What is a Pit Bull?
Posted by: O Jefferson
Since most people automatically think Pitties
are a breed of their own, here's some factual info for ya on their
"actual" breed. :)
What is a “pit bull”?
The term “pit bull” does NOT describe a specific dog breed. A pit bull is a type of
dog, just as retrievers, shepherds, and spaniels describe types of
dogs. The term “pit bull” has no single, solid, scientific definition.
Your idea of a “pit bull” is a personal and individual idea; no one
else’s idea of a pit bull will be exactly the same.
shelter system, “pit bull” and “pit bull mix” are used as generic
categories into which dogs are placed if they 1) have reasonably short
fur and a somewhat wide head; and 2) do not possess any traits that
might assign them to a more distinct breed. The “pit bull mix” category
is a default category into which many generic-looking dogs are placed,
regardless of their actual DNA make-up or history.
historical perspective, the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American
Staffordshire Terrier are the breeds at the core of the “original” pit
bull. The terms pit bull and pit bull terrier were used in the early
1900s to describe the developing American bull terrier, which later
became recognized as the American Pit Bull Terrier via the United Kennel
Club and the American Staffordshire Terrier via the American Kennel
Since 1936, these two breeds have been bred to conform to slightly different breed standards.
For instance, Lennox WAS NOT a "Pit Bull Terrier" but rather an
American Bulldog. Most think that because a dog has a wide set jaw/mouth
and the wrinkles on the top of it's head, it's a Pittie. Think again!
A Pit is more of a "slang" term used to define a number of larger
terrier dogs. AND, just to put it out there since I have 2 Pitties
myself, they are not generally known as aggressive dogs but more of a
dog that "can be" aggressive just like ANY OTHER breed of dog or animal
for that matter.
So with all that being said, I say "Don't Be A Bully, Go Kiss A Bully Instead!" You won't be sorry!
Please share to educate! Thank you! :)