The American Pit Bull Terrier originated in the British Isles and descends from the Mastiff-type dogs introduced to England in antiquity. The breed was brought over to the United States by English immigrants in the 1800s, and quickly became one of the most popular and widespread breeds there.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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One of the most famous American Pit Bull Terriers is Pal, the dog who played the beloved Petey in The Little Rascals.
About this Breed
Few dogs are more recognizable than the American Pit Bull Terrier. While they originated in the British Isles and are descendants of the Mastiff-type dogs introduced to England in antiquity, the American Pit Bull Terrier was brought over to the United States by English immigrants in the 1800s. They quickly became one of the most popular breeds there.
The American Pit Bull Terriers are best as family dogs—they tend to get along very well with children and enjoy the company of their family members.
American Pit Bull Terriers have proven themselves to be multifaceted and multitalented dogs. They have served as search and rescue dogs and therapy dogs, and they excel at dog sports such as weight pulling and agility. They are working dogs, so they do require a decent amount of physical activity and thus are not always well-suited to apartment living.
Due to some breed specific legislation, American Pit Bull Terriers are not allowed in certain countries and certain cities. It’s important to check the local laws before welcoming one of these dogs into a home.
American Pit Bull Terriers on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share American Pit Bull Terrier ancestry.