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FAQ / Pens compared to Tie Outs.
« on: December 19, 2015, 12:12:38 PM »
Special interest groups like PETA (or any other of the new names they use, because of the bad press PETA is receiving) and other allege communist, drug and terrorist funding groups, are trying to have anti-tethering laws passed.

 Their claim is, chains makes dogs vicious.
 The problem with this theory is whether or not it is a social behavior or hereditary problem.

 Vicious dog behavior is greatly debated on, how this is created and why does this behavior appear.

 It is basically the same debate in humans that are murders, are they born that way or are they a product of their environment?

 So does chains make dogs vicious?
 Not by simply being placed and left on a chain.
 If the hereditary fault is within the genetic makeup of the dog then it can manifest itself.

 Physical abuse, whether on a chain or not, it has been known to create ill-temper dogs.

 So what does these special interest groups suggest?
 1 hr. a day on the chain, 3 hrs off.
 No more then the total of 3 hrs on the chain for the whole day.

 So what does this leave, what the special interest groups call irresponsible owners?
 They will go out and buy cheap crates and pens and put them in an area where if they soil the area, the owner won't have to smell or deal with it.
 Not to mention the concrete pens the dogs will freeze in when it comes winter. Concrete gets as cold as its environment.
 Pens, dogs can escape from by digging or climbing out of. Or pressing on the latch hard enough until it turns and gives way.
 Because this only address tethering, not penning of a dog.

 Will government officials allow these fanatics play them as stooges?
 Or will they keep the best interest of the dogs in mind?

 Will they listen to the pro of tethering after they listened to the "con" job just ran on them?

 The pros to tethering:

 Keeps the dogs safe from interacting with other dogs where an altercation might arise.
 Keeps them from roaming and being a menace and destructive to personal property and physical harm to humans.
 Great for exercise. More square foot area then a pen.
 Cleaner then pens because ground allows drainage un-like concrete where water and the snow liquidates the feces, which in turn, soils everything in the pen area.
 Concrete pens are very cold and hot, depending on the season, and extremely hard on the joints, feet and bones of the dog.
 The dog becomes extroverted. Pens make a dog introverted. Pens make a dog be consumed in their own little world and takes on the behavior of a caged animal.

 These special interest bleeding hearts try to convince government officials tethering makes dogs human aggressive because they are deprived of food, water and housing. This simply is not true. Some cases this has happened but it has also happened INSIDE the home! Often dogs tethered are in better health and physical fitness then a dog kept in a house. No one can deny being out doors is healthier for animals then being kept in doors. Dogs need vitamin D to retain calcium for strong bones and healthy coats. This comes from being in sunlight. Most responsible owners who tether dogs have them equipped with automatic feeders and water. Insulated dog house and bedding for the change of the seasons.

 These practices fall under animal well-fair not under animal rights. God's will, Man was given dominion over all plants and animals on earth to do with as mankind sees fit. Only a non-Christian would want animals with equal rights as humans. Laws and life style where man is subservient to animals or of animal worship.

 It is the responsibility of government of the people of the United States to protect the Bill of Rights of human beings of this country where laws are not passed to superseded the rights of the people. KEEP PEOPLE FIRST!

FAQ / National Association of Rural Land Owners
« on: December 19, 2015, 12:11:01 PM »
We are trying to increase the sale of our No Trespassing signs to help NARLO grow. You purchased 7 of our No Trespassing signs a while back. We hope the signs have worked out for you. We would appreciate if you could help us again with just a minimal effort. Please forward the following message (below the line) about our specialized No Trespassing signs to the rural landowners on your e-mail list. They will be glad you did. It costs you but a few minutes of your time and it will help us immensely. You are welcome to modify our opening message, if you deem it appropriate.

 These signs have now been installed in the following states: Washington, California, Nevada, Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. Our goal is to have them installed in all 50 states in the next year.

 Hope all is well with you and your family.

 Thanks for your help and take care,

 Ron Ewart, President
 P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA 98027
 425 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848
 (Fax No. 425 222-4743)

 Before sending to your list, erase everything above this line.


 Dear (name of rural landowner)


 We purchased some excellent No Trespassing signs from the National Association of Rural Landowners and wanted to share the information about them with you. If you own an acre or more, you need these specialized signs. With the proliferation of government agents, letting them know with these powerful signs they are not welcome on your property without permission, could very well save you from serious fines and penalties that would be assessed if they trespassed on your property and found code violations. Not only is Big Brother watching you, they are trespassing on your land without permission, all over America.

 NARLO has indicated to us that should a government agent enter your land with these signs displayed, they are guilty of trespass and can be brought up on civil or criminal trespass charges, depending on the circumstances. NARLO went on to say that In some courts, the judges will waive any fines and penalties levied by government, if the government agent trespassed on your property in the presence of a No Trespassing signs.

 You can order the signs from the NARLO website (, or by using the attached order form. Your land may be your largest asset. It is certainly worth the cost of these signs to protect that asset from government interference and abuse of your constitutional rights?

 (This message is best viewed in HTML format.)

 From the
 "National Association of Rural Landowners"
 A Washington State non-profit organization
 "Working to protect rural landowners from Government abuse"

 Tired of Government agents and others snooping on your land,
 who think trespassing is just fine and they have the right to do so? Install our copyrighted, specialized, intimidating
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 Land Agents: You might consider purchasing them for your land clients.
 These signs have been erected nationwide and appear on rural lands in Massachusetts, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, California and Washington.

 Order them from our website at using our PayPal feature and help NARLO to grow. Or print out the attached order form and send us your check or money order for the correct amount. Allow 2 to 3 weeks for delivery.

 If you have any questions you can write, call or e-mail NARLO at:
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Once you actually post them, EVERYONE has to abide by a posted no trespassing sign and local or state laws can NOT superseded Federal law!

FAQ / New to the Breed? BEWARE!
« on: December 19, 2015, 12:08:13 PM »
If you are new to the breed, some might call a novice, here is a little advice.

 I have been watching for years people who write books, articles and other things in hope to give themselves a legacy.
 Very few are credible enough to do so.
 Always research the information to see if it is true.

 The most dangerous information is given by foreigners.
 Many are posting on forums, on the Internet. I'm sure they think they are experts when they aren't.
 They mostly do this to promote the bloodline they are selling overseas.
 Though they lack the real knowledge and experience within the breed.
 Most of these people are fanciers from afar.
 Some might have met the dogman they speak about but never really knew him personally.
 Most never knew them at all.

 They never was at the core of the breed first hand. They collect articles and pictures of those who were.
 What is bad about all this is when they give their opinions of their interpretation of what they have obtain about the breed.
 This is when things get misleading.

 They mass produce this misleading information to the world.
 Some of these people have owned the breed for a few decades, head of dog clubs, hosted dogs shows, even wrote books.
 Yet they still don't have the full understanding of the breed, the strains within the breed.
 True behavior of the breed. Purpose and quality of the real part of the breed.
 Some even have the gall to criticize dogmen who has owned this breed all their life and have done it all.
 Criticize dogmen here in the U.S. who knew all the known dogmen and had been all the way to core with the breed.
 They are the ones who knows what is what within the breed.

 This is an American breed. The best dogs has came from the Americas and are still here.
 They have proved themselves as such, where the others haven't.
 Not to any long degree or over decades.
 I'm not saying there hasn't been a few who has did things with the dogs and maybe got lucky with them,
 remember where they came from.
 The longevity of a family of dogs comes from proving themselves over time.
 "Test of a dog is the show. Test of a family is time."

 Until you understand the full spectrum about the breed first hand and over decades, do the breed a favor,
 don't write misleading articles, books, web pages or make posts on forums about this breed/strains until you know the full aspects and capabilities about this breed.
 If you don't have proven knowledge of the full spectrum of the breed from first hand experience,
 do the novices a favor, stop with the misguided information and quit the facade of being an expert about this breed.

