American Pit Bull Terrier-The breed had its start in England soon after Bull and Bear baiting became illegal, but the
breed really has become a true American Dog.
While it was fought in its beginings, the breed was culled intensely-any dog that so much as growled at
a person with no reason was shot on sight. These dogs had many chances to prove themselves vicious if they actually
were, though we do not have reports of these dogs attacking and killing any in those times. The breed before fighting
was washed by the owner of the other dog, and then they were fought in a pit surrounded by many men who were noisey, waving
money and fists, and quite possibly drunk. None turned to attack the men either in the pits with them or the ones outside
of it, their focus was each other. When human hands were laid upon them, they would cease their fight, and when one
was injured and had to be moved, no bite to the person who moved them would result for their stoic nature and all the
culling to prevent any human aggression was such a big part that made these dogs great.(Most dogs when injured will try to
bite out of pain, which is why muzzling before moving an injured dog is recommended.)
In these days they not only fought, but were taken out west, working cattle and protecting their families from
many dangers. Some pictures to this day survive of those dogs. Many of them were also pets.
As luck would have it, dog fighting was banned, but as we know, it never ceased. The breed represented
us on a war poster, and Petey from Our Gang was also a 'Pit Bull'. Stubby, a war dog, was a small 'pit bull' type of
the old days. During this time, they were known as Nanny Dogs for their patience with childern(this goes back to them
The breed was divided into two when the AKC registered the American Staffordshire Terrier. Although
in many ways they are the same breed, the APBT is still fought in some circles, the Am Staff is typically not.
Fighting, as stated above, never stopped, but it wasn't until 1986 that a drastic change happened, their
popularity started increasing at a dramatic rate, and anyone who has any knowledge of breeds and problems resulting in popularity
will tell you, this was a big problem. Before this time, only a few fatal attacks were by dogs discribed as 'pit bulls',
those few attacks had the media reporting and soon the drug dealers who desired a dog to protect their drugs, not only had
a tough looking dog, but had one they could make money off another way-by fighting. These type of people have been the
down fall, for not the fighting of the breed, but the fact of they abuse the dogs into aggression that their history NEVER
intented. Feeding of gun powder, chili peppers, starving, beating, fighting, cat walks, and hot boxes(metal boxes with
only a few air holes, often placed in the sun to 'heat up') are just a few things that have been done to the breed by the
wrong hands. This is a breed that was not ment to protect items, but only their owners in immedate danger, but they
have been conditioned and abused into going against their nature.
The pit men who fight the dogs in the old fashion, who cull just like they did in the old days, will never have
a human aggressive dog. Infact, many dogs that are fought in the way these men do, don't fight outside of the pit.
Dogs that win in the ring have confidence and thus no need to challange dogs first.
Not only has the wrong hands of drug dealers gotten ahold of the breed, but they have ruined it's reputation for
their own gain, a selfish motive that only a human being could be capable of. The breed's 'downfall' is simply in relation
to their loyality and popularity. A breed that will do anything for their owners no matter how great the abuse, has
the potenial for great good, or great hurt, shame humans take advantage of that.
American Staffordshire Terrier-Am Staffs, as they are often called for short, came about from the AKC giving the name
to the APBT for show. The breeds are semi-seperated, Am Staffs being bred mostly for show, APBTs still being a good
Staffordshire Bull Terrier-The breed was developed in/around the 17th century, with bulldogs being crossed with terriers
as was the fashion and the start of serious dog fights. Bull-and-Terrier crosses happened for the reason of dog fighting,
to have a bulldog's power with a terrier's gamey fiestiness and dominance. Bulldog's used for bullbaiting, worked together,
terriers are natorious scrappers for the top position. It only made sense.
Staffies became a family favorite with their small size, sturdiness, and wonderful temperment with people and
children. Even in England, where APBTs are banned, the Staffie still thrives. This could be perhaps because it
Rottweiler-This German butcher dog almost became extinct. Their purpose was as a strong farm dog, driving stock
to market, carrying, drafting, and protecting. It was known that purses of money were hung around the dog's neck
to keep it safe. The breed now a days is a fine companion, and their intelligence shows many times over. However
their looks, and popularity causes them to fall into the wrong hands. Rottweilers are great assistance dogs as well,
and have saved lives as such as well as SAR dogs and even just as pets.