pit bull type

Your "definition" of the word pit bull is stupid.

 Yes, another rant from me again on this subject, but I felt the need to make a comparison post because another person tonight tried educating me on what the word “pit bull” means.
“Pit Bull” is not a dog type. It’s not a breed type. It’s not a group of a bunch of breeds. I don’t care how often Fox News calls a bully mix a “pit bull-type dog”, that “definition” is complete bogus.

 The breeds lumped together under “pit bull type” are American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, American Bulldog, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and less commonly the Dogo Argentino and the English Bull Terrier.
The most common explanation for what qualifies a dog to be “pit bull type” is that they look similar. Okay, well how about the Dutch Shepherd and the Belgian Malinois? Why don’t we call these dogs both Malinois? Why don’t we call them both Dutch Shepherds? Here’s a Mal beside a Dutch Shepherd:

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They look a hell of a lot alike, don’t they? They’re both pastoral breeds, Mals can be brindled, they both have pretty smooth foreheads, large ears, dark masks.. why don’t we just call them all Belgian Malinois?
We don’t because they’re different breeds and it would be stupid to label them as “Malinois-type” because of their appearance.

 Another argument is that because they share ancestors, they can be lumped together as one “type”, and that “type” is the name of one of the breeds. “Pit Bull” being short for American Pit Bull Terrier, yet applied to many dog breeds because of their ancestry or their appearance. Let’s use this example on other breeds; the Laekenois, the Tervueren, and the Groenendael. These dogs all share ancestries and are considered varieties of a “Belgian Shepherd” type, which also includes the Belgian Malinois!!! How come we don’t call them all Groenendaels? Why don’t we refer to them as Tervueren-type? Why is it that we refer to these dogs as their breed name, instead of calling them “breedname-type”?
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They look different, don’t they? (Especially the top two compared to the bottom, which is their ancestor) Of course they do, so do the dogs under the “pit bull type” umbrella. Why is it that we call these dogs by different breed names?

 If we’re to use the argument of ancestry for a reason to label a group of dogs under one breed’s name, why is the American Bully called a “pit bull type” dog? The American Bully’s history is something that nobody understands, nobody understands where the hell this thing came from. Is it a Pit mix? Is it a Staff mix? Is it an AmStaff mix? Nobody fucking knows and yet it’s called a “pit bull’ anyways, despite the American Bully’s ancestry being a shrouded mystery and the dogs never ever been used for anything aggressive in their entire existence.
If we are to use the "ancestry” argument, why don’t we call Plummer Terriers “Jack Russells”? Or even “Jacks”? Plummer Terriers are a mix of Jack Russell and small hound (Beagles, IIRC)… why aren’t the small treeing hound breeds called Jacks or Terriers? Why don’t we call the Parson Russell Terrier a Jack Russell anymore?
Why do we not label all of the small terrier breeds as “Jacks” because of their appearance, or “Jack-type” dogs? After all, “pit bull” comes from a breed’s name, and it’s applied to dogs solely because of their appearance and/or ancestry to that breed.
If you asked me, I’d tell you that today’s English Bull Terrier looks far more like a Gull Terr than it does an American Pit Bull Terrier. Not to mention the Gull Terr is currently used in blood-sports in the middle-east.
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This is getting incredibly irritating and I really wish people would stop with their made-up definition of the word “pit bull”, especially when they call the dogs “pittbulls” while telling me that I’m incorrect.

anonymous asked:

If Severus was a dog animagus, I could see him being a pit bull type dog based on the fact that they have so many misconceptions about them.

I see him more as a Doberman Pinscher than a pit bull, to be honest.


