Monday, September 8, 2014


Although I am convinced that pit dog men are wrongly accused of cruelty to animals by those who are not familiar with the America Pit Bull Terrier breed, I am very much against the fighting of a Pit Bull against a wild animal because, in such a situation, you have an unwilling participant or, in most cases, an animal that is simply fighting for its life.

Just as a point of interest, however, the little dog Jocko (previously referred to) was at one time pitted against a bobcat that actually outweighed him. Jocko tipped the scales at 28 pounds. The bobcat was kept by a saloon-keeper in Colorado. I'm not clear how they managed to weigh the bobcat, but he was reputed to weigh 35 pounds. Surprisingly, most of the men seemed to feel the bobcat might take Jocko, but he was reputed to weigh 35 pounds. Surprisingly, most of the men seemed to feel the bobcat might take Jocko, but then, none of the men were seasoned pit dog men. In any case, Jocko killed the bobcat very quickly by crushing its skull.

Pit Bulldogs are often used for hunting, and the general consensus seems to be that no animal anywhere near their size seems to have a chance against them. It might be of interest to know that writing done hundreds of years ago seem to indicate that it took three Bulldogs to kill a lion and four to kill a bear. That is still giving away a tremendous amount of weight, since three dogs would only weigh around a hundred and fifty pounds. I have a certain amount of skepticism about such statements, since it would be hard for the dogs to hold the lion there to kill once the big cat had decided to "break for it." I could certainly live with the statement that three Bulldogs could normally defeat a lion, although such things are only of casual interest to me.

Short and Tall Tales of the Pit Bull - Richard F. Stratton

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What's a Pit Bull?

I was asked to write a post on this recently by a few different people who thought it'd be a good idea, so that's what I'm going to do. Hopefully, this will help some of you out there understand what your dog is.

So, it seems that everyone thinks they own a pit bull or every dog is a pit bull. They say "if it looks like a pit bull, it's a pit bull" which is simply not true, because the question here is what does a pit bull look like? A lot of people will tell you that you can't base a dog off its looks which is true and false.

The term pit bull is a very thrown around term that is used very loosely. The question I get asked the most is is my dog a pit bull? Now, without a pedigree, you'll never really know. Then again, in many cases, people can and will tell you that your dog is not a pit bull, because in some cases, yes, it can be based off a dog's looks.

The shelter/rescue labeled him as a pit bull, so he must be a pit bull, right?

No. Shelter/rescues do not bring in American Pit Bull Terriers, and if they ever do, they are usually immediately euthanized (from what I have seen). I have personally never seen a pit bull in any of my local shelters or rescues before, but have heard of very few people bringing them in, and they were immediately euthanized (because of dog aggression). Your average shelter/rescue, no matter how many dogs they have dealt with in their lifetime, are not equipped to handle a breed of dog such as a pit bull, most people aren't, that's why the majority should not own one.

Shelters bring in dogs they like to label as pit bulls because they have not done the proper research on pit bulls, and have no idea what they are or what they look like. So, it would be a safe bet to call your dog a mixed breed. If you want a true pit bull terrier, you should of not gone to a shelter, because any dog labeled as a pit bull at a shelter is a mixed breed dog.

Do your research on pit bull terriers, and I mean taking YEARS doing research on them. You can't research a pit bull terrier for a few days, weeks or months and say "this dog is right for me". If you do, you'll be in deep shit. Spend time around real pit bull terriers. If you just want a bully breed mutt, shelters are filled with those.

If you are seriously interested in American Pit Bull Terriers, you will take the time to greatly research them. Here are some recommended books on the breed:

This is the American Pit Bull Terrier - Richard F. Stratton
The World of the American Pit Bull Terrier - Richard F. Stratton
The Book of the American Pit Bull Terrier - Richard F. Stratton
The Truth about the American Pit Bull Terrier - Richard F. Stratton
The Complete Game Dog - Ed Faron

He looks like a pit bull, so does that mean that he's a pit bull?

I want to make something loud and clear: not all pit bulls look the "same". And, without a pedigree (proof of lineage/bloodlines), you have a mutt. I'm not sure how to say it, but I'm just going to say it like this: pit bulls come in different shapes and sizes. Does this mean that if your dog weighs 100 pounds that it is a pit bull? No. Because pit bulls do not weigh 100 pounds. I'd like to say the average American Pit Bull Terrier weighs between 25-60 pounds, on average. It's pretty rare to even see an APBT that weighs more than 60 pounds, The ones I see are usually 25-55 pounders. So, they are medium sized breeds of dogs - not large sized breeds of dogs. They are not large breeds. If your dog weighs more than 75 pounds, it's either fat or not a pit bull.

