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Fact: Serious pit bull fanciers in the United States and the United Kingdom have never wanted kennel club recognition for the breed. Fact: The history of the pit bull far predates the time when bans on bull baiting caused blood sport fanciers to turn to fighting dog against dog. Far back into history - too far for us to see - man had bred dogs for gripping large game like boar and bear.
This is an often perpetuated myth by registries and those in the humane care community that do not support the Pit Bull breed and others that do not understand the Pit Bulls well established history as a pure breed or what it takes to meet the standard of a pure breed line. The Pit Bull in fact has a lineage that goes back further than most other considered pure breeds in existence today. The most reliable history on the beginning development of the Pit Bull, goes back to the time of the Romans. As this and other dog working and sporting activities were developed people selectively bred different dogs to achieve the working attributes that they most desired.
By this time in history it was thought that the use of the dog on a bull had a tenderizing effect on the meat. Terriers known for their small game drive were soon being introduced modeling the breed into a more compact and smaller package. The sport of ratting soon caught the eye of noble men and people of economic industry and wealth. A interesting and little known fact is that Teddy Roosevelt worked ratting dogs in the basement of the White House. As with today the ownership of the Pit Bull crosses all ranges of human diversity and is often seen as a point of unification by those who are enthusiasts of the Pit Bull breed. At the American Pit Bull Registry we help make this a reality and help to show people they are not alone in their love and support of this most magnificent breed.
It is believed that this practice of mixing bulldog's and terriers had its most official beginning in the town of Staffordshire England and became known as the Staffordshire Bull and Terrier.
Due to the agility and gameness being developed in the breed many owners began to also compete their dogs in other activities including matches against each other. Many today are under the misunderstanding that Pit Bulls were bred historically for fighting against each other. Dog on dog fighting has never been the true and full purpose of the bred as a whole and those who continue to make such claims only pervert history and taint the true nature and beauty of the American Pit Bull Terrier.
As colonization of America and Canada began growing immigrants and explorers also brought their dogs.

Today many Pit Bull owners still continue to not register their dogs due to privacy concerns - especially with rampid Breed Specific Legislation ( BSL )- financial constraints and subsequent loss of lineage determination. Today the Pit Bull breed is in fact the most unregistered pure bred line of dog in existence. By the time of WWI the American Pit Bull Terrier had became a well loved and desired dog breed of choice. Pit Bull’s jaws do not lock, they do not have the most powerful bite among dogs (German Shepherds have that honor) they are naturally neither human or animal aggressive (in fact pit bull puppies prefer human company to their mother’s two weeks before all other dogs), and they feel as much pain as any other breed (accidentally step on one’s toe and you’ll see). Receive useful adoption info and helpful tips and tricks for training your new adopted pet.
Dogs with the bracycephalic nose and short, wide, deformed body of the show bulldog never were typical of animals used for bullbaiting. The animals pictured here could enter the ring and win as representatives of the American pit bull today.
They changed the name to Staffordshire terrier, and later, when they divided the breed again into two separate breeds, they changed it to American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier. During the time of Minos in Crete the sport of bull baiting was quite a popular form of pagan worship and entertainment. As the Roman tribes of the time conquered and moved across the land they also took the sport with them. In reality this was a myth perpetuated by dog men and gamblers in order to encourage participation and thus draw the profits off gambling. The sport grew to have a complete diversity of participation all the way from migrants and hobos that just arrived in town to those of the most high esteem. This is in fact when the officialization of the American Pit Bull Terrier ( APBT ) as a breed is recorded. This has fractured supportive services to Pit Bull owners and over the years has worked to severely diminish the value of the Pit Bull breed as a whole. Stubby became a war hero for saving several soldiers lives and even capturing a German Spy while in the trenches of France with the 26th Yankee Division.
During the trip Bud would assist in watching for large bumps in the road and often received as much if not more attention by the press than did Jackson. As an advocate for responsible Pit Bull ownership and promotion the APBR is dedicated to preserving the history of the past and is dedicated to once again bringing shameless pride back to ownership. In fact, one of the most misunderstood things about it is that it’s not really a dog breed at all.

Astoundingly, for most of our history America’s nickname for Pit Bulls was “The Nanny Dog”. Rather, the true bull-dog was a 40 to 65 pound dog, long of leg, with a strong, medium, working muzzle, and a long, thin tapering tail.
The bulldog was an animal from 35 to 80 pounds, long of leg, sturdy in body, athletic, with a strong head and muzzle.
Rarely will you see historical events where there is such a wide variety of hats and participation by members of every socioeconomic class. Soon competitions became so popular that practically all Inns and Pubs were equipped with a sporting pit. While some individual Pits have been bred for this purpose it is important to note that this is but an infinitesimal part of the the breeds background and has never been practiced by more than a small percentage of its owners.
In this way the Pit Bull has a significant role in helping society throughout the breeds known and relative histories. For generations if you had children and wanted to keep them safe you wanted a pit bull, the dog that was the most reliable of any breed with children or adults.
The watercolor above is by Thomas Rowlandson [1756-1827], who sketched scenes of English life, and often drew butchers, baiters, dog fighters and their dogs. Dogs of this time were integral to survival and were worth their weight in gold for their abilities to hunt, herd and guard.
The Nanny Dog is now vilified by a media that always wants a demon dog breed to frighten people and LHASA-APSO BITES MAN just doesn’t sell papers.
The above is entitled The Bull Bait and shows the riff raff typical of baiting sports and their bull-dogs; identical to today's American pit bull. Before pit bulls it was Rottweilers, before Rottweilers it was Dobermans, and before them German Shepherds.
It is breathtakingly ironic that the spotlight has turned on the breed once the symbol of our country and our national babysitter. A pit was filled with rats and dogs competed to see who could kill all of them in the shortest time.

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