Official UKC Breed Standard
@Copyright 2004, United Kennel Club.

The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges. Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare, essence and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated. Any departure from the following should be considered a fault, and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

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Even as kid I loved dogs. I remember staying with my grandmother, and she always kept some type of guard style dogs. I remember an old collie and some type of mix. The neighborhood was one with crime, so the dogs were part of the security. I remember watching these dogs run up and down the fence along the back alley, when people walked by. I knew that they would never allow anybody to intrude the property.

As well a bike club a few houses down from her, is were I was introduced to the pitt bull. As a young boy I was amazed by this dog. It seemed like every hour they would walk a different dog around the block. I can remember thinking wow I wish I could have so many nice dogs. I was the kid that came to hang with the dogs more so than the other kids. I always had some type of dog so I know most breeds and owned many as well.

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The Early Dogs of the Islands

The domestic animals in the Canarian Archipelago before it was conquered by the Castilian Crown, were part of the aboriginal culture of the inhabitants of the islands.  The dog was part of that culture and had many functions.  They were used to watch over and heard goats and sheep, which were an important part of the economy for the natives: they were also used as a defense against the many raids made by invading forces: to guard property: or consumed as food, in many cases: and were a mythic and religious symbol.  For a mainly pastoral people, as were the natives of the islands, the dog was a fundamental element in the economy.

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