OFF THE CHAIN: THE PIT-BULL STORY PART 3 OF 3
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a breed of dog in the terrier group, one of several breeds loosely classified as pit bulls.
Ownership of APBTs is controversial, due to publicized media stories "pit bulls" having attacked children and strangers. This has led to the ownership of APBTs and "pit bulls" in general being restricted or banned in many parts of the world. For example, in Ontario, Canada, APBTs were found to pose a significant threat to the public, and were thus banned from the province. Owners of APBTs claim that well-bred APBTs are not aggressive toward humans, and suggest that the problem is due to the breed's appeal to irresponsible segments of society who do not know how to breed or train the dogs.
APBT and similar dogs are often associated with the urban and gang culture, and many young, predominantly male, people purchase them on the grounds of wanting a 'tough dog.' Dogs of any breed acquired for such purposes often end up poorly-trained, misused and in poor health.
The APBT is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, unlike the closely related breeds the American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It is, however, recognized by the United Kennel Club.