|Barked: Sun Feb 3, '13 11:43am PST |
|Daddy's right. The only difference between the American Staffordshire terrier and the American pit bull terrier is all aesthetic. The are, actually, essentially one in the same. The AKC refused to register American pit bull terriers as they did not want to be associated with dog fighting. However, when the popularity of the breed began to rise, they began registering the breed under a different name. The American Staffordshire terrier. Even today, many pit bulls are dual registered with both the AKC and UKC, recognized as both pit bulls and Am staffs. The only real difference is that the American pit bull is often bred to fit the working dog look, even if not a working dog. Slim, muscular, smaller than the Am staff. The Am staff is bred to fit the show dog look. Bigger, muscular, a bit more... rounded? Not sure that's the word I'm looking for, but something like that. So, yeah, it confuses me when people get offended regarding the confusion between the two. If they knew a lick about their dog's history, they would know that it's not an insult at all.
I never get offended at the term "pit bull". There are much worse things one could call my dog. Pit bulls are people dogs. Always have been. Even in the past, they were bred to be as people friendly as possible. For the work they, sadly, had to do - they had to be people oriented. Even now, however, most pet pit bulls fit the bill. Big ol' (or small, rather, since 35 lbs is not unheard of!) lugs that want nothing more than to cuddle their owner or romp around the yard chasing a ball. Lilo was a pit bull. Princess is a pit bull mix. And I'm not offended by that. That would be just silly.
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