FAQ / Forum Responses for Internet Misinformation.
« on: December 19, 2015, 12:06:26 PM »
I've tried to make it a practice not to place derogatory remarks about other people, their dogs or kennel business on my website or billboards.

 Some times you just can't be silent or it might be interrupted as to condole what has been wrote.

 As one of the first well known APBT enthusiasts to engaged people on the Internet over the years there has been much misinformation and miss-interruptions of my posts and others about myself, our dogs and kennels.

 Recently with so much confusion, false statements and others inability to comprehend or to explain their self, I feel it was time to address (websites, billboards, emails, etc.) statements.

 If they are only one speaking people will have no other choice but to believe them because no else is responding. The problem with many of these statements they have on their websites, billboards or other places where moderating is done so the illusion of these miss-information is unable to be rebutted.

 Most often the majority of this information isn't worth the time or effort to correct or respond too of these misguided souls.

 Then there are times they just cross the line of human dignity.
 The purpose of this forum will be for the over the line remarks.
 I'm not going to thread chase all over the Internet nor am I going to go to the bother accessing the location to respond. I will just do it here when there is the need to be.

 For the members who have questions to any of these public remarks please P.M. the questions to me or post them in this forum and I will be more then happy to make a clarification to these statements.

 For others who wish to read a response please email me at:

 I always feel better to clear the haze of BS so everyone can see the truth better and remove the stench of rumor mongers and wannabe pretenders and posers.

Recently again I come to realize some people have all the answers and are the "new generation" and knows a better way.
 Many are to the point you just can't teach them or tell them anything.

 High percentage of them want to debate issues.
 So what is the truth is judged by who is best at a debate or who can last the longest or run off at the mouth the most with a bunch of rambling of material which has no merit.

 Some times total facts can't be proven but only from experience and common sense.
 You can warn them as much as you want but they still be in denial.
 Most will believe their own position without trial and error.

 People wonder why people who has owned this breed for decades won't share their information, well every day it comes more clear why they don't, Jealousy.
 Those people just don't want to release to a know-it-all the years of information to someone who is afraid they might be over shadowed or shown the lack of their knowledge or their failures with the breed or the lack of success there of.

 People with 40+ years don't need to prove themselves to no one, they already have.
 They don't have to continue over and over to prove the truth in what they know.
 Specially through mere words. Their knowledge comes from hands on experience.

 So where does that leave me?
 For over 20+ years on the Internet I come to the point I just don't care about miss information others are told on the Internet.

 I have other endeavors I need to address and don't have time to just sit at a computer and hand feed information on other's forums for their benefits just to ward off continued attacks because people are to immature and self loathing of their own delusions of grandeur.

 Many I think does this for the sole purpose of getting the attention of some one who has a reputation and more experience to feel relevant or important to be in a debate with the "Older Generation".
 To think they have a bit of importance if they should do well in a debate.
A debate never prove the worth of a pit dog or the understanding of them.

The A.(p).B.T. has many different foundation breeds which help create the breed we know today.
Today you can basically trace back many different strains of the A.(p). B.T. to the foundation breeds by the dominance of their appearance and characteristics of behavior.
Many of the strains today still appear with great dominance.
OFRN, the Blue Dogs (Blue Pols), the Black & Tan, etc.

Old Family Red Nose.

Old Family Red Nose aka OFRN, is a strain with in the breed of the A.(p).B.T.
Dan McCoy coined the name for this strain which had the looks and characteristics of the foundation dog of the Irish Old Family Reds.
The Irish fighting dogs have been extinct for over 100 years.

So why was the strain of OFRN so popular and sought after?
Why did people like Robert Hemphill, Daniel McCoy, James Corcoran, I.D. Cole, Robert Wallace, James Williams, etc. so intrigued by them?

They had the characteristics of the foundation breed of the Old Family Reds.
So what was so great or desirable of the foundation breed of the Old Family Reds?
So what was the characteristics?

First you have to understand how breeding was done back in the time when people barely knew how to read and write and DNA comparison and selective breeding traits compound on alike genes was never heard of.
i.e. In 1936 was a book wrote by Joesph Colby of a how to book for the A.(p).B.T.
Before this and after this, reference has been made in books of this same style breeding method.
Joesph wrote to breed father to daughter, son to mother and brother to sister to restore gameness in a bloodline.

Joesph was basically referring to breeding on alike gene traits, like gameness with in a family of dogs.
Once done and restored, other methods can be considered.
One was tight line breeding or if certain abilities were lost and could be restored by another style of breeding.
The problem with this style of breeding Joesph was referring too, not all strains or bloodlines could do this method of breeding.
Many problems would appear from congenital to conformational faults.

So this is why OFRN were so sought after and every modern known sporting bloodline has OFRN strain in them, some more then others.
Why is because of the characteristics of the Old Family Reds found in the strain of OFRN.
First you have to look at the breed of Irish Old Family Reds who were used as the one of A.(p).B.T. foundation breeds.

The name of Old Family Reds.

The last part of the name is self explanatory. The dogs from Ireland was mostly red in color.
Old Family is the important factor in why the strain of OFRN were sought after.
In each county or Klan in Ireland the dogs were selectively breed and the preferred method of breeding was tight family or inbreeding.
Over the many years of this style of breeding the characteristics faults like congenital and conformation were eliminated.
Each Klan's dogs became so standardized, so tightly bred to the point each Klan's dogs almost became a sub-breed to the Irish bred fighting dog.
They clearly started to sub-strain.
The name Old Family was a given in reference because each family (Klan) had their own version of this breed of fighting dog.

When the breed of Old Family Reds were bred to other fighting dogs to help create the breed of A.(p).B.T. and the need came to restore gameness, this strain (OFRN) who had the characteristics of its' foundation breed, was able to be bred by this method referred too in so many books.
This is why Robert Hemphill in his advertisements would write:
"Gamest dogs ever bred!"

Ironline Kennels now has two url:


American Pit Bull Terrier aka APBT,
American Staffordshire Terrier aka AST and
Staffordshire Bull Terrier aka SBT.

 I will start with SBT.
The SBT is suppose to be a direct descendant from the dogs from the county of Staffordshire England.
Over the years the conformation and temperament breeding standards have change.
The size has been change to a standard of a smaller breed and the instinctive traits of gameness have been bred out of the breed.

 The dogs from the county of Staffordshire was only one of many breeds of dogs which help create the APBT.
IF there was terrier bred into these dogs this is the only known breed, which helps make up the APBT, makes any reference to it.

 Since the SBT wasn't recognized as a pure breed by the Kennel Club of England until 1935, it is hard to make the claim this is the same breed or standard of the breed, which was brought over from England and was used in help making the APBT.

 The APBT has been known to be in the U.S. as early as the late 1700's.
Many well known matches were advertised in public papers in the middle 1800's
APBT was recognized as a pure breed by UKC in 1898.
The APBT was recognized as a pure breed for 38 years, almost 4 decades before the SBT was recognized as a pure breed.
If anything, one must question if there might have been APBT bred into the SBT to help standardize the breed for recognition.
So at best, the claim would have to be, they are distance cousin breeds, but clearly are and always have been, two different breeds and APBT didn't evolve from the known SBT.

