While talking of pit bulls in a room full of people, there can be an endless debate on the breed’s demeanour. Either people love them to the core or hate them for being vicious, or simply dread their build. Pitbulls Bible has dug out the past of this breed. This article covers the journey of what these dogs have been through.
The foremost thing that you all need to know about them is that pit bulls are not one specific breed; rather they are a classification of various breeds put together. Their origin can be traced back to 1800s and were originally bred from the Old English Bulldogs. When blood-sports became outlawed in the mid 18th century, U.K. rat-baiting and dog-fighting gained popularity among people. Bulldogs were crossed with Terriers and then sent into a pit for fighting. Hence the name, ‘Pit Bull’ arose.
Although the dogs were bred for the purpose of fighting, they proved to be great family dogs. They could manage sundry tasks and were involved in farming, looking after children, protecting the family, etc. and soon, many American immigrants brought along pit bulls as their ‘family-dog’. And as you might have heard pit bulls are nick-named as ‘Nanny Dogs’, here’s a proof to it.
No we aren’t yet done with showcasing the love pit bulls received earlier. They were the most trusted and lovable dogs as a result of which, they were even used in advertisements as a NATIONAL MASCOT.
Pits were faithful at the war times as well. Sergeant Stubby, a well-known war dog who performed myriads of heroic acts was also a Pit-Bull.
A turning point in pit bulls’ history was when people began tarnishing the breed’s image. During 1980s dogfighting re-surged in America which created a fear among the locals who walked pass the bulls on the street. Soon after this, the Time Magazine published a cover story with the title, ‘The Pit Bull Friend And Killer’.
Pit bulls were held America’s favorite for quite a long time and weren’t the first dogs to be feared of. But thankfully, people are now turning their image in a more accepted form and are giving them optimistic attention. This is how pitties have survived the ups and downs of finally being accepted as other dogs.