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    American Pit Bull Terrier |United States|

    American Pit Bull Terrier |United States|

    The American Pit Bull Terrier has a similar ancestry to the American Staffordshire Terrier and traces back to English Bulldogs and terriers. In the nineteenth century, English dog breeders wanted a faster, more athletic bulldog and crossed it with a variety of regional terriers. The result became known as the Bull and Terrier, Half and Half, Pit Dog, or Pit Bullterrier; the term “pit” references dog fighting, which was commonly held in pits to contain the gruesome “entertainment.” These crossbred dogs were taken to the United States with immigrants and used by ranchers for rounding up and driving livestock, hunting, guarding, and fighting. The American Pit Bull Terrier has received much bad press and is banned in England under the Dangerous Dog Act. However, if properly socialized, trained, and cared for, they can make a good, loyal companions. They are not suitable for first-time dog owners.

    American Pit Bull Terrier |United States| American Pit Bull Terrier |United States|
    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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