The world seems to believe that the American Pit Bull Terrier is a vicious breed of dog, violent and ruthless by nature, and that they should be treated as such. However, what if this stereotype about the pit bull that modern society bases their opinions off of, is an improper representation of the breed? The pit bull faces much hatred and neglect in this day and age, but in their prime, the pit bull was considered to be the perfect dog. Although bred for physique and stature that was perfect in the dog-fighting world, the pit bull grew in popularity and became high demand as a man’s best friend. However, that reputation that once made the pit bull one of the most popular and iconic breeds of dog, seems to have been forgotten over the
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Bull- baiting was a common and highly popular sport until September of 1835, when the Great Britain Parliament passed the Cruelty to Animals Act of 1835. The act forbade “the keeping of any public house, pit, or other place for baiting or fighting any bull, bear, dog, or other animal.” Although baiting became illegal in Great Britain, people secretly began to pit dogs against dogs. In fact, dog fighting kept up to such an extent that people who participated in these events began to breed dogs in order to perfect their skills and increase their chances of winning. Dogfight enthusiasts aimed to breed a more agile dog for the fighting ring, with all of the strength as the bulldog, but lightweight and quick. People began to breed bulldogs with lighter terriers and “these dogs were the forebears of the present-day pit bull. 1” 3/26/14 What seems to have been forgotten through time is how families and individuals depended greatly on the pit bull breed and all of the qualities they possess. Throughout the 18th and 19th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier was often referred to as the “nanny dog” because of their kind, loyal, and protective demeanor.
(iii) They adopted the term “nanny dog” when people began to entrust partial responsibility of the safety of the house with the family pit bull. Defending the home and protecting the members of the family has been and always will be of the upmost importance to individuals and, back when the APBT was a respected and