 In 1936 the Staffordshire Terrier was recognized as a pure breed by AKC.
In 1972 the name was changed to American Staffordshire Terrier so it wasn't confused with its cousin the SBT.
During this time animal cruelty laws were being passed into law.
Books like Beautiful Joe, Beautiful Joe's Paradise, Punch the Cruisin Dog and Just Happy were wrote about dogs saved from Pit Fighting.
AKC believed it wasn't in the best interest of the breed to have the name (pit) included into the name.
Precedent has always been for AKC to follow the lead of the Kennel Club of England, thus by doing so, again the name took reference to an area of English descent.
 The name American Bull Terrier and Yankee Terrier was also denied.
By doing this, they also only wanted dogs who had the looks and characteristics of the dogs from the county of Staffordshire or of Great Britain.
 The language of the land is English and England has always been credited for everything being founded and descended from, for the whole United States..
Some of the members of the AKC Staffordshire Terrier club didn't want certain strains from the breed of the APBT.
 This is why the standard of the AST excludes red nose, liver colored dogs or black and tan dogs.
Some have questioned whether or not racism didn't play a part in eliminating these strains. Red nose was known to be from Ireland and even today Great Britain and Ireland still don't see eye to eye, like with Northern Ireland, and also during the 30's was the raise of the German power of Hitler. Black and Tan bulldogs were believed to trace back into the Germanic Mastiff.
 This helped exclude the complete spectrum of the APBT and only focused on a limited fraction of the breed.
The look was one of brindle and white black nose or white with black brindle cow patch colors.
The one which almost all the strain was converted over to AST was the dogs from the strain of the Blue Pauls aka Blue Paulies, another strain from (Scotland) Great Britain.
 Very few blue colored dogs today are from the straight bred APBT bloodlines.
Look far enough back into their pedigrees and you find dogs registered and bred to the standard of the AST.
 If you read the old Bloodlines Journals published by UKC, their policy was to bar anyone who would try and dual register their dogs both UKC and AKC.

 One of the founding members of the AST was John P. Colby.
John P. Colby was known not for using UKC, for whatever reasons.
As late as the 1950's, dogs like Colby's Dime wasn't UKC Purple Ribbon registered.
ADBA was known basically as a private registry for Colby dogs.
 A Colby dog was almost used as standard for AST and if that dog was used,
the standard would have been undershot dogs, so it was claimed.
 The first 9 dogs weren't from UKC registration.
It is believe these from ADBA registration.
 The 10th dog was none other then the famous Petie of the Little Rascals aka Our Gang. Petie was the first UKC registered American (pit) Bull Terrier registered with AKC as an AST.
It is a known fact AST evolved from the APBT.
 Question is, are they the same breed?

 Since the full spectrum of the APBT wasn't used in creating the AST,
their heritage isn't the same as a breed.

 The conformation standards are not the same.
The AST has over sized head and front end. Isn't athletic as the APBT.
AST are straight back with less dexterity and a smaller rear end.

 The temperament and instinctive traits are not the same.
By breeding all gameness out of the AST,
the APBT has a much more stable temperament.
Much more soundness, more fearless, more trustworthy of people.
Less apt to fear bite or turn on its owner.

 If AKC can say the Mini-Bull Terriers and the Standard Bull Terrier are different breeds because of size and registration can not be crossed registered or the Toy, Miniature and Standard Poodles are different breeds and can not be crossed registered because of mire size,


Heritage Reference of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

 Understanding where the different fighting dogs came from,
 will help explain the typical (Type) of the APBT is suppose to look like.

 I have wrote the difference in other breeds compared to the APBT,
 which included their size, to their conformation differences and
 how they are traditionally suppose to look for each breed.

 For the APBT you have to look at the difference of the main well known foundation dogs to understand the color heritage.

 The Staffords from Staffordshire England was a black nose dog which was more common in color of cow patch, white with black brindle patches.
 Not often of solid background colors.
 One of the more known colors of brindle, of a solid color background, was a brownish color,
 later years referred to as the Staff brindle.

 From Scotland came the Blue Pauls, Blue Pols, Blue Paulies.
 These dogs were mainly blue brindle and white with a blue colored nose.
 In later years, with the popularity of this color, this strain started appearing in the dogs with a solid blue coat.

 From Ireland came, the most famous of all the known fighting breeds to help create the APBT,
 the Old Family Reds.
 These dogs came in the color of red, red and white with red noses.
 The color of both the nose and the coat was of a dark red, liver in color or copper red like a penny.

 Black and Tan breed of fighting bulldogs were believed to trace back into the Germanic Mastiff.
 Many were brought over by immigrants from Holland, Hungary, Austria, Germany, etc.

 From France came the Buckskin Fighting Dogs,
 whose heritage appearance was close to the French Mastiff type.
 Often known to be on the larger size compared to the other foundation dogs of the APBT.

 The last colors' heritage was vast, from many known locations, believed to be their heritage.
 Robert F. Lemm wrote in his book "Seen through the Eyes of the Millmaker" the black and brindle dogs mostly came from the mountains of Spain and Italy.
 Another black nose breed.

 With so many of the Americans who are made up with Spanish and Italian descent,
 it would be hard to believe these countries had no influence in making up the APBT in this era.

 Their known history of the game Spanish Bulldog used around the sport of Bull Fighting and the Italian Canine Gladiators used in the coliseums,
 would explain where the main part of the color of black and brindle dogs originated.

 Any other color then the ones mentioned are unexplainable,
 unless it is from breed-crossing from other known breeds of today,
 thus making those dogs' heritage not of the traditional APBT.

 The common mistake, in explaination,
 is due from a well known story of one of the most famous dog men in history.
 His story is flawed because of being bias to his own heritage.
 In writing this story, he excluded all the other known foundation breeds which help create the APBT.

 In his story he writes the APBT was created by crossing the English Bulldog
 to the now extinct English White Terrier.
 In his bias belief, he wanted other owners to believe,
 the APBT was created the same way the English Bull Terrier was created.

 Over time, the variance in colors of the APBT, has proven his belief of the creation of the APBT to be wrong.


 First of all, this is not a review. I can not possibly say anything concerning the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs that has not already been repeated a hundred times before. This, therefore, is simply another record of what history has already given us and a re-introduction to the very significant part of the history of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

 When we discuss the origin of the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs, we are really discussing the original dogs bred by such men as William J. Lightner and Con Feeley. It was around 1914-1916 that Red Howell, Al Dickson and Joe Peace had dogs from the first litters off of Lightner's "Vick" and Lightner's "Pansy". When the First World War came along, Joe Peace and Al Dickson were drafted and Red Howell was left with the dogs. Red Howell sold some of the dogs, however, most of the dogs he placed in capable and reliable hands of those he knew he could trust. During this time they were known as just food pit dogs. The name "Red Nose", at the time, had never been used to describe a particular line of dogs. It would be Dan McCoy who would later be credited as the first man to coin the phrase, "Old Family Red Nose" dogs to describe and distinguish these dogs as an individual line or strain of the American Pit Bull Terrier. History later gave us the litter of Ferguson's "Centipede", Hemphill's "Golddust", Morris' "Pinkie", and Howell's "Banjo", as well as their close relative, William's "Cyclone".

 Robert H. (Bob) Hemphill, along with Red Howell, went to the kennel of Harvey and Owens in Amarillo, Texas and together they purchased "Golddust". "Golddust", of course, later went to Harry Clark and then to D.A. McClintock, where he died. Earl Tudor obtained "Centipede". "Centipede" was then loaned to Red Howell. Later, Earl Tudor sold "Centipede" to Dave Ferguson. Earl Tudor was also the man who owned the dog called "Cyclone" and eventually sold him to Jim Williams's. It is felt that if Earl Tudor and Red Howell had not won such great battles with these dogs mentioned above, as well as others, that made this particular line so popular. This was the first time you really began to hear about "Red Nose" dogs as a strain.

