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why do they call apbt bulldogs?

Discussion in 'Bloodlines' started by tlondon22, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Old thread. Leaving open for discussion.
  2. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Wrong. Bulldog is a "class" of dog (much like "retriever" is a class of dog that encompasses multiple breeds), and the most amusing part about your post is that the APBT was historically referred to as the "pit BULLDOG" before they officially became the APBT, and were still being referred to as such even after the breed was officially named, well before your breed (American Bulldog) was recognized as a breed.

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  3. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    All APBT are bulldogs not all bulldogs are APBT.
  4. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    It's been a tradition for a long time and isn't meant to refer to any other kind of "bulldog" like English Bulldog or American Bulldog, etc.

    Many fanciers have always considered the APBT the direct ancestor of the original working bulldog of England -- with no terrier admixture (controversy, of course!). So, they tend to call an APBT that is proven in some working venue as a "bulldog".

    Specifically, I have heard it used by people who have fought dogs and will describe the ones proven game as "bulldogs" but won't give that name to one that hasn't been proven. Sort of an honor and mean to differentiate the "bulldog" from the others.
  5. shotgun_wg

    shotgun_wg Little Dog

    Where I'm from a bulldog is a generic term for the bull type dog. I have catch dogs that are Bulldogs because they have no papers. They are simply Bulldogs. I do know guys that have pit catch dogs and American bulldog CD's along with varied crosses. My dogs are listed at the vets office as Bulldogs. They tried to call them both APBT but I had it changed. The best explanation I have for the term simply refers like said before to the bull baiting or butcher dogs of the past. Dogs used to catch rank Bulls.

  6. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    "ancestor" should be "descendant" of course.
  7. bamaman

    bamaman Big Dog

    Best answer .

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