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History On Pitbull Terrier
No other breed of dog has
experienced as many discriminations and misconceptions as has the Pit
Bull. While some people would tell you that Pit Bulls are a gentle and
harmless pet, other people consider them as wicked and evil enough to
be Satan’s guard dog. Although neither viewpoint is accurate, both have
some basis in fact and in the dog’s controversial origin.
Humans and dogs have long shared a bond that was based on function.
Early dogs that were the least valuable and useful did not make it into
today’s time. On the other hand, the most valuable and helpful of dogs
remained and created others like them. Ultimately, breed predecessors
were produced by breeding the best hunters to the best hunters and the
best guards to the best guards. Those that proved to be the toughest
and the bravest, which are traits that were most valued during the
early times, became more and more specialized.
By the Greek era, large and powerful dogs which were called Molossians,
were very popular and valued as a high price piece. Phoenician traders
regarded them as an expensive commodity and used them as a bartering
item. By means of bartering, the Molossians were distributed along the
Phoenician shipping course which included stopovers in ancient Britain.
The Molossians who remained in Britain became further specialized and
brought about the beginning of the mastiff line of dogs.
The Mastiffs were polished as war dogs in Britain. When the Romans
invaded Britain, they were impressed by the Mastiffs’ stance and
strength that they brought some back to their country. The Mastiffs
then became known as fighters or “dog gladiators” who went against
humans, lions, bears, and even against each other.
Like Rome, the British also reveled in this vicious sport. They also
placed high worth on contests that showed animals fighting to death.
The display of a powerful dog fighting and ultimately killing a bull
was the biggest entertainment that the villages could provide its
citizens. This form of entertainment extended over all classes and by
the sixteenth century bull-baiting and bear-baiting became the finale
for a royal night of entertainment.
The dogs’ owners gained popularity for their animal’s impressive act,
and the offspring of these dog gladiators were desired and sought after
for their capability of delivering high prices. And because of their
power, strength, and ability to bring wealth to their owners, more and
more of these dogs were produced over the course of time. This is where
the Pit Bull claims his heritage.
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