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Pit Bull FAQ

Pit Bull FAQ

First things first: the term “Pit Bull” refers to a wide range of breeds descended from Terrier and Bulldog breeds. When most people hear “Pit Bull”, they probably picture the American Pit Bull Terrier. Other Pit Bull breeds include the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American Bully, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. No discussion of Pit Bull puppies is complete without addressing the stigma associated with this breed group. Some believe their tragic history as fighting dogs justifies the fearful attitudes and breed laws against them. The good news is, several non-profit organizations are working tirelessly to educate the public and destigmatize representations of Pit Bull breeds in the media. Ready to welcome a new four-legged family member into your pack? Our complete guide to Pit Bull puppies covers some fast facts about the breed group, as well as their history, temperament, grooming needs, and more.
The very first Pit Bull puppies were known as bull-and-terriers. Tragically, their ancestor, the Old English Bulldog, was used to bait bulls as entertainment for impoverished Britons in the 18th and 19th centuries. After bull baiting was outlawed in the mid-1830s, breeders began crossing Old English Bulldogs with Terriers for dogfighting and “ratting”. This cruel competition involved setting Pit Bulls loose in a pit to see which dog killed the most rats in the shortest amount of time. (Hence the name “Pit” Bull.) However, regular civilians had recognized the Pit Bull as a strong yet gentle, lovable companion. In the mid-19th century, immigrants to the U.S. arrived with their beloved Pitties in tow. The Pit Bull quickly became a treasured icon of American patriotism and culture.

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