Pit Bull

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Pit bull is a term commonly used to describe several breeds of dog in the molosser breed group.

Most jurisdictions that restrict[clarification needed] pit bulls, including Ontario, Canada,[1] and Denver, Colorado,[2] use the term "pit bull" to refer to the modern American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, or any other dog that has the substantial physical characteristics and appearance of those breeds. However, a few jurisdictions, such as Singapore[3] and Franklin County, Ohio,[4] also classify the modern American Bulldog as a "pit bull-type dog", while in the United Kingdom the term applies only to the American pit bull terrier.[5] All three breeds share a similar history, with origins rooted from the bulldog and a variety of terriers. The term can also refer to dogs that were known as "bull terriers" prior to the development of the modern Bull terrier in the early 20th century.

The ASPCA claims that the media is biased toward covering pit bull attacks more extensively than attacks by other breeds, and that this has contributed to a widely held belief that they present a significantly greater risk to humans than other breeds of dogs; ASPCA made the claim based on reportage of four dog bites that occurred in August, 2007, and comments by local media contacts.[6] Widely reported pit bull attacks have resulted in breed-specific legislation being enacted in several jurisdictions, and to increased premiums for liability insurance. Some airlines have placed restrictions on air travel for pit bulls, though in some instances restrictions are in place for the dogs' own well-being.


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