I would like to speak here about my Evie.
In 2014, my great-grandmother, who had raised me my entire life, had a fall in the home. I transitioned into 24/7 caretaker, despite being in college at the time, and we had home-health nurses visiting every couple of days. Eventually, a case of pneumonia landed her in a prolonged hospital stay, where it eventually took its toll on her and she passed.
My great-grandfather had died in a similar fashion a few years beforehand. So both of the people who had raised me were now gone.
In that year, I lost the woman who had been like a mother to me, and the childhood home where I’d grown up, the only place I’d ever lived. College funds transitioned into get-a-home funds, and school got put on hold for a full-time job. I bought a house and became a home owner at 23.
But grief led to some heavy depression, that I still battle off and on to this day, three years later.
In November of 2014, I decided to take a trip to the Lexington Humane Society; I had a dream about puppies, I just wanted to play with dogs. See, I’d had a poorly bred miniature Australian Shepherd named Arcane who had been raised by the influences of my family; he was aggressive, had bitten me and drawn blood a couple times, and he was getting grumpier in his old age. I had wanted a dog that I trained, that had my sole influence, something I could do now that I was on my own.
But I told myself… not until after Christmas.
Then November, I stepped into that shelter. I saw a ball of skinny brindle bones in the corner of a kennel. Delicate, soft, sad eyes. A quiet little beastie; she never barked, never made a sound. Her kennel mate was growling and barking up a storm at us, a fussy creature named Eve, but the tiny little bully girl in the corner, named Bella at the time, never made a sound.
Something about her stuck out at me, and I couldn’t get her off of my mind. I had a meet-and-greet with “Bella” where her true personality shone, the timid, nervous waves melting off of her to reveal wagging tails, gentle puppy nibbles, and many kisses.
A few days after meeting “Bella”, I was adopting her. To me, she became Evelyn, or Evie, after the character from The Mummy. I was told a few things that her owner said when she was surrendered at 9 months old: “a lot of energy, she loves socks”.
“Pit bull” type dogs have three restrictions upon them at this shelter, no doubt due to the stigma of the breed, but I do agree that they’re not for everyone. Evie is no more American Pit Bull Terrier than a dachshund is a corgi. But she’s a blocky-headed bull breed of some sort, which is enough to condemn. We don’t know her history, so all we can do is guess.
In 2014, Evie was the best thing that could have happened to me. A saviour I hadn’t realized I needed; the balm on wounds of grief; the best anti-depressant a girl could have.
She had her issues; all dogs do. Things that made me think… I’d jumped the gun, I’d made this decision too rashly, I got a dog too soon. I wasn’t ready for re-potty training a 10 month old dog, I wasn’t ready to worry about resource guarding and crate-training, things I should have been prepared for. Live and learn.
She was never anything other than extremely pleasant to any new person she met, however. And the issues grew thinner and thinner as we grew together, learned each other, and formed a life and a bond together.
She adjusted to life with cats flawlessly; our giant maine coon mix runs this house and she knows it. This year, with the influx of foster kittens, she was never anything more than motherly and careful. No animal in this house is around small children or baby animals unsupervised. But Evie has never given us a reason to not trust her. She is the most tolerant creature of baby animals that I have ever met in my entire life.
We learned quickly how amazingly receptive to training she was. I have a dog that knows countless tricks. I learned how different a dog could be trained with positive reinforcement, and how fulfilling the sessions could be for both of us. Evie was the first dog I ever trained to loose-leash walk successfully, the first dog to ever grasp things like “Bang!” and “Sit Pretty”, she has a play-drive and an incredible desire to please.
She is not everyone’s perfect dog, but she is my perfect dog.
I know it wasn’t me. Mostly it was her. I’m still learning, Evie was my first dog “on my own”, and she made it easy. We have our issues; a few negative experiences with other dogs and she’s not partial to meeting new friends on the leash anymore. But we manage that. She’s not reactive, and never barks at strangers or new dogs. She simply likes to introduce herself in a manner where she doesn’t feel trapped and cornered. She has never shown any signs of animal aggression outside of feeling defensive around some new dogs. Puppies and small dogs are always welcome friends to her! She lives with 6 cats, and they’ve chased her more than she’s ever chased them.
Unless you are a car door slamming at 5AM, a school bus, or thunder, you have nothing to fear from Evie.
One of my favorite memories of her interacting with strangers was at the UK Arboretum. This was within a year of adopting her, we take her on adventures often for photo sessions and just to get her exercise in, because she’d be a couch potato if we let her. A family was passing by with their toddler-aged daughter. The child immediately latched onto Evie and squealed and was instantly smitten with her. Evie greets every human being in the same manner: she rolls over, exposes her belly for some good belly rubs, and then will crawl closer. She stays low as if to say “I’m not scary!” She got acquainted with this toddler and the family was so enamored by how gentle and well-behaved she was. For a while, this little girl was just standing with both of her hands braced on Evie’s bum, holding herself up, while Evie just stood there, thrilled as could be to be the girl’s center of attention, and when they finally went their own way, breaking the two up was quite a task!
People avoid her sometimes. That’s fine. But there’s never been anyone she hasn’t wanted to meet.
But my favorite time spent with her is nights snuggling on the couch. She lays next to me, tucked into a blanket, and dozes while we binge the newest Netflix series. The moments of quiet peace, where the world is still, and I just feel content. She’d run for days if I was running with her, but as long as I’m down for the count? She’s happy to rest as well.
We brought Astaroth home from an Australian Shepherd breeder last year to be her constant playmate. He adores her and trusts her judgment, enjoys stealing toys from her, and even smacks her with said toys to antagonize her to chase him. Many a times she has fallen asleep to him chewing on her ears until they are drenched with drool, ever since puppyhood. He was the perfect balance of chaos and mischief to our family. The two have never had a scuffle. Ever.
This dog who is so perspective to others’ anxiety, and has helped my friends through multiple panic attacks by being with them through them, who put smiles on my face and joy in my heart during a time where I had lost so much and felt so lost. She made me love dogs again; I learned to remember how astonishing the partnership could be. She’s a powerful dog without knowing it, and no, not everyone should expect to manage such a muscle beast; she’s bruised me in play accidentally because she doesn’t know her own strength, but if I was too afraid to get a scratch or bruise here and there, I wouldn’t keep pets at all. Dogs are domesticated carnivores and we should regard them as such, with respect, so no, I’m not going to tell you she’s a pure, gentle angel made of cotton-candy and clouds. She’s muscle, rambunctious energy and power, and she’s got a mouthful of teeth that sometimes miss the toy and get your fingers. But that would be true of any dog.
This dog came into my life at a time where I desperately needed her, and she’s started a journey with me that means the world to me and is close to my heart. People can hate her due to her aesthetics if they like, because of her blocky head and short, brindle coat; I don’t fucking like shih-tzus and the like. But you make this personal and all bets are off; I don’t care how anyone else feels about my dog, whether they think she’s ugly or what, but I trust and believe in her a hell of a lot more than I do some insignificant stranger on the internet. Evie’s been in my life almost three years now; her third anniversary is approaching and will be shortly followed by her fourth birthday. I haven’t changed my mind about her yet, I highly doubt I’m going to.
And sometimes I wonder if I’d still be here if it weren’t for her.
She is the soldier combating my inner demons daily, just by being present, grounding me and giving me something to be responsible for. She gets me out of the house on days I feel like withering away in bed. She lays with me when I’m feeling melancholy. She makes me smile when her and her brother have silly shenanigans in the living room. And she makes my heart swell with the look of those starlit eyes of hers.
My dog is better than anonymous hateful, nasty people will ever be. And I owe my life and my passion and my drive to her.
Her love is more important to me than your approval.

P.S. - the Aussie would hate you. See, he takes guidance from his big sister of what sort of people he should trust. He’s been smitten with her since he was 8 weeks old. Astaroth is a lot less trusting of strangers than pure, kind-hearted Evie. So if you’re gonna hate one of my dogs, go ahead and save some time and hate them both.

Something I wrote and published today on my photography FB page about Evie, in light of strangers on the internet harassing me and attacking her and Astaroth.

anonymous asked:

I read an article where a man almost got evicted from his apartment for having a pit bull, which is stupid because pittys are snuggle bugs, but worth noting that he argued it wasn't a pit bull but an American Bulldog. Seems people don't realize that 'pit bull' is not a specific breed but refers to a group of breeds that share common characteristics including, American Bulldog, Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, and Bull terrier . And they are all full of love.

Typically in North America (and with people knowledgeable about dogs), “pit bull” refers to the American Pit Bull Terrier, which is its own breed.

Elsewhere and with the general public, “pit bull type” can refer to all bully breeds which are stocky with block heads.

I’m linking Wiki pages here because they are easy to understand. Feel free to read more about this topic through Google though!

