10 Breeds Most Commonly Mistaken for Pit Bulls

Updated on March 7, 2018
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier

There is so much confusion these days about the pit bulls. Are they a breed or are they a “type” of dog? Even owners can’t agree.

The truth is that American pit bull terriers are in fact a distinct breed; they are part of a group of working breeds that descended from the Molosser dog. Because of this, they look similar to many other breeds. Also, the term "pit bull" is often used to refer to many breeds of terriers: American pit bull, the bull, the American Staffordshire, and the Staffordshire bull terriers. This leads to a lot of misunderstanding, and sadly it has even led to people losing their beloved pets due to misidentification and breed-specific legislation which targets “types” of dogs.

So is it a pit bull or isn’t it? Thanks to the media, crossbreeding practices, and well-meaning but incorrect information, it is very hard to be sure. The true American pit bull terrier is people-friendly to a fault and weighs no more than 60 pounds at the absolute largest. We will clear up some of the confusion by identifying the top 10 breeds that are mistaken for pit bulls.

Astute readers may notice the American Staffordshire terrier is absent from this list. Since many people consider American Staffordshire and American pit bull terriers to be essentially the same, and since dogs can register as being both breeds at once (like claiming citizenship to two countries), I've left them off.

10. The American Bulldog

Generally white or predominantly white with patches of color, these big friendly brutes can weigh in at over 100 pounds. A working dog (as all bulldogs are), the American Bulldog is a wonderful family pet equally at home working on a farm or relaxing in an apartment—provided he gets enough exercise and is properly socialized.

The American bulldog is an accomplished hunting and sport dog and a favorite in the show ring. He comes in two types: standard and bully, with the bully type being stockier with a shorter muzzle.

The American pit bull terrier, while sharing many of the same wonderful traits, is much smaller than either type of American Bulldog and differs very much physically.

9. The Presa Canario

The Presa Canario is a very large mastiff-type dog. He can reach 150 pounds and he is very powerful. He is a working dog, used for herding cattle and guarding. His temperament can be aggressive; he is only a good choice for a very experienced owner who can handle his size and attitude. This is a big dog that knows he’s big. Aggression toward humans and other animals can be problematic if he is not socialized properly.

The pit bull, in contrast, is much smaller and has a much friendlier, more family-oriented temperament. The Presa Canario is a natural guard dog, with innate suspicion toward humans and the “alpha” type of assertiveness we see with guarding breeds, but the pit bull possesses neither of these traits; they are not guard dogs. The huge aggressive “pit bulls” we see walking around are often crossbred with the Presa.

8. The Cane Corso

The Cane Corso (pronounced kah-nay kor-so) is another very large breed. Also known as the Italian mastiff, the Cane Corso weighs from 70 to 100 pounds. His history is as a guard dog and a working dog, as most Molosser breeds are. The Cane Corso is not a fighter and is not generally known to be aggressive toward other dogs but is a guard dog by nature and is not recommended for any but the most experienced handlers because of his great size. He is protective and bonds tightly with family members, often with one family member in particular, and he may become overprotective if he is not socialized very early and often.

The pit bull is far less aloof with strangers and is typically very social in comparison to the Cane Corso. The pit bull is also much smaller, with very different physical features.

7. The Bull Terrier

Easily remembered as the Spuds McKenzie dog from the Bud Light commercials, the bull terrier is often mistaken for the American pit bull. Stubborn, tenacious, and a true terrier at heart, the bull terrier is smaller in size than our previous entries but don’t let that fool you. He is stocky and muscular, with erect ears and a pleasant demeanor. As a terrier, he has a highly-developed prey drive and has been known to kill smaller animals if they challenge or harass him too much. He is the perfect blending of the bulldog-terrier lineage: strong, tenacious, and stubborn, and because of this, he is not recommended for novice handlers.

The bull terrier has a very distinct appearance, with an “egg-shaped” skull and triangular eyes, both of which are exclusive to the breed. He is very easily distinguished from the American pit bull because of these unique features.

