is the american staffordshire terrier really the real pit bull?

i would like to no if the american staffordshire terrier is really the pit bull! some books tell me they r some dont!!!

Asked by Member 601834 on Mar 25th 2008 Tagged aretheypitbullsineedtono in Breeds
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They originally started off as the same breed. However, there was division on what the standard should be. Pitbull breeders were developing the standard to be more gamey, conformation was determined by the dog's purpose to be a small and agile dog in the pit. Staffie developers wanted a more showy conformation with less game in the breed. You will find much division among Staffie and Pit breeders. And don't ever tell a Staffie breeder, it's a pit. Also, the "pit bull" was not a true breed. It was any dog thrown in the ring so AKC would not allow that name because it did not represent a specific breed, but more a job and most "pit bulls" were comprised of several breeds. You can never register a pit bull with AKC as an Am Staff. But, you can register an Am staff with UKC or ADBA as a pit bull. But, they will put an asterisk next to the name so you know it's a staff. To professionals, they are ENTIRELY different breeds altogether. To the average Joe, they are the same. hope this helps

Dante answered on Mar 26th.

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Three dogs falls under the "Pit bull" category/type - that being the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The latter two can be registered/recognized by the AKC, while the American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized by the UKC.

Kolbe answered on 3/25/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


"Pit bull" is not a real name, it can refer to many things: The American Pit Bull Terrier (UKC), American Staffordshire Terrier (AKC), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (AKC,UKC), or even the Bull Terrier (AKC,UKC).

As stated above, AKC AmStaffs can be registered as APBT by the UKC.

Koby answered on 3/28/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer