Breeds of dogs: American Pit Bull Terrier

Breeds of dogs: American Pit Bull Terrier

Origin, classification and history

Origin: USA.
F.C.I classification: RACE NOT RECOGNIZED

The American Pit Bull Terrier descends from the ancient Molossians also used by the ancient Romans in combat. It was forged by molossoids which until the 18th century were indistinctly called "Bulldog". At the end of the nineteenth century, thanks to the insertion of "Terrier" blood, several breeds were born, which would later give rise to the "American Staffordshire Terrier" and to the "American Pit Bull Terrier". The United Kennel Club was founded in 1898 and immediately saw favored dog fights, which had been strictly prohibited in England. One of the dogs most used in fighting was precisely this "breed", which was widely publicized by the UKC. In 1909 the first "American Pit Bull Association" was born. Over the years, and especially in recent years, many voices and beliefs have developed about the aggressiveness and weightiness of the jaws of this "breed". Contrary to what one might think, this "race" is reliable, if one does not expect hyperaggressive attitudes from it. However, he remains a dog of character, not suitable for everyone.

General aspect

Medium-small size dog. It is a dog that gives the impression of great power and dynamism. Great strength compared to size. Breed with a solid construction, very muscular, but at the same time very agile and quick. Pretty elegant in bearing and very attentive to everything around him. His expression is firm and serious. Well placed and robust breed.


From its past it draws its character of indomitable courage. Dog that becomes particularly fond of a specific person. This person will remain his one thought throughout his life. Very agile dog and incredible speed of movement. Powerful and rustic. Dog with impressive courage and exceptional performance. Fearless guard dog and at the same time excellent companion for being in the family. If used, it is also suitable for being with children. Even for this breed the rumors regarding its natural notes of malice and ferocity are absolutely not true. Of course, like so many other breeds, it has been selected for decades only for its fighting instinct, but the latter can only be re-emerged through human manipulation.

American Pit Bull Terrier (photo

American Pit Bull Terrier (photo


The American Pit Bull Terrier Standard is not recognized by the International Cynotechnics Federation (F.C.I.), nor by the American Kennel Club. It is recognized only by the United Kennel Club. ADBA maintains an enrollment register. There are currently two Standards.

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