Just a side note, BSL often covers all bully breeds and “pit bull type” dogs rather than just APBT. (and BSL sucks.) -C

anonymous asked:

You recently did a post about the breed of bull terriers, would you have the same stance of Staffordshire bull terriers ? Also I have heard a few times over the years that mixed breed dogs like mongrals tend to be healthier than pure breeds. Would you agree with this? Thanks

Staffordshire Bull Terriers (SBTs for short) are one of the most popular dog breeds locally. They are quite different to Bull Terriers, but talking about them is confused because I see three different types of dog called SBTs.

The first type is the classic English SBT. This breed is actually kind of small, but has lots of muscle packed on.

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The second type is the American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, sometimes called the AmStaff.

(Photo via pintrest, but watermark states ‘art of staff’)

The AmStaff is a bigger breed, distinctly taller and locally they are the breed most likely to be called a ‘pit bull’.

The third type of dog presented to me called a SBT is either a mix of the two, or a similar looking dog with brindle or black-brindle coat that looks close enough to be a SBT mix, but doesn’t actually have any SBT DNA when tested.

If I keep the focus of this post on actual SBTs and their mixes, then these are the the points I always bring up with perspective owners.

Allergies are the most common problem I encounter with either types of SBT. Ths can range from a seasonal plant allergy to full blown atopy. Food allergies aren’t as common but can still occur. The allergies can then predispose to pyoderma, and require maintenance to keep the dogs comfortable

Demodex mange is also reasonably common, though less so with over the counter parasite products available that just happen to treat it.

They are prone to anxiety. This varies in how severe it is, and more of them are barkers than destroyers, though they have a decent set of jaws and can chew through an awful lot of stuff if given the opportunity. These dogs, especially the English, really need a human. They’re very people focused and many of them just can’t handle the world without ‘their’ people.

They’re often hyperactive and hyperexcitable, but that’s personality. The difficulty with that comes when they are poorly behaved in public, especially with the AmStaff, and members of the public call them ‘pit bulls’ which can get them investigated by the council.

Some of them will chew rocks and wood, wearing down and damaging their teeth. This isn’t a genetic weakness, but it is something that benefits from careful management.

Skeletally they’re not too bad. They’re a common breed to present for cruciate ligament rupture, but to be fair this usually happens after the dog has jumped off something particularly silly.

They are one of the breeds unreasonably prone to Mast Cell Tumors. They get lipomas more often, but you can’t tell without testing whether one lump on a dog is a fairly benign lipoma, or a dangerous Mast Cell Tumor. While some Mast Cell Tumors are highly treatable with surgery, early detection increases your chance of a cure.

English SBTs are, technically, brachycephalic. However their anatomy is nowhere near as extreme as the breeds notorious for brachycephalic airway syndrome. These dogs generally breathe well, but you will often come across individuals with a mild symptoms, such as a subtly elongated soft palate or a moderate collapsing trachea in their old age.

Epilepsy seems to crop up in these dogs a bit more than average, but it’s generally manageable. It means lifelong medication, but often it’s initially more stressful for the owners than for the dogs.

The AmStaff version still has a hip dysplasia problem and I would recommend pennhip screening from 16 weeks of age, especially from ‘breeders’ who are breeding primarily for ‘rare colors’.

Originally posted by introxlifetrap

These dogs are extremely popular, and consequently also the most popular breed to end up in the local shelter. There are a large number of people who keep wanting to breed their ‘rare, blue’ SBT of either type, that wont let me talk them out of it. 

I think the shelter problem is compounded by how common they are alongside their neediness. The vocal range of this breed is huge, the sounds they can make include ‘screaming child’ and ‘strangled goat’. People get the cute puppy, but decide they can’t meet the needs of the adult dog.

The AmStaff version as a whole social issue of its own to contend with, because a certain segment of the population is in love with the idea of the aggressive Pit Bull, and they want one, but can’t get a ‘real’ one, so get themselves an AmStaff since it’s not a restricted breed. Pit Bulls are here, but the situation is a bit sticky because you don’t ave to prove the dog is a pit bull, you have to prove that it’s not. The enforcers of these laws have a checklist of physical attributes, and if the dog meets enough of them it can be labeled a ‘pit bull’, no matter what it is.

I’m very loathe to ever label a dog as a Pit Bull, because there are some breed restrictions around me, and I don’t wish to accidentally get a dog into serious trouble. The dog breed DNA test we use also won’t publish anything with the words ‘Pit Bull Terrier’ on it, lest the dog gets euthanized for that reason either.

But for these people what actually want the tough looking pit bull, not a pibble couch buddy, the dogs are often not well socialized and unfortunately problematic in the clinic.

SBTs are one of the breeds I would label as ‘addictive’. Once somebody has owned one, more often than not they end up with multiple dogs, or find themselves unable to enjoy life without owning a dog of this breed. They are kind of like kids to their special people.

As for mixed breed dogs, their issues are less predictable, and their anatomy generally less extreme, but they are no guarantee of health. If you cross two breeds with the same health concerns,you are equally likely to see that concern in the resulting cross. I would not guarantee a mixed breed dog would be healthy, but there is very little in general that I would guarantee.

Raphael, the Dog Lover (TMNT)

This is the pitbull thing that was requested a while ago and I figured I’d write it while I’m in the swing of writing requests. ^.^ Plus this so cute and I love doggies…

My only issue is because I love doggies, I know there are several breeds of dog that are called ‘pit bull’. It’s a type of dog, not a breed. Personally I’m going to write the dog as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Why? My own dog is a staffie, and a recuse for that matter.

Serious note before we get onto the fic, pit bulls are often victimised by the media but the dogs are sweethearts and anyone who knows anything about the breed is well aware of this. Owners are to blame. I say this as someone who owns a dog who was quite nasty when I got her. Now she is very sweet. Her old owner used to beat her. I think that speaks miles about it. Because of this abuse of the breeds known as pitbulls, most of them end up in shelters. About half a million pit bulls are euthanised in shelters every year, about 40% of all dogs euthanised. (Not that kill shelters aren’t a problem in and of themselves) Please, please, please, if you’re thinking of getting a dog, consider a pit. It’s a bit of a long story and this foreword is getting too long as it is, but my pitbull saved myself and my sister from being murdered. And it’s not we might have been hurt, we would have died. I’ll never forget that. And I’m not trying to say another dog breed wouldn’t do that, all dogs would but that’s my point. Pits are not these evil creatures the media makes them out to be. They’re dogs.


