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12 Things You Didn’t Know About Pit Bulls

Even though this breed gets more press than almost any other, you may be surprised at how little you know about it. For example, do you know where the breed was developed originally or whether or not it belongs to a group of dog breeds called “Molossers”? Find out the answers to both of these questions and more below!

#1 –  Not an AKC Recognized Breed

There is no “Pit Bull” breed in the AKC register. They do have the American Terrier, which many refer to as a pitty. However, The United Kennel Club does recognize the American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed and allows them to register. The term pit bull or “pitty” is used for both of these dogs and it can be hard for non-enthusiasts to tell the difference.

Image source: @Maplegirlie via flickr
Image source: @Maplegirlie via flickr

#2 –  European Origins

The beginnings of the pit bull were in 19th C. England, Ireland and (some sources say) Scotland. The farmers were experimenting with crossbreeding terriers and bullies to make a more versatile dog – one that could do everything from bear baiting and hunting to driving livestock and family pets. Today, the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier is small and more compact than their American cousins.

Image source: "Staffordshire Bull Terrier 600" by User Sannse on en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Image source: “Staffordshire Bull Terrier 600” by User Sannse on en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

#3 – Catalyst for Registries

Since AKC wouldn’t accept them, two new dog registries were formed – the UKC and the American Dog Breeds Association. Both clubs were started by men who owned pit bulls themselves. In fact the dog that holds the Registry no. 1 with the UKC is the founder’s pit bull. (

Image source:  @SAM via Flickr
Image source: @SAM via Flickr

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