is basic breed information for anyone who is interested
in acquiring a Pit Bull, for those who already have one
or more and would like to learn more about the breed, or
simply for anyone who would like to understand these
great dogs a little better.
will learn here that while Pit Bulls make great family
companions in the right hands and living situation, they
require intelligent, responsible and dedicated
ownership. Unfortunately too many people obtain these
dogs for the wrong reasons or have little understanding
of the inherent traits this breed possesses. It is
unfortunate that one of the original purposes of the
APBT was (and still is for many) dog-to-dog combat, but
it's a fact that can't be denied or ignored. It's very
important that every potential Pit Bull owners
understand the selective breeding that took place to
make the dogs of today and the inherited characteristics
that are potentially within this wonderful breed.
a show-type dog a good pet?
lot of serious dogmen feel that the dogs do not belong
in the hands of pet people and are resentful of the
people to keep the dogs as pet. Though we believe that a
bulldog can be a very companion dog under the right
circumstances, the above opinion is not without some
justification. The fact is, the problems that has face
the breed over the past decade also have been-almost
without exemption-cause by irresponsible pet owners.
Though the humane societies and media always try to
blame dog fighting for the Pit bull attacks. The fact of
the matter is that it is not dog fighter’s dogs that
have gotten out of their yard and attacked people, or
run lose in public places and killed other peoples pets;
serious dogmen keeps their dog properly confined and
Pit bull is a fighting dog, bred down from many
generations of fighting/show dogs; to even consider
raising one of this dogs as a pet you must understand
this and accept it-even if you are totally opposed to
dog fighting. No matter how you raised this dogs he will
be still a pit bull, not a golden retriever! Time and
time again we’ve seen people get a pit bull puppy with
the attitude “If I raised him right, he won’t want
to fight” and in nearly every case we’ve seen the
situation eventually come down to a serious problem
humane societies and media like to depict fighting dogs
as animals whose only ambition and purpose in life is to
kill, and imply that they aren’t good for anything
else. In our opinion, that as a very unfair
characterization made by people who know nothing about
the true nature of our breed, and don’t care to learn.
we ourselves have always been amazed at the intelligence
and personality this dogs show. Each of one of our own
dogs is an individual. We believe we could probably
still tell them all apart if they were of the same
color! They play elaborate little game with each other
and with us; for instance we have several dogs that
will, every time they see us coming, sneak along and
hide behind a cage or their dog house and crouch there
waiting for us to walk by, at which point they leap out
of their hiding place as if to say “surprised!”.
thing often amazes people about bulldogs is that some
fully schooled out pit dogs are very tolerant of other
animals, so long as they do not challenge them. We know
of may bulldogs kept as pets with dogs, cats, and other
small animals that get along fine with them.
kinds of Pit Bulls
pit bull's ancestor, the bulldog, was bred for a variety
of work, including farming, hunting, protection, and
companionship. Bulldogs and their offspring were also
bred for bull and bear baiting and pit fighting
(fighting against other dogs). Such dogs were required
to be loyal, human-friendly, intellegent, hard working,
and persistent. Many of these qualities still remain in
modern pit bulldogs.
Today's pit bulls are
somewhat different from the original working bulldogs.
In today's society we rarely need farming and hunting
dogs, and pit fighting, bullbaiting, and other cruel
bloodsports are, thankfully, outlawed. Today, pit bulls
are less of a working dog than a household companion and
guardian. Some pit bulls find work in the agility field,
in weightpulling competitions, on a search-and-rescue
team, or as a therapy dog at a nursing home.
There are today three
very different breeders trying to create three very
different types of pit bulls. In addition, many pit
bulls are crossed with other breeds, like mastiffs or
retrievers, and acquire some of the characteristics of
these breeds. This means that the pit bull's physical
and mental characteristics vary widely among different
strains, and it makes it almost impossible for me to
describe an average pit bulldog to you.
The first kind of
breeder is the show breeder. These breeders, like all
other show breeders, are concerned primarily with a
"breed standard" created by the various dog
organizations. They breed for stable temperament and
physical conformation to that standard. These dogs are
registered with one of the national dog associations.
These pit bulls are generally attractive and friendly,
and usually pet quality - but they can be expensive.
Another kind of breeder
is the pit fighter. The pit fighter engages in the
inhumane activity of dog fighting. Pit fighters breed
for aggression. In the novice fighting world, it is
generally believed that the more aggressive the dog, the
better it will fight. Thus, those who breed pit bulls
with intent to fight them often mistakenly breed and
"train" (read "abuse") for
human-aggression as well. Some pit fighters, especially
more experienced fighters who fight under a
tried-and-true set of rules and regulations, understand
that their pit bulls must be human-friendly. This is
because dog fighters must be able to handle their dog in
the midst of a heated dog fight, and they are also
expected to bathe the opponent's dog before the fight.
Human-aggressive dogs are not acceptable under such
rules. However, in either case, this kind of pit bull is
bred and trained for endurance to pain, gameness
(willingness to persist), and viciousness. This is the
kind of pit bull you hear about constantly in the media,
and these owners and breeders are primarily responsible
for the breed's onerous reputation. These dogs are NOT
representative of the breed. They are a minority.
The last variant of the
breed is the mixed, "mutt", or pet pit bull.
These dogs are usually the result of accidental
breeding, puppy mills, and, in some cases, hobbyists who
enjoy breeding pit bulls. You most often find this kind
of dog at the animal shelter, a foster home, a rescue
group, or in the newspaper. These pit bulls are not
registered and their genetics/bloodline is questionable.
They are often only part pit bull, usually mixed with
another breed such as mastiff, Labrador Retriever, Chow
Chow, or any of a number of dogs.