ARKANSAS GIANT BULLDOGS
"Taylor's Winston Churchill" ARF# AGB667 bred by Russell Kirk, owned by Kenneth Peters
By Al Walker, ARF Genealogist & Registrar
FOR THOSE WHO SEE AND FALL IN LOVE WITH AN ARKANSAS GIANT BULLDOG: These same individuals often will want to know, "What constitutes an Arkansas Giant Bulldog?" In short, an Arkansas Giant Bulldog is a cross of two high quality breeds – one being an AKC "Bulldog" [Also known as an "Old English Bulldog"], and the other being an AKC "American Staffordshire Terrier [Or, with a UKC American Pit Bull Terrier. Keep in mind, an American Staffordshire Terrier and an American Pit Bull Terrier are the same breed of dog. The two different names are due to the "Clubs" they represent.].
The Arkansas Giant Bulldog was first developed by Byron and Brenda Moore, Piggott, Arkansas, and established with the Animal Research Foundation in 1978. However, to trace the roots of this breed, we will have to go back to England, during the early part of the 1700’s when the Bulldog was bred with pride and with great care. Breeders of the day took their prize Bulldogs and bred them with the White English Terriers, or with the Black and Tan Terriers to perfect today’s Staffordshire Terrier. Originally, these dogs were known as "Bull-and-Terrier" dogs, and, as early as the 1870’s, these dogs came to America, where they were known as "Pit Dogs", "Pit Bull Terriers", "American Bull Terriers" and as "Yankee Terriers".
Today, the AKC "Bulldog" is bred back into the AKC "Staffie", or UKC "Pit Bull Terrier" for an easy-going, but-can-be-aggressive-if-necessary, canine. We know of no reports of the Arkansas Giant Bulldogs being violent, or where they would attack or bite someone unnecessarily. Strangers see the dogs, and they respect them by their looks. The dogs are extremely good with children, but, as with any animal, we advise that small children have adult supervision at all time. Owners report no serious faults or problems with the dogs except that, if uncorrected, they play too rough, not realizing their size and strength. Therefore, as with any dog, we recommend that every owner provide obedience training for his or her pet.
Whether you use your Arkansas Giant Bulldog for a "Companion dog", or as a "Therapy Dog", a "Protection Dog", etc., you will have a four-footed friend with a sweet disposition, a lot of tenacity, agility, and speed. After selective breeding, our ARF Breeders have produced a strong and ideal canine that will receive many positive comments from all who get acquainted with this marvelous lineage of Bulldogs.
MEDICAL & GENETIC ASPECTS OF PUREBRED DOGS, published by Veterinary Medicine Pub. Co.,Edwardsville, Kansas
Subject: BULLDOG: "The evolutionary history of the English Bulldog has been lost. Long ago the breed became a pet and its original function as a bull-baiter was ended."
Subject: BULL TERRIER: "The Bull Terrier originated in England by crossing a now extinct White Manchester Terrier and a Bull dog [not necessarily the English Bull Dog of today]. This cross developed what was then called the "Bull and Terrier"… At about the same period, the Dalmatian was introduced to increase the size."
In Wayne D. Brown’s book, "The History of the Pit Bull Terrier", the Pit Bull’s celebrated past began in England, Ireland, and Scotland. In the 1700’s, the "Bull" and the "Terrier" dogs were bred for many years to develop a strain of dogs that would be courageous and have the ability to hold their own against wild animals and protect their masters and livestock. Many game terriers were crossed with the mighty bulldogs that produced dogs that weighed between 30 to 40 pounds and came in all sizes and colors. The Pit Bulls were primarily bred for their gameness to be fearless, loyal, and full of spirit. Their unbelievable stamina to endure pain and punishment and fighting ability made them excel in the pits.
"The AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER GAZETTE", published by the American Dog Breeders Association, Inc., featured an update that stated that the "American Pit Bull Terrier is the number-one show dog in the U.S.A. for 1983!
"IF YOU WANT A REAL DOG, GET A ‘BULLDOG’… IF YOU JUST WANT A DOG, ANY BREED WILL DO!"
Other BULLDOGS registered by the Animal Research Foundation:
ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOGS
AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIERS / AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS
OLDE ENGLISH BULLDOGGES