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The American Bull Terrier is good for many things besides dog fighting. This dog breed likes to fight, but if properly brought up and not encouraged in dog fighting you have a practical, sensible, friendly and intelligent dog that will not snap at little children, no matter how rough they may become. The American Bullterrier is a clean, short-coated dog, coming almost in any color, from pure white to all black, so one can usually please their taste in the way of color.
American Bullterriers are intelligent, usually easy to train, and, best of all, hardy and can stand an unusually cold climate almost as well as a warm climate. This dog breed makes a wonderful companion and watch dog. If I have to stay alone over night, I always bring a dog into the house.
There has been entirely too much advertising of how well this man’s or that man’s dog can fight, and they have entirely forgotten that all people are not interested in fighting dogs. Consequently the American Bullterrier has acquired a bad reputation as a fighter and a dangerous dog. American Bullterriers are far from that. They are just as dependable as any dog if they are raised in the proper manner.
Of course, with the fighting instinct bred into them for so many generations, it takes much patience and care to start American Bullterriers onto the right road.
However, it can be done and you want to raise your American Bullterrier puppy so that he or she knows that other dogs were put on earth for some other purpose than to exercise their teeth on. I have no use for a coward or a fighter who does not know anything but fight.
Excerpted from Dog World magazine, April 1927, Vol. 12. For back issues of Dog World, click here.