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American Pit Bull Terrier - Term Papers

American Pit Bull Terrier


In the last two decades of this century, no breed of dog has been more maligned and misunderstood than the (APBT). Just the name of the breed has been enough to send chills down the backs of some fairly knowledgeable dog owners, not to mention the fear that the name "pit bull" brings out in the average person. I chose this topic for my research paper because last year, in April, I adopted an APBT from one of my friends. I must say that it was without my parents permission. When I brought her home my parents had the same reaction as many people do when I told them that she was a APBT. They wanted me to give her back. I couldn't understand why. So I looked into them. I bought books ...

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had, and believe me, he has had many. The point is, APBT get a bad name because of the people who own them. In doing research for this paper I have become deeply fascinated with this breed and actually understand a great deal more about the APBT than the average person. But to understand more about the APBT, you must understand its history and its impact on society.
The (APBT) is a descendent of the original English bull-baiting Bulldog and has historically been bred with working/performance goals in mind ( Stahlkuppe p.7). The challenge of describing the APBT invites a long sequence of superlatives. The APBT is a supremely athletic, highly versatile, adaptive, gushingly affectionate, eager-to-please, all-around family dog. In courage, resolve, indefatigableness, indifference to pain, and stubborn perseverance in overcoming any challenge, the APBT has no equal in the canine world. Although the APBT was once the national symbol of courage and pride (Stahlkuppe p.7 ), the breed ...

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of bull-baiting was very much alive and dogs were bred to excel in this competition. The same type of dog was also used by hunters to catch game and by butchers and farmers to bring down unruly cattle. These were called "bulldogs." Historically, the word "Bulldog" did not mean a specific breed of dog per se, but rather it was applied to descendants of the ancient Mastiff-type dogs that excelled in the task of bull-baiting. The "bulldogs" of yore were much different from, and should not be confused with, the loveable clowns of the show ring today. The old, performance-bred, working bulldog was closer in phenotype and spirit to the APBT and/or the modern American Bulldog. The use ...

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Added: 9/26/2004 10:30:45 PM
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