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Their Rep is the PITS But controversial breed makes great family pet The American Staffordshire Terrier also known as Pit Bull is believed to be a man-eating beast But is this breed all its made out to be The Pit Bull started in the Unites States it has been developed since the early 1800s as a result of crosses between the bulldogs of that time and game terriers Although the early ancestors of this breed came from England the development of the American Staffordshire Terrier is the story of a truly American breed This type of dog was instrumental in the success of farmers and settlers who developed this country They were used for general farm work hunting wild pigs bears and other large game guarding the homestead and general companionship A number of the early ancestors were also developed for the sport of dog fighting The extraordinary vitality of this breed is a direct result of breeding for successful fighting dogs This now illegal activity is unfortunately more often cited as the early purpose of the dogs rather than the general farm work Although ancestors of the American Staffordshire were fighting dogs the selective breeding since the 1930s has been away from the fighting heritage The American Staffordshire Terrier of today is a companion and show dog rather than a gladiator Although more rarely used on the farm now the talents that made him a good all-purpose dog are still to be found in the breed Later on In the early 1900s people began to fight dog against dog in a pit or dog against bull in a pit which is why the dog was later named the Pit Bull Unfortunately in todays society there have been many cases of over breeding for this dog which has created temperament problems in their bloodlines leading to inconsistent behavior Pit Bulls over bred today are usually used to fight illegally in run down urban areas
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