6. The Boxer

The boxer is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United States. She is a working dog and a hunter, as well as an excellent guard dog. Tall and proud, she can weigh up to 80 pounds and is often recognized by her fawn-colored coat. However, she can be white, brindle, or multi-colored. This probably adds to confusion with the pit bull, as many people have not seen boxers of any color other than fawn. The boxer is intelligent and high-energy. She is great with children but can be stubborn and protective. She’s prone to mischief such as excessive barking, chewing, and other nuisance behaviors if she is not exercised enough.

The boxer and pit bull have some temperament similarities, as they can both be stubborn, high energy, and excellent with children, but the pit bull is smaller and does not possess the boxer’s distinctive shape.

5. The Dogo Argentino

A super-athlete bred for hunting wild boar, killing mountain lions, and protecting her human to the death, the Dogo is a fierce hunter and a brave guardian, excellent for use in military and police applications. She is very large, heavily-muscled, and white in color, weighing close to 100 pounds. A fairly new breed that originated in Argentina and still largely resides there, these dogs are relatively rare in this country but they are growing in popularity due to their stamina, loyalty, and exceptionally beautiful appearance. They are a great choice for people looking for a very active breed they can hike, camp, climb, and work outdoors with.

They have been described as similar to the pit bull terrier, even though the pit bull is much smaller than the Dogo. This adds to the confusion surrounding the pit bull “type” and has led to the Dogo Argentino often being misidentified.

4. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Besides the bull terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier (or “Staffy”) is probably the most similar to the American pit bull of all the breeds listed here, although he is still distinguishable from the pit bull with his trademark “Staffy smile” and a blocky, squared head. The Staffy is an affectionate dog, very friendly and wonderful with children. He loves to love and is an excellent family pet. He loves people and adapts to strangers very well. Like pit bulls, the Staffy possesses lower-than-average aggression toward humans.

Staffies are mistaken for pit bulls frequently, with many people believing the two breeds are the same. This is because up to a certain point in history, the American pit bull terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, and the American Staffordshire terrier were all the same breed of dog. They no longer are, however; they are now three very distinct and separate breeds.

3. The Bullmastiff

A very large dog, the bullmastiff is an excellent guardian and watchdog. He is a breed that needs no training in protection; he will react on instinct to any threat which presents itself. He is powerful and formidable, making him a great choice for activities such as pulling carts, which he greatly enjoys. He is smart and independent, making him a great agility competitor and a wonderful tracker in the field. He requires a somewhat special method of training because of his intelligence (he dislikes repetitive tasks) and requires a firm hand due to his size.

The bullmastiff is often confused for other breeds, including the pit bull. For instance, despite what many people think, the dog from the movie Turner & Hooch was not a bullmastiff—he was a Dogue de Bordeaux. The pit bull is much smaller than the bullmastiff, possessing a very different temperament and physical characteristics.

2. The Olde English Bulldogge

A fairly new breed, the olde English bulldogge is a throwback. This breed was an attempt to re-create the old bulldog of the 1800s, which was very different from modern bulldogs. This breed was created in the 1970s with foundation dogs that were English bulldog and bullmastiff, American pit bull terrier, and American bulldog (breeds that all have the old bulldog in their lineage). The olde English bulldogge is tenacious, agile, eager to work, and far less aggressive than the bull-baiter from the 1800s. He is muscular and strong, a true bulldog in every sense. This is a respected breed that thrives in pulling competitions, therapy work, and obedience competitions.

The olde English bulldogge, while similar to the pit bull and sharing a lineage, is a very distinct and different breed that is generally thicker, with a larger head and a shorter, trademark bulldog muzzle.

1. The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog

You may have never heard of this breed, but it is an old breed, surviving since the 1800s in isolated places in the South until 1979 when it was resurrected with a passion. The American pit bull we know and love today was created in part from this breed, as were a few others like the Black Mouth Cur and the Catahoula leopard dog. The Alapaha blue blood bulldog is a loyal, loving family member, as bulldogs are. She loves children and is a wonderful guardian and companion. She’s beautiful, spirited, tenacious, and eager, possessing the bulldog personality in spades. She can be aggressive if encouraged and because of this, she makes a wonderful protection dog but must be socialized well to prevent too much aggression.

