Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia for the people that think we’re ignorant, or stupid, for placing the Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Terrier under the term “pit bull” and featuring them in some of our pictures.
Pit bull is a term commonly used to describe several breeds of dog in the molosser [large, solidly-built dog basically] breed group. Most jurisdictions use the term “pit bull” to refer to the modern American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any other dog that has the substantial physical characteristics and appearance of those breeds.
American pit bull terriers today successfully fill the role of companion dog, police dog, and even therapy dogs; however, terriers in general have a higher tendency towards dog aggression and American pit bull terriers constitute the majority of dogs used for illegal dog fighting in the United States.
American Staffordshire Terriers began to find their way into America as early as 1870 where they became known as pit dog, pit bull terrier, later American bull terrier, and still later as Yankee terrier. They were imported primarily, but not exclusively, for pit fighting.
The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had its beginnings in England many centuries ago when the bulldog and Mastiff were used for the sports of bull-baiting and bear-baiting; in the Elizabethan era, breeders produced large dogs for these sports but later on the 100–120 pound animal gave way to a small, more agile breed of up to 90 pounds. The sport of dog fighting gained popularity in England in the early 19th century and a smaller, faster dog was developed.
We are not here to start a fight. We are here to raise awareness.
Given their historical circumstances, pit-bull-type dogs can be less tolerant of dogs than other breeds. Pit bull owners must understand that their dogs may not get along with all other dogs. There are several levels of dog tolerance. Many dogs are great with other dogs and enjoy the company of fellow canines. Some dogs do well only with dogs of the opposite sex. Some are fine with dogs they were raised with but intolerant of new dogs. Some dogs are tolerant of other dogs except for in limited circumstances, such as when greeting a new person. Some enjoy the company of other dogs, while others cannot accept any other dogs. All of this should suggest that dogs are individuals and should be treated as such. Owners need to understand their particular dog’s acceptance level of other dogs and manage their dog appropriately when around other animals. A dog’s tolerance level can change during its lifetime, and owners need to be aware of these changes so they can properly manage their dogs while in the company of other dogs. Some dogs become less tolerant as they mature from puppyhood to adult, while others become more accepting as they mature into the senior years. Some can become more tolerant with socialization and training. Regardless of breed, there are many dogs that do not like other dogs, and all dog owners need to be responsible. This means following the basic rules of dog ownership: keeping your dog on leash at all times, not letting your charge unfamiliar dogs, and supervising your valued companion at all times (i.e., not leaving your dog in the backyard without supervision).
For pit bull owners, the stakes are always higher. While they may not instigate a fight, they won’t back down from a challenge. Inevitably, no matter who “started it,” no matter what the circumstances, the pit bull will always be blamed. Each incident in which a pit bull gets blamed jeopardizes our right to own these great dogs.
It’s not like we needed further proof that the Los Angeles Police Department is one of the most corrupt institutions in America, but this is a great 13 page article on Biggie’s death and the LAPD’s invovlement in it. Also how the case could potentially bankrupt the city of Los Angeles. Great Read.
Everyone should read this. Wow. We miss you Biggie Smalls!