 Now, not all of the offspring were whelped "Red Nose" from this stock. Some people still feel that the blood in the Con Feeley dogs was much more "Red Nose" then that of the Lightner dogs. It is said W.C. (Bill) Roper bred some of the best "Red Nose" dogs, sent to him by Jim Williams and Bob Wallace. I.D. Cole of Arizona also bred some extremely high caliber dogs, bred down from Slattery's "Mike" and William's "Blade". I.D. Cole also owned Cole's (Fulkerson's) "Spook", a direct grandson of the old Lightner's "Spook". However, the "Red Nose" dogs were never controlled by any one individual or select group of individuals. Many of the "Red Nose" dogs were produced through different crosses. In fact, there were many breeders and fanciers of the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs. There were men such as W.J. Lightner, Con Feeley, J.P. Colby, D.A. McClintock, Dan McCoy, Harvey and Owens, Ferguson, Ferrel, Conklin, Anderson, Bourgeous, Plemmons, Dickenson, Hanson, Williams, Roberts, Cole, Leo Kinard, Ed Crenshaw, Joe Beal, Jake Wilder, just to name a few. However, two of the leading breeders into the late 1960's and the man more often associated with the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs were Robert H. (Bob) Hemphill Jr. and Robert Forster (Bob) Wallace.

 Robert Hemphill had been friends with Earl Tudor as early as 1914. Hemphill became personally interested in the Lightner dogs and in the 1920's began an extensive search to locate and obtain high caliber dogs from this line.

 It was Dan McCoy who received word of the Frenchman who lived in Louisiana by the name of Bourgeous. Bourgeous had received several dogs directly from Mr. William Lightner and for many years had bred and raised these dogs strictly for his own personal satisfaction. Bourgeous was extremely successful in preserving the "Red Nose" strain. Robert Hemphill went with Dan McCoy to Louisiana and aided by Gaboon Trahan, they purchased several dogs from Bougeous. Hemphill's kept only the highest caliber of these "Red Nose" dogs and began to form his foundation stock from them. Hemphill's early advertisements reflect that he had been raising "Old Family Red Nose" dogs since 1927. Throughout his life, Robert Hemphill remained dedicated to the breed and faithful to the "Old Family Red Nose" line. Old advertisements throughout his life reflected his great devotion to keeping the line pure. Until 1966 he advertised strictly "Old Family Red Nose" dogs. After that time, his ads began to reflect the adage of 1/8th to 1/16th "Dibo" breeding.

 Concerning the Lightner dogs, some fanciers and under the false assumption that W.J. Lightner bred only "Red Nose" dogs because of his overwhelming association with them. Those who have really done their homework know that this is not the case at all. He also raised great blacks and dark colored dogs as well. The pinnacle of Lightner's success as a breeder is demonstrated through two dogs; Hall's "Searcy Jeff", owned through time by Jim Searcy, Bob Hemphill and Dr. Hall and then Bob Wallace, was reputed as being the best of the "Red Nose" blood that could ever be bred. The second dog was "Colorado Imp", owned by Jeff Runyon and said to be the best of the black and/or dark blood that could ever be bred. Both of these dogs being bred from the same basic foundation dogs of the same man, William J. Lightner. When these two dogs met each other at Medicine Park, Oklahoma in 1937, they proved William J. Lightner to be one of the greatest breeders of all time. After this meeting, Bob Wallace told Hemphill that he was going to buy this dog, "Searcy Jeff", even if it costs him a thousand dollars! Later, in 1937, when Hemphill left that part of the country, he divided up the dogs with Red Howell and Dr. Hall. Dr. Hall received "Searcy Jeff" and Bob Wallace did eventually buy "Jeff" from him. Also in 1937, Robert Hemphill sent a young dog back to William Lightner, that dog now appears in many of the "Old Family Red Nose" line of today, that dog is known as Lightner's Pumpkin.

 Bob Wallace is also remembered in history for his association and great success with "Old Family Red Nose" dogs. However, there are two main misconceptions concerning Mr. Wallace that should be cleared up at this point. One is that Hemphill and Wallace were partners. They were not. They both shared a deep respect of the "Red Nose" dogs and were both dedicated to keeping the line pure. They were both successful breeders in keeping the line pure, strong and beautiful. They even shared common breeding and interbred their dogs within each other’s line, but they were not partners.

 At the age of thirteen, Bob Wallace met and became friends with the "Old Timer", Ben Flannery. Throughout his teens, Bob Wallace owned many outstanding Bulldogs. He later obtained dogs from bloodlines of Dugan's "Pat". The second misconception concerning Bob Wallace was that he bred primarily "Red Nose" dogs. His original was quiet variable in color and were extremely talented dogs. Though these dogs did not show it, they carried a large amount of the "Red Nose" blood. One of the first foundation females of Bob Wallace was the famous Shipley's "Penny". Shipley's "Penny" was a direct descendant of the old Corcoran dogs. Wallace had always considered Corcoran to be one of the great breeders of all time. Other great dogs that are considered part of the foundation of the Wallace dogs were ones such as, Ferguson's "Centipede", Hall's "Searcy Jeff" and the famous Wallace's "Tony". "Tony" was said to be Wallace’s' pride and joy. Wallace bred Shipley's "Penny" to "Centipede" and produced these three great dogs, "Stinger" "Scorpion" and "Spider". He later bred "Searcy Jeff" to "Spider" and produced Wallace's "Madam Queen". When he bred "Madam Queen" to "Tony" he produced the ever-famous Wallace's "King Cotton". Other famous dogs appear in many of the popular "Old Family Red Nose" dogs of modern times are Wallace's "Red Rustler", "Red Rock" and "Red Rube", as well as the famous producing female Wallace's "Red Raven".

 The old advertisements of Bob Wallace during the 1940's clearly reflect the breeding and maintenance of the old Corcoran and Lightner Line of dogs. Most of the advertisements were stated in bold print. During the 1940's Bob Wallace began to look "Red Nose" dogs to outcross his own with. At this time he felt that his own dogs were getting as tight as could be productively bred. When he began his search he found that the pure "Old Family Red Nose" dogs were almost extinct. Most of the lines were ruined or contaminated through careless breeding. However, he was finally able to locate and obtain seven pure "Red Nose" dogs of high caliber, whose pedigree he could authenticate.

 Bob Wallace was a man of character and honesty and often stated that there is no "magic" to the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs, that they are just one good line of many. The "Red Nose" dogs have the intelligence, talent and personality to stand on their own merit. Bob Wallace has gone down in history as one of the greatest breeders of his ear. Over the years as a breeder, Bob Wallace was known to sell less than a dozen dogs. He stated that he never sold dogs as a matter of personal principle. The results of his dedication to the breed is still apparent and appreciated in the modern day American Pit Bull Terrier.

 This has been a short narrative introduction to the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs and few of the men dedicated to their preservation. It is by far complete or conclusive. Their significance cannot be finalized in a few short paragraphs. Entire volumes could be written on the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs and their place in the history of the American pit Bull Terrier.

I always enjoyed this story so I wanted to add it to my book. Thanks Ed for writing it.

This part here I want people to take notice because it applies to my line of dogs.

"When we discuss the origin of the "Old Family Red Nose" dogs, we are really discussing the original dogs bred by such men as William J. Lightner and Con Feeley."

"Now, not all of the offspring were whelped "Red Nose" from this stock. Some people still feel that the blood in the Con Feeley dogs was much more "Red Nose" then that of the Lightner dogs." 

Why I bring this up is because in Stratton's book he refers to the OFRN in Dibo. This blood he is referring to is the blood from Corvino's Shorty and Gimp. Sire was Bruce's Jerry which many believed was some of the purest of the imported Old Family Red Blood. Red Devil is based off Shorty and some of Gimp's bloodlines.

"It is said W.C. (Bill) Roper bred some of the best "Red Nose" dogs, sent to him by Jim Williams and Bob Wallace."

