John P. Colby (1875-1941) started his strain of American Pit Bull
Terriers in 1889, from the best dogs from England and Ireland brought here by
immigrants to such ports as Boston, Ma, Portsmouth, NH and New York. The Colby
dogs have been bred continuously since then.
Now, some 116 years later, the strain is still known worldwide for
tops in conformation, temperament, and gameness. A "Colby dog" would
be readily recognized by breeders anywhere in this country, as well as many
The American Pit Bull Terrier has been referred to in recent years in
many ways; some complimentary, some with negative inferences. Yet this breed is
probably the most versatile of all breeds.
Whelped May 29, 1935
Sire: Colby's Brandy
Dam: Colby's Mable
During the "Great Depression of the 1930's" the American Kennel
Club added American Pit Bull Terriers to their registry under the name of Staffordshire
Terriers. With this new name for the breed, they needed a standard. After
visiting a few kennels, a committee headed by Wilfred T. Brandon chose Colby's
Primo as a standard for the breed.
Our family of dogs, the "Colby Dogs", are probably the
oldest, purest strain of dogs in the world as attested by the following exhibit.
(Click to see 20 Generations
dating back the 1890's.
We still breed our dogs for quality. Owning a "Colby dog" is
like owning a piece of history.