Alaskan Pit Bull

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Alaskan Pit Bull History

The Alaskan Pit (also sometimes called the “Akbash”) is a medium-sized, athletic working dog, developed from a mix of American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and Siberian Husky. The Alaska Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the ‘Alaskan Pit Bull’ as a distinct type from the APBT in 1988. The ‘Akbash’, or the ‘Alaskan Pit’ as it is also called, is a medium sized, muscular, athletic working dog, developed from a blend of the American Pit Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Olde English Bulldogge. The ‘Akbash’ was created in the late 1980’s by breeder, Tim Smith. His doctrine was to “try to get all the best traits” out of each parent, which meant breeding the agility of the APBT with the temperament and strength of the Stafford, and the strength and jaw structure of the Olde English Bulldog. The ‘Akbash’ is typically very loyal, and mellow, with a moderate, low to non-shedding coat and a low to moderate energy level.

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Alaskan Pit Bull Physical Characteristics

The Alaskan Pit Bull is a medium-sized or medium-large breed that typically stands between 18 and 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 50 and 100 pounds. They have a thick, muscular body and a short, rough coat that is white or fawn. They have a triangular head that is broad, flat, and wide and their eyes are dark brown. The Alaskan Pitbull Dog is a stubborn, playful, courageous, and protective dog.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Blue, Fawn, Red, White, Brown, Silver, Brindle, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 19 – 26 inches

Female Height Range: 16 – 24 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 65 – 80 lbs

Female Weight Range: 60 – 75 lbs

Alaskan Pit Bull Health

Description of breed health.


10-15 yrs

Alaskan Pit Bull Health Concerns

Canine Hip Dysplasia, Chondrodysplasia (Chd), Cataracts, Glaucoma, Skin Problems, Diabetes

Alaskan Pit Bull Temperament and Behaviour

Alaskan Pit Bull dogs are known for their friendly and outgoing temperament. They love to play and have a high energy level. They are also very loyal and protective of their family and home.

Alaskan Pit Bull Activity Requirements

The Alaskan Pit Bull is a large, strong, and powerful dog. They were originally bred for herding and pulling sleds. Today, they are a popular pet and companion. While they are not as physically active as some other breeds, they do still need to have regular exercise. They are best suited to families with an active lifestyle. A daily walk or jog is ideal for an Alaskan Pit Bull. If you are looking for a dog that will require a lot of physical exercise, this may not be the breed for you. However, they are loyal, loving companions who tend to prefer spending time with their family to going for a long run.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Pit Bull is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Pit Bull is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Alaskan Pit Bull is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Alaskan Pit Bull is part of the Unclassified group.

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