Is My Dog a Pit Bull?

I got this dog from a man near where I live. When I went to go and get him, the man told me there were only 3 puppies left out of a huge litter. But when he went to let the father out so we could see him, about 13 other puppies like mine ran out too. He said nothing and just put them back in. I found this really suspicious. His mum looked like a red Pit Bull. When my mother said that he got really defensive. He told me that his mum is a Irish Staff. I've researched online and people have been known to call Pit Bulls "Irish Staffs".


By natashakaya from UK

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November 9, 20130 found this helpful

I Google Images searched 'Irish Staff' and this is what comes up - and what your dog looks like:

So then I Googled 'Irish Staff UK' and this is what came up:

You need to take this dog to a vet now and make sure he is legal for you to own, and what your legal responsibilities are if he is legal.


If you are able to keep him, as a fellow UK resident I implore you - take him to training classes, never take him out in public off lead and unmuzzled, and never leave him around children under the age of 16 ever.

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November 10, 20130 found this helpful

The Irish Staff and Pit Bull share common ancestry. Their appearance and temperament are very similar. (And your puppy appears to be one of them.) Where I work (a grooming salon) we have two classifications in the computer: American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier. The difference is so minimal, we tend to use the two interchangeably. We do not consider either of them to be particularly dangerous based on its breed. In fact, my manager owns seven Pit Bulls, and every single one is friendly and loving. You should certainly make sure it is legal to own that breed in your area. ("Bully breed" laws are a whole other debate, but the law is the law.) It is always best to start training early no matter what kind of dog you have, but beyond that, you should judge your puppy based on its behavior, not its breed.

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November 11, 20130 found this helpful

Looks pretty close to my girl. She is a pitbull. Staffies and pitbulls look fairly similar to one another.


My pitbull, Rein, is the sweetest and most loving dog you could ever imagine. She is excellent with kids, and with babies. I would never leave her alone with either, as I wouldn't with any breed of dog. With proper training and activity, a pitbull can be the most loving, loyal, and amazing family pet. Do not let other people's misconceptions scare you away. I have people cross the street all the time to "protect themselves" from my dog when we are walking. It makes me SO sad. All she wants is to meet everyone and give them kisses.

Good luck!

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