Does anyone have any idea what breed my dog might be? We were told when we got him that he was a Staff cross, but the more he's grown the less 'staffie' he seems. My friend has a purebred Staffie and next to her he looks very different, a lot taller, more athletically built and longer muzzle.
Wherever we go people comment that he looks a lot like a pit bull mix, which I don't mind but they're illegal here. He has a fantastic temperament and just loves other dogs, no aggression at all. If anyone could help I'd really appreciate it! Thanks in advance. ;)
Looks like a good deal of American Bulldog. Google for images.
I had a wonderful pitbull. She died at almost 13 years of age. It is the way that they are raised that makes them a terrible animal! Some indeed have been breed to be mean and that is a shame! This pooch has the pit bull face. But if anyone asked I would go with the American Bulldog also. There are nasty shepherds and tiny mutts that have done some real damage to people. Love this sweety and thank you for loving him!
Looks like he could be either an American Staffordshire or American Bulldog, if he is taller than a Staffordshire. AmStaffs are a bit taller, and depending on their body type, can be a bit longer/leaner. Staffordshires are the smallest of the three breeds (Staffies, AmStaffs, Pitties). If he is taller, he could be a mix with American Bulldog--they are bigger, but similar in features. Look at breed pages to see the approximate height, weight, etc. for the breeds.
Bully breeds are wonderful dogs. They have bad press, but the myths are worse than the realities. Look up the legislation for your area. Breed Specific Legislation is big in some areas. I moved to Ohio, and had to get a special permit, plus fence in my yard, put up a sign, and a few other things to keep my AmStaff. She is a great dog, very people friendly. But the State doesn't like them as a whole. Some BSL states only pits, some will include the others. If the law was passed after you had your dog, it should be "grandfathered" in, and be ok.
He is a good looking dog :)
If anyone asks, the pooch is a "terrier mix" (as in American Pitbull Terrier).
Keep him harmless looking by using a matching pink collar and leash. He'll look like a girl and people may not give him a second thought - or use a really loud colored collar and matching leash (something to distract from the 'pit' appearance).
Thanks everyone! Someone did actually say to me once that he was convinced my dog was a mix of American bulldog/pit bull or am staff (pit bull and American staff, some people say they're the same breed,while others say they're completely different?! confusing! lol). I agree, bully breeds are wonderful dogs,very loyal and loving, and their appearance alone is enough to scare off any burglar! lol.
I live in the UK, we have the dangerous dogs act which bans pit bull 'types' (they decide on looks alone whether your dog is a pit bull or not, it isn't even classed as a breed over here, so innocent dogs who've done nothing wrong but 'look' like they might be a pit bull get put in kennels awaiting their fate :S )
So as far as I know, if it is decided your dog is a pit bull`, it has to be muzzled and leashed whenever you take it out,also neutered and micro-chipped, a load of complete nonsense! Hopefully one day everyone will realize how wrong the whole thing is and things will change, but I doubt it, blame the deed not the breed!
Thanks, I have to agree, he is a bit of a looker! ;D always get compliments wherever we go!
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