Draconian Pit Bull Laws

There can be a lot said about the new draconian laws regarding the American Pit Bull Terrier within the state of Victoria. Very simply, the authorities cannot determine through genetic testing if an American Staffordshire Terrier is an American Pit Bull Terrier. Consequently, an American Staffordshire Terrier owner will have to come to terms with, that they also cannot genetically disprove their American Staffordshire Terrier is not an American Pit Bull Terrier, either.

Question: Can DNA testing determine the breed of a dog?

Answer: No. DNA profiling can determine parentage and genetic identity, but not the breed. - American Kennel Club (AKC).

"New regulations to be released tomorrow by the Baillieu government will also mean dogs that meet the description of a Pit Bull but who are described as American Staffordshire Terriers by their owners, will need certificate of pedigree evidence to prove the dog is an American Staffordshire Terrier." - Age Newspaper

BITSA (Breed Identification Through Scientific Analysis) uses cutting edge DNA technology to provide an accurate history of your dog’s ancestry. This involves analysing hundreds of snippets of your dog’s DNA - acquired through a simple cheek swab. These snippets are then cross-referenced against an extensive genetic database to provide a breed signature - or a series of breed signatures.

BITSA does not test for Pit Bull Terriers. BITSA uses breed signatures to identify the genetic make-up of your dog, these breed signatures were developed using registered pedigree dogs throughout Australasia.

As a Pit Bull Terrier/American Pit Bull Terrier is listed as a restricted dog breed in Australia, we do not have the ability to collect significant breed signatures for these dogs due to the limited population.

Note: BITSA is not a test used to legally verify a dogs breed, it is an informative genetic service allowing owners to gain insight into their dogs breed ancestry and how this may influence their pets. For more information on restricted dog breeds in Australia, contact your local council.

Why not get breed signatures from overseas?

As the Pit Bull is a restricted breed, it is prohibited from importation under the Customs Act, and so internationally bred Pit Bulls are not entering the country, and Pit Bulls are not legally permitted to be bred within Australia, so an international breed signature would not be valid within Australia as the breed signature would not match our canine population.

Reference: www.bitsa.com.au 

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"There is only one type of Staffordshire terrier and that is an English one," - RSPCA Victorian president Hugh Wirth

This is just one example of why we have this misunderstanding.

AKC. CH. RUFFIAN BLACK BEAUTY OF HARWYN was a famous American Staffordshire Terrier, but she was in-fact a so-called “American Pit Bull Terrier”.

This is the American Kennel Council’s, pedigree database for the American Staffordshire Terrier http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/american_staffordshire_terrier/dog.html?id=1672004-ruffian-black-beauty-of-harwyn Scroll down to the bottom in the fourth generation and you will see NEBLETT'S BUCKY MC COY JR

Now this is the "American Pit Bull Terrier" online database pedigree of AKC. CH. RUFFIAN BLACK BEAUTY OF HARWYN
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/modules.php?name=Public&file=printPedigree&dog_id=15289 There you will see NEBLETT'S BUCKY MC COY JR in the fourth generation. Click onto his name and then you will see HEMPHILL'S GOLDDUST III also in the fourth generation. Click onto his name as well and then you will see CH FERGUSON'S CENTIPEDE one of the best game-bred, old family rednose Bulldogs of all time.

So much for a new independent breed, its all lies. American Staffordshire Terrier’s are just conformation bred, game-bred Bulldogs. If they are not, send me an email explaining in reasonable detail what other breed of canine was introduced into the gene pool to create the new and independent breed, called the American Staffordshire Terrier.

All American Staffordshire Terriers can trace their beginning back to game-bred Bulldogs (aka, American Pit bull Terriers). Every single one or them, with no exceptions.

“What begins with a lie will never end up as the truth” - The Author.