This part I highlighted because Bentley's Susie Que is heavy in William's bloodline and DeCordovas blood from Williams.

"I.D. Cole of Arizona also bred some extremely high caliber dogs, bred down from Slattery's "Mike" and William's "Blade". I.D. Cole also owned Cole's (Fulkerson's) "Spook", a direct grandson of the old Lightner's "Spook"."

Why I highlighted these dogs is because everyone knows Mitzie is off Hemphill's Geronimo but the bottom side is Clouse and it comes from Skaggs's Hemphill dogs and Mason red blood from Trice of I.D. Cole's blood which is in the pedigree of Clouse's Ch. Butcher Boy who was a light red/red nose.


The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a descendant of the original fighting dogs from Europe and has historically been bred with performance/working goals in mind. The challenge of describing the American Pit Bull Terrier inevitably invites a long sequence of superlatives.

 The APBT is a supremely athletic, highly versatile, adaptive, gushingly affectionate, eager to please, all-around family dog.
 In courage, resolve, indefatigableness, indifference to pain, and stubborn perseverance in overcoming any challenge, the APBT has no equal in the canine world.
 Although the APBT was once used as a national symbol of courage and pride, the breed is largely misunderstood today.
 Even though the APBT has historically been bred to excel in combat with other dogs, a well bred APBT has a rock steady temperament and contrary to popular belief, is NOT inherently aggressive towards humans.
 However, as adults, most APBTs may show aggression towards other dogs.
 This fact, along with the APBT's strength and determination, should be taken into account when considering if the APBT is the right breed for you.
 As with any companion dog, socialization and consistent fair minded training is a must from a very early age.

 Although some APBTs may be suspicious of strangers, as most dogs are, and will protect loved ones if necessary, in general they do not excel in protection/guard work. If your main reason for getting a dog is for protection/guard work, perhaps a Rottweiler, German Shepherd, or a Doberman Pinscher would suit you better. Or, if you really like the bulldog phenotype, look into an American Bulldog.

 There are several types of dogs that are commonly thought to be called "Pit Bulls."
 When in truth there is only one, The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT).
 Primarily, these are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier (AST), and
 the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (SBT).
 The American Staffordshire Terrier was created from the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier.
 The American Pit Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier share some of the same ancestry.
 All three of these dogs share some common ancestry but have been subsequently bred emphasizing different breeding criteria and characteristics.
 Due to this divergence, most people feel that they are now different breeds.
 This FAQ is primarily about the American Pit Bull Terrier, specifically those dogs of relatively old time game bred ancestry. None of the material may ring true for the AST and the SBT, but the authors are biased against the APBT from performance bred lines.

 Among enthusiasts, the history of the APBT is as controversial as the breed itself is among the misled public.
 The breed's history is a recurrent subject of lively debate in the magazines devoted to the breed.
 In fact, this FAQ was hotly debated among the contributors before it reached its final form,
 and still everyone isn't 100% happy!

 Although the precise origin of the APBT is not known, we can reliably trace its roots back at least over 200 years or so to Europe. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries the sport of bull and rat baiting was very much alive and dogs were bred to excel in these endeavors. The same type of dog was also used by hunters to catch game and by butchers and farmers to bring down unruly cattle. These dogs were called "bulldogs." Historically, the word "Bulldog" did not mean a specific breed of dog per se, but rather it was applied to descendants of the ancient Mastiff/Hound type dogs that excelled in the task of a killer hound or catch dog. The "bulldogs" of yore were much different from, and should not be confused with, the loveable clowns of the show ring today. The old performance bred working bulldog was closer in phenotype and spirit to the APBT. The use of the word "bulldog" applied to APBT's persists even today among APBT fanciers.

 When bull and rat baitng was outlawed in England and Ireland, the sport of matching two dogs against one another in combat rose in popularity to fill the void.
 One point of contention about the history of the APBT is whether these pit fighting dogs were essentially a new breed of dog specially created for this popular pastime.
 Some authors, notably Richard Stratton, have theorized that the APBT is essentially the same breed as the Renaissance bull/rat baiting dogs, largely unmixed with any other kind of dog, specifically terriers.
 These authors consider the present name, American Pit Bull Terrier, is a misnomer, in their view,
 the breed is not a terrier.
 They explain the popular attribution of the breed's origin to a cross between bull/rat baiters and terriers as a retrospective confusion with the breeding history of the English Bull Terrier, which is a totally distinct breed that was never successful at pit fighting but whose origin is well documented.

 Other authors who have researched the topic, such as Dr. Carl Semencic, argue that the APBT is indeed the product of a cross between bull/rat baiting dogs and terriers and
 that the breed simply did not exist in its current form during the Renaissance.
 This hypothesis is total ridiculous because it is a known scientific fact
 Bulldogs were crossed with Hounds to make Terriers.
 Many ancient painting show the photogenic appearance more of today's APBT then any breed of dog which was created from a bulldog and terrier cross.
 They would argue that when we think of the terriers in the APBT's ancestry, we should not envision modern day show dogs like Yorkshire Terriers, Manchester Terriers, etc. but instead working terriers
 (which are still used today) that were bred for great tenacity in hunting.
 The problem of proof, which hangs over the discussion of any early breed history,
 is compounded in this case by the over exaggerated claim of extreme secrecy of the breeders of pit dogs.
 When in truth most were illiterate at a time when education was considered a wealthy privilege luxury.
 In the 19th century pedigrees, if committed to paper at all, were not divulged, since every breeder feared letting his rivals in on the secrets of his success and replicating it. When in truth, most were un-capable of explaining their luck of success, other then just breeding their best to best within their family of dogs.
 In any case, by no later than the mid-19th century, the breed had acquired all of the essential characteristics for which it is still prized for today: its awesome athletic abilities, its peerless gameness,
 and its easy going temperament.

 The ancient ancestors of the APBT were of mostly Irish and English pit fighting dogs imported to the States in the mid-19th century. Once in the United States, the breed diverged greatly from what was being produced back in England and Ireland. Other breeds of fighting dogs from Europe such as, the Blue Pauls (aka Blue Paulies) of the Scottish Mastiff/Bulldog type, the Black & Tans from the German Mastiff/Bulldog type, the buckskin French Mastiff/Bulldog type, the Black and Brindle Mastiff/Bulldog type dogs from the mountains of Spain and Italy were also imported with immigrants from those countries.

 In America, where these dogs were used not only as pit fighters, but also as catch dogs (for forcibly retrieving stray hogs and cattle) and as guardians of family, the novice breeders started producing a slightly larger, leggier dog. However, this gain in size and weight was small until very recently. The Old Family Red dogs in 19th century from Ireland were rarely above 25 lbs., and 15-lb. dogs were not uncommon.
 This information of this breed is simply untrue and it is common knowledge of one of the first and most important importers of the Irish Old Family Reds was William Lightner and his family. It is a well known fact Mr. Lightner started to cut back on using stock which were predominately made up of the Irish Old Family Reds because the stock was to large for his preference.

 In American books on the breed from the early part of this century, it is rare to find a specimen over 52 lbs conditioned pit weight. (with a few notable exceptions). From 1900 to 1975 or so, there was probably a very small and gradual increment in the average weight of APBTs over the years, without any corresponding loss in performance abilities. But now that the vast majority of APBTs are no longer performance bred to the traditional pit standard (understandably, since the traditional performance test, the pit contest itself is now a felony in most states), the American axiom of "Bigger is Better" has taken over in the breeding practices of the many neophyte breeders who joined the bandwagon of the dog's popularity in the 1980s.
 This has resulted in a ballooning of the average size of APBTs since 1980,
 a harmful phenomenon for the breed, in my opinion.

