Pit Bulls were brought over to the United States in the mid-1800’s and as late as the 1920’s. In the year 1898, the United Kennel Club [UKC] was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, by Mr. C. Bennett for the purpose of registering the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The American Pit Bull Terrier was America’s symbol of courage during WWI. They were the most decorated American war dog of WWI. The United States Marine Corp [USMC] mascot was the American Pit Bull Terrier.
The American Pit Bull Terrier has been owned by such people as General George S. Patton, WWII hero, John L. Sullivan, an American Boxer, and Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, President of the United States.
Buster Brown’s loyal companion in the comics was an American Pit Bull Terrier named “Tige”. He entertained millions thru comics and later in extensive advertising campaigns – remember Buster Brown Shoes?
The Radio Corporation of America [RCA] symbol was Thomas A. Edison’s American Pit Bull Terrier.
The most celebrated American Pit Bull Terrier was “Pete”, friend to the little Rascals, child movie stars of the 1930’s. In 1936, “Pete” became the first American Pit Bull Terrier to be registered as a “Staffordshire Terrier” by the American Kennel Club [AKC].
Famous Pit Bull owners
Helen Keller, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, James Thurber, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Bernadette Peters, Mel Brooks, James Caan, Linda Blair, Rosie Perez, Alicia Silverstone, Sinbad, Kelli Williams, Usher, Jon Stewart, Fred Astaire, The Crocodile Hunter, Judd Nelson, Cassandra Creech, Amy Jo Johnson, Vin Diesel, Fred Astaire, Humphery Bogart & Lauren Bacall, Michael J. Fox, Stephany Kramer, Jan Michael Vincent, Jeremy Miller, Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House books