In the minds of some people they associate pit bull type dogs with negative titles like unruly, unfriendly, and for some, there exists a negative stigma about these kinds of dogs. Sadly, this bad reputation has resulted in an overpopulation of pit bull like dogs in local community shelters. Pit bull type dogs are among the most interesting and loyal dogs on the entire planet, and they have been wonderful companions to countless families for hundreds of years. We would like to spend some time talking about the history of pit bull type dogs.  

Pit bull type dogs are usually a combination of bulldog and terrier. There are at least seven variations that exist. Although there is no date for when the first pit bull like dog was bred into existence, there are paintings from the 16th century in the United Kingdom depicting these kinds of dogs. Pit bull type dogs are most commonly seen in the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Pit bull like dogs gained popularity in the United States around the 19th century due to their ability to help hunters, and for their loyalty to their owners. The first celebrity pit bull type dog in the United States was named Bud, and he is most famous for being a passenger on the first car ride across America. His driver was none other than Horatio Nelson Jackson. It was said that images of Bud wearing goggles in the passenger seat actually overshadowed Horatio’s story. If you would like to learn more about Bud and his incredible story, please click here.

Pit bull type dogs have been members of two different American Presidents’ lives while they were living in the White House. The first President to have a pit bull like dog live in the White House with him and his family was Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was an avid hunter, and an outdoor enthusiast. The second American President that had a pit bull type dog live with him in the White House was Woodrow Wilson. Although they both owned pit bull like dogs, Wilson and Roosevelt were completely opposite. Whereas Roosevelt was an outdoorsman who had six children (four of which were boys), Wilson was an intellectual who had three adult daughters when he was elected.

One illustration of pit bull type dogs’ loyalty comes from a story during World War I. During the War, a pit bull like dog named Sgt. Stubby captured a German spy during combat, and he saved the lives of dozens of American soldiers. For his acts, Sgt. Stubby was the first canine in the United States to receive a medal from the United States Government for his service. Please click here to read more about Sgt. Stubby’s acts of bravery.

The history of pit bull type dogs is still being written. As we’ve seen, these incredible dogs have accomplished a lot in one hundred years, and we know that they’ll do even greater things in the next one hundred years. We encourage you to consider adopting a pit bull like dog today!  

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