Pitbulls were first brought to America in the 1800s by Irish immigrants, originally bred to be a fighting dog. Even thought they have received so much unfair press, they are among one of the most loyal and protective companions. Solid training will eliminate the bad name pitbulls receive for being fighting dogs. They weigh between 30 and 60 pounds and stand at 18 to 22 inches. Courageous and full of energy, when introduced to children and others from early on, the dog will make a good home even better.