 Another much useless attempt of less visible modification of the breed since the 19th century was the selective intensification of genetically programmed fighting styles (such as frontend specialists, stifle specialists, etc.), as performance breeding became more sophisticated under competitive pressures. In spite of this utterly useless attempts of immature breeders for style changes, there has been a remarkable continuity in the breed for more than a century. Photos from a century ago show dogs indistinguishable from the dogs being bred today. Although, as in any performance breed, you will find a certain lateral (synchronic) variability in phenotype across different lines. You will nevertheless find uncanny chronological continuity in these types across decades. There are photos of pit dogs from the 1860s that are phenotypic (to judge by contemporary descriptions of pit matches), constitutionally identical to the APBTs of today.

 Throughout the 19th century, these dogs were known by a variety of names "American (pit) Bull Terriers", "Pit Terriers", "Pit Bull Terriers", "Half and Half's", "Staffordshire Fighting Dogs", "Old Family Red Fighting Dogs"(the Irish name), "Yankee Terriers"(a reference to Americans by English people), to name a few. In 1898, a man by the name of Chauncey Bennett formed the United Kennel Club (UKC) for the sole purpose of registering the breed, as the American Kennel Club wanted nothing to do with them. Originally the word "American" was used so the breed wouldn't be confused with the English Bull Terrier. The word "pit" or (pit) in parentheses was placed in the name to help identify the breed more clearly from other suppose fighting breeds of bulldog and terrier crosses.
 The parentheses were removed from the name back in the late 1970's circa. All other breeds that are registered with UKC were accepted into the UKC after the APBT.
 Another registry of APBTs is the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) which was started in September, 1909 by Guy McCord, a close friend of John P. Colby.
 Now under the ownership of the Greenwood family, the ADBA continues to register only APBTs and has the same general perception of the APBT as does UKC.
 The ADBA does sponsor conformations shows, but more importantly, it also sponsors weight pulling (so does UKC except, UKC weight pulls are all-breed pulls), competitions which test a dogs strength and stamina.
 It also publishes a quarterly magazine dedicated to the APBT called the American Pit Bull Terrier Gazette.
 UKC publishes a monthly magazine called Bloodline Journal.
 No one single registry is the flagship of APBT as others are doing just as much to help preserve the original characteristics of the breed.

 In 1936, thanks to "Pete the Pup" in the "Lil Rascals" and "Our Gang" who familiarized a wider audience with the APBT, the AKC jumped on the bandwagon and registered the breed as the "Staffordshire Terrier". This name was changed to "American Staffordshire Terrier" (AST) in 1972 to distinguish it from its smaller, English cousin the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. In 1936, for all intents and purposes, the AKC, UKC, and ADBA version of the "Pit Bull" were identical since the original AKC stock came from pit fighting dogs, which were UKC and ADBA registered. During this time period, and the years that preceded it, the APBT was a well-liked dog in America. At this time the APBT was considered an ideal family pet. Because of his fun loving and forgiving temperament, the breed was rightly considered an excellent dog for families with small children. Even if most of them couldn't identify the breed by name, kids of the Lil Rascals generation wanted a companion just like "Pete the Pup". During the First World War, there was an American propaganda poster that represented the rival European nations with their national dogs dressed in military uniforms; and in the center representing the United States was an APBT declaring in a caption below: "I'm neutral, but not afraid of any of them."

 Since 1936, due to different breeding goals, the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier have diverged in both phenotype of conformation to perform and spirit/temperament. The American Staffordshire Terrier also never had the full spectrum of different fighting breeds from Europe as did the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier Club of America would only allow certain strains and bloodlines from the American Pit Bull Terrier to be single registered with AKC. Thou the American Pit Bull Terrier continued to have an easy going, friendly disposition. Some folks in the fancy feel that after 70+ years of breeding for different goals, these two dogs are now entirely different breeds. Other people choose to view them as two different strains of the same breed (working and show). Either way, the gap continues to widen as breeders from both sides of the fence consider it undesirable to interbreed the two.
 When the conformation, temperament and most of all heritage is different,
 then you have two DIFFERENT breed of dogs!

 To the untrained eye, ASTs may look more impressive and fearsome, with a larger and more blocky head, with bulging jaw muscles, a wider chest and thicker neck. In general, however, they aren't nearly as "game" or athletic as game bred APBTs. Because of the standardization of their conformation for show purposes, ASTs tend to look alike, to a much greater degree than APBTs do. APBTs have a much wider phonotypical range, since the primary breeding goal, until fairly recently, has been not to produce a dog with a certain "look" or "type" but to produce one capable of winning pit contests, in which the looks of a dog counted for nothing. There are some game bred APBTs that are practically indistinguishable from typical ASTs, but in general they are leaner, leggier and lighter on their toes and have more stamina, agility, speed and explosive power.

 Following World War II, until the early 1980s, the APBT lapsed into relative obscurity. But those devoted few who knew the breed knew it in intimate detail. These devotees typically knew much more about their dogs' ancestry than about their own, they were often able to recite pedigrees back six or eight generations. When APBTs became popular with the public around 1980, nefarious individuals with little or no knowledge of the breed started to own and breed them and predictably, problems started to crop up. Many of these newcomers did not adhere to the traditional breeding goals of the old-time APBT breeders. In typical backyard fashion they began randomly breeding dogs in order to mass produce puppies as profitable commodities. Worse, some unscrupulous neophytes started selecting dogs for exactly the opposite criteria that had prevailed up to then: they began selectively breeding dogs for the trait of human aggressiveness. Before long, individuals who shouldn't have been allowed near dog were owning and producing poorly bred, human aggressive "Pit Bulls" for a mass market. This, coupled with the media's propensity for over simplification and sensationalizing, gave rise to the anti-"Pit Bull" hysteria that continues to this day. It should go without saying that, especially with this breed, you should avoid backyard breeders. Find a breeder with a national reputation; investigate, for example the breeders who advertise in one of the breed's flagship magazines.
 In spite of the introduction of some bad breeding practices since 1980 or so, the vast majority of APBTs remain very human friendly. The American Canine Temperament Testing Association, which sponsors tests for temperament titles for dogs, reported that 95% of all APBTs that take the test pass, compared with a 77% passing rate for all breeds on average.
 The APBT's passing rate was the fourth highest of all the breeds tested.

 The American Pit Bull Terrier are loyal, loving, companion dogs and family pets. One activity that has really grown in popularity among APBT fanciers is weight pulling contests. Weight Pulls retain something of the spirit of competition but without the sport of matching.. The APBT is ideally suited for these contests, in which the refusal to quit counts for as much as brute strength. Currently, APBTs hold world records in several weight classes. I have seen one 70-lb. APBT pull a mini van! Another activity that the APBT is ideally suited for is agility competition, where its athleticism and determination can be widely appreciated. Some APBTs have been trained and done well in Schutzhund sport. These dogs, however, are more the exception than the rule. The American Pit Bull Terrier should never be trained for bite work towards humans..

Recently again I was reminded of a reference to a color.
 Which I think need to be explained.

 There is no such thing for red nose dogs as "Fawn or Buckskin"!

Fawn-light brown, color of a young deer, hence the reference name.
Buckskin-beige, color of male deer, again hence the name.

 Light red & yellow colored dogs are referred to as light red.

Here is the difference:

 Light Red & Yellow colored dogs compared to Fawn & Buckskin dogs;

 When a dog is Fawn or Buckskin color, whether they are indoor or outdoor and through out their life, young or old will stay the same shade of color.
 This color is common on black nose dogs.

 Light Red or Yellow colored dogs;

 If the dog is kept indoor it will darken in color and if kept outdoor, in the sun, it will lighten. When they are younger they will be darker and as they grow older they will lighten.

 So far on either forum of this billboard, there has not yet been a dog posted of light red, yellow, buckskin or fawn...

