What is a Pitbull?

In the strictest sense, the one true Pit Bull is the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT). This breed may be registered with either the UKC or ADBA. The first Pit Bulls were developed to bait bears and bulls, then pitted against each other for sport. The result was a deeply game, athletic dog, loving towards humans and often aggressive with other animals.  The American Pit Bull Terrier’s many talents did not go unnoticed by farmers and ranchers who used their APBTs as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions. The American Dog Breeder’s Association standard requires the APBT to be an “all around athlete. His body is called upon for speed, power, agility and stamina. He must be balanced in all directions. Too much of one thing, robs him of another. In his ideal form, he is a thing of beauty.” Intelligent, driven and powerful, the APBT is a versatile working dog. He excels in virtually every canine task from competitive obedience and sport, to therapy work and search and rescue.

Breeds typically included under the umbrella term ‘pit bull’ include the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and their smaller English cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.


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