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American Pit Bull Terriers excel in dog sports.

Pit Bulls do not have "locking" jaws. They are, however, very athletic and strong and tend to bite and hold.  While getting them to release an object may be difficult, their jaws do not lock.

Pit Bull Terriers have character

The fun-loving, spunky, affectionate attitutude of the American Pit Bull Terrier is what attracts most people to the breed. They are extremely loyal, loving dogs, naturally clownish, alert and very intelligent. With their high energy level and intelligence, American Pit Bull Terriers excel in dog sports such as flyball and frisbee, agility trials, weight-pulling competitions, search and rescue work, and obedience trials. Their tenacious work drive and eagerness to please their owners make them natural, award-winning competitors.
The American Pit Bull Terrier also has a soft side. Their gushing affection for humans — a trait that breeders continue to promote have earned them work as Certified Therapy Dogs in hospitals and nursing homes. Allowed to develop according to their traditional qualities, Pit Bull Terriers are loyal, loving, comical, versatile and gentle companions. Homes with children that know the breed continue to choose the American Pit Bull Terrier for their family pets.

Pit Bull Terrier visits the aged, bringing love and lots of sloppy kisses!

Pit Bull Terriers are loyal, loving family pets and get along great with other animals.
The Beginning of the Breed

The dog that we now recognize as the American Pit Bull Terrier was originally bred in the British Isles in the early 1800s to "bait" bulls. These bull matches were held for the entertainment of the struggling classes — a source of relief from the tedious and brutal way of life suffered by many commoners durint that time. In 1835, bull baiting was deemed inhumane and made illegal. Dog fighting became a popular replacement.

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fighters were made heroes and the trait for aggression towards other dogs began to be selective bred into the breed. At the same time, a very strong inhibition to bite humans was also bred into the Pit Bull Terrier lines so handlers could lean over into the fighting pits and pull their dogs out when necessary, without worrying about being bit. Partially because of this selective breeding which culled out "man-biters," this breed is well known for its loving devotion to humans.

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The Pit Bull Terrier Comes to America

Immigrants brought their dogs across the ocean to America with the rest of their prized possessions. In early America, Pit Bull Terriers were valued for much more than their fighting abilities. They were entrusted to protect homesteads from predators to work on family farms. Homesteaders depended on their dogs' abilities to help in the hunt and as hog catchers. This earned them the nickname "catch dogs." Pit Bull Terriers were constant companions and watched over the families' young children. They earned their place as an important part of the fabric of a developing nation.

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As cities sprung up, American Pit Bull Terriers remained a prominent part of the American culture. Americans admired and respected this breed for qualities that it likened to themselves — bravery, friendliness and hard-working. They lost their reputation as fighters and were thought of as family dogs. At the turn of the century, they began to show up in family photos, surrounded by loving family members. Early advertisements, posters, and magazines began to use the breed to represent the All American Dog. Buster Brown chose the American Pit Bull Terrier as a constant companion. The American Pit Bull Terrier was displayed on World War I posters as proud mascots of neutrality and bravery. The most decorated war dog of that time was Stubby, an American Pit Bull Terrier!
Famous American Pit Bull Terriers

The American Pit Bull Terrier was also a favorite dog among politicians, scholars, and celebrities. Helen Keller, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Little Rascals all had American Pit Bull Terriers.

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