The 8 Most Common Health Issues in Pit Bulls

Pit bulls are predisposed to various skin disorders, including allergies, tumors, and skin cancer. Regular grooming and ear cleaning are essential for preventing allergies, while providing shade helps protect against sunburns. 

Skin Problems

Due to their active nature, Pit bulls are prone to knee problems such as hind leg injuries and ligament tears. The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is particularly susceptible to damage, leading to pain and mobility issues.

Knee Complications

Hip dysplasia is a common issue among Pit bulls, causing improper hip formation and leading to arthritis and hind leg lameness. 

Hip Dysplasia

Pit bulls are more prone to allergies, especially skin allergies triggered by pollen, grass, ticks, or certain foods like grains or wheat.


Hypothyroidism, characterized by inadequate thyroid hormone production, is common in Pit bulls. Symptoms include weight gain, skin problems, and behavioral changes like fearful aggression. 

Thyroid Disease

Also known as bloat, this condition can be fatal if left untreated. Pit bulls may experience excess gas in their stomachs after eating, leading to bloating and anxiety.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Pit bulls are prone to ichthyosis, a skin disorder characterized by thickening skin and scale-like formations. Inherited from parents, this condition can worsen with age if left untreated, causing discomfort for the dog.


Pit bulls are susceptible to developing cataracts, which can be inherited or developed due to other health conditions like diabetes.