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APBTS were ratting dogs??

Discussion in 'Today's APBT' started by adjecyca, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I was arguing with someone because i had thought APBTS were originally bred for fighting, but they showed me these

    The creation of the Pit Bull Terrier

    Were the dogs used for Ratting not yet what we call the APBT today??? Or were APBTS originally made for ratting?The second link says some of the best fighting dogs were ratters? Does anyone have any APBT history links?
  2. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Terriers were made for ratting. There was no reason to add Bulldog to Terrier for that. It would make much more sense for Terrier to be added to Bulldog to create two dogs that would be much more entertaining to watch fight one another - Bulldogs too slow, Terrier too small, but mix the too and it's just right.

    This version of history is used to get around the idea that "pit" references dog fighting. I belive it's revisionist history. Look at the picture. The dog has a docked tail. It was never and still is not a common practice to dock an APBT's tail.

    The first APBT was not recognized until 1898 in the United States by the UKC. The first dog reigstered by them was Bennett's Ring. The UKC, from my understanding, used to host dog fights for APBTs too. This wouldn't make sense unless the activity was a large part of their history/foundation.
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