Raphael sighed, as he ventured the rooftops. Alone. Unusual for this time of night. He should be heading home, with his brothers but tonight had been different. He’d had a small… Exchange with Mikey forcing Leo and Donnie to step in- But dammit Mikey had started it with that dumb prank!

So now, he was taking the long way home. Descending from the city buildings, he made his way into the alleyway, only to hear… Whimpering? It was a strange noise but in a city like this it was one he could recognise as a dog. There were so many pet pooches around, he’d grown used to their noises.

While he could have just went home and forgot about the whole thing, he was up for anything in order to avoid going home to confront his family. So follow it he did, tracking the noise to the back of some garbage cans.

Lying there, nursing a clearly broken paw and a skeletal body, was the thinnest dog Raphael had ever seen. She whimpered and whined, licking at the blood seeping from the wound.

Raphael grunted a little, the sight unnerving him. Poor dog, how had she gotten into such a state? He wondered. “ Yer not lookin’ yer best, are ye, girl? ” He asked, making a few soft kissy noises to get her attention.

In response the dog’s head snapped up, her ears pinned back, a low growl escaping a throat. Raph slowly raises his hands.

“ S'alright, I’m not gonna hurt ya, ” He assured, trying to work out how to calm the canine. Reaching into his pocket, he pulled out a small wrapper. It was just a cereal bar, mostly oatmeal and honey. He usually carried one or two on him, for working out if he got hungry so he didn’t need to stop. Unwrapping it, he held it out carefully to her.

The dog seemed to give a small sniff, examining the extended morsel before giving a few uncertain licks. Having come to the decision it was not dangerous and tasted good, she wolfed it down, her tail wagging heavily; beating against the ground.

“ There’s a good girl. Were you hungry? ” He asked, very slowly moving a hand towards her to sniff, clenched in a fist. At the sight, the dog howled, whimpering and trying to back off. Quickly Raph stopped and she calmed. He paused for a moment, frowning before he tried it again, his hand held loosely now. She seemed more calm with this, her wet nose rubbing his scales.

Raph clenched his teeth a little. “ It was a person that did this to you, wasn’t it girl? ” He asked, as she continued to explore his hand with her tongue. He wasn’t really sure why he was talking to the dog, she couldn’t talk back, it just felt more natural than silence.

After staying there for maybe ten, fifteen minutes, slowly building up some trust with her; Raph very carefully moved to slip his strong arms beneath her, scooping her up, paying no mind to the blood that coated his arm now.

The dog seemed somewhat happy to have the pressure taken off of her leg, it seemed. Slightly less so about the smell of the sewer.

Upon arriving, Mikey was the first to greet him, as usual. Looking up from the comic he was reading, he took a moment to register before gasping in shock.

“ Dude, that’s a dog, ” He said, leaning over the couch, childishly. Raph grunted.

“ Yes, Mikey, she’s a dog, ” Raph agreed, making his way to Donnie’s lab.

“ What’s wrong with her leg? And how’d you know she’s a she? ” Mikey asked.

“ Someone hurt her… And you can tell on pitbulls, ” He responded.

“ Pitbull? ” Donnie looked up from his work as Raph walked in, the messy bundle of chocolate and white fur in his arms still. Studying the creature as he rose out of his chair, he corrected, “ Actually I think she’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. While Pitbull is technically correct, that’s a type of dog, not a breed. ”

“ Whatever you say Kennel Club, can you help her? ” Raph asked nervously.

“ I don’t know, I’m no vet… I’ll call April and Casey, if they’re free I’ll ask one of them to take her to a vet. I’ll try and make her comfortable until then, ” Donnie agreed, clearing a space on the table for her while searching for his phone.

“ Al'ight, but don’t mess around, ” Raph agreed, patting soft ears as he placed her down.


It was a week later when Raph got a call. From April. Placing his weights to the side, he grabbed his phone and answered.

“ Hey? ” He asked, wondering what she wanted.

“ Hey, Raph, it’s about that dog you found. The vet’s prescribed her a medical plan and they’ve operated on her leg but they’ve had to amputate it, ” At the mention of this, Raph winced at the memory of the mangled leg. He wasn’t surprised, it’d been a mess. “ She’s really underweight but the vet says she should make a full recovery and she should still be able to walk once she figures out how to balance, ” April finished.

“ That’s great, I’m glad she’s doing good, ” Raphael told her, as he picked up a bottle of energy drink, downing half the bottle.

“ Yeah but now they want to know what to do with her. The state could take her but… The nearest shelter is a high kill one. So the vet asked if I wanted to take her… But I really don’t have the time for a dog. ”

“ You’re asking me if I want her? ” Raph asked.

“ Yeah, I am… I guess if you don’t we could try and find someone el- ”

“ No, ” He cut her off. “ I’ll take her, ” He agreed without a moment of hesitation. Master Splinter was going to kill him.

But it was the right thing to do.


Once she got home, she was like a new dog. Raph could hardly believe this dog April had brought with her was the same pitbull he’d found last week.

“ Thatta girl, ” He praised, rubbing her belly as she ambled over to him, still trying to perfect the balance of running on only three legs.

“ Are you going to name her? ” Leo asked, watching vaguely amused from the couch.

“ Name her? ”

“ Well, duh, she needs a name, ” Mikey quipped in response. “ I vote for Turtledog. Like Batdog, but a turtle. ”

Raphael rolled his eyes, considering for a moment. “ I don’t know, I’m no good at names, ” He admitted.

“ What about Tenshi? ” Leo offered idly. While Raph’s Japanese might not have been as great as his brothers, he could translate that well enough, Angel.

“ Mm, I guess it’s better than Turtledog, ” Raph agreed, chuckling as he pet her ears.

“ Oh and Raph, the vet mentioned something else, ” April said.

“ Really what? ”

“ Just to mention she’s recently had pups. Maybe she was part of a puppy farm and they decided they didn’t want her anymore? ” April offered, trying to explain it somehow.

Raphael nodded, looking back to Tenshi as she snuggled up to him. A sigh escaped him, “ Where are your babies girl? I hope they’re doing better than you were. ”


The next day, Raph was walking Tenshi. It was a little hard, given he had to avoid being seen and let her pee and all, but he managed it. Somehow. He didn’t have a leash but he didn’t seem to need one, as she happily plodded along.

