The Terrier In The American Pit Bull Terrier

Discover how much influence the terrier blood has in American Pit Bull Terriers.

By | Posted: September 13, 2012, 1 p.m. EDT

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Pit Bull Terriers

Because 19th-century Bulldogs in England so closely resemble American Pit Bull Terriers today, some people question how much influence the terrier crosses really had. Some say that the American Pit Bull Terrier is in fact the original English Bulldog and has little to no terrier blood at all.

But many disagree, like Bobbie Morehouse, an American Pit Bull Terrier breeder and American Temperament Test Society tester. Morehouse believes the terrier influence in the American Pit Bull Terrier is a strong one.

"In my opinion, the true APBT is a complex balance of these two distinct types, the Bulldog and the terrier,” he says. "This will always be a controversy because it is human nature to see and believe what it wants to see in its dogs, but a dog with a very obvious Bulldog-like appearance will almost always reveal her terrier traits upon close examination, and more terrier-like dogs will also reveal their underlying Bulldog influence. You just have to look.”

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Excerpt from the Popular Puppies Series magabook American Pit Bull Terriers with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase American Pit Bull Terriers here.

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William - 219577   San Francisco, CA

5/16/2014 7:38:42 PM

I have a 3 year old American Pit Bull Terrier. He is not a vicious dog at all as many people say they are. He was just raised in a regular home, given good vet care, nice place to sleep and fed good food and treatedlike family. He has been a wonderful dog. As time goes on, the better he and I get along.

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