What Is the Origin of the Gator Pitbull?

The term gator pit bull or gator-mouth pit bull refers to dogs who were descended from one of two pit bulls named Gator, who were bred for their fighting abilities. As of 2015, the Gator bloodline is nearly extinct, according to Mr. Pitbull Kennels.

Although no one actively breeds gator pit bulls anymore, breeders’ references to the bloodline remain common in the southern United States. However, because dog fighting is unpopular and largely illegal, these types of dogs are not as sought after as they once were.

The United Kennel Club recognizes the American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed, whereas the American Kennel Club does not. However, the AKC does recognize the American Staffordshire Terrier breed. Neither website mentions gator-mouth pit bulls.