Now, I want us to take a look at some examples of different looking pit bull terriers. And, just because your dog supposedly looks like one of the dog's below does not mean that it is a pit bull. Here are some examples of different pit bull terriers: 

What exactly IS a pit bull? What should a pit bull look like?

This seems to be a very hard question for me to explain to some people, simply because there's so much history and detail that goes into telling one what a pit bull actually is. It's not about the simplicity of telling someone what is and isn't a pit bull, it's about how much they're willing to listen and learn, and the mass majority of people aren't willing to listen or learn. That being said, you have to quickly come up with a short, but informative answer.

The general public has no idea what a pit bull is and that is the honest truth. The general public believes that a pit bull is anything labeled as a pit bull or anything that supposedly looks like a pit bull, whatever the hell that may mean. Basically, they think "it has a blocky head, it's a pit bull" or "it looks mean, it's a pit bull", "it has a spiked collar, it's a pit bull", "it attacks someone or something, it must be a pit bull".

As explained above, in a previous answer, I stated that the average pit bull terrier weighs between 25-60 pounds. If you'd like to take a look at the conformation standard of the pit bull terrier under the ADBA, here it is:

Aren't there multiple types of pit bulls?

No. There is only one pit bull, which would be the American Pit Bull Terrier. A dog who is of unknown lineage is one who is a mixed breed. He can not be called a pit bull or pit bull mix.

I've unfortunately had my fair share and have come across many people who claim to be educated on this subject, yet go around and educate everyone that there's multiple pit bulls. Lots of rescues spread this bullshit. Rescues, shelters, animal rights - they are why this breed is so fucked up.

My dog's papers say he's a pit bull, so that must mean he's a pit bull, correct?

No, this does not mean your dog is a pit bull. I could easily register an American Bully as an American Pit Bull Terrier. This proves that papers cannot tell you your dog's breed. When it comes to register papers, you can basically put any breed on their as long as they get their money. So, just because your papers say that your dog is a "pit bull" doesn't mean that he is. You must have a pedigree to prove that. 

What's so bad about calling my dog a pit bull?

The harm is that you are spewing misinformation. If we labeled our dogs correctly, I honestly believe there wouldn't be BSL against pit bulls. If you got your dog from a shelter, call it a mixed breed. If you got your dog from a rescue, call it a mixed breed. If you got your supposed pit bull off Craigslist, call it a mixed breed. If someone were to ask "is that a pit bull?", all you have to say is "no, my dog is not a pit bull or pit bull mix." Believe me, you'd be doing more GOOD for your dog and the entire "pit bull" population. 

Isn't the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Bully all the same breeds as the American Pit Bull Terrier? 

NO! NO! NO! All four of these dogs are completely separate breeds of dogs. Now, for a quick history lesson, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier originally started out as the same breed of dog, but quickly became separate breeds after being used/bred for different purposes and having different characteristics, traits and appearance.

Let's take a look at some more, and even a few better examples (see the above examples at the top) of American Pit Bull Terriers:

Now, we can take a look at the American Staffordshire Terrier.

And, now we shall take a look at some examples of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (working and show):

And, finally we shall take a look at the American Bully - the most commonly mistaken breed of dog to be a labeled as a pit bull. American Bullies are not pit bulls.  Please, do us all a favor and if you have an American Bully, call it an American Bully, and please do not call it an American Pit Bull Terrier.

Now, let's take a look at mixed breeds (these dogs are not pit bulls):

I was told my dog was a red nose, blue nose or gator pit bull. What exactly do these terms mean? 

Well, red nose, blue nose and gator (gator head, gator mouth, gator, etc) are not types of pit bulls, and are definitely not bloodlines. All of these terms were and are made up by back yard breeders, therefore, they are not legitimate.

There is such thing as an OFRN (Old Family Red Nose) bloodline, but the chance of you owning a red dog and it being OFRN is about zero to none. OFRN is quite hard to come by, and is being kept and selectively bred.

Is it true that the pit bull terrier isn't really a breed of dog?

I have no idea where one gets that the pit bull terrier isn't a breed of dog, of course it's a breed of dog! Pit Bull means American Pit Bull Terrier. American (Pit Bull) Terrier is the only breed of dog with pit bull in its name.

What's the abbreviation for all the breeds mentioned in this post?

A few abbreviations would be for the breeds talked about -

American Pit Bull Terrier - APBT, pit bull terrier, pit bull, bulldog
American Staffordshire Terrier - Am.Staff, AmStaff, AST
Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Staffy, Staff, SBT
American Bully - Am. Bully, Ambully, Bully