Molosser Family<br />Pit bull is not a breed, it is a term used to describe American Pit bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. These are three different breeds but have similar characteristics. They all belong to the Molosser Family. The Molossian family of dogs bear the name of the people with whom they were most often associated, a group of people in ancient Greece, the Molossi Tribe.<br />
The Pit bull flourished in America, and was one of the most popular breeds. Pit bulls accompanied pioneer families on explorations. They were so popular during the 1900’s, they were our mascot in both World Wars One and Two. History icons such as Theodore Roosevelt and Helen Keller were proud owners of this breed.<br />History<br />
<ul><li>Head is medium length, with a broad skull and very pronounced cheek muscles, a wide deep muzzle, a well-defined, moderately deep stop, and strong under jaw.
Eyes are round to almond shaped, low in the skull, and set apart.
Hindquarters are well-muscled with hocks set low on the legs.
Coat is a single coat, smooth, short, and close to the skin</li></ul>Breed Identification<br />****The city of San Francisco recognizes a dog as a Pit bull if he/she possesses 5 out of 8 of these characteristics.<br />
Can you identify the Pit bull?<br />Answers at the end<br />
Services<br />Pit bulls are commonly used for the following services:<br /><ul><li> Therapy
Border Patrol</li></ul>Neville the Pit bull<br />Explosives Patrol<br />Washington State Patrol<br />
Negative Media Attention<br />The media is largely responsible for the bias against pit bulls. According to the ASPCA, pit bull attacks are not only over reported, but any dog that resembles a pit bull is quickly given that label. The ASPCA conducted a study in 2007, recording how often dog attacks were reprinted when the dog was wrongly identified. There were no attacks printed more than twice if the dog was not a pit bull. One attack by a pit bull was reprinted 230 times. This story was even covered by CNN, MSNBC, and FOX.<br />
Family Dogs<br />In England, Pit bulls are so popular and have such a well known reputation with children, they are nickname the “Nanny Dog”. Pit bulls generally make poor guard dogs because they are so people friendly, however they are very protective of their family. They have been bred for centuries to be human-friendly, and when trained properly, are submissive with people and confident in their surroundings.<br />
Laws regarding Pit bulls vary depending on the area in which you <br />live. Breed Specific Legislation can restrict breeds severely and also <br />ban them completely.<br />States implementing Pit bull bans include Arkansas, Colorado, <br />Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New <br />York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West <br />Virginia, Wisconsin.<br />Usually the ban requires the dog be muzzled and on a very short <br />Leash(12 inches to 3 feet). Pit Bulls are the number one target for these<br />laws in America.<br />Bans<br />
Sergeant Stubby- An all American war hero who saved his entire platoon from a poison gas attack and singlehandedly caught a German spy.<br />Popsicle- A Pit bull rescued from a drug dealer’s freezer. He was able to sniff out 3,075 pounds of cocaine in the largest drug find in Texas history.<br />Dakota- Handpicked by NASA to assist in the recovery of the Astronauts after the 2003 shuttle disaster.<br />Diamond- Saved owner Darryl Steen and two daughters, 9 and 16 years old, from apartment fire.<br />Famous Pit bulls<br />