The American Pit Bull Terrier is a strong-willed, sturdy companion. It is a breed that is loyal to friends and family, and friendly to strangers. With guidance from its handlers, American Pit Bull Terriers are obedient and show a high desire to please. However, when left without direction they can become stubborn and may become aggressive. According to a study done by CDC , American Pit Bull Terriers account for the majority of fatalities in the US among all breeds. During the years 1979 - 1996, 60 people have been killed by American Pit Bull Terriers. The breed with the next highest fatalities is the Rottweiler with 29.
A well bred American Pit Bull Terrier should have a stable and dependable temperament. The American Temperament Testing Society shows a pass percentage of 84.3% for American Pit Bull Terrier, a 0.2% higher passing rate than the commonly considered 'family dogs' such as Golden Retrievers.
However, a firm, even hand and early obedience training are strongly recommended for this breed. They generally have a lot of energy and high prey drive.
They need exercise and stimulation in order to channel their energy properly and not become frustrated, bored, and destructive.