This is in contrast to the American pit bull who, without training, generally won’t become naturally aggressive toward people.

What We've Learned

As this list unequivocally demonstrates, it is no easier to tell a dog’s genetic heritage just from looking than it would be to know a person’s heritage by visual clues alone. Breed misidentification plays a huge part in the stigma attached to pit bulls, and because of this thousands of animals lose loving families, are banned from cities, or are euthanized in shelters because they are incorrectly identified as “pit bulls” or “pit bull-types” based on how they look. Even experienced shelter personnel can’t get it right just by looking. DNA testing is the only way to be sure, but since that just isn’t feasible, to prevent needless deaths we must judge them based on their individual qualities instead of how they look.

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Every Year, 1.2 Million Dogs Are Euthanized; Approximately 40% of Them Are "Pit Bulls"

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      shakespeare18 7 days ago

      We adopted Lilo, a beautiful black and white cocker spanie,l in 2003 when she was 8 months old. We were told then that her previous people had abused her and were forced to give her up. Even though we loved her a lot, for a long time she was very suspicious and defensive. She had bitten my husband several times when he approached her when she was sleeping. We had to be very careful whenever strangers approached her; such that often they thought we just did not want them to pet her -- an adorable cocker spaniel.

      Lilo died in March, 2016 from kidney failure. In October, 2017 we adopted Gogo (10 weeks old) from a rescue organization and was told he was a labrador and springer spaniel mix. When he was about 5 months old we took him to be neutered and the vet told us he believed Gogo to be a pit bull mix. We were kind of shocked and worried. The rescue place told us that we can return him if we want to. But then Gogo has always been such a sweet, loving puppy, we decided to keep him. Now he is almost 10 months old and still the same sweet, loving dog. We have trained him to stay within our property line and not venture into the street. He is friendly towards everyone and every dog who walks by our house, but most people walking their dog seem to be very cautious whenever they pass by our house!

      Gogo still thinks he is a puppy and often put his head my my lap. I often look into his gentle eyes and ask him "how can you ever be mean!?"

      It's not the dog, it's how the dog was brought up and treated. Cocker Spaniel Lilo was defensive because she had been abused in her puppy days.

      Pitty Gogo has never demonstrated anything but sweetness and will never be a danger to anyone!

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      Kamrynlovesdogs 2 weeks ago

      voted for no but meant to press yes

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      Michael 4 weeks ago

      Please know more about a breed before posting an article about one. A few things with the Cane Corso are incorrect.

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      Doggone smart 4 weeks ago

      FYI to anyone who puts a stereotype on any particular dog breed: there are sooo many other breeds that are considerably more aggressive by nature then true pit bulls! I have worked around dogs and cats most of my life and have seen more aggressive and dangerous Labrador Retrievers, Huskies, German Shepards, and others way more likely to attack or bite then I've ever seen any pit bull I've met, and believe me I've met quite a few. In fact, I can't say I've ever met an aggressive pit ever in the years I worked as a veterinarian technician, the ones I had the pleasure of working with were the sweetest creatures that just wanted to cuddle and lick you to death! This is just my experience with a variety of breeds and many may disagree, but I do know for a fact, ANY dog can be dangerous if not properly socialized and trained, and ANY breed of dog can cause harm to people or animals. People are allowed to have their personal preference but please don't be shallow minded and stereotype a breed you may not be familiar with. The media plays a huge part in influencing the minds of all of us unfortunately, and it's usually hugely wrong. I used to not like doberman pinschers because they were always portrayed as aggressive guard dogs on TV. Well come to find out, they are sweethearts too that love attention and a scratch on the belly like any other! All I can say is do your research and be cautious around any unfamiliar dog no matter the breed.

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      Stephen 4 weeks ago

      I love my Presa.Walter is very loyal to me and loving. VERY ALERT all the time of his surroundings.great friend and protector of my home.

