Q: Why do Bull Terrier people still use the word "pit" when talking about their dogs?

September 27, 2008 | By Anonymous | 2 answers | Expired: 2681 days ago


I personally do not use that term when talking about my Staff Bull terrier and think it would help to change their bad reputation.

Readers' Answers (2)

Sep 28, 2008

Personally, I'm not sure. My cousin has an American Staffordshire Terrier and when people ask them, they always say they have an Amstaff. The only time I use the term "pit" when I'm trying to hit home the fact that yes, the dog falls into that category and look how wonderful he is!!! If we can't get rid of the term "pit" at least we can try to change it's connotation from a negative to a positive one.

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Oct 10, 2008

In the nineteenth century in Staffordshire,England crossing the Bulldog and various terriers developed the Staffordshire Bullterrier. Brought to the United States, the breed was preferred by American breeders who increased its weight and gave it a more powerful head. Now recognized as a separate breed, the American Staffordshire is larger and heavier than his British cousin, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. After dog fighting was banned in the United States in the 1900s, two strains of these dogs were developed, a show strain and a fighting dog strain. The show strain was labeled the American Staffordshire, while the fighting dog strain was labeled the American Pit Bull Terrier. The two are now being recognized as separate breeds. Today many people do indeed have American Pit Bull Terriers rather than American Staffordshire Terriers as both breeds are widespread in the country.

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