What exactly is a “Pitbull”?

What exactly is a “Pitbull”?

I remember seeing a post on FB a couple of years ago
talking about “Pitbulls”, and that it is a general term used for about 6
different breeds of dogs that are in the “bully” spectrum, though there is
not an actual “Pitbull” breed.

So, one of the breeds that I am going to focus on
today that is labeled as a “Pitbull” is the:

 American Staffordshire Terrier

Personality is Smart, Confident, Good-natured 

The American Staffordshire Terrier was officially recognized
by the AKC in 1936, it has 18 colors and 9 markings

following information is from the AKC


Official Standard of the American
Staffordshire Terrier


General Impression: The American Staffordshire Terrier should give the
impression of great strength for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular,
but agile and graceful, keenly alive to his surroundings. He should be stocky,
not long-legged or racy in outline. His courage is proverbial.

Head: Medium length, deep through, broad skull, very pronounced
cheek muscles, distinct stop; and ears are set high. Ears
Cropped or uncropped, the latter preferred. Uncropped ears should be short and
held rose or half prick. Full drop to be penalized. Eyes – Dark
and round, low down in skull and set far apart. No pink eyelids. Muzzle
Medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away abruptly below eyes. Jaws well
defined. Underjaw to be strong and have biting power. Lips close and even, no
looseness. Upper teeth to meet tightly outside lower teeth in front. Nose
definitely black.

Neck: Heavy, slightly arched, tapering from shoulders to back
of skull. No looseness of skin. Medium length.

Shoulders: Strong
and muscular with blades wide and sloping.

Back: Fairly
short. Slight sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to
base of tail. Loins slightly tucked.

Body: Well-sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together.
Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest development. Chest deep and


Short in comparison to size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled
or held over back. Not docked.

Legs: The front
legs should be straight, large or round bones, pastern upright. No semblance of
bend in front. Hindquarters well-muscled, let down at hocks, turning neither in
nor out. Feet of moderate size, well-arched and compact. Gait must be springy
but without roll or pace.

Coat: Short,
close, stiff to the touch, and glossy.

Color: Any
color, solid, parti, or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80 per
cent white, black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.

Size: Height and weight should be in proportion. A height of
about 18 to 19 inches at shoulders for the male and 17 to 18 inches for the
female is to be considered preferable.

Faults: Faults
to be penalized are: Dudley nose, light or pink eyes, tail too long or badly
carried, undershot or overshot mouths.

Approved June 10, 1936


Source: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/american-staffordshire-terrier/