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pit bull,

dog having a smooth coat, a stocky build, and a blocky head, originally bred for fighting from bulldogbulldog,
breed of thick-set nonsporting dog developed in the British Isles many centuries ago. It stands from 13 to 15 in. (33–38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 40 to 50 lb (18.1–22.7 kg).
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classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs originally bred to start small game and vermin from their burrows or, in the case of several breeds in this group, to go to earth and kill their prey. Today these dogs are raised chiefly as pets.
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 breeds. Pit bulls were used in bull- and bearbaiting for centuries and as guard dogs. The American pit bull terrier, bred in the late 19th cent. for blood sport, became popular as a pet after dog fighting was outlawed. In the 1970s and 80s illegal dog fighting gained popularity and the dogs were once again used in pit fighting and as guard dogs. Other breeds considered pit bulls include the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier. Although pit bulls have a reputation for being vicious and prone to attack and have in some cases been restricted by local ordinances, studies have not shown pit bulls to be unusually dangerous.
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