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I didn't see the pic, but I thought you guys might like this one! Thumbs up

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That I can dig!!!! Big smile That your dog?

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Don Fischer wrote:
That I can dig!!!! Big smile That your dog?

Big smile nope thats a friends dog! Thumbs up

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I think the biggest problem that has given the breed a bad name are people trying to use this breed for something other than what it was originally bred for. Since the late 1970's too many inner city drug dealers and wanna-be tough guys thought that this breed would be a cool tough monster to guard their stash and dope houses. Also too many people thinking that this is a guard dog, de-socialize it, and crossing it with other breeds has lead to some real problems. Most attacks on people that you see in the media are actually not done by pure bred Pit Bulls, but some sort of cross breed or some dog that resembles what people thing is a Pit Bull. One of the original traits purposely bred into the APBT was that it be a people friendly dog. It had to be people friendly in order for the handlers and trainers to have been able to work with it and train it to fight other dogs. The dog was never intended to be a man eating or man attacking mongrol, but was to be intended as a fighting/working dog. It was however intended to be ferocious to other animals. From what I've read about the subjsect the original APBT was bred for pit fighting and bred from a breed of original bull dogs that were once used for bull baiting in Europe but the sport was later banned in the mid 1800's. These same original bull dogs had other uses to their owners too, such as used in bear hunting and wild boar hunting. A dog this powerful could be used to hold bear or wild boars. Since a pure bred, well raised APBT still has it's original traits, it is still useful as a hunting dog for wild boar and other such animals. From the books I've read I understand that prior to the 1950's going back to the mid 1800's the American Pit Bull Terrier was a much loved and very popular breed in this country, especially in rural farm areas, as it was used as a true working dog. A lot of early photographs of frontiersmen and ranchers from the turn of the century often show a pet that appears to be either an American Bull Dog or an American Pit Bull Terrier. Also note that the dogs in these photos are not huge oversized massive dogs like those being bred today, but are mid-sized, leaner, and more agile muscular types. Never been around many pure bred APBT, but did grow up living next to a neighbore that owned an American Bull Dog, essentially an almost identical decendent of the original bull baiting dogs used in the 1800's and a breed that the original APBT was bred from. That was one of the most stable and brave dog I ever remember.

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I think western Hunter has it on a very good point. Out crossing indiscriminately and dog's that look like pit's so are called pit's. I've seen this many times over the years where a dog is said to be some particular breed but isn't. How many times have we seen black dog's passed of as black labs? We even see black dog's with a white chest passed off that way. I have a brother that years ago had a mutt that looked for all the world like a springer spaniel. So he got a pure bred one, bred the two and sold them as springer's without paper's. He called them 7/8th's springer's. Now how he figured that I have no idea.

Good thinking W.H., good thinking! Thumbs up

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Great info Western! Thanks for the input...you hit the nail right on the head....todays "problems" definitely revolve around the irresponsible people who use these dogs for negative purposes (drugs, gambling, irresponsible protection etc. etc.) and also the irresponsible breeding that is done every day.

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I've owned a pitbull for 12 yrs,he's a big lay around,well-behaved family dog.He's 90lbs of love'n...no bs 90lbs.

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Since were sharing pics of our pups. Heres the latest Belgian for our home Rocky. Troublemaker extrodinaire and still very much enjoying his sharp puppy teeth. Very smart and already doing extremely well on the leash and vocal commands.

Is that garbage at your feet?LOL

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Fuzzy little sucker isn't he? I think God made puppies because the make us feel so good! Thumbs up

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Yeah he has very thick underfur. He should look something like this when hes grown and coat developed.

i dont have pics of his mom and dad handy but this is what they look like.

His mom looks like this

Pop looks like this

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