At some point however, she seemed to be leading him, rather than him her.

“ Tenshi, Tenshi c'mere, where ye going girl? ” He called after her, carefully following as she crossed the street. This was near where he’d found her, only maybe a block or so away.

He continued to follow her, all the way to a seemingly abandoned warehouse, continuing to call after her but stubbornly she seemed to be ignoring him. Once inside, he followed her further, round the back of some dusty crates that hadn’t been touched in what could have been years.

There he found something most unusual. Tucked into a makeshift bed of the sheets that used to cover crates were four skinny puppies, guarded by a Dalmatian; his face battle scarred and worn.

Tenshi greeted the other dog happily, nuzzling and licking faced as Raph followed curiously. Upon getting closer the Dalmatian snarled, baring his fangs however Tenshi happily trotted up to him and pressed some slobbery kissed to his leg and the spotty dog accompanying her seemed to understand.

“ Tenshi, these are your babies, ” Raph said happily, a very proud smile on his face, his heart melting. He was glad his brothers weren’t around to see him consumed by his soft side. Carefully holding out a hand to pet the Dalmatian who was now equally as curious about him, he smiled. “ Is this yer mate? Has he been looking after yer pups? He’s a good boy, ” He praised, ruffling his ears.

“ C'mon, ” He said, gathering up the pups in the sheet with no protest from either parent. “ Let’s go home, all of us. ”


A year later, Raph lounged by the TV. To one side of him Tenshi was snuggled up to him. Her stomach was once more swollen with pups, she’d give birth soon. By his feet lay her loyal protector and 'Raph’s good boy’, Butch the Dalmatian. Only two of their first litter still remained in the Lair. Turtledog, who was of course Mikey’s bundle of fun and Hana (Flower in Japanese) who had become something of a therapy dog for Master Splinter. Beowulf and Godzilla were never far behind their master, Casey.

“ You want some beef jerky? ” Raph offered the dogs and at the mention of 'beef jerky’ Turtledog had somehow appeared from the woodwork for her fair share of the food. Hana didn’t seem so bothered, resting still by Splinter’s feet.

Looking around him, Raph was very happy he had decided to keep Tenshi. She had only brought their family happiness. She was an angel, just with four legs and a tail rather than wings.


Okay but look at my precious star child.

Beautiful glaxay print hoodie is courtesy of Doggietshirts.com. I strongly recommend them if you have a dog who seems to always be between sizes. Jaeger’s proportions are a little weird compared to normal dogs- he has a huge chest and a thick neck, so the only hoodies that fit him are often too long in the body. But as you can see this hoodie fits wonderfully. Very comfortable, he slept in it all night without a single rash or irritation. He is finally ready to take on New York winter.


The city where I live (Toronto, Canada) is considering banning all species of pet snakes, (and all species of Monitor lizards). Including my harmless noodles. We already have laws on the books here banning large constrictors like Anaconda and Reticulated Pythons, all lizards larger than three feet, and all venomous and poisonous animals. There’s NO reason for this escalation.

This sweeping ban is based on ignorance, fear, and someone’s personal bias (and probably some special interest groups who want to see all forms of pet ownership banned). 

I pray the Reptile Community here (that numbers in the tens of thousands) all stand up and FIGHT for our right to own our pets. We’ve already lost the right to own certain kinds of dogs (’pit bull-types), most invertebrates, and all the bigger lizards and snakes commonly kept elsewhere. There IS a war on Pet Ownership, and it’s spreading. All of us who responsibly own animals need to FIGHT for our rights, and protect those rights at every turn, and HELP other communities fight bans. Before we all end up living in a cold, dark, pet-less Hell.

What is a Pit Bull?

*Edit* In my original post, I realized the wording I used was confusing, so I have clarified that. Apologies!

The term “Pit Bull” has essentially been turned into an umbrella term, such as “hound”, used to describe a type of dog, not necessarily one specific breed. 

The three most common breeds people refer to as “pit bulls” are:

American Pit Bull Terrier

Height: 14 - 24 inches (35 - 60 cm)
Weight: 22 - 78 pounds (10 - 35 kg)

American Staffordshire Terriers:

Height: Males 17 - 19 inches (43 – 48 cm) Females 16 - 18 inches (41 – 46 cm)
Weight: 57 - 67 pounds (25 - 30 kg)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier:

Height:  Males 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41cm)    Females 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm)
Weight: Males 25 - 38 pounds (11 - 17 kg)   Females 23 - 35 pounds (10 - 16 kg)

A lot of dogs that are not “pit bulls” are often lumped into this category because they have one or two similar physical characteristics, such as American Bulldogs

This creates a problem regarding breed-specific legislation (often referred to as BSL) which is popping up in a lot of counties. 

There are also terms tossed around frequently, such as Red Nose and Blue Nose, in regards to pit bulls. This refers to the breeding stock the dog came from. Some people have perpetuated the belief that these dogs are somehow more valuable than non-Red/Blue Nose Pitties. Red Nose Pit Bulls are distinguished by their red noses, golden eyes, and red coat. 

The same is essentially true for Blue Nose pits. A lot of people think they are more valuable for their unique coloring, but that is essentially the only thing that distinguishes them from any other pit bull. Blue Nose Pit Bulls have a grey/blue coat and grey or blue eyes. 

Like any breed, these dogs have amazing potential to be great pets. However, they are typically a higher energy dog and require lots of exercise! It is also important, because of these breeds’ histories and the fact that they are a very strong dog (physically and mentally- they can be stubborn and strong-willed), that you seek out proper training for you and your dog- which, of course, is necessary for every breed, but especially so for these guys!

Again, these dogs are not the vicious killers the media would like you to believe they are. They have just as much potential to be a happy-go-lucky family dog as a Golden Retriever! 

Hope this helps clear up any confusion anyone had about Pit Bulls!

anonymous asked:

there's a lot of things I love about APBT and other 'pit bull' breeds. their temperaments, size, energy levels. however 'pit bull' type dogs are banned where I live. could you give me give me any recommendations for breeds that are similar?

Of course this will depend on the individual dog, but in general it looks like dog breeds that are likely to share the same traits as APBT are:

Boston terriers and English and French bulldogs are smaller than APBT, and boxers are bigger, but overall it seems that they are the closest bet for energy and temperament. 

