Pitbulls were originally bred from old English bulldogs (simillar in appearance to today American bulldog) The history of pitbull can be traced back to the early 1800’s in the United Kingdom. Pitbulls gained their popularity from the British Isles in a cruel blood sport knowns as “bull baiting” that were set to harass bulls for hours until the animal collapsed in fatigue, injuries or both.
However in 1835 British Parliament enacted the cruelty to Animals Act 1835 which prohibited the bull and bear baiting, once it was outlawed the public turned their attention to “ratting” This practice pitted dogs against rat, Despite their tenacity and determination in battles, commoners actually breed pit bull terriers with some of the quality and traits that we still love about them to this day.
Though this animal has been specifically bred for fighting they soon become a much larger invaluable fixture a developing nation. In early America these frontier dogs took an all purpose role which they were responsible to herding cattles, herding sheep, guarding livestock and families from thieves or wild animals. Their loyalty and loving demeanor with humans especially children where the “Nanny Dog” originated from,where it did not only earned them as a working dog but also as a companion.