Like many modern breeds, it is impossible to be completely sure of the details of the American Pit Bull Terrier's long history. However, many pit bull enthusiasts believe the origins of the breed can be traced back to antiquity and the Molossian family of dogs. The Molossian family of dogs bears the name of the people with whom they were most often associated - the Molossi tribe, a group of people who lived in ancient Greece and favored the use of robust, muscular dogs in warfare. Officially termed canus molossi (dogs of the Molossi), these animals were reknowned for their fierceness, and for their innate ability to intimidate the enemies of the tribe.During this same time period, it is also believed that the Molossian dogs were used for other purposes. In fact, early Phoenician traders may even have used the Molossians as a bargaining item in their commercial transactions. The Molossians gave rise to another family of dogs known as the Mastiffs. The early Britons employed a variation of the Mastiffs as pugnaces - fighting dogs that could be used in either a guardianship or warfare capacity. When the Roman emperor Claudius defeated the Briton Chief Caractacus in 50 AD, the powerful pugnaces piqued his interest. He quickly seized on the opportunity and began exporting select quantities of the dogs back home to satiate his countrymen's appetite for entertainment in the arenas and coliseums of Rome.Once in Rome, the British dogs were crossbred with their Roman counterparts. From the years 50 AD to 410 AD, the breed was widely disseminated throughout the Roman Empire for use as fighting dogs. Along the way they mixed with other indigenous breeds throughout Europe, creating a genetic melting pot for the bulldogs that are thought to have been the immediate antecedents of the American Pit Bull Terrier. I am disabled and ride the bus every day, I avoid Pit Bulls, if one is getting on, I take my service dog and get off, ditto If I see one on the Bus, I wait, Wapasha is two now, and has been attacked 6 times on Metro, 5 by Pits, and once by a cross Pit/mastif. Breed ban, I dont think thats a good idea, and any dog can bite, but not any dog was trained for war! and not just to fight, no trained to kill. so the best answer right now is to avoid pits if you can, and also to avoid Ellen Taft, as she is just as dangerous as her arch nemisis.
To the person that keeps classifying pits and rotts as " fighting breed" are you stupid or just severly mis lead? I am a proud rott owner and anyone that does the homework before owning surely knows that these dogs were bred for pulliing carts...hence " working breed " . My rott does not have an agrressive bone in his body and i would trust him with the lives of my children more than anybody else. So get off your high horse and actually educate yourself on the subject before throwing untrue and unfound speculation and opinions around. Fighting breed? I dont profess to know about pit bulls but how dare you throw down on a breed like a rottie who would die for his family if need be. Your an idiot thru and thru

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