“Pit Bull Mommies” keep confusing these with APBTs when they post their nanny dog propaganda. I guess it is easy to be confused with these breeds especially since majority don’t know Boston Terrier history and how they used to look like.
I have no idea who he or she is either. But the site has hundreds of early photos fooled by year and breed. Great resource for checking to see whether a photo you fond is typical for the breed at that time. I assume you’ve looked t other breeds, too. Very rich for collies and the cumber spaniel among others.
The Boston (bull) terrier derived directly from the American pit bull terrier. And they were fought in the pit as well. So it is very proper to consider the early dogs as very very close cousins. Today: not so much
No serious APBT fancier accepts the “nanny dog” crap. That term was apparently invented by a Englislh breeder of the Staffordshire bull terrier, for advertising purposes. No one I know has been able to document the origin of that term and it was certainly never used in the USA. OTOH, APBTs were advertised as being good with kids.
It worked very well as an advertising gimmick. Staffies are still incredibly popular in the UK – especially up North. Despite the bad reputation the gutter press try to hype up. A lot of that demonization dates to the Dangerous Dogs Act. A lot of people (including the Police) can’t tell the difference between a pitbull and anything between a staffie and a labrador cross due to indiscriminate breeding and general ignorance.
On the whole, staffies are nice little dogs and great family pets. They are one of the breeds I see most when walking my dogs and despite the stereotype of the chav with the staffie in a ridiculous suit of armour harness, most I meet are treated like a “normal” dog rather than a penis extension or a pseudo weapon for a prat.
As for pitbulls, one of the best dogs I ever knew was a mix of pitbull and American staff. I don’t subscribe to them all being soft pussycats, but neither do I believe the other faction of all pitbulls being as dangerous as tigers. They get a terrible and mostly underserved reputation. They’re just a breed like any other and if treated with the knowledge and respect they deserve, they can make a trustworthy family companion. It’s just sad that they seem to attract exactly the people that should never, ever gets their hands on a dog of any breed.
Seargent Stubby was actually a Boston terrier not a Pit bull as well.
Boston terriers where the original show version of Pit bulls.
Sense Pit bull owners cry out any time anyone says Staffordshire terriers and American Pit bull terriers are the same breed. It would be safe to say the old time Bull terriers and Boston terriers where different breeds as well.