Pit-bull breed Information
The American Pit-bull Terrier is on the best breeds in the world . It is strong , intelligent , caring , obedient . There has been a biased campaign of recent to label the Pit-bull as overly aggressive . This Pit-bull is not aggressive as such it all depends on the training the puppy has received and not an inherent characteristics of the Pit-bull .
It is difficult, like many modern breeds, to be absolutely sure of the specifics of the long history of the American Pit Bull Terrier. Many pit bull lovers, however, think that the origins of the breed can be traced back to antiquity and the Molossian dog family. The Molossian dog family bears the name of the people they were most frequently identified with, the Molossi tribe, a group of people who lived in ancient Greece and preferred the use in warfare of strong, muscular dogs. These creatures, officially called canus molossi (dogs of the Molossi), were remembered for their fierceness and their inherent ability to threaten the tribe’s enemies.
It is often suspected around this same time span that the Molossian dogs were used for other purposes. Actually, in their commercial transactions, early Phoenician traders may also have used the Molossians as a bargaining item.
The Molossians gave rise to another dog family named the Mastiffs. A variant of the Mastiffs was used by the early Britons as pugnaces-fighting dogs which could be used in either a guardianship or warfare capability. When the British leader Caractacus was defeated by the Roman emperor Claudius in 50 AD, the powerful pugnaces piqued his interest. He quickly seized the opportunity and began exporting select amounts of the dogs back home to fulfill the demand for entertainment of his countrymen in Rome’s arenas and coliseums.
Once in Rome, British dogs and their Roman equivalents were crossbred. The breed was widely disseminated in the Roman Empire for use as war dogs from the years 50 AD to 410 AD. They blended with other indigenous breeds in Europe along the way, producing a genetic melting pot for the bulldogs that are known to be the American Pit Bull Terrier’s immediate antecedents.
Unfortunately, in barbaric and grisly blood sports, the Romans will not be the only ones to use pit bulls. They invented a new sport, called baiting, when the Normans invaded England in 1066. Interestingly enough, baiting originated with butchers who kept dogs to contain unruly bulls while they were herded to the slaughter market (called Bullenbeissers). The dogs would clamp down on its muzzle and simply cling on until the owner could regain control of the wayward animal when a bull got out of line or exhibited uncontrollable conduct.