Dixie the Pit Bull in the Milwaukee Sentinel

One of the earliest known newspaper accounts that used the term “pit bull” to describe a mixed breed was the Milwaukee Sentinel.  In 1926, a Milwaukee dog named Dixie was chosen as the city’s most popular dog at the annual dog show.

The pit bull, pet of a little 1-year-old Catherine Wright … will not compete with other dogs for honers… She is not pedigreed, not eligible to any except the miscellaneous class, but there she will reign supreme.

The reporter does not spend time writing about the significance of a pit bull being the city’s most popular dog or the pet of a child. We can assume because it was nothing out-of-the-norm at this time in history.