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      Gontse 5 weeks ago

      I like pit bull

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      Cori Craig 7 weeks ago

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      The best start is to leave pup with his mother until 8 weeks of age as the mother is still teaching him important things. When you do bring her home, wait until she has all of her shots. Once she has her shots then take her to puppy class and go from there. Keep up on her training and he socialization. Stay clear of Dog Parks. Dog parks are the place to pick up illnesses. Also you do not want her to pick up on the bad habits of other dogs. The last thing you want her to learn is how to fight. She will learn this at a DP. You have use on a computer so I suggest you go to facebook and join a educational group that is willing to teach you. There are a few there.

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      Anon 8 weeks ago

      @Doreen C There's no such thing as "bad dogs".

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      Yayayayaya 2 months ago

      All dogs can be agressive and attack no matter what breed they are. It is heartbreaking to see so many dogs in sheliers that people think are pit bulls just because of how they look. They are ready to offer us unconditional love if we let them.

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      no name 2 months ago

      sooooooooooooo wrong the poodle is the second smartest dog in the world.

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      olahenderson 2 months ago

      I used to believe "there's only bad owners, not bad breeds" until I witnessed two unprovoked attacks: one by a presa canario and one by a pit mix, and I was chased by a cane corso with sights on my small dog. My dog didn't bark or run, or do anything else to provoke it, but the owner lost control of the leash. Luckily we could get indoors in time. After doing some research, these links convinced me that certain breeds may indeed be wonderful with their owners, but can pose a public hazard at the same time.



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      mrkk 4 months ago

      i have two dogs and people are scared of them because they think theyre pitbulls. one is a band dogge/boxer/mastiff and the other is a shaffy/pit. both dogs are kind hearted, loyal, protective, dogs. i think dogs attack not because they hate whats infront of them, because they love whats behind them.

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      4 months ago

      Pitbulls are the most misunderstood animals in the world!! Any breed of dog can be made aggressive, its so heartbreaking to see this gentle, loving breed suffers the consequences of idiotic humans who cause animals to act aggressively when they originally only wanted to be loved. Animals only act the way they have always been raised to... love a dog and it will be loving, abuse a dog and it will act the only way it knows how to...

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      Dawn 4 months ago

      I never thought I would have a pitbull. Like most of America, I was socialized to believe they were unpredictable and potentially dangerous dogs, though as a former social worker I was well versed in nature vs. nurture. My son adopted a three-legged pitbull named Violet two years ago. She was his angel, and the joy of his life. Over Thanksgiving he and his girlfriend and my husband and I adopted sister and brother pit mixes we named Winona and Wilbur. They are now three months old. Winona and Violet are inseparable, as are Wilbur and his best friend, our six month old kitten. They play and cuddle and sleep together. He has enriched our lives immeasurably. People need to open their minds and let go of their predjudices. I am so glad I did!

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      No 5 months ago

      I have a bullmastiff pitbill

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      Doreen C 5 months ago

      Pitbulls are an amazing breed.

      They were bred to NOT be aggressive towards humans.

      If they were, they would be eliminated on the spot as in electrocution, hanging, drowning...please do your reading on this breed & get an education instead of getting information from your next door neighbor or the media.

      They are the only breed that will go in a `pit` & fight FOR THEIR OWNER. They fight for the owners love & `treats` the same way they `sit` for treats. It is conditioned this way from birth.

      The most dominant pup of the litter is egged on to kill the rest of its litter mates for `treats`& `love`.

      It then graduates to chickens or small animals tied to a tree.

      Then, to dogs its own size, whether it is in a `pit, or a backyard.


      They are in a `pit`(or in the woods) fighting, w/ limbs hanging, ears dangling, noses chewed off & have to tolerate handling from the referees & the owner when the round is through.

      Sometimes the owner or medical staff literally cuts the ears off or saws the limbs off. ( And the dog goes right back in! For a pat on the back & some treats!).

      If the dog shows ANY signs of aggression while these procedures are being done, (ya know, like having a limb sawed off) the dog is killed ON THE SPOT so the gene isn`t passed along to future fight dogs.

