Me and family/friends also signed the petition. But I'm not sure where it stands. I believe that they are still in the works. Hopefully something in time will be done about all the crossbred and dogs bred away from the standard within the registries. If its a Bandog just say what it is and stop peddling it as a APBT.
Essentially, they are the same breed, and they can be registered as both. Yes, the Staffy (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) is different. The AKC doesn't recognize the dogs as American Pit Bull Terriers because of their name. So, it was changed. Since then, the "two breeds" have split from show and working lines, but an AmStaff can work just as hard and just as well.
There is growing concern in my area about pitt/rotts. Even my husband seems to be buying into the hype.
A friend of mine sent this to me. Although I wouldn't want her running around saying "homie" it's an amusing picture. I printed a few off and they make wonderful coloring pages and she now knows what a pitbull is.
It's also a nice time to talk about dog safety and how we ask to pet dog's and never run to or from them.
prices vary from state to state and vet to vet. call around to some vets in your area and ask them. the sooner the better. you would be doing the right thing for both you and your dog, rather than bringing any unwanted puppies into the world. good luck.