COM 150 FINAL PROJECT - 1 Bernal COM 150 WEEK 6 DAY7 BERNAL...

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Bernal 1 COM 150 WEEK 6 DAY7 BERNAL The Real American Pit Bull Terrier
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Bernal 2 While People that are not familiar with the breed; Many American Pit Bull Terriers are misjudged and mistreated due to the public’s lack of knowledge on this breed What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear someone say “I have a Pit bull”? Well let me share the reactions I get when I inform someone this is the breed of dog I own. People ask me if I allow my dogs around kids, if they have locking jaws, and sometimes people do not say anything at all, they just grunt. I would like to address some very common misconceptions that center on this breed of dog. I will discuss the history; give a proper description of the breed, temperament, and misconceptions, along with a description of puppy mills and backyard breeders versus proper breeding from a reputable breeder. With this essay I hope that people will have a better understanding of what a true American Pit Bull Terrier dog is like. When many animal owners contemplate adopting or purchasing a pet, they neglect to do the research and they purchase the breed on what they have heard from other people. Even though the origin of the American Pit Bull Terrier is not set in stone, there are still many proven records of their development. It is believed that this breed is a mix between the Bulldog and the now extinct English White Terrier. This dog was considered to have originated in England during the late 18 th early 19 th century. They were bred when bull baiting was a very popular sport. This dog was also said to be bred to bring down unruly cattle and help hunt game. Throughout this time period, all dogs that participated in baiting were called “bulldogs”, this phrase also applied to the Mastiff and American Bulldog. Bull baiting was finally outlawed in 1835. A misconception is the APBT (American Pit Bull Terrier) was bred specifically during the time of bull baiting and just for the purpose of bull baiting. Author Richard Stratton blames this
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Bernal 3 theory on the confusion of the APBT history and the breed with that of the English Bull Terrier, which is a completely different breed. Dr. Carl Semencic argues “the APBT is indeed the product of a cross between bull-baiting dogs and terriers and that the breed simply did not exist in its current form during the Renaissance”. To continue on with, originally APBT looked much different than they do today. It was in the 19 th century in America where the APBT was bred slightly larger and leggier. In the time of when this breed was popularity was hard to find a dog heavier than 50 pounds. According to the
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2010 for the course COM 150 com 150 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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COM 150 FINAL PROJECT - 1 Bernal COM 150 WEEK 6 DAY7 BERNAL...

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