|Barked: Fri Jul 10, '09 2:47pm PST |
|I'm going to answer these questions to the best of my ability... so... here goes..
1. This is not a dumb question and is actually a very good one. I'm assuming you mean the American staffordshire terrier, right? At one point, they were the same breed. Many moons ago, people were trying to get the AKC to recognize the American pit bull terrier. However, the AKC refused to for many reasons. I believe that one was because they did not want to be associated with the dog fighting world. Then, the pit bull reached its popularity sometime after Pete the pup and the AKC finally broke down and registered the pit bull but under a different name: American staffodshire terrier (back then, I'm not sure if it had the American in it, though). Over the years, the two breeds were bred so differently; one was bred for show (the am staff) the other for sporting (like bull baiting, dog fighting, boar hunting, etc) (the APBT) The ones bred for show were bred solely for looks. These dogs were bred a little bigger than the dogs that were bred for sporting activities. The latter was bred smaller. However, to this day, there is interbreeding between the two and even dual registries. So, it's VERY debatable whether the breeds are one in the same or not. I believe they are. However, many other people would disagree. And, they're entitled to their opinion as I'm entitled to mine. If you mean the Staffordshire bull terrier, however, no, they are not one in the same and never have been. Though, they do share similar relations and looks.
2. Ah-ha, I presume that was my post? Yes, red nose is just a nose color. There IS a bloodline- Old Family Red Nose or something like that- but it should not be confused with red nose as the nose color. It's not a type of pit bull, though. Razor edge is a "bloodline". Those "bloodlines" are also debatable and you will find many interesting debates about them browsing the APBT forum right here on Dogster. While blue pit bulls are very popular, I would not trust a breeder who charges more for any color in pit bulls. Since the APBT can be almost any color, no color is rare. Therefore, no colored dog should be more expensive than another. Actually, I don't trust ANY breeder that prices on color. No matter how rare the color is. Puppies should be priced on show quality or pet quality, not color.
3. I'm not quite sure how to answer this one... so I'll leave it to someone else.
If you do decide to get a pit bull, I should warn you: be prepared physically and emotionally. APBT's are FULL of energy. They WILL keep you busy. I walk Lilo five, six times a day- thirty to forty minutes each- and she STILL has energy at night. And people will judge not only your dog- but YOU for choosing the breed. This can (I cannot tell a lie) cause emotional damage to you and the dog.
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