A Comprehensive History of Pit Bulls

If you have been wondering about the history of pit bulls, this article will give you an idea how they came to be. “Pit bull” is actually a term used for describing dogs having somewhat the same physical characteristics.

There is, in fact, some confusion with the use of the term since it does not pertain to only one breed. It may refer to just two breeds or five at the most and even mixes of such breeds.

history of pit bulls

Pit bulls breed may include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier or a mix of these.When mixed with “bully breeds,” such dogs are also called pit bulls.

However, the two breeds that are the most accurate and most narrow fit for the definition of “pit bull” are the AmStaff or the American Staffordshire Terrier and the APBT or the American Pit Bull Terrier. A mixed breed may be referred to as a “pit bull” for its square shaped head.

It is actually hard even for the experts to identify a “pit bull” and because of this many cannot easily distinguish a pit bull.

In the history of pit bulls, more often than not, multiple breeds such as the Olde English Bulldogge, the Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, the Dogue de Bordeaux, the Bullmastiff,  the Tosa Inu, the Dogo Argentino, the Cane Corso, the Presa Canario and the Boxer are  mistakenly identified with pit bulls.

Taking into consideration their history , they were brought into the United States and in the years 1986 to 1987 there were almost 1 to 2 million of them present in the country, comprising about 2 percent of the number of dogs found in the country. In 2004, their number increased to a minimum of 2 million in the United States.

Looking further into the history of pit bulls, their ancestors came from England and were believed to have been brought by the English immigrants to North America. The descendants were believed to have been bred from the bulldogs to serve as “gripping dogs” for large game hunters (The bulldog here, however, is not identified with the English Bulldog of the American Kennel Club.

The recent breed is considered as a companion instead of a working dog.).  Later, these bulldogs were considered as a butcher’s dog and were raised to help in controlling large livestock.

Eventually, they were bred for “baiting,” which was an inhumane type of blood sport that was later banned. This was where dog fighting originated.

By taking into account the history of pit bulls, it is no wonder that they are all athletic and strong. Today, some pit bulls are still considered as hunting dogs. They excel in schutzhund and weight-pulling contests and enjoy certain activities and competitions such as fly ball.

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