It’s a Pittie Pawty!

There are many myths surrounding the group of dogs called “pit bulls”. They are misunderstood and often sit in shelters too long because of their reputation. Pet Pal currently has 11 pit bull mixes available for adoption, and we are working hard to spread the word about how amazing they are! Join us on Saturday, July 13 to learn all about this group of dogs and celebrate their great qualities. We will feature informative displays and demonstrations and give the public an opportunity to hang out with our adorable pitties. There will also be a “party” in our parking lot, including pools for the pups and barbecue for the humans! There will also be information available about our “Pit Project”. The festivities begin with a Pitty Parade at 11 am and will continue throughout the day. Just stop by the shelter any time to join our Pittie Pawty. ****This is a celebration for our adoptable dogs. We kindly request that you leave your pups at home.****

If you are curious about pit bulls and can’t wait until Saturday, we suggest you check out pitbullinfo.org. Their website is filled with great articles, photos, statistics and more. Read below to see their answer to “What is a Pit Bull”?

WHAT IS A “PIT BULL”?

​Pitbull-type dogs were originally bred in England in the early 19th century as crossbreed between a bulldog and a terrier (then called “Bull and Terriers”) to be working dogs on farms to herd, protect, and manage livestock. Today, there are 4+ distinct breeds that are commonly considered “pitbull-type” breeds including the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. However, there are also over 20 other unique breeds plus a variety of mixed breed dogs that share the same or similar physical characteristics that are typically found in pitbull-type dogs such as a “blocky” head. Furthermore, the term “pit bull” is not a breed – historically, it was an informal and slang term that was used to describe any dog that was used for the cruel sport of “bull baiting” (using dogs to seize tethered animals such as bulls within an enclosed area called a “pit”). While many different breeds were used for this sport, dogs that resemble today’s bully breeds were commonly used – it was not an activity limited to today’s pitbull-type breeds. More recently, the term “pit bull” has become a generic term that is used to describe dogs that fall into the broad “pitbull-type” category which includes many different breeds and mixes based on their appearance.
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