#BSLbytes #51: American Pit Bull Terrier

Posted by Chantelle Mackney on

Now that we are 1/3 through our #BSLbytes campaign, we decided its time for a deep dive into the interesting stuff. We are going to spend this week talking about terminology. As usual, were going to keep it fact-based and open to discussion, but we are aware that this becomes very controversial very quickly!

Please try to keep the conversations constructive. While we may choose to use different labels for our dogs, I think we can all agree that we need to put thought into the terminology we use.

So lets dive in and talk about pit bull. For most of this century, it referred to an American Pit Bull Terrier, a recognized breed comprising a group of purebred, pedigreed, and genetically coherent dogs.

To have a better understanding of what pedigree means, lets use the definition provided by the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada:

-- pedigree, in relation to an animal, means genealogical information showing the ancestral line of descent of the animal; (dossier généalogique)

--purebred, in relation to an animal of a distinct breed, means an animal that is a purebred of the breed as determined by the by-laws of the association authorized to register animals of that breed; (animal de race pure)

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) was first recognized in 1898. C. Z Bennett, the founder of the United Kennel Club (UKC), assigned the first registration number 1 to his dog, Bennetts Ring. Shortly after, the American Dog Breeders Association was founded and had a heavy presence in the world of the American Pit Bull Terrier due to the efforts of John P. Colby.

Today the American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized as a breed in several kennel clubs such as:

- The United Kennel Club
- The American Dog Breeders Association
- The American Bully Kennel Club
- The American National Dog Registry
- The National Kennel Club

Is this still what pit bull means to the general public? Definitely not. Tune in tomorrow to read about how this term has come to refer to a much larger and poorly-defined group of dogs.

#endBSL #notoBill128 #Canada150 #BSLbytes

---Source and further reading:
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-11.2/FullText.html

https://www.ukcdogs.com/american-pit-bull-terrier

https://adbadog.com/history-of-the-adba

http://theabkcdogs.org/home/breeds/American%20Pit%20Bull%20Terrier

http://americannationaldogregistry.org

http://www.nationalkennelclub.com/Breed-Standards/apbt-astb%20standard.htm#APBT%20Standard

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For background on the #BSLbytes campaign visit the HugABull blog: http://blog.hugabull.com/take-a-byte-out-of-bsl

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Photo Credit: Whitney Weston​
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