Experts Say Pit Bulls Don't Exist

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There is no such thing as a purebred Pit Bull. According to The Washington Post, experts and advocates say that the breed of dog doesn't actually exist.

Last April, Maryland's high court declared that the breed and mixes of the breed are inherently dangerous, and held all landlords liable for damages should a Pit Bull or Pit Bull mix attack, as stated in Tracey v. Solesky. On Aug. 21, the Maryland Court of Appeals decided that all references to mixed and cross-bred Pit Bulls be removed from this.

Pit Bulls are mixes of both mutts and purebred dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, "Pit Bull" is more of a generic term, similar to "hound" and "terrier." That said, the AKC does not recognize the Pit Bull as a breed, but the United Kennel Club does. The term often encompasses American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Dogo Argentinos and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

These findings have made the situation in Maryland even more complicated. "There is not a definition of Pit Bull, you don't know what the dog is because there is no such thing as a Pit Bull. So changing that part by taking out the 'mixes' didn't change the ruling all that much," said Lesa Hoover, attorney and vice president of government affairs for Maryland for the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Lisa Peterson, spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, says the problem falls to whomever has to determine what is a Pit Bull and how to describe it. Opponents believe the solution is to treat all dangerous dogs alike, whether they are Pit Bulls or not.

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