The pit bull is a breed of dog that is often misunderstood. Many people think that this breed attacks and kills and is a breed that shouldn’t be kept as a pet. However, there are a few interesting facts about pit bulls that might put your mind at ease if you’re thinking about introducing the dog to your home. There isn’t a pit bull breed listed in the AKC register. The American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized, but a simple pit bull is not. The breed has origins in Europe. Farmers started crossing terriers with bullies to try to come up with a stronger dog that could handle the larger animals on the farms. The pit bull is a breed that is loving and gentle, easily trained and often eager to protect its owner. Most pit bulls have the same demeanor and intelligence of a lab. The pit bull comes in a variety of colors, such as blue, red or black and white. In the 1950s, many households used pit bulls as nanny dogs. They were good with children, so families would use them to watch over the children in the home while the parents were busy doing other things in the house.