Ok, as the title suggests this is going to be about an animal breed. But what animal would that be? The most controversial animal there is right now. The Pit Bull. But this isn’t just about Pits it’s about the other dogs in the bully breed family.
So I’m guessing if you are reading this you want to:
A.) To know more about the breeds.
B.) You love the breeds already and want to make sure I’m not bashing them.
C.) You dislike all the dogs that look like a ‘pit’ and want to know why you should still dislike them.
Well if you are in the A and B group you are going to love this but if you are in the C group, well you are going to be hard pressed to find a reason why you should dislike the bully breeds.
BULLY BREEDS: In a Nutshell:
Because in the media the name Pit Bull has become a catch all name I’m going to specify the difference in the breeds. Hopefully this will make people understand Pits are not the only breed committing the attacks we hear about so often in the news. And that not all dog you who look remotely like a Pit aren’t always Pits.
There are many different kinds and they come in many different shapes,sizes, and colors. They range in temperament, health, and energy level so when you decide to get one of these breeds please check the family history if at all possible! There three specific types of bully breed that I’m going to focus on.
- Size: On average a Pit Bull, males and bitches, stand 14-24 inches at the shoulders so they are fairly small and they weigh anywhere from 22-78lbs if kept healthy.
- Temperament: Pit Bulls by nature are very loyal and protective animals. Super energetic and hyper if you get them playing. They look for a strong pack leader (i.e. their owner) to guide them and the aim to please their master in anyway they can. This is where they run into their greatest problem. Because of the aggressive tendencies they have naturally, humans extort this and cause to dogs to fight and become dangerous to themselves, other dogs, and humans. These dogs strive to please the owner so much they are willing to kill and die to do it. It is NOT because they evil. All dogs (not just pits) have aggressive tendencies but with proper training and socialization these qualities will disappear.
- Origins: This breed comes from Europe and can be traced as far back as 50 AD. But the breed became popular around 1066 when the Normans invades England and exported them. This is also when bull baiting became popular and by the 16th century nearly every town in England had a baiting ring. But when bull baiting and fighting of the bull dogs was banned, the public had to find other means of entertainment. Throwing the dogs into a large pit with rat inside and seeing which one could kill the most was the new way to test the dogs. This is also where we got the name Pit Bull. After the breed was exported to the U.S. that is when they started fulfilling their ultimate potential. They were transformed into all-purpose farming dogs when people started moving West. If you want to read further on the subject click here.
- Life Span: Typically a Pit Bull that is well taken care of lives to the ripe old age of 12 maybe more if kept really good health.
There are two different types in this category: The American Staffordshire Terrier (AMST) and The Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT).
I’m going to be short with the summary because there are two breeds in one.
- Size: Males are typically 17-19 inches high and weigh 57-67lbs on average. Bitches are 16-18 inches and weigh around 50-67lbs maybe lighter is kept in shape.
- Temperament: Intelligent, happy, outgoing, playful ball of energy, stable, confident, loyal and pleasers. This breed doesn’t have as much of the aggression factor as the APBT, but with the wrong owner, poor training and no socialization they came slip into an aggressive nature.
- Origins: 19th century in England is where the breed originated but once the breed came to America we made it larger than its British cousin. This dog is more of a show ring dog now more than it used to be. But it’s still used to hunt hogs, squirrels, rats, and in some cases bear.
- Life Span: These compact beauties live anywhere from 9-15 years so you’re in for the long haul with these rambunctious pups.
- Size: Males are 14-16 inches high and weigh 28-38lbs. Bitches are 14-16 inches high and weigh 24-34lbs.
- Temperament: Intelligent, playful, wide-open, loving and very loyal. Friendly with strangers so might not be the best guard dog. Good with other animals.
- Origins: Started in 19th century and the breed has been steady since then.
- Life Span: They live 10-16 years on average.
This is Heidi. She’s my boyfriend’s AMST. She is a red and blue mix and she’s ridiculously affectionate and loves to talk and sing.
Your traditional American Bulldog is the largest of the bully breeds. They are also the more docile group. They look ferocious but have the love ability of a kitten.
- Size: Males are 22-28 inches and weigh 70-120lbs. Bitches are 20-26 inches and weigh 60-100lbs.
- Temperament: Loyal, reliable, brave, and determined. Non-hostile toward other animals and humans. They have a fondness for children. Very protective over their family.
- Origin: Trace back with the Pit Bull around 50 AD. Commonly used for bull baiting in the 16th century and once they got there they, like the Pit became an all-purpose working dog.
- Life Span: The ripe old age of 16!
There are also two subsets in this group as well. The American Bulldog Johnson Style (Original) and the American Bulldog Scott Style (Standard). Although they are not recognized by any formal registration the differences are striking.
The Johnson Style: Looks more like a fat boxer. The style has the robust chest and muscular body with the more deep set nose. They come in an array of colors. But browns, reds, and whites are most common.
The Scott Style: These have the more elongated snout, but the body has the same robust chest and muscular features you would expect. They come in only one base color white. Some black or brindle spotting is ok but white is the color breeders want.
**Again these are more unrecognized than they are recognized by your traditional breeder.**
Left: Heidi the AMST. Right: My dog Bosco the AB. Abnormal fact about my dog he LOVES the water. Most in this breed don’t particularly like water.
There are also many, MANY mix breeds out there. So please do the research on the dog before you decide to adopt, buy from a breeder, or take in a stray. And if you can’t research the family history of the dog do a trial adoption to see how everything goes so you can asses the dogs temperament for yourself. **REMEMBER** Dogs in general are hard work. These dogs are no exception. Train them properly and socialize them at an early age and you should no problems at all.
Dogs are what we make them. Don’t let them take the blame for what we did.
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Fun Fact!: What breed of dog bites humans more often than any other breed?
A.) Pit Bull
C.) Golden Retriever
Learn the answer in the next blog!
❤ Miranda Rollins