Is an American bulldog a pit bull? 12



Is an american bulldog a pit bull?

fuzupf and fuzzy logic
fuzupf’s panties are in a bunch because someone in missouri called an american bulldog a pit bull. according to fuzupf “if they can say an ambull is a pit bull than a: malinois is a GSD, a husky is a malamute, a bull mastiff is a poodle…”
the answer to fuzzy’s question: it depends. it depends on your definition of “pit bull”. according to my definition, yes the american bulldog is a pit bull. i believe pit bull has two definitions. the first is slang or an abbreviation for the american pit bull terrier. the second refers to a type of dog. and by type, i mean function – herding, retrieving, pulling, pointing, racing, guarding, tracking etc. in the case of “pit bulls”, that function is GRIPPING. gripping dogs were bred for fighting and baiting. gripping dogs were bred to perform dangerous, violent jobs and refused to quit; APBT, american staffordshire terrier, staffordshire bull terrier, the original boston bulldog, bull terrier, dogo, presa, and yes american bulldogs and alapaha bulldogs. at one time boxers and great danes would have been included in this category but they are now only bred as companions and lack the physical prowess for their original function.
of course any pit nutter, dog fighter or pit bulldog fancier who includes Helen Keller‘s Sir Thomas, Teddy Roosevelt‘s Pete, General Patton’s Bull Terrier, Bogie‘s boxers and Sgt Stubby on their “famous pit bull” list also tacitly consents to the dual definition of “pit bull”.
colby's pincher

Colby’s Pincher circa 1900

Lichthardt's Jedi

JEDI, purebred american bulldog fifty years later, ambull breeders continue to infuse APBT blood into bulldogs. don’t believe me? check out the pedigree of LICHTHARDT’S JEDI. Jedi’s dam was an american pit bull terrier bred by FLOYD BOUDREAUX. JEDI’S grandfather was BOUDREAUX’S MAVERICK ROM.

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This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.

Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:

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Alaskan Malamute

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Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Shar Pei

Siberian Husky

Wolf Hybrid

12 thoughts on “Is an American bulldog a pit bull?

  • Marcia Taylor

    First, I find your reference to “pitbull type” dog owners as “fur mommies” derogatory, and I am sure that you meant it that way. Second, responsible dog breeders, shelters and rescues temperament test most, if not all, of the dogs on your list as being dangerous, including the ones that you were unable to relate to pitbulls no matter how hard you tried (for example, Chows), prior to allowing them to be rehomed/;purchased/adopted. Dogs that test badly are euthanized or only adopted to appropriate homes. The problem with your site is that you believe in basically euthanizing all dogs of the breed, whether they show any signs of aggression or not, and, many of these dogs DO NOT show aggression and can be safe, loving pets. I live in a household with 2 pitbulls, 2 chihuahuas, 4 cats, 2 birds and a snake. My pitbulls get along with all of these animals, as well as people of all ages especially children. I am truly sorry for your heartbreaking loss, but I am also thankful that I live in an area where people like you can’t have them killed.

    • Daxtons Friends Post author

      “Pit Bull Terriers Score Exceptionally Well On Temperament Tests”

      The Myth:
      Pit Bulls have high scores on the American Temperament Test (ATT). and are therefore good candidates to become family pets.

      The Reality:
      This test is not the typical temperament test used in animal shelters, animal control agencies, or private rescues. The most common temperament tests administered to shelter animals is the ‘Assess a Pet’ test designed by Sue Sternberg and the ‘Safer Test’ designed by Emily Weiss. The ATT is a private test that owners themselves register their pets to take. The dogs compete with scores against other dogs in their breed category. The owner is present for the test and the test evaluates the animal’s behavior when in “everyday” situations such as passing strangers. Dogs being comfortable or exhibiting bold behaviors receive positive scores. The dogs are not tested on how they relate to other dogs or animals. The ‘Asses a Pet’ and ‘Safer test’ are completely different and put value on other aspects of dog behavior. Temperament tests used in sheltering situations can be an excellent tool for predicting future behavior and aggression issues if administered correctly by unbiased handlers. There is not a temperament test that can be administered with 100% accurate results. Dogs that do pass temperament tests can go on to cause injury to humans or other animals.

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      Unpredictable Aggression

      Some dogs may have aggression that does not occur on a consistent or predictable basis. There may be no reason or trigger for the aggression. Some dogs are simply not “wired” correctly. Many fighting breeds have been purposely bred for hundreds of years NOT to give any signal or prior warning prior to launching an attack. Many dogs of these breeds can have a high tolerance for annoyance, but a sub-set eventually reach a breaking point and lash out with no warning. Every week, another owner sobs that their dog had “never shown a sign of aggression in its life” until it mauled a child, visitor, or the owner himself/herself.