Hope that helps! -C

I sometimes see people defend the use of “Pit Bull” as an umbrella term by suggesting that (most) people who use it as such are referring to a visual type and don’t actually believe the animal to be the breed APBT.

I have a few problems with this, still, but am having trouble articulating it. So bare with me, please, this post might be a little all over the place since I can’t really break it down in a linear fashion.

1) The only breed with Pit Bull in the name is the American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull is shorthand for APBT. Referring to non-APBT dog’s as Pit Bull’s is plain confusing, and it’s not something we do with other dog’s. Malamute isn’t used as a synonym for spitz type, Toller isn’t used as a synonym for retriever, etc.

2) A lot of people don’t know what an APBT is because of this. I see stories all the time of purebred APBT’s being labelled as mixes by veterinarians, or their pedigree questioned by strangers. Block-headed mystery mutts have become the face of Pit Bull’s. 

3) In the same vein as the previous point, people genuinely don’t realize that the APBT is an actual breed. I’ve had people tell me directly that there is no such thing as a Pit Bull breed. Using Pit Bull as an umbrella term is erasing an actual breed, their unique history, etc. 

4) If you’re looking for a way to describe a visual type, Bully Breed should do fine. It’s not an “official” classification, as far as I know, and can be used pretty liberally. It also makes it clear that you’re not referring to one, specific breed. Terrier can also work as a more “official” way to describe Pit’s and related breeds, but this would only work to include AmStaff’s and Staffies because other types like American Bully’s and American Bulldog’s aren’t terriers.

5) If people don’t think Pit Bull is a breed then why do people describe dogs as “Pit Bull mix,” and the like? This argument isn’t perfect, I do see people use “Terrier Mix” or “Shepherd Mix” also but this can relate back to point one. 

6) Going off of points 1 and 5, Pit Bull’s and “visually similar” breeds aren’t classed the same was as other breed’s and mixes. Let’s say three different “Pit Bull type” dogs bite someone they’re all lumped together for the sake of recording bite statics, regarding their actually lineage. Retriever’s, Shepherd’s, Spitz, etc and their assumed mixes don’t get recorded the same way. Using Pit Bull as an umbrella term, to describe a visual type and ignore the autonomy of different breeds and mutts, drastically inflates bite statistics in a way other breeds, and mixes, don’t have to worry about.

7) Following the last point, but separate just to break up the text, Pit Bull’s and Bully Breed’s are not the same as other dos because of how they’re treated and viewed. If you call a Miniature American Shepherd an Australian Shepherd there’s probably not going to be any social repercussions. The MAS isn’t going to be more likely to be euthanized because of the mislabeling, the owner probably won’t be denied housing based on having a perceived Aussie when they really have a MAS, etc. I don’t think mislabeling and misrepresenting other breed’s is a good thing to do, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t have the same danger as misrepresenting Pit Bull’s and Bully Breeds.

I think I’ve managed to put together something that is marginally coherent, so here you go. 

unicornundertaker  asked:

Hello, I work at a no-kill shelter in Arizona. The county shelter we get our animals from label almost every bully-looking dog as a pit bull and it transfers onto our paperwork, and it really makes it hard to adopt them out. Each "pitty" typically stays 1-3 months, sometimes more. I know they're not all pit bulls and I want to change their paperwork. Could you make a post explaining the differences between the bully breeds possibly? If not, do you have any tips for identification?

 This is another example of how harmful it is to call every dog under the sun a “pit bull” or “pit bull mix”, it’s incredibly sad.

 The five dog breeds that are most commonly labeled “pit bulls” or “pit bull mixes” are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bully, and American Bulldog, and any dog breeds that are mixed and may resemble any of these breeds (in fact, that’s the exact definition that BSL operates under). I will do my best to explain the differences between each of the breeds, provide examples of them, and explain what traits I look for when determining the breed of a dog.

American Pit Bull Terrier
 This is a Pit Bull and the only dog breed that can accurately be called a Pit Bull. When I discuss Pit Bulls, this is the breed I’m referring to, and I’m talking about purebred dogs. When I use the term “Pit Bull”, I’m talking about the dogs people claim to be APBT when they really aren’t.
Weight: These dogs don’t normally get above 50lbs, and they usually vary in weight between 35 and 50lbs. Dogs who are on the heavier side (55-60lbs) are considered “catch-weight” (think of large, boar-catching dogs) and are not the norm. Catch-weight dogs can make good fighters but are not sought after because the larger you get, the harder it is to find opponents matched in weight and the less agile a dog becomes.
Height: Pit Bulls are not tall dogs, they’re proportioned for their size and do not have long, gangly legs, very short legs, are very tall or very wide. They’re usually around 16 inches tall on the small side and can get all the way up to 22 inches on the really larger side.
This is Perrada’s Just A Gigolo. Unfortunately I’m not sure how much he weighs but you can see how tall he is. Dogs around this size are not rare by any means. He is around the average size of a purebred APBT:

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This is Southern Kennel’s GrCh Mayday ROM, he’s well known for being way on the heavy side, some say around 60-70lbs! Keep this in mind when people claim that Pit Bulls can be 100lbs, part of the reason Mayday is so well known is due to his rare, large size.
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- Pit Bulls are not bulky, loose, and jowly. They’re tightly put together and do not have large jowls, large heads, or loose lips.
- Most Pit Bulls do not have cropped ears, and it’s a myth that fighting dogs were cropped so that the opponent couldn’t grab onto his ears - most fighting dogs weren’t cropped, either! Pit Bulls can have all sorts of different ear types. Drop, rose, bat, prick, etc, but the most common ear type is rose.
- Pit Bulls can come in almost any colour combination, but they’re most often brown, buckskin, fawn, tan, brindle, black, and black + white. While blue is a dilution of black and certainly is possible in Pit Bulls, when someone says they have a “blue” Pit Bull or they breed “blue-nose Pit Bulls”, it’s almost guaranteed that the dog isn’t even a Pit mix. There’s a lot of stigma against blue dogs in the Pit Bull world, especially in dog-fighting circles. Many people believe that blue dogs aren’t game, but despite this, dogmen don’t breed for colour and they can end up with blue dogs, although this is incredibly rare.
Bellon Club’s Soga and Peterbull Kennel’s D’Rocha are two examples:
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- Scars on a dog doesn’t mean that the dog was fought. Pit Bulls are a terrier breed that simply likes to fight and aren’t afraid to fight a raccoon, porcupine, cat, opossum, or skunk. Unfortunately if one sees scars on a “Pit Bull” they automatically assume the dog was fought. This is an unfair assumption to make because other breeds of dogs get cut and scarred up easily, especially thin- skinned breeds like Borzois and Greyhounds.
- Most APBT are not found in the general public because of who has them. Dog-fighters, dogmen, and dog sport people are usually the ones who have, breed, and sell them.
Here is a visual guide showing what an “ideal” Pit Bull looks like, to ADBA standards, as well as a photograph of a very well-known dog to this standard, Marty’s Lilbit.
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Notice the tight, muscled body. Nothing is disproportionate, nothing is loose, nothing is bulky over oversized. The dog looks agile, fast, strong, springy, and active. This is a working dog, a dog that has been conditioned to be fit and muscular and so the muscles are really visible - a dog who isn’t conditioned won’t be this muscular but the shape and proportions will be the same. This is the general appearance that Pit Bulls stick to.

