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View Poll Results: After reading the entire article do you believe the early nanny dog claims?
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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Default Poll: Pit bull, the nanny dog?

This isn't meant to be a discussion about pit bulls in general. That subject has been done to death a hundred times over!

I came across this article while researching Monkeys thread on the lab that was shot for biting a child and after reading it, I was left with what I feel is a legitimate specific question. The site is anti pit bull but IMO the article truly does provide legitimate food for thought.

After reading the entire article, one question remains; is there really enough factual information here to refute the claims that the pit bull was actually known as the "nanny dog" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?

"The pit bull apologia would have you believe that their fighting bred dogs are just like any other dog in many ways, but so superior in their unparalleled love and devotion for children they were commonly known as "The Nanny Dog" throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If pit bulls are held in low esteem today, it is only due to ignorance and the gullible acceptance of biased news reporting because, once upon a time, pit bulls were the most beloved dog in England and the United States.


A google search brings up 77,100 results for the term "nanny dog." While some sites bestow the Nanny Dog mantle on the American Pit Bull Terrier or the American Staffordshire Terrier and some lead you to productions of Peter Pan, most of the results lead you to 21st century blogs and news articles about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier."

Link to the entire article. The TRUTH About Pit Bulls: The Nanny Dog Myth Revealed

BTW My google search brought up over 2 1/2 million results.

PS It's a tough article to read but please remember the original question is about the history of the term Nanny Dog; not about pit bulls in general. Thanks!

PS again. The last choice wasn't meant to offend anyone. It's just a play on words because I couldn't come up with another choice for a reply.
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Some good info to know would be that up until the 1970s, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier were one breed in the US.

In general it is the Staffy Bull that has been known as the "Nanny dog".
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Some good info to know would be that up until the 1970s, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier were one breed in the US.

In general it is the Staffy Bull that has been known as the "Nanny dog".
The term "nanny dog" has also been applied to newfies:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_(dog)
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im new on here so is this site anti bully ? & i have a cushings x pom any info on cushings ?

i dont no much about pits i used to be against them too till my son came bk home with 1 she is great with my 16 month old gran daughter sm people make them mean & they beef them up & all hell will break lose if they are super powerful & wont let go , but out of all my kids a chow is what bite my daughter & she required 187 stitches in her face it belonged to her dads girlfriend they are known for being a biter too out pit giner is a red nose & is super sweet , baby walks her , holds her tail wllers all over her , even bit her tail b4 she just lays there & enjoys it my 2 chihuahua's & pomeranian boss ginger the pitt around & she has never even played ruff with them she is next to youngest is 20 months old 1 chihua is 15 months & 1 is 3 yrs & pom is 10 yrs old pom is top dog & boss but chihuahuas boss the pitt , she has been very loyal to us , i used to be against then esp with 2 babies in the house , but some may be ginger is not & she dont look mean either there is more pitts in shelter than other breeds & out of all the pitts in the us think of how many there are compared to the pitt attack stories the numbers dont add up ??? its like saying out of 100 percent of pitt pets under 5 precent are attacks reported so in all thats not that many its just the have a bad rap / & name now so all are considered bad dogs not true , other dogs bite too people are scared of big dogs always be leary of small ones too ? if you dont no them it just depends on ther raising in my opinion

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Hi jasmine and welcome. No this site isn't anti bully and this thread isn't about pits in general. Most breeds have claims made about them that may or may not be true. This purpose of this thread is just to see if many posters believe the claims that the pit was called the nanny dog as far back as the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Or if others believe it is a more recent myth that has perpetrated by the current pit advocates. There are no right or wrong answers--each vote is just one person's opinion.
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im new on here so is this site anti bully ? & i have a cushings x pom any info on cushings ?
Hi and welcome jasmine! As Applesmom says the site isn't anti bully, don't worry. You might want to start a new thread to ask questions about cushings, so people who know about it can find it and answer you.

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Hi jasmine and welcome. No this site isn't anti bully and this thread isn't about pits in general. Most breeds have claims made about them that may or may not be true. This purpose of this thread is just to see if many posters believe the claims that the pit was called the nanny dog as far back as the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Or if others believe it is a more recent myth that has perpetrated by the current pit advocates. There are no right or wrong answers--each vote is just one person's opinion.
What exactly are you trying to imply? The word PERPETRATED insinuates wrong doing or a crime. "Pit advocates"?

What difference does any of this make anyway?

How can you say this thread is not about APBTs?
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Why is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Called the Nanny Dog? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

http://dogs.about.com/od/dogbreedpro...ll_terrier.htm
This link confirms that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was separated from the American Pit Bull Terrier in the US in 1974. Up until then, there WAS no American Staffordshire Terrier, however, there was the UKC's APBT.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Pet Encyclopedia

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
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Why is the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Called the Nanny Dog? - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com

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This link confirms that the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was separated from the American Pit Bull Terrier in the US in 1974. Up until then, there WAS no American Staffordshire Terrier, however, there was the UKC's APBT.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Pet Encyclopedia

Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
and that site wants everyone to believe all your sources are made up by the Pit Nutter Agenda started back in the 70's

All I know is stereotypes, rumors, myths, legends, folklore all stem from some truths and the all the bullys I have come in contact with have acted as described in the first article you posted...

The bully breeds are by and large my favorite breed's but whether or not they are referred to as the Nanny Dogs? I don't think I could care any less....

IMO they make GREAT family dogs...possibly the best when well trained

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