Few dog breeds are truly American--dogs that developed alongside this country, serving its citizens and even its country. The American Pit Bull Terrier was the first dog recognized by the United Kennel Club. The UKC is the second-oldest purebred dog registry in the United States. The American Pit Bull Terrier (later recognized by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier) is one of the few American dog breeds. These "bull and terrier" dogs were rugged athletes and loyal family companions. The breed is represented by historical figures such as Stubby, America's first war dog, who served 18 months in combat. He was honored by two presidents, received a gold medal, and was declared a "hero of the highest caliber" for the many times he saved his regiment. He could sense incoming artillery fire before the men did, and he even captured a German spy.
Then there was the faithful companion to Helen Keller. And who can forget Pete the Pup of The Little Rascals or Buster Brown? The American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are part of America's history. They are our dogs, but America has seemingly turned on its faithful hero. America's dog seeks to remind people just what these dogs have meant to our country and to honor them for their long years of loyal service.