1907: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Gainesville FL

Three Ordinances Passed at Adjourned Session Wednesday Afternoon
Gainesville Daily Sun
October 26, 1907
Gainsville, Florida
Library of Congress

The ordinance providing that bulldogs running at large upon the streets must be muzzled, and providing a penalty for the failure of owners of dogs of this breed to comply with the same, was read a third time and passed. – Gainesville Daily Sun

The bulldog of the late 1800s and early 1900s is the same dog as today’s pit bull terrier. The only thing that has changed about this dog breed in the last century are the different names it goes by: bulldog, pit dog, bull pit, bull terrier — pit bull terrier. Modern dogfighters still call their fighting pit bulls “100% bulldog.” (See: Disguise breed name)
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