      They were once on the interior soles of BUSTER BROWN shoes, because they were so trusted w/ children...

      The `wrong people` take this trust & abuse it.

      We need to change laws, crack down on backyard breeders; who most of them abuse the dogs in some way...

      The media simply makes them more desirable to the `bad guys` for all their (mostly inaccurate) stories....

      `Fear the pitbull` - `Look at me, I`m a badass, I have a pitbull`.

      But a lot of other breeds (as this article shows) get caught in the crossfire. ALOT.

      The pitbulls or pitbull looking dogs that don`t live up to the mean, vicious stereotype the media shows to the `bad guys`are usually killed in a barbaric way.

      Some are trained to kill people, especially those dogs used to guard meth labs & crack cocaine houses.

      Pitbulls & any breed that resembles a pitbull are victims.

      The innocent people who get killed are victims.

      If you want to get one, go to a reputable breeder, or if adopting from a shelter, have an outside trainer evaluate the dog before adopting.

      And have the dog trained after; they are super smart & love new challenges. You will also get to see how they are with other dogs in a classroom setting.

      Dogs need to be walked EVERY DAY.

      Want your dog to bond w/ you & listen better? WALK WITH THEM! I DON`T CARE HOW BIG YOUR BACKYARD IS!!

      I have 3 Pitbull Terriers, 1 Jack Russel, 6 cats....

      They are my favorite breed, though I love them all.

      They are so abused & misunderstood.

      I have trained many a dog.

      You do have really bad dogs. All breeds do.

      Pits are the only ones that seem to make the news though.

      I hope this helps.

      Peace to all -

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      Yolanda 5 months ago

      I have a pit would thinks he is a 125 pound lap dog. He has been a part of my family since he was a puppy. He is 13 years now. He nice, calm, obedient...just a wonderful dog. This morning, one of the cats decided that she wanted to eat his food. He moved back from his bowl and watched her eat.

      Any dog will bite. My miniature poodle who weights less than 7 pounds tried to bite a repair person on the ankle. It's a shame that bad owners and in-breeding has caused this breed to assume a bad reputation.

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      Rinetta Horst 5 months ago

      Thank you for all the amazing facts about our new family member Dilema, she's a mastiff-pit bull and we just love her . she's so loving and at 15 months old strong as an ox. I have had dogs my whole life but never owned this breed. Your info is appreciated

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      All are MOLOSsERs! 6 months ago

      If yours hasn't attacked *yet* ~good. All are DEADLY *IF* they attack, so all are in the "pit bull" category, descendants of the bloodsport breeds. If you get lucky, good...Molosser is a category of solidly built, large dog breeds that all descend from the same common ancestor. The name derives from Molossia, an area of ancient Epirus, where the large shepherd dog was known as a Molossus. Wikipedia


      English Mastiff: 2.5 ft., Cane Corso: 2 – 2.4 ft., Great Dane: 2.5 – 2.8 ft., MORE


      Bulldog: 8 – 10 years, English Mastiff: 7 – 11 years, Cane Corso: 10 – 12 years, MORE


      Bulldog: 51 lbs, English Mastiff: 150 – 240 lbs, Cane Corso: 99 – 110 lbs, MORE

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      Dwayne R 6 months ago

      I have a American pit bull terrier one of the most protective dog I had since my Doberman he is great with kids and is very loyal to me and my wife .don't judge all pits because it's how you raise them I never wanted one until now I LOVE my castor troy.

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      Ben 6 months ago

      I personally have nothing wrong with pitbulls and think they are misunderstood. I want to either get the Presa canario or the cane corso but am scared people will be scared of it cause it looks like a pitbull.

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      pat 7 months ago

      pit bulls are what you make them the two i had i trust with young children they love to be loved need to raised to be mean they are not born that way

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      Diana 8 months ago

      I own a pit bull of 14 years best friend and unconditional love ever.

