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Pit Bulls - Information - Clarifying the Misconception

Pit Bulls have always aroused arguments due to some divergence of names referring to the breed and due to their notoriety of dangerous dogs. The early 19th century is the time when the two dog breeds, the Bulldog and the Terrier, were crossed to get their best qualities in a new breed. This resulted in the Staffordshire Terrier (also known as the Bull-and-Terrier Dog, the Pit Dog).

In England, the breed got the name the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. This is the breed that started the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire. Thus, the Pit Bull is a general term for several Pit Bull strains: the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Generally speaking, all these strains have much in common. They are of common ancestry. However, each of them was bred to emphasize different features.

Pit Bulls - Information - Recognition

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In 1898, the United Kennel Club recognized the Bull-and-Terrier Dog as the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Pit Bull Terrier is not recognized by the AKC as a purebred dog. In 1936, the AKC recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier as the Staffordshire Terrier. Staffordshire, England is the place where this fighting breed was developed and improved. The Kennel Club of Great Britain recognized the Staffordshire Bull Terrier in 1935. The AKC admitted the Staffordshire Bull Terrier to registration in 1974.

Those oriented with the AKC have always been interested in breeding the American Staffordshire that will conform to the standard of physical appearance, while pitmen and all those who are involved with dog fighting preferred to select dogs for breeding judging them by their fighting qualities and performance. Recently, the UKC has become more interested in the conformation of the American Pit Bull Terrier than it was earlier. As the breed standards are different, there are certain differences in appearance accordingly.

Pit Bulls - Information - General Description

Bricklike face, deep muscular chest, eyes of a dark color, and black nose are hallmarks of the breed. Any coat color is permissible. Height and weight do not play a decisive role in the breed. More important is a proper balance between the height and the weight. Medium-sized and well built, these dogs are athletic and imposing. The breed is highly intelligent. In addition to it, Pit Bulls seem to be always willing to work and to please the owner.

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