 It is genetically impossible!!
 If mutation occurs it will be fatal!!
 The pup will be born dead or die a day or two later.

 Now I won't go into the alphabet soup explanation of AA=BB or aa=bb and all the rest of the gene crap but basically it is like this:

 1. Two black nose can produce a red nose if the red nose recessive gene is in the pedigree.

 Red nose is a recessive trait. Black nose is dominant.

 2. When a red nose and a black nose are bred, on average, most of the pups will be black nose because black nose is the dominate trait.

3. When two red nose are bred, the absent of one of them being black nose then none of the pups can be black nose because black nose is a dominate trait not a recessive trait so none of the pups can be black nose off two red nose dogs.

 Often when two black nose produce a red nose dog it is referred to as chocolate.
 We are talking about the color of the nose, not the color of the dog.
 Red is red and all the shade in between. The genetics still apply.

 I have bred red nose dogs longer and more of them then anyone alive.
 I have bred dogs every way you can think of from different colors to different bloodlines.
 If you have doubt, then read a book on recessive and dominate genes and maybe then you will believe it after you read it in print because today no one believes what another person has learned from hands on experience, only what they have read in a book!!

 Some people want to believe things so bad they can't still except the truth and will believe anything told to them because they want the blood or that kind of breeding so bad, they will always be in denial....

When 2 red nose are bred to each other they then become what is called dominate recessive.

HISTORY of the A.p.B.T. and the OFRN STRAIN. / OFRN
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:49:39 AM »
It has often been claimed that geniuses, whether scientific, mathematical, or musical, were touched by a divine fire that made them special, but it also could be a curse because it seemed that geniuses were more likely to be plagued by madness than those of us of normal intelligence. Actually, there is a certain controversy regarding the latter supposition. It may just be that the mental illness of an otherwise normal person goes more unnoticed than that of someone who is famous because of genius capabilities.

 But I am taking the phrase to refer to the Old Family Red Nose dogs. The red color of the nose and eyes is seemingly touched by a fire, albeit not divine, then maybe it was divine because God created all things.. Similarly, there is much controversy about the grand old red nosed dogs. And like geniuses, the Old Family Red dogs have been considered by many dog men, including this one, to be something truly special.

 One of the areas of misunderstanding is that many fanciers think that any Pit Bull which shows the red nose is a member of the Old Family Red Nose strain. Such is not the case, as many strains of dogs will occasionally throw a red-nosed pup or two because the red nose is a recessive gene back to the foundation breed of Irish Old Family Reds. The term Old Family Red Nose refers to a particular family of dogs that was especially successful during the 40s, 50s, and 60s of the American Pit Bull Terrier breed. They came from the old Lightner bloodline as well as from other importers of dogs from the Ireland of the early part of the century. In fact, they were often called Lightner dogs, rather than the term that began to be used in the early 40s. This is because Lightner was credited for popularizing the red nose dogs.

 At that time, they lived in Colorado Springs, but this was at the tail end of a career in dogs that started way back in the 19th century. Lightner’s father, grandfather, and his uncles had been raising a strain of dogs they had kept pure since before the Civil War. Mary Lightner was also a fan of the dogs, and she kept the pedigrees straight and handled the correspondence. Although the Lightner's were wonderful people and quite helpful to. Notables such as Bob Wallace, Bob Hemphill, Bert Clouse, and Leo Kinard, to mention just a few, were quite impressed with Bill Lightner.

 All of these people knew more than I did about the history of his dogs. They knew, for example, that there was a separate strain of dogs that Lightner had early in the century (having obtained them from his relatives), and these were very much sought after. Then there was what these dog men called the "latter day Lightner dogs." Even the most astute student wasn’t sure where the later strain came from, but they felt that it was testament to Lightner’s genius at breeding dogs that he could create yet another great strain. When asked about his first bloodline of dogs, he said that he had gotten rid of them because he didn’t like the color of the red nose. He also liked small dogs, and as far as he was concerned, the red-nosed dogs were running too large. Lightner was a giant of a man himself, and it had always been surprising the big men, including Bert Clouse and Ham Morris, who liked their pit dogs on the small size. As a matter of fact, Lightner had been a renowned prizefighter in his time, and he had been good friends with some of the great old-time boxers, such as Jim Corbett (famous for beating John L. Sullivan).

 It is believe Lightner's later dogs, that they had been a blend of his old strain with some other quality line, and the rumor was that it consisted primarily of Colby dogs. But we are concerned with the early dogs here, as that was what produced the Old Family Red Nose strain.

 While the Lightner family had never sold dogs, they sold off a few before World War I, as dog matching had subsided considerably in the area of Colorado in which they were living at that time. Al Dickinson of El Paso and Joe Peace were able to get some of these dogs, and they treasured them highly and kept the line going. These were primarily the large dogs that tended to show the red nose. When Joe Peace and Al Dickinson were both drafted during the World War, Red Howell took their dogs, and some of them went to Bourgeous in Louisiana. The men who used Lightner dogs to the extent that the Old Family Red Nose line became famous were Arthur Harvey and L. C. Owens of Amarillo, Texas. The breeding of these famous dog men produced many great dogs, including Hemphill’s Golddust and Hemphill’s Broke Jaw. A candidate for the best pit bitch of the century was Lightner’s Speed. In 1926, she was bred to Allen’s Fighting Tige to produce Harvey’s Red Devil. Red Devil was the sire of Centipede and Golddust. Centipede was generally considered the greatest dog of his time. And he was 54 pounds pit weight, quite large even for today’s dogs. With Lightner’s predilection for small dogs, I can only assume the look on his face at raising these large dogs! The interesting thing here is that it was a very inbred strain that was producing such large dogs. In fact, it was probably inbreeding which produced the red nose and red eyes. These are recessive traits, and they are more likely to come to the surface in a program of heavy inbreeding.

 Other dogs that helped make the red dogs famous were Ham Morris’s Pinkie, Howell’s Banjo, and William’s Cyclone. Since there were so many good dogs coming from this line, they were quite naturally bred along family lines, and this tended to perpetuated the red nose, the red eyes, and the red toe nails that so distinguished this strain.

 As you can imagine, dog men were not so sure how to take these most unusual-looking pit dogs. They were, after all, accustomed to small dogs of brindle and various other colorations. Some dog men, such as McClintock, Williams, Hemphill, and Wallace, came to specialize in this line. When dog men saw an entire kennel of such dogs, it was only natural to conclude that the dogs had been bred for appearance, but that was not the case. It was simply a matter of fact that a lot of great pit dogs of similar breeding had displayed the coloration. Since the colors were recessive to the more common colors, they were uniformly reproduced in all the progeny when these dogs were bred together.

 Besides color, the red dogs showed other traits. In the pit, they were considered great ring generals, pacing themselves very well. They were smart dogs, and they used their intelligence in the pit. They were not really well known for a hard bite, but they could beat the dogs that had that trait. With their defensive prowess, they gave the hardbiting dogs nothing to bite but air. They wore them down and then went in for the kill. Great endurance was also a trait of these dogs, but they were most renowned for their incredible gameness. Another trait they were know for was that they could be crossed with nearly any line and produce bone-crushing pit dogs. Because of this very trait, not many dog men elected to breed them pure.

 To this very day, the red nose dogs remain quite controversial. For one thing, they are nearly always popular with neophytes, as they don’t look like the "mongrels with the mumps" that pit dogs have been so often called. The red nose and concomitant coloration marks them as something special in anyone’s eyes. But that is not necessarily a good thing, for dog peddlers tend to breed dogs with this coloration that have no claim to even being related to the true Old Family Red Nose dogs.

