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A Testament to a Breed and its Breeders
Posted on 01/09/2013 in Bloodlines Editor's Comments.

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Vicki Rand

If we are aware of nothing else here at United Kennel Club, Inc., where we are concerned about “everything dogs”, it is that most breeds have evolved through the years. Some unfortunately, have become mere shadows of their former selves, fraught with structural and health problems as a result of human manipulation of their gene pools. Others have maintained a shaky status quo. A very few (probably no more than can be counted on the fingers of one hand), have maintained a uniform physical type and still enjoy good health free from too many hereditary diseases and defects.

Buckskin Billie (Rouse’s Kelly x ‘PR’ Miss Michigan). This photo appeared on the cover of the December 1943 issue of BLOODLINES, and he was owned by Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Cranker of Michigan

The American Pit Bull Terrier is truly an American creation, blessed to have a continuing army of fanciers and breeders who have strived since well before 1898 to keep the breed consistent. That stands true today, where the dedicated breeders strive every day to turn away any influences that might hurt the strengths of this valiant breed.

Nothing illustrates this perseverance and commitment more than a pictorial record of examples of the breed throughout the years. I combed through past issues of BLOODLINES to locate photos of everyday dogs of the breed that illustrate the breed more than words can express.

‘PR’ Tufftown Witch Doctor (‘PR’ Martins Caesar Of Tuff x CH ‘PR’ Mazzei’s Molly Tufftown), owned by Frank Mereiros of East Providnece, Rhode Island, appeared in the January-February 1981 issue of BLOODLINES.

The United Kennel Club takes its responsibility to the APBT, as well as all breeds, very seriously, and commends the APBT breeders who have safeguarded the type and viability of their breed throughout the years. Let’s hope this breed maintains its consistency for at least another 100 years.

Amidon’s Galtie (whose bloodlines included Diamond Dick, Delaney’s Dangerous Boy, and Colby’s Galte). This photo appeared in the October 1924 issue of
BLOODLINES, and he was owned by a breeder in Illinois.

This unidentified dog appeared on the cover of the May-June 1951 issue of BLOODLINES, under the heading “Your American Pit Bull Terrier”. The editorial included the following: “The rise of this breed from 1898 as recognized and registered by the United Kennel Club, Inc., has been one of the most spectacular of any breed of dog. … The breed has continued to flourish and new breeders and fanciers have taken up the banner from time to time as the circle was completed and never suffered loss or defeat. To these chosen men and women go the honor of keeping the great breed alive and before the public and we offer our thanks and well wishes for a good job well done.”

This is the 1995 APBT National Grand Champion, NGRCH GRCH ‘PR’ Jericho’s Dream Weaver DNA-P (‘PR’ Truegrit Jericho x ‘PR’ Truegrit Justa Dream), owned by Eileen J. and Milton Green of Hacienda Heights, California.

Which brings us full circle to our cover dog, UWPV UWPCH CA URO1 GRCH ‘PR’ Colby’s Veto DNA-P (‘PR’ Colby’s Dice x ‘PR’ Colby’s Whisper), owned by Belynda J. Crick & Anthony J. Flynn of Randolph, Massachusetts. He was bred by Louis B. Colby of the same Colby family who has bred this breed since the early 1900s.

This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of BLOODLINES Dog Event News.