American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier comes from dogs brought to America by English and Irish immigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Dog fights have always existed, but in more distant times, dogs of various breeds were used for this, if only they were strong and had powerful jaws. This was the case until the end of the 17th century. These dogs were called bulldogs, although, strictly speaking, they did not constitute any breed.

Attention! Do not confuse pit bull terriers with modern English bulldog. They are only his distant ancestors. The then English Bulldog had longer and slender limbs and very muscular. These are completely different dogs. It was only at the end of the 17th century that the idea was born of breeding a dog that can guarantee the transmission of fighting qualities. First of all, it was about aggressiveness and insensitivity to pain, as well as strength, perseverance and dexterity.

The then Bulldogs already had some of these qualities to a considerable degree, but they lacked others. In particular, agility and aggressiveness. Therefore, it was conceived to cross the bulldogs with dogs that have genetically possessed similar qualities. In England, it could only be about one breed - a terrier. This dog is indeed the most aggressive. So there was a so-called boules and terrier.

But then it was still too early to talk about the breed, because they only thought about the fighting qualities, not attaching importance to the rest. Only in 1835, when a decree was issued declaring illegal dog fighting, the case moved.

Of course, the mentality of gambling lovers has not changed, they continued to arrange dog fights underground and, unfortunately, they still do so.

However, in those days, official cynology began to form. Therefore, some people decided to develop an exhibition breed of dogs on the basis of boules and terriers, smoothing over their aggressiveness. This work led to the creation of an American

Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Bull Terrier, which has become almost a room dog. However, other dog breeders did not intend to lose the characteristics typical of combat dogs, which in their opinion represented a valuable genetic heritage.

Of course, some of them were guided only by economic interests, because the fights were held underground, and the victorious dogs brought huge sums of money. But for many others, this interest was purely professional, not to mention cultural traditions. Do not wrinkle your nose when the word culture is used in relation to dog fighting, because in fact it would be too superficial to consider this barbaric. Especially if one imagines that such manifestations of true barbarism, like any kind of hunting or bullfighting, are considered noble pursuits or even elite sports. And the bullfighters in the homeland glorify. They are an example for the young.

And when animal advocates raise their voices, they always object that it is a cultural tradition. Indeed, this statement is difficult to refute, because the hero of this view is not the one who kills, but the one who wins, demonstrating his courage and fearlessness. The rapture of courage and strength throughout human history has never been challenged by any cultural era. And from this point of view, dog fights also acquire a different color.

In addition to economic considerations, people are driven by the desire to cultivate, train and own this clot of strength, perseverance, and endurance, investing more and more in it. Modern underground fighting fans are only interested in money. They even make dogs of different weights and masses fight, turning the spectacle into a real bloodbath.

This is of course barbaric. On the contrary, true lovers of dog fights adhered to clear rules: battles were held only between dogs of the same weight, so they tried to cultivate qualities in a dog that can be called masculine in the most sublime sense of the word. They needed a dog personifying the legendary invincible warrior. In a word - a super hero. It's great that they managed it.



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