So you’ve heard a lot about pitbulls lately. You’ve heard from the media that they are mean, vicious, fighting dogs. You’ve heard from breed specific rescues that they are sweet, loving, family dogs. One thing you know for certain is that a trip to the shelter gives you many opportunities to visit with these special dogs.
At the Animal Rescue League, we want to promote positive pitbull awareness through education the public on bully breeds and why they may or may not be a good fit for your family.
Originally, a pitbull was a cross between a “bullenbeisser” or “bull-biter” and a terrier*, but over the years, the continual crossbreeding of several breeds has created a generic “pitbull” title that many dogs now carry regardless of how accurate that title is. Pitbull-type dogs today are comprised of several different breeds known as the “bully” breeds: American Bulldogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Bull Terriers, English Bulldogs, Bull Mastiff, French Bulldogs, and Pitbull Terriers**.