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Vetstreet.com: 11 Truly American Dog Breeds

Society Favorite: American Staffordshire Terrier / American Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terriers and American Pit Bull Terriers are the two main breeds usually referred to as “pit bulls.” The dogs were popular with wealthy Americans and prominent politicians who bet on them at dog fights. They were equally popular with farmers and families, who loved them for their ratting skills and companionship. One Staffordshire named Sergeant Stubby was a World War I hero and the most decorated dog in American military history. In addition, Petey from The Little Rascals and Buster Brown's dog Tige were both Pit Bulls.

(Credit: Eva Maria Kramer, Animal Photography)
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