Hey I chose D-9 and I got the closest to the pit bull from all of the breeds listed...I chose the American Staffordshire Terrier, which is closest to the pit bull, isn't it? They are the same breed but recognized diff., right?
American stafforshire terrier is the same as the so called pit bull. They are only referred to at pits because they are fought in pits. Is this not correct. I don't even like calling them pit bulls, because it just sounds wrong. It is sort of demeaning to them.
No, the AmStaff is the name the AKC gave the breed. The American Pit Bull Terrier is what it is known as in the UKC and ADBA. AmStaff and APBT were at one time the same breed, but really aren't so much anymore. Any AmStaff can be registered as an APBT, but not all APBT's can be registered as AmStaffs. AmStaff is basically just the APBT that has been ruined by the show ring.
I remember that. The AKC changed it because they thought that "pitbull" gave the breed a bad name (for lack of better phrasing) in the public view. So they changed it from Pitbull to Staffordshire. But the breed standards of the Amstaff through thte AKC and the Pitbull through the UKC (and other related registries) are far different at this point.
My sister told me that it was to change the public view. I think we mean the same thing. Let me think here...... Yeah, they said they didn't fight to pretend they were "safe". In essence changing the view. I personally do NOT like the AKC, it's like they are pretending these dogs are something they aren't. (or maybe that they aren't something they are?) I'm sorry I'm not making sense, but it's late and I'm about to go to bed. Please try and understand what I'm posting!!
At that point, though, the general public loved pits. That is what Pete the Pup (from the Little Rascals) was. Pit bulls are what they used on posters to try to get people to join the military during WWI. They used these dogs becuase that is what everyone loved. When the AKC accepted the breed, the general public already loved it for being a pit bull. The AmStaff never really took off the way the APBT did for that reason. They were known as an American Pit Bull Terrier long before they were even thought of as an AmStaff. Here is a link that shows some quick examples of the difference between the public view then and now: http://www.furryfriendsfoundation.com/Truth03/Truth03.htm