With one of the biggest smiles around, pit bulls are the apple of many people’s eyes. Though awfully protective of their favorite people, pit bulls are quite friendly too. As a puppy, a pit bull wants to play all day, every day and loves interacting with children and adults alike.
With ancestry from England, Scotland, and Ireland, the pit bull was created by crossing different bulldog and terrier breeds together. Though originally bred for fighting large animals, that has since been banned. They also have made excellent rat hunters due to their terrier roots.
A pit bull doesn’t have official breed standards and can go by one of many names: American pit bull terrier, American bully, or affectionately, “pitties,” “pibbles,” or “bullies.” This breed is closely related to the American Staffordshire terrier, as they both have similarly wide, flat heads and sturdy bodies.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize this breed. However, other prominent clubs like the United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association recognize the pit bull as part of the official pack. At the end of the day, who needs to be officially recognized anyway? If you’re a pittie lover, the pit bull will always have a special place in your heart.