Pit Bulls get a lot of attention from the press because of their reputation, however, you may not know entirely about this breed. To save you from the trouble, here are 12 things you never knew about a Pit Bull:

Not an AKC Recognized Breed

No Pit Bull is registered in the AKC register. Although there are many American Terrier, also commonly referred to as a Pitty, there are no absolute Pit Bulls in the United Kennel Club. The term pit bull, or pitty, however, are used for dogs who belong to both of these breeds.

European Origins

Pit bulls were reportedly found initially in the 19th Century England, Ireland, and even Scotland, according to a few sources. They came as a result of farmers crossbreeding Terriers and Bullies to turn them into a more versatile breed, with the ability to bear bait and hunt and even drive livestock and family pets. The English Staffordshire Bull Terrier today, however, are tinier and more complicated than the pitties in America.

Catalyst for Registries

Two new dog registries were formed after AKC refused to accept them. These new registries were the UKC and the American Dog Breeds Association. Not to mention, the dog who got the first registry at the UKC is the founder’s own pit bull.

Eager to Please

The breed is popular to have a bad reputation, however, those who own these dogs, know how amazingly eager they are to please their owners. They may do any task, no matter how difficult, just to hear their parents call them a good boy or a good girl.

A Coat of Many Colours

Pit bulls have a versatile range of coat colours. Mostly, red, blue, fawn, and brindle are common.

Molosser Dog

Pit bulls are a part of the Molesser dog category, a group of a diverse breed that came as descendants of the ancient “Moloss” stock of dogs who lived in Eprius, Greece. This group also include American Bulldog, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Cane Corso, Great Dane, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, and lots more.

Sergeant Stubby

Stubby was the most celebrated war dog in World War I and is said to have a bit of the pit bull terrier in him. A lot of stories talk about his deeds were popular, which even made it to the front-page news once.

Wikipedia says, “He served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him.”

Stubby was smuggled back to the U.S. by Cpl. James Robert Conroy, where the dog died in his sleep. Moreover, Stubby has his own brick at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, that bears the words:

SERGEANT STUBBY

HERO DOG OF WWI

A BRAVE STRAY

Pro- America Propaganda

The bully breeds were linked with the American Hero, just like the doxies were linked with Germany. Several posters from the different time show the “All American Pit Bull” as the symbol of courage and patriotism in America.

Nanny Dogs

This nickname was given to the pit bulls back in the ’50s because they were amazing with kids. A lot of pit bulls and their baby humans are seen on pictures all over the Internet.

Mistaken Identity

Many dogs identified as pit bulls are actually mixed dogs from the Molesser group. Because of this, an anti-pit bull group was firmed and if a dog is looking like one or does something, s/he is labelled as a pit bull and is condemned.

Pal the Wonder Dog

Pal, the dog is commonly known for his role as “Petey,” a pit bull that followed The Little Rascals and protected them. The ring he has on his head was partially own and partially make- up. “The ring was even recognized as an oddity by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” according to Animal Planet. His son, Pete, took over his role in the show after he passed away.

Locking Jaw Myth

A popular myth about pit bulls is that they can lock their jaws—which can make it impossible to get them to release something they are holding. They indeed have strong jaws, but there is nothing exceptional about them, according to studies.

What other surprising things you know about Pit Bulls??

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