Although most people believe that the term Pit Bull applies to one specific breed of dog, it is actually a general term that can refer to a number of breeds including the American Pit Bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, as well as others.
Regardless of the title you prefer, controversy is practically synonymous with the Pit Bull name.
It’s thought that descendants of the Pit Bull were trained in Europe as bull-baiting dogs in the 1800s, but by the 1930s, Pit Bulls were admired here in the U.S. for their friendly and trustworthy nature. During this time, the Pit Bull was one of America’s sweethearts, featured in advertisements and by the sides of celebrities and politicians alike. Sadly, by the time dog fighting made a comeback in the 1980s, the perception of this once idolized breed changed drastically.