This article is about the American Pit Bull Terrier, which is referred to as "Pitbull Dog" here.
The American Pit Bull Terrier ("Pitbull Dog") originated in Britain during the 19th century, the Pitbull Dog was brought to North America by British Immigrants. They were originally used in the United States by farmers and ranchers for protection, to hunt, and to drive livestock.
The Pitbull Dog is a medium-sized breed, weighing between 30 and 60 pounds, with short hair and varied colors and patterns. The tail has been described as a lever because of its shape, and the head is wedge-shaped, with some slight forehead wrinkles. Some of their traits are strength, agility, intelligence, excellent climbing ability, and family loyalty. In the United States, this breed has been used as a police dog because of his or her tenacity, high energy drive, and versatility.
Due to bad publicity caused by irresponsible owners, people unfamilar with dogs often consider them the most feared type. The Pitbull Dog is often associated with the urban and hip hop culture, and many young (predominantly male) people purchase one on the grounds of wanting a 'tough dog', who usually ends up maltrained and in poor health. The Pitbull has come under fire in the past thirty years for its association with inner city crime and drugs; many people of ill repute mistakenly breed this dog for its fighting heritage and exploit its incredible willingness to please its master. The Pitbull Dog is often beaten, starved, burned, and mistreated to make it particularly aggressive. After the owner no longer has any use for the dog (that is, after it loses a fight), the dog is left for dead or turned loose to find its way into animal control services, where it most likely will need to be destroyed because nobody wants it because of its reputation.
They are actually noted for their outgoing, affectionate, and playful disposition and their fondness for people, even children, and can make a wonderful family pet. However, a firm, even hand and early obedience training are musts for Pitbull Dog. With early socialization and knowing each individual dog's limits, their aggression towards other dogs can be quite easily controlled, although unbridled aggression towards man is actually a serious and perilous fault. The Pitbull Dog is extremely attached to his or her owner and family, and is known for being eager to please his or her master.
Here is a list of famous Pitbull Dogs:
Stubby, most decorated dog to serve in World War II.
Pete the Pup, from Hal Roach's Our Gang comedy short films of the 1920s and 30s, later known as The Little Rascals. A Pitbull was again used for the 1994 Little Rascals film remake as well.
Popsicle, famous for sniffing out one of the biggest drug busts in FDA history.
Nipper, the RCA dog (or a breed similar to the Pitbull Dog).