Q: Is Pit Bull a breed? Or just a name?

May 27, 2008 | By Boblolly | 7 answers | Expired: 2359 days ago


I was told today that pit bulls are not really a breed. The guy wasn't very clear, but when I asked if a dog in the shelter was a pure bred pit bull, he responded that pit bull isn't a breed. Then what is it?

Readers' Answers (7)

May 27, 2008

I believe that the term "pit bull" is used to describe the Staffordshire Bull Terrier of England and the Amstaff which is short for the American Staffordshire Terrier. My cousin owns an Amstaff and prefers him to be called as such because of the negative connotation the term "pit bull" has in society. It's really a shame because Amstaffs are really lovely dogs. She and her husband recently lost their senior Amstaff and just had to get another one because of their great personalities. I'm not sure if "pit bull" is used to describe any other similar breeds though.

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Marta J.

May 28, 2008

The term Pitbull was once used to describe any dog that fought in a pit as a sport.( Some sport!)Now there are breed standards for an American Pitbull which is a more recently recognized breed in the AKC. At one time the AMStaff,Bull terrier were also considered by some to be a pit. Personally I love all the Bully breeds as you can see by my name.

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May 28, 2008

The American Pit Bull is a medium sized terrier that is recognized as a pure bred breed of dog by the UKC and the ADBA. Staffordshires are supposedly related, but the true American Pit Bull is it's own breed. It's confusing because some people call a lot of the bully dogs "pit bulls", but technically, the American Pit Bull that most of us recognize as the "pit bull", is suppose to be a pure bred dog.

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