American Pit Bull Terrier
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built dog with a stout and powerful muscular build. It is also known as a bully breed.
But, the Pit Bull isn't a breed of dog at all. There are actually many different breeds of pit bull.
It is true that these dogs were crossbred for one reason only – and that is to fight other dogs.
But, after this sport was banned, the dog breed was used as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs in which they would hunt down and drive these livestock animals back to humans.
Despite dogfighting being illegal in the USA, it still exists as an underground activity.
The standard American Pit Bull variants all range between 18 and 22 inches (45 to 55 centimeters) when fully grown and can weigh between 30 to 60 pounds (13 to 27 kilograms).
Despite their bad reputation as a ferocious animal, the breed evolved into an all-round farm dog and later moved into the house to become nanny dogs because they were so gentle around children.
Their tenacity, gameness and courage make them popular competitors in sports of weight pulling, agility and obedience competition.
But, even these dogs are dangerous and have been known to maul innocent people who happen to be in their territory.