What Were American Pit Bull Terriers Originally Bred For?

American Pit Bull Terriers were originally bred as catch dogs. They would latch on to a larger animal and not let go, no matter how much the animal tried to shake them off.

In some families, people would breed their male dogs with female terriers in order to create offspring that was more aggressive than the chihuahua typically is today. Terriers can be fierce hunters because they are fearless, tenacious chewers that will chase prey into an animal hole if necessary (even having their ears ripped off). When farmers realized this great characteristic for hunting down small game like coyotes or raccoons was also pivotal for hunting bigger prey like bears and mountain lions, they began breeding for this specific type of dog with most pits…

Leave a Comment