American Staffordshire Terrier
 The American Staffordshire Terrier is the second breed most commonly misidentified as a Pit Bull, and probably the third most popular “Pit Bull” out there. The misconception about AmStaffs being Pit Bulls comes from the ability to dual-register the breed as both an American Staffordshire Terrier with the AKC, and as an American Pit Bull Terrier with the UKC. They are not the same breed, and their history proves this.
Weight: American Staffordshire Terriers vary in the weight range around 40-50lbs, and are usually bulkier and heavier than most Pit Bulls around the same height. In general, the American Staffordshire Terrier is slightly larger than the Pit Bull.
Height: American Staffordshire Terriers are pretty proportional, just like the APBT, and the ideal height for this breed is between 17-19 inches. I consider this to be “around knee-height” for your average person.
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- Like Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers can be a variety of different colours but they’re pretty limited by the kennel club standards. Most American Staffordshire Terriers are a mixture of tan, brown, buckskin, and black with white markings. Sometimes there are tricolours and brindles as well.
- American Staffordshire Terriers can have natural rose ears like Pit Bulls but the majority of the time they’re cropped short or medium length. I’ve found that the uncropped American Staffordshires are quite rare in comparison to the cropped ones. This is mostly due to the show- breeders cropping their ears to the kennel club standards.
- American Staffordshire Terriers tend to look a little “square”, this is increased by their cropped ears. Their heads are a little square, as is their show stack, their wide leg spread, and thick neck. They do not look springy like a Pit Bull does.
- Their lips are tight like a Pit Bulls and they don’t have anything loose. They’re evenly muscled (though not like a Pit Bull) and are quite proportioned. In my personal opinion, their legs can look very slightly out of proportion, they look a little too short for their body.
Here is a visual guide showing what an “ideal” AmStaff looks like to AKC standards, as well as a photograph of a dog to this standard, Ch Fraja Ne Gold Ticket.
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And here is an example of what I mean when I say “square-shaped” body and head.
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The kennel clubs aim for this appearance and so most AmStaffs will look this way.
Compare the American Staffordshire to this Pit Bull, GrCh Boogieman’s Bronson.
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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
 The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is probably most obviously distinguished from a Pit Bull by it’s small size and it’s slightly disproportionate appearance (when compared to AmStaffs and APBT).
Weight: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is the smallest out of the five “Pit Bull” breeds, ranging from 22lbs to ~35lbs. They’re noticably smaller than both APBT and AmStaff, and can be immediately recognized for what they are based on their size.
Height: Staffordshire Bull Terriers top out at around 12-15 inches.
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- There are two “types” of Staff, the “show-type” and the “working type”. The “working type” Staffs are most often the Irish Staffords. I’ve included photos of both the “working type” (top) and show type (bottom). The show type Staffords are a little chunkier than the working type, who look a little bit like Pit Bulls. Show-type Staffords look a bit squat, short, and round and fit the AKC standards.
- The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can be distinguished by it’s slightly big head for it’s body, and this trait carries over to the Irish Staffords as well. The breed has a very defined stop, compared to the APBT and AmStaff, and a very round head.
- Staffordshire Bull Terriers can come in a variety of colours and patterns but these are sometimes limited by the kennel clubs. Staffords are most commonly black, black + white, brown, and brindle.
- Staffords usually have rose ears but are sometimes found with half-prick ears.
Here is a visual guide showing what an “ideal” Staffordshire Bull Terrier looks like to AKC standards, as well as a photograph of one dog to this standard (top) and one dog of the working type (bottom).
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Compare the Staffords above to the Pit Bull Stealhead’s GrCh Sliver (left), and American Staffordshire Terrier Ch Bergstaff’s Sundancer CDX (right) below.
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American Bully
 The American Bully is the newest of the five “Pit Bull” breeds, is most often mislabeled as a Pit Bull, and is the most commonly owned of the five. They’re the most easily identified out of the five breeds as not being a Pit Bull, entirely due to the shape and size they’re bred to. Most of the time they’re bred by backyard breeders, but sometimes they’re bred by breeders who go by the ABKC standards.
Weight: The weight and height varies a lot between the different “classes” of American Bully, with the “Pocket” variety being as small as 13 inches, and all the way up to over 23 inches in the XL class.
Height: The lightest class of American Bully is again the pocket class, with the heaviest class being the XL class, who can be over 100lbs. Keep this in mind when someone claims their “Pit Bull” is 100+lbs.
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- The most well known characteristic of American Bullies is that they tend to be blue coated, or “blue-nosed”. “Blue nose” is a marketing tactic made up by American Bully breeders. While blue is a dilution of black, they have been specifically bred for this colour and so most of them are blue, blue and white, tricolour, or black and white.
- The American Bully normally has short or long-cropped ears. It’s extremely uncommon to find one that hasn’t been cropped.
- They look more like bulldogs than APBT, AmStaff, or Staffs do. They have very round heads, a very defined stop, and have been bred for absolute extremes. They usually have massive heads, extremely thick necks, wide chests, and are disproportionate for their weight and height. Their lips and jowls are loose.
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Here is an American Bully to the ABKC standard, RKC GrCh Soul Train:
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Compare the American Bully above to the Pit Bull Blaizen’s Ch Cena (left), American Staffordshire Terrier GrCh Davis’s Lucky Rock of Gordon (middle), and show-type Staffordshire Bull Terrier Akino’s Making A Statement (right) below.
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American Bulldog
 The American Bulldog is the largest of the five “Pit Bulls” and is commonly confused with the American Bully because of the similarities in the names. American Bulldog mixes are commonly found in shelters.
Weight: Scott type American Bulldogs are lighter and smaller than Johnson type, ranging from 60lbs to 95lbs. Johnson type American Bulldogs stick to the 80lb - 115lb range.
Height: They are the tallest of the five breeds, with the Scott type being in the 20-25 inch range, and the Johnson type being in the 22-27 inch range.