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      Debi McCullough 8 months ago

      I believe education is the way to go.My husband an I rescued a 14 mouths old pit bull brindle an white in color.I was terrified of these dogs would never thought i would own one. But my husband educated me an i would never thought that i would allow one in the house. But u could never have a enough money to buy him he is the best dog I ever had with my husband. We have been together for 22 years. All we are saying is educate an learn dog behavior. God bless!!! Enjoy your nite :)

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      Bailey 9 months ago

      The AMERICAN BULLY needs to be #1. Alapahas come in Merle. Merle is not a colour of APBT.

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      Saphire Roberts 9 months ago

      I think pit bulls are hugely misunderstood. I have had various pit bulls and pit bull mixes all of the have been great dogs. They are all very protective over their owners. I have never seen an agressive pit. On the occasion how ever they can be agressive toward strangers. But they tend to be very wonderful dogs when bought as puppies.

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      10 months ago

      When I'm older and less busy I'm going to become a crazy pit bull lady.

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      Dianna varcoe 10 months ago

      I used to have an absolutely gorgeous Boxton (Boston terrier mixed with a boxer) that had the brindle coat of a boxer but the size of the Boston. A stupid bus driver would not let me bring him on the bus one day because he insisted he was a "pit bull" and he kept saying "you're not bringing that pit bull on my bus!" My dog was not even close to a pit bull!

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      Mia paterson 11 months ago

      These dogs beautiful and I love these dogs I'm in love with pit bulls because if you treat them well they behave well and my aun has got one in ameericà and it is the sweetest little thing on the world it isso well behaved and playful

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      Maggie Pierce 11 months ago

      I bet a lot of these people who hate pits and want to ban them because they are potentially dangerous want to save all the refuges before knowing who they are inviting in

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      DeannaS 11 months ago

      I have a two year old Pit Bull who is absolutely the love of my life. She has saved me when most would say I saved her. She is happiest being loved and she plays with my 3 year old nephew every single day without any incidents. Before you turn around and judge entire breeds of dogs please take a moment and think about how your words and judgments are completely biased when you have never met one of these loving dogs that come from a caring responsible owner. Instead stand up and fight for what is right, the cruelty that is happening to them everyday by mean-hearted people that get joy from hurting another living thing for their disgusting entertainment. If we all stood up and fought for harder punishments for terrible dog owners the stigma against these dogs would decrease.

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      wayne masoka 11 months ago

      Certainly do agree there is alot of mistaken identity on the appearance of similar or close look alike breeds. A good topic for us all as Dog folks to keep this in mind when we know of a mistake that could decide the fate of an innocent dog. I enjoyed participation and seeing the survey.

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      Noname 12 months ago

      All animals are misunderstood . . .

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      Barrie Tremans 12 months ago

      Pitbull breed is completely misunderstood and mistreated! Men's best friends are often reflect their owners characteristic and/or owner's lack or ignorance toward their pets. Before buying "best friend", people need to understand responsibility and commitment that comes whit it.

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      Gin Okami 13 months ago

      wow i never knew and i love these dogs amazing

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      Jenn 13 months ago

      I have a 90 pound Silver Cane Corso. I am frequently argued with by strangers that she is not a Cane Corso. That she I to small to be a Cane Corso.

      Sigh... America always wants to make everything bigger. Yes... these days I frequently see males up to 150 pounds. That is WAY to large for an Italian Mastiff.

      I don't understand why people can't respect the breed they love and leave it as intended. The Cane Corso oh such a healthy and agile body. By trying to breed them larger and larger you are lowering their life spands.

      My Italian Princess is true to her breed down to every last word.

      Loyal, regal, a protector, sensitive and tad lazy. She will not tolerate somebody play fighting. If she sees somebody punching at my arm, she will give them one warning before she ( as gently as her giant powerful mouth can ) remove that arm from me and will make it clear that next time she will remove the arm all together.

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      Scott Stevens 13 months ago

      Most wonderful most loving best family well behaved dog ive ever had im the family. By far my fav breed ever and ive had at least 10 diff breeds of dog over the yrs. My best friend my cuddle buddy my hero

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      Nancy Carpenter 14 months ago

      My grandson has a pit bull and he has a son that is four years old. He adores his dog and they play together all the time. I wish more people would give this dog a break as they are a very gentle and loyal companion.

