PitBull as described by the United Kennel Club was the first registry to recognize the PitBull Terrier. U.K.C. founder C.Z. Bennett assigned U.K.C. registration number 1 to his own APBT, Bennett's Ring in 1898.
Sometime during the nineteenth century, dog fanciers in UK began to experiment with crosses between Bulldogs and Terriers, looking for a dog that combined the gameness of the terrier with the strength and athleticism of the Bulldog.
Immigrants brought these bull and terrier crosses to USA. Farmers and ranchers used their APBTs for protection, as catch dogs for semi-wild cattle and hogs, to hunt, to drive livestock, and as family companions.
Today, the PitBull Terrier continues to demonstrate its versatility, competing successfully in Obedience, Tracking to include Search & Rescue (SAR), Agility, Protection, and Weight Pulls, as well as Conformation.
In recent years, PitBull Terrier's image has been tarnished by frequent media coverage concerning dog-fighting rings and attacks on humans. Advocates of the breed argue that irresponsible or neglectful owners as well as media sensationalism are largely to blame for this reputation.