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      Expert not surprised

      Benjamin Hart, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an animal behaviorist, said he wasn’t surprised by Iona Keanaaina’s assessment of Kava.

      “It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression,” Hart said Wednesday. “People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done.”

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      “Most of the bites are inflicted by pets that belong to family and friends – and they are often warning nips. (Children’s behaviour often simulates that of dogs, they tend not to twig to warning signs like growling and they are less able to defend themselves than adults.)

      But pit bulls and related breeds – and let’s not be distracted by picayune debates about precise definition – are different. They often attack without warning and relentlessly.”

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      Finally, most dogs warn you before they attack, growling or barking to tell you how angry they are—”so they don’t have to fight,” ASPCA advisor and animal geneticist Stephen Zawistowski stresses. Not the pit bull, which attacks without warning. Most dogs, too, will bow to signal that they want to frolic. Again, not the pit bull, which may follow an apparently playful bow with a lethal assault.

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      “We thought he was going to be a great dog. He acted like one. He was a good example of a good pit. Until he just decided to attack. He slept in our bed and everything. We never left the kids alone with him. They were never mean to him. We had 5 other dogs including another female pit and they never fought.
      It’s NOT the way they are raised. Our dog was well loved and raised. He obeyed all commands and never showed any aggression. These myths almost cost my sons life. How many more people have to get hurt because of a lie?”
      Jennifer Arp

      “The backdoor was open and suddenly we heard people screaming from outside. Bexar, with zero warning, had lunged at Gavin, and his jaws were clamped down on Gavin’s face, right in front of everyone. Let me point out that there were 8 people within arms reach of Gavin when Bexar attacked. This is a critical point, because I have heard from many people about this, who say that they would never leave their children “alone” with “any” dog. Gavin was far from being alone when this attack happened. Even 4 grown men were unable to pry Bexar’s jaws off of Gavin’s head. Greg ran out and was finally able to get Bexar to release, saving Gavin’s life.”
      Maggie Bain

      “My brother had raised many pit bulls and one particularly captured our hearts…He was the sweetest well mannered gentle dog I had ever seen…I was always told the aggressive ones were because they were trained to fight and it was all in how they were raised….and if u got them from puppies that was the best way to raise any dog…Both of the dogs who attacked were brought home as puppies and picked out by Kara…These dogs never displayed any people aggression. ..Always sat dutifully by her side, watched her have tea parties, sat by her side when she was sick, thought they were lap dogs and liked to snuggle… warnings, no snapping, nogrowling…….just snapped!”
      Roxanne Hartrich

      “Children are blessings from God. Dogs are animals, I understand peoples love for animals and a lot of people choose or may not be able to have children so have these dogs and treat them as their own kids. They will always be animals, not children. For those who choose the dangerous breeds please stop and think, is it worth taking the chance on it turning and killing our children and family members?”
      Johnna Harvard

      “Our son was brutally killed by our pet pit bull of 8 years…On April 24, 2013 we lost both our beautiful son Beau and our family dog, affectionately known as Kissy Face. Our dog had been part of our family for 8 years and lived up to her name, for she was eager to overload everyone with kisses. Oh, she was such a very loving and family oriented dog. Kissy Face had been around since her birth on November 22, 2005.
      Then with no warning, matters changed dramatically and our world was irrevocably altered. Shortly after Beau’s 2nd birthday, I made a quick trip to the restroom. Just a few minutes later I returned to find my son lying in a pool of his own blood.”
      Angela Rutledge

      “Her right shoulder was dislocated in a backward fashion, half her right face was missing, as well as part of her right neck, and most of her right ear. My mother had bite marks all over her face, neck, and scalp. Her vocal box was ripped, that’s why my niece only heard one yell. Her C1 & C2 were fractured; part of her spinal cord was ripped from her lifeless body. She fought and fought. She suffered from a horrific, sustained, vicious and violent attack at the jaws of a completely unpredictable breed of dog. My mother’s autopsy report shows her wounds to be consistent with defending her grandchild. The report states that my mother was defending her grandchild. My mother is a hero. She saved my nephew’s life.”
      Ruth Halleran

