Pete the Pup, the dog that rose to popularity in "The Little Rascals" or "Our Gang" television series, was an American pit bull terrier; the original Pete was Pal the Wonder Dog, also an American pit bull terrier. Pete the Pup was easily recognized by the ring around his eye and was sometimes referred to as "Petey" instead of Pete.Know More
Although he was a pit bull, Pete was registered as a Staffordshire terrier by the American Kennel Club. It is said that Pete was one of the first dogs to be registered as a Staffordshire terrier by the AKC, since the organization only started using the name in 1935. Pete was also registered by the United Kennel Club as Purple Ribbon Peter.
Although several other dogs played the role of Petey, none were as beloved as Pete the Pup. He was known for his ability to respond on cue, and he developed a strong relationship with the children on the show.
Pete the Pup died of old age in 1946. He is buried in Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park in California. Pete lived to be 18 years old and was remembered by his owner, Harry Lucenay, as a dog that was playful, warm and gentle and that slept at the foot of his bed.Learn more about Dogs
As of 2015, the American Kennel Club, Animal Planet and Good Housekeeping websites offer quizzes to help individuals determine the type of dog they should buy. The AKC has a six-question test that considers geographic location, household members, other pets, daily activities, and acceptable noise and dirt levels.Full Answer >
The dog with the strongest bite is the Rottweiler. The strength of the bite of this breed is estimated to be 328 pounds per square inch. Dogs with big heads and wide jaws tend to have the strongest bite.Full Answer >
All breeds of dogs can be trusted around children if they have been properly socialized and bred. Breeds known for being highly trainable can often excel as family dogs, since they are eager to please. Sporting dogs, a category that includes golden retrievers and Labradors, have been bred to work alongside humans. Herding dogs like German shepherds and collies also make excellent family pets.Full Answer >
The English setter is considered a gun dog. It originated in Great Britain in the 1800s to retrieve birds. For a while, the English setter was known as the Laverack setter, after the breeder Sir Edward Laverack.Full Answer >