Not merely do American Pit Bull Terriers need better public relations, but there is also a lot of disarray between the actual breed and the dog “type.”
Pit Bull is a description for a type of puppy, but American Pit Bull Terriers are a breed. Other breeds that rightfully fall under the word “Pit Bull” include the American Staffordshire Terrier, the American bulldog, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Any puppy in the bully breed can be classified as a pit bull, and all are derived from dogs that were originally a cross between some type of bulldog and a terrier.
The American Kennel Club does not distinguish the American Pit Bull Terrier, but does acknowledge a very similar breed, the Staffordshire terrier. The name distinction was created in an effort to divide the breed from a negative past. In fact, the breed has been through a number of name changes, but many people don’t realize that Pit Bull Terriers were once considers the American ” household” puppy or nanny dog.
When properly socialized and developed, Pits could be among the friendliest puppies you’ll ever meet, and they are naturally warm and kindhearted animals.