How did the Pit bull Breed Develop?
Category : Pitbulls
If you are a pit bull parent or considering getting one of these popular pets, you may have done some research on how the pit bull breed developed.
In which case, you may be interested to know that pit bulls are in fact a mixed breed, with different genetics, features and behaviours. American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are all referred to as pit bulls or bullies. These dogs have similar physical features, such as square shaped heads and bulky bodies – though they are not exactly alike in appearance or DNA.
What were they bred for?
The cross breeding of bull-baiting dogs and terriers resulted in the Pit bull – a dog bred for fighting. Accordingly, these dogs had the agility of a terrier and the strength of a bull dog. Thankfully, the cruel blood sport of dog fighting has now been banned. Thereafter, pit bulls became catch dogs, hunting and shepherding livestock for their owners. Pit bulls also became popular family pets as they are very good with children, making for great protectors.
Why do they have a bad rap?
Sadly, illegal dog fighting remains rife. As a result of their reputation as fighters, which of course humans are to blame for; these loving, loyal dogs have gotten a bad rap. But, what we don’t realise is that a dog’s nature is determined by how we treat the dog. If you treat your pit bull badly, it may very well become vicious and untrusting. What many don’t know is that pit bulls were actually selectively bred not to bite humans.
It may be their history and the fighting they were bred for that has created the false impression that pit bulls are blood thirsty monsters. But, as previously mentioned, a well brought up pit bull who is loved and cherished will become a loving, gentle dog in return.