem you will, unfortunately, have to deal with when raising a Black Pitbull is the negative reactions of people who see you with the dog. Many people think all Pitbulls are attack dogs and will recoil or even cross to the other side of the street when they see you approaching with your dog. You will need to make sure to socialize your Black Pitbull from an early age, encouraging him to interact in a safe way with other people. 

On the positive side, just think about how many opportunities you will have to teach other people about how wonderful Pitbulls can be. Nobody will be scared for long when they see your Black Pitbull making a goofy face, with his tongue hanging out to the side, and his teeth bared in a huge, friendly smile.

If you decide to buy a Black Pitbull, you will not just be acquiring a dog. You will be bringing into your life a creature who will be your best friend. If you want a dog who always seems to have a smile on his face, will always love you intensely, and is strong and energetic, a Black Pitbull might be just what you are looking for.

Black Pitbulls can look scary to some people because of their color and physical traits, but once you get to know these special dogs you might never consider raising another breed again.

About Thomas Woods 225 Articles
Thomas has been a dog lover since he was 6 years old when his parents got him a rescue Labrador. Since then his love for dogs has lead him to study Animal Behavior & Welfare. He now keeps a six year old English Bullmastiff and educates pet parents through his online publication Perfect Dog Breeds.

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