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      Sidhu 15 months ago

      Is American bully related to pitbul?

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      Pauline 15 months ago

      I had a beautiful American pitbull bitch years ago, she never was aggressive, lived with us, our young children a German shepherd pup and we introduced a older German shepherd dog to our home. Not once did she ever display any bad attitudes. None of our dogs were kept outside but were kept as part of the family and loved completely and in return gave their love to us. It's bad people who mistreat animals and brutalize them, they should be tortured not the dogs. We have a Staffordshire bull terrier, a German shepherd and two Yorkies who all get on great.

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      David Craig Owen 16 months ago

      I have had from a child to now at age 53 many different breeds of dogs, from Irish setter to great Dane, husky, shepherd, collie to my 2 boxers now and cats throughout ; I really enjoyed this post on the distinction between pit bulls and other breeds that people mistake as pit bulls. I've been to friends with pit bulls and they're friendly and playful but also have had a loving home and where brought up that way. I wish more people could be like them and train them properly. I have also been to a shelter in New York after putting my dane down from liver tumour and there was nothing but pit bulls that were taken from drug raids and fighting rings, one had its eye burned out and hated male humans. I wish people would quit abusing these beautiful animals and ruining their reputation. Thank you for showing what breeds people mix them up with and if it's a must then figure out by DNA test what someone's best friend is before denying it a life!!

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      Julie 16 months ago

      Judy, I'm not an expert but I do work with dogs every day (i am a groomer and work on a kennel) . Dogs have a way of letting other dogs know when enough is enough between themselves and letting them playfight is often harmless even though it may seem a little excessive to humans. That being said, pits were bred to fight to the death with other dogs (but should show no aggression to any humans) so socializing them from puppyhood and making sure they are trained to obey the "leave it" and "stay" command will ensure that you will have the confidence you need to properly diffuse the situation if it starts getting out of hand. The best thing is to get lessons for yourself on how to train your dog and how to avoid potentially perilous situations. Hope this helped.

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      Siah Avis 17 months ago

      Of course the people here would vote that pittbulls are misunderstood-it's very likely that those who come to this site are dog enthusiasts or own a dog and want to know more. I have a lab mix and he has this squareish head that looks a bit like he could have some pittbull heritage. No idea if he is, he's exceptionally docile, very sweet and when I fed him beef jerky the other day, I wanted him to bite off the end and take it but he wouldn't bite it bc the rest of the jerky was in my hand and I had to break it for him. He's exceptionally sweet but 2 ppl people have freaked out in the past for having a 'pittbull'. Honestly, where they got that idea is beyond me bc this guy looks 98% lab, 2% miscellaneous. Either way, he's so sooooo sweet and now when I see a pittbull ish looking dog, I get nervous despite knowing how good they are. I guess that's the power of the media.

      What they need to do is have mandatory training classes for people BEFORE they get a dog AND restrict what based on their experience. I know people who have gotten German Shephards and telling me they don't walk it because it's too jumpy....erm what exactly did you expect???? Nothing? Well you should have done your research!

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      Judy 17 months ago

      I have a 14 month old pit bull terrier he is very playful ! Too playful and other dogs get mad and want to beat him up !!!! How can l prevent this safely .

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      Stephanie 17 months ago

      I am amazed by the hate I just read a few posts ago. Such ignorance, it is not the breed that is the danger, it's the specific dog itself and how it was raised. Next, you'll probably be saying that all people who play violent video games are going to become murderers and rapists. SMH. We had a beautiful boy, a delightful mix of Pittie and Staffie. He was the most gentle natured creature on the planet and I miss him every day. We had him well into his twilight years, from a 3 month old pup. It ripped us to shreds when we had to put him down due to the dreaded C-word. I still don't think my mom has gotten over hearing him cry as they injected him and holding him until he passed. Lord knows, I haven't! It's been 5 years and yet I am in tears as I type this, thinking of my Cy!