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  • JCulp

    I have owned 2 American Bulldogs my whole life. My first I adopted basically people didn’t want him anymore and I grew to him and hooked the big guy up…… I did research back in 2000 and at that time it stated American Bulldog is half of what made a American Pitbull Terrier. Whats that? … Terrier? Now if American Bulldog was one half of a perfectionist dog then what would have been to give the American Pitbull Terrier and ending like that? ……Bull Terrier. So now lets get the first facts right pitbull lovers. American Bulldog (PURE) Breed with Bull Terrior (PURE) Will indeed make you a American Pitbull Terrier. WOW So you want a real pitbull get one of them on papers … till then your dog is just a pitbull heh lol what a MUTT. American Pitbull Terriers were created for the best all around dog in competition. Power/Speed/Endurance/Agility/ On and On and On

    • Daxtons Friends Post author

      The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.

      The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group BADRAP recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements ( In 2013 and 2014, in the United States, 27 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.

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  • Tonita

    What a horrific picture of the dogs attacking this bull. I would like to line up every man/woman who has abused and or used a pit bull for fighting, and slice their balls up with a razor blade into tiny pieces or better yet tie them up and let the dogs rip them off their body till they bleed and suffer and die in the same type of agony they put these dogs through. Now ask me what I really think.

    • JCulp

      Hey you should look into when this picture of Pitbulls & Bull happened. This was not man forced…. this was instinct of hunger. That’s what the wild does. Remember Hurricane Katrina? …. yah people were forced to abandon everything and go. This bull was left and so were the 2 dogs. when you no longer have companionship to feed you, well you gotta eat and bull tending is no thing to them and dogs work well in packs so makes a easy meal. I actually remember reading the article at that time saying the bull would kick one so far and the dog would return for more after it recovered. So yes this was done by a hurricane, not people willfully.

      • Daxtons Friends Post author

        The ‘bull and terrier’ type was originally developed in England in the early 19th century. The lineage goes back to the mastiff / molosser types, including what we now call the Olde English Bulldogge, that were used for bear-, bull- and horse-baiting from the 12th through the 18th century. This isn’t the bear-baiting we think of today, when hunters feed bears in order to bring them out in the open to shoot them. Rather, the bear, bull or horse was confined in a public arena where the mastiff ‘bulldogs’ would slowly tear them apart alive for the public’s amusement1,2,3,4,5.

        The popularity of this ‘sport’ declined as education became more emphasized in urban society of the Industrial Revolution and literacy among the population grew (from about 30% in the 17th century to 62% by 1800)6. The ‘sport’ was banned altogether by Act of Parliament in 1835.

        The lovers of blood ‘sports’ turned to dogfighting to satisfy their fancy, breeding the large, mastiff-type bulldogs to smaller working terriers to get dogs both smaller and more agile, easier to keep and to hide, but just as willing to attack and fight to the death. With the rise of the kennel clubs and the desire to distinguish dogs by looks and pedigree as well as by performance, this ‘bull and terrier’ type eventually divided into many official breeds. They all share the same ancestry and function, distinguishing themselves mostly by slight differences in appearance.

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  • Robert

    I find this article very ignorant. American Bulldog is a registered Breed, if a dog has any terrier in them they are not an American Bulldog. Just because they are mixed and someone mistakenly calls it a Bulldog doesn’t make it true. If your trying to educate atleast get the fact straight.

    • Daxtons Friends Post author

      Unlike the English and the French Bulldogs, the Olde English Bulldogge and the American Bulldog were not mixed with Pug or other purely companion breeds. The Olde English Bulldogge is a recreation of the original bear-baiting, horse-baiting, pit-fighting bulldog of Elizabethan England. The American Bulldog is a mix of these original bulldogs with a mastiff type1,2.

  • Charlotte

    Great article. Thanks for sharing! The evidence is clear. American Bulldogs ARE a pitbull variant and are STILL heavilly unfused with APBT (“registered” and unregistered) blood. Legally, they can be defined as pitbulls by being in both of those aforementioned categories. This is an EXCELLENT break down of the most dangerous dog breeds( and types) into logical groups. Thank you Daxton’s Friends, for being so dedicated to educating the public about risks in choosing a family pet.

  • Charlotte

    Great article. Thanks for sharing! The evidence is clear. American Bulldogs ARE a pitbull variant and are STILL heavilly unfused with APBT (“registered” and unregistered) blood. Legally, they can be defined as pitbulls by both of those aforementioned cThis is an EXCELLENT break down of the most dangerous dog breeds( and types) into logical groups. Thank you Daxton’s Friends, for being so dedicated to educating the public about risks in choosing a family pet.

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