 Bob Wallace used to refer to the red nose as a "badge of courage," and he mentioned friends that referred to them as "traffic stoppers.. There really is something special about the line. I’m not trying to say they are the best, but they are as good as the best. Sometimes it seems as though they truly were touched by a bit of magical fire.

Written by Richard F. Stratton
 * Appeared in the January-February, 1975 issue of Bloodlines Journal*

 First, an overview. No one really knows when these dogs first came to this country, but the great breeder William J. Lightner once told me that his grandfather raised them before the Civil War. It is quite possible that they were even here during the Revolutionary War. In any case, it is clear that dogs of this breed came from various parts of Europe, specifically Spain and Sicily. But little is known about these earliest importations, because nothing was written about them. (Books and periodicals containing information about dogs were rare in those days.) Their existence can be inferred from artwork, however. The most famous importations were from Ireland, and were generally made by the Irish themselves after they emigrated to this country. (The bulk of the Irish pit dog importations coincides or closely follows the great Irish migration that resulted from the famous potato famine.) Most of the Irish dogs were small and very closely inbred, but their gameness was proverbial, especially that of the group of strains that was known as the Old Family. The following article I wrote on the Old Family Reds (just one segment of the Old Family bloodlines) is reprinted from Bloodlines Journal.


 It has always seemed to me that the good old Pit Bull is a breed that is at once primitive and futuristic. He looks no more out of place in the ancient landscapes of 16th century paintings than he does in the ultra-modern setting. It is beyond my capabilities to imagine an end to him, for every generation seems to supply a nucleus of hard core devotees completely committed to the breed. In any case, you can look into the murky past, and you will find it difficult to discern a beginning place for the breed, and, fortunately, the future seems to threaten no demise either.

 Ours is a breed that has a definite mystique. Part of it, no doubt, stems from the fact that it is an old breed and deeply steeped in tradition. Old strains are a particularly fascinating part of this tradition, and the Old Family Red Nose is one of the better-known old strains.

 The appearance of the red-nosed dogs always attracts attention, but it takes a little getting used to for some people to consider them truly beautiful. However, no one denies that they radiate "class." Characteristically, a dog of the red-nosed strain has a copper-red nose, red lips, red toe nails, and red or amber eyes. Some think the strain was bred for looks. Others consider any dog that just happens to have a red nose to be pure Old Family Red Nose. It is hoped that the following will dispel such notions.

 About the middle of the last century there was a family of pit dogs in Ireland bred and fought chiefly in the counties of Cork and Kerry that were known as the "Old Family." In those days, pedigrees were privately kept and jealously guarded. Purity of the strains was emphasized to the extent that breeders hardly recognized another strain as being the same breed. For that reason all the strains were closely inbred. And whenever you have a closed genetic pool of that type, you are likely to have a slide toward the recessive traits, because the dominants, once discarded, are never recaptured. Since red is recessive to all colors but white, the "Old Family" eventually became the "Old Family Reds." When the dogs began coming to America, many were already beginning to show the red nose.

 The "Old Family" dogs found their way to America mainly via immigrants. For example, Jim Corcoran came to this country to fight the world heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan, and stayed to become a Boston policeman. He sent for dogs from his parents back in Ireland, and his importations and expertise as a great breeder have earned him a prominent place in American (Pit) Bull Terrier history. Many other Irish immigrants also sent back to their families to request for dogs, and the "Old Family" and related strains became firmly established in the United States.

 At this point, there are several factors that are somewhat confusing to a student of the breed. For one thing, the term "family dogs" was used in two ways: It could mean a strain of dogs that was a family unto itself that was kept by a number of unrelated people in Ireland, or it could refer to a strain of dogs that was kept and preserved through the years by a family group. However, the old Family Reds seem to be of the first category. Another point that arises is that with all these importations from Ireland (and there were importations from other countries, too-including Spain), where do we get off calling our breed the American Bull Terrier! Well. ..that's a point! The breed does not really belong to anyone country or even anyone era! However, I don't believe many people are in favor of changing the name of the breed even though it is not strictly an American breed. For that matter, it is not really a Bull Terrier, either! But the name American (Pit) Bull Terrier has become part of that tradition we were talking about, and I think most of us prefer to keep it as a formal name for the breed.

 Back to the Old Family Reds. The first big splash made by the red noses was back around 1900 when the great breeder William J. Lightner, utilizing Old Family Red bloodlines, came up with some red-nosed dogs that really made a name for themselves. Now Lightner once told me that he did not breed for that red-nosed coloration. In fact, he did not even like it and he only put up with it because the individual dogs were of such high quality. Eventually Lightner gave up the red-nosed strain when he moved from Louisiana to Colorado, where he came up with a new strain that consisted of small dark-colored dogs with black noses. He had given up on the other strain because they were running too big for his taste and because he didn't like the red noses.

 At this point in our story we come upon a comical, but highly-respected, figure in the personage of Dan McCoy. I have heard old-time dog men from all over the country talk about this man. Apparently, he was an itinerant fry cook and not much of a success in life judged by normal standards, but he didn't care about that. What he did care about were Pit Bulldogs, and he had a wealth of knowledge about the breed. His uncanny ability to make breedings that "clicked" made him a respected breeding consultant and a most welcome guest at any dog man's house-even if he had just dropped off a freight train!

 Always with his ear to the ground regarding anything that involved APBT's, McCoy got wind of the fact that an old Frenchman in Louisiana by the name of Bourgeous had preserved the old Lightner red-nosed strain. So he and Bob Hemphill went to that area, and with the aid of Gaboon Trahan of Lafayette, they secured what was left of the dogs. McCoy took his share to the Panhandle of Texas and placed them with his associates L. C. Owens, Arthur Harvey and Buck Moon. He then played a principal role in directing the breedings that were made by these fanciers. And from this enclave came such celebrated dogs as Harvey's Red Devil and Owens (Ferguson's) Centipede. Hemphill eventually kept only dogs of the red-nosed strain. According to Hemphill, it was McCoy who first started using the term "Old Family Red Nose" for the strain.

 Another breeder who was almost synonymous with the red-nosed strain was Bob Wallace. However, Bob's basic bloodline was not pure Old Family Red Nose. But in the late 40's he was looking for the red-nosed strain in order to make an "outcross." (Bob was a scrupulously careful breeder who planned his breedings years in advance.) Unfortunately, he found that the strain was nearly gone, most of it having been ruined by careless breedings. He managed to obtain seven pure red-noses of high quality whose pedigrees he could authenticate. The strain was subsequently saved for posterity and in the 1950's became the fashionable strain in Pit Bull circles. In fact, it was Bob Wallace himself who wrote an article in 1953 called "There Is No Magic in Red Noses" in which he tried to put a damper on the overly enthusiastic claims being made by some of the admirers of the strain. No more fervent admirer of the Old Family Reds ever lived than Wallace, but he obviously felt that the strain could stand on its own merits.

 Many stains have been crossed with the Old Family Reds at some time in their existence. Consequently, nearly any strain will occasionally throw a red-nosed pup. To many fanciers, these red-nosed individuals are Old Family Red Noses even though the great preponderance of their blood is that of other strains. Sometimes such individuals will fail to measure up and thereby reflect undeserved discredit on the rcd-nosed strain. However, as Wallace said, the red noses should not be considered invincible either. They produce their share of bad ones as well as good ones-just as all strains do.

 As a strain, the Old Family Red Nose has several things going for it. First, it is renowned for its gameness. Second, some of the most reputable breeders in all Pit Bull history have contributed to the preservation and development of the strain. People like Lightner, McClintock. Menefee and Wallace, to mention just a few. Finally, as McNolty said in his 30-30 Journal (1967) "Regardless of one's historical perspective, these old amber-eyed, red-nosed, red-toe-nailed, red-coated dogs represent some of the most significant pit bull history and tradition that stands on four legs today."

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