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      Kathryn 19 months ago

      Pit Bull type dogs kill more people than all other breeds combined. The shelters are full of them, they attract the most irresponsible owners. That's a recipe for disaster. They need to be banned!!! Bred to kill an they all too often live up to that- 2 PB attacks on my street- one another dog being walked on a leash (pitty broke away from owner) and other was a sweet nanny dog that tried to kill its owner- witnessed attack- no provocation-dog beloved family pet in a home w/ children. If it had attacked one of it would probably be dead - owner in hospital for days w/ injuries- pit bull destroyed thanks goodness. Not all are bad but too many of them are to allow these killers among us!!!!!!!!!!! BAN PIT BULL TYPE DOGS OR AT LEAT REGULATE THEIR OWNERSHIP TO THOSE W/SECURE KENNELS W/ 6 FOOT FENCES AWAYFROM RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

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      Sg503 19 months ago

      Thats true. Leave the pit bulls to those with a compasionate heart to raise and bring out an angel from a beast body. I love my pit bull. I am truly blessed to have her in my life. And id never give her up for anything.

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      DogFam 19 months ago

      The amount of inaccurate information on this breed is wild! People need to READ! Things like this article lol.. Make informed decisions based on legitimate, reputable research, statistics, etc. Not news articles.. Like ??? Blows my mind! I've always since I was very very little been such a huge fan of bully breeds especially pitbulls. Every one I've ever delt with has been so smart and trainable.. They are such perfect dogs when with responsible owners

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      Dale Beyrent 21 months ago

      It's so hard for me to find a place to live because no one will let us, with our Stafford shire terrier. She is so sweet.. It makes life hard. :(

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      Wolf 22 months ago

      this is what happens when people live to much of their life by fear and ignorance and with technology today why should people use their brains at all and it will only get worse......

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      Unknown 22 months ago

      Sorry to be mean but to many people are just stupid. So many people say pit bulls are dangerous and they don't even know any about them. They only say it because they hear other people talk about it. Nobody even cares to do research. Any dog breed can be dangerous. Any dog breed can hurt people. It's how the dog is raised, trained and treated.

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      ryciafraser@live.com 23 months ago

      I am impressed! This is the most educated article on bullies I have ever read. I soooo want to shove this in my hater boss's face. I work at a boarding kennel, where I was told I was wrong about what I know about these dogs. I would say more , but I want to share this on my Facebook, and I actually love my job. Anyway,this article comes as a relief that there are educated people who are willing to make sense and share their knowledge. Especially after reading a particularly foul piece of crap on a website called getintoreality.com stating the most dangerous dog breeds are "pit bulls" (the picture wasn't even of a pit bull) and basically any dog that weighs over 100 lbs. Oh, it was infuriating. Thank you, SinDelle, for brightening my mood and providing me with some well-researched info.

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      Vmez 2 years ago

      People tend to make judgements against dogs too fast without studying and talking to other knowlegable people that have dogs.they take things for granted don't appreciate an animal for it just being an animal.people are not perfect.why should animals,(all) animals be perfect.love them for what they are.they are just animals.

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      felish 2 years ago

      this is so cute

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      The Little Shaman 3 years ago from Macon, GA

      Thanks to everyone! This is a topic I feel very strongly about so thank you for reading and sharing your opinions.

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Voted up and interesting. Welcome to HP, looking forward to reading more of your work.

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      Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

      Voted up. These days, there's far too much Pitbull paranoia, and not enough real information, which you have kindly provided. I regard Breed Specific Legislation as mindless.

      I read about a case in Canada, where their goobermint attempted to confiscate a pure-bred Lab (with papers!), because he looked too bully.

      The law should target individual dogs that have actually bitten people. Unfortunately, this is a difficult concept for many legislators.

      My neighbor's younger daughter had a Staffie, named Mack. Nice dog!

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Beautiful dogs and the photos are quite majestic looking. I love the looks of the Boxer and the Pit Bull Terrier. I have an old photograph from the early 1900s of my Grandfather with two dogs that look like these two breeds.


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