- American Bulldogs comes in two “types” or lines, the Scott Bulldog type and the Johnson Bulldog type. Johnson type American Bulldogs typically look more like bulldogs than the Scott type, with slightly brachycephalic faces. Both types have very defined forehead stops:
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Scott type American Bulldogs have more normal shaped faces:
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- They come in mostly white, with different coloured patches.
- American Bulldogs are athletic, proportionate, and are fit for working. They have loose jowls and lips and are bulky and strong.
Here is a Scott type American Bulldog to standard, Ch OHK Shamgar of A.S.
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and a Johnson type American Bulldog to standard, Johnson’s Nemo 2
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Compare the dogs American Bulldogs above to the Pit Bull Blaizen’s Ch Ruger (1st), American Staffordshire Terrier Absolute Allen’s Ch Urban Cowboy (2nd), Staffordshire Bull Terrier GrCh Rockstaff’s Code Red Mountain Dew (3rd), and American Bully GrCh Beastro (4th) below.
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Hope this helps! Please let me know if you need anything clarified or would like more help :)

anonymous asked:

Isn't the term "pit bull" a blanket term for multiple breeds of dogs? Just like "shepherd" or "retriever"?

  The only breed on planet Earth with the words “Pit” and “Bull” together in it’s name is the American Pit Bull Terrier and nothing else, therefore, “Pit Bull” should not be used for any other breed.
  When someone says “I own a Retriever”, they most often mean either a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever, and when someone says “I own a Shepherd”, 99% of the time they’re referring to a German Shepherd, there is very little confusion here.
  There are no laws that cause “Shepherds” or “Retrievers” to be killed without a second chance, and “Shepherds” or “Retrievers” aren’t banned across states, countries, and provinces.
  When we look at a dog like this and call him a “Shepherd” or “Shepherd mix”, we’re most likely going to be correct on him being a GSD or GSD mix, and he won’t be killed for it. People won’t pass him up because of this label, and people will understand exactly what they’re getting behaviour/temperament-wise if they purchase or adopt him.

  If someone comes up to me with my (German) Shepherd mix and asks me “wow, what’s it like to own a GSD/mix? I’ll be able to tell them (even though my dog is a mix) that they’re high-energy, driven, friendly, and protective. They don’t tend to be aggressive towards small animals, humans, or dogs, and can be raised to be gentle with cats and show no aggression. This generally carries across most GSDs and GSD mixes, though there are exceptions.

  When someone insists that “Pit Bull” is a blanket term, they are putting a target on every single dog that falls under their “Pit Bull” name. “Shepherds” aren’t targeted by animal control, law enforcement, the media, etc, “Pit Bulls” are. In areas where “Pit Bulls” are banned, they use the exact same definition as you have described; many different breeds of dog that fit a certain head shape, size, etc. Here’s the law in Ontario, where “Pit Bulls” are banned:
“pit bull” includes,
(a) a pit bull terrier,
(b) a Staffordshire bull terrier,
© an American Staffordshire terrier,
(d) an American pit bull terrier,
(e) a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those of dogs referred to in any of clauses (a) to (d); (“pit-bull”)

  Here’s the law in the UK, where “Pit Bull types” are banned, excluding the Staffordshire Bull Terrier (which people would insist is a “Pit Bull” in other areas). If you scroll down to their “Pit Bull type” section, you’ll see an American Staffordshire Terrier – a breed related to the American Pit Bull Terrier but is not a Pit Bull. The UK operates on the “type” that the blanket-term people use as well, with the exception of their Staff. Using “Pit Bull is a name for many dog breeds” has caused this vague law to be put in place there as well.
  Many states and cities in the USA ban “Pit Bulls” using this vague description as well: http://www.dogsbite.org/legislating-dangerous-dogs-state-by-state.php

  If I own an American Staffordshire Terrier and I call it a Pit Bull, and someone comes up and asks me “what are Pit Bulls like?”, I will describe my dog’s behaviour that is typical of an AmStaff but not a Pit Bull. An American Staffordshire Terrier is not as highly driven or dog-aggressive as an APBT, and by insisting that my dog is a Pit Bull, someone might go out and get a bully breed mix or an APBT and run into the “unexpected” problem of their dog wanting to kill other dogs.

  If we insist the dropping of “Pit Bull” as a blanket term, we can cut down on the amount of “unexpected” dog attacks by bully breeds. Bully breeds tend to be dog aggressive, with the APBT being the absolute most dog aggressive out of all of the breeds. By calling every bully breed mix on Craigslist a “Pit Bull”, we’re encouraging the irresponsible ownership of these dogs and undoubtedly causing ignorant owners to let their dogs loose with other dogs/small pets and having them wind up killing them.

  If we insist on calling the bully breeds by their correct breed names (with proof, such as pedigree), dogs in shelters will be saved. Not many people are willing to adopt a “Pit Bull”, but if the dog is labeled as it’s correct breed – an American Staffordshire Terrier mix, that dog is more likely to be adopted because of the stigma associated with the words “Pit Bull”. The stigma only exists because of people incorrectly calling their dogs “Pit Bulls” thinking that they’re “nannydogs” and “friendly with cats if you raise them right”, because “I saw Sharky the Pit Bull with a cat” (Sharky is actually an American Staffordshire Terrier).

“Pit Bull” is not a term for many breeds, it’s not a name for mixed breeds, it’s a name for the purebred American Pit Bull Terrier.
Example of a purebred, genuine, APBT’s pedigree: http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/modules.php?name=Public&file=printPedigree&dog_id=2

The majority of people who want Pit Bulls or think they have Pit Bulls probably couldn’t handle a real one.