Bully Breed Resources

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Bully Breed Education & Resources

Bullies get a bad rap, which is why we're on a mission to clean up their undeserved reputation! We hope that the links, articles and resources on this page will help you to better understand our bully friends. We encourage you to share these links with friends via email, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets in order to help us get the word out that our pitties are friends, not foes! Together, we can help protect these beautiful dogs from further abuse, exploitation and public misunderstanding.  

About Pit Bull Breeds

Did you know that there is no such breed as a “pit bull”? The collective term "pit bull" is actually used to describe the dogs of three recognized bully breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The latter two breeds are commonly referred to as "AmStaffs".

To the casual observer, these breeds can be nearly impossible to distinguish from one another, yet their sizes, shapes and colors can vary widely. Some weigh in at a light 25 pounds, while others may be 85 pounds. All three breeds are well muscled with short, bristly coats that come in a variety of markings and colors.

Despite their physical variances, however, the bully breeds all have one thing in common: incredibly lovable personalities! As a rule, bully breeds are fun loving, spunky, intelligent, affectionate and often quite goofy dogs. What's more, they are extremely loyal to their families and can make truly wonderful companions!

Of course, like all breeds, a bully is not for everyone. While their strong desire to please, energetic nature and intelligence make them excellent for agility, flyball, obedience training and outdoor activities, their tenacity and strength also requires a guardian to provide firm but loving guidance and training, proper socialization and plenty of bonding and exercise. Making a bully breed a member of your family is a full-time commitment that should not be taken lightly. That said, the time and effort is well worth it for the loyalty, love and companionship of one of these amazing dogs!

Our Positive Pit Bull Articles

Following are a collection of our bully breed articles in PDF format, which can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the links. We invite you to share this information on your blogs, websites, emails and more… we simply ask that you link the information back to this page!

The Truth About Bullies
Understanding America's Most Controversial Dog Breeds
By Heather Davis / Published in the Aug/Sep 2006 issue of Nashville Paw Magazine

Tennessee Goes to the Pits
First Annual Pit Bull Awareness Day Aims to Give Bully Breeds a Positive Spotlight
By Emily Volman / Published in the Oct/Nov 2007 issue of Nashville Paw Magazine

Beautiful Bullies
Pit Bull Awareness Day Celebrates Bullies on October 24th
By Heather Davis / Published in the Oct/Nov 2009 issue of Nashville Paw Magazine

Promoting Compassion and Understanding for our Bully Friends
Publisher's Page
By Heather Davis / Published in the Oct/Nov 2009 issue of Nashville Paw Magazine

Adoption Spotlight
By Heather Davis / Published in the Oct/Nov 2010 issue of Nashville Paw Magazine

Fun-to-Share Pit Bull Links

Promoting pit bull awareness can be as easy as spreading the message with a weblink. Share these fun links with your friends and family!

YouTube Video: Pit Bull Blues
This great song and video by John Shipe shines a happy light on our bully friends... a must-share!

Find the Pit Bull Game
Can you identify the American Pit Bull Terrier at this link? It's harder than you might think! Truth is, most people get this wrong. Banning pit bulls through BSL (breed specific legislation) is not effective for several reasons, one of them being that the general public as well as law enforcement often cannot identify the true breed of a dog. There are many breeds that are often mistaken for pit bulls, including Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs, Dodo Argentinos, Cane Corsos and even American Bulldogs. Give this quiz a try and see how you do, then share it with a friend!

Pit Bull Education & Resources

There is a plethora of pit bull information available on the internet, although it can take a while to sift through to the good stuff! That's why we've compiled this list of our favorite bully breed websites, making it easy for you to find pit bull information, education, advocacy and rescue resources.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the reputation and image of America's bully breeds

Pit Bull Prejudice: The Problem and Pit Bull Predjuice: The Solution
Our friend Scotlund Haisley, founder of Animal Rescue Corps, has written a great blog post about the misinformation surrounding pit bulls. A great place to start in your search for the real story!

Pit Bulls: Saving America's Dogs
One of our favorite organizations is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. And one of our very favorite pit bull resources is the website dedicated to their "Saving America's Dogs" campaign! Not only will you find perhaps the best collection of bully breed information, education, advocacy tools, breaking news and awareness campaigns, but you'll also find details on BSL (breed specific legislation), media galleries and more. Check it out today!

Bay Area Dog Lovers Responsible About Pit Bulls
Check out their website for heartwarming updates, photos and stories about the dogs they took in from the Michael Vick case. A great source of education and information for all things bully!

Pit Bull Rescue Central
A great website for pit bulls facts, information and education as well as a network for rescue and adoption.

HSUS Dogfighting Campaign
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a wonderful nationwide animal cruelty and fighting campaign, aimed at educating the public about the tough reality of animal fighting and offering tips on how we each can do our part in putting an end to the suffering. This link focuses on dogfighting in particular and is a great resource for those wanting to become involved as an advocate.

Bless the Bullys
Based in Cookeville, Bless the Bullys is Middle Tennessee's foremost organization for bully advocacy and rescue. Group founder Jodi Preis created National Pit Bull Awareness Day in 2007.

For Pits' Sake
This great site highlights pit bulls in their truly heroic roles as animal-assisted therapy dogs, search and rescue canines and more. It also covers topics such as breed legislation and canine safety.

Happy Pit Bull
A wonderful resource, this site is written by a couple whose life was changed the day they took in a stray pit bull. Filled with the story of their journey to understanding these amazing dogs, as well as lots of great tips, advice, information and links, it's a great place to learn about bullies!

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and their Tale of Rescue and Redemption
A must-read book for learning the truth about dog fighting as well as understanding how these dogs CAN be rehabilitated and rehomed!

Local Groups that Help Pit Bulls and/or Chained Dogs

PLEASE NOTE: While there are many groups that claim to rescue and adopt out pit bulls, please use caution when placing any bully breed. Pitbulls can often end up in the wrong hands despite the best of intentions. Please NEVER surrender a pit bull to a "rescue" that seems overly eager to take them in or that you do not have valid references for. There are unfortunately a few groups that  pose as rescues and then dump the dogs at animal control to be euthanized, such as the one operated by Casey Phelps according to this News Ch 5 report. Always do your homework and gather references for any rescue group or organization prior to working with one or turning over a dog.

To the best of our knowledge, the following groups are known to do good work in rescuing bully breeds and/or promoting humane education and resources for bullies and/or chained dogs. 

Bless the Bullys
Cookeville, TN

Companion Pet Rescue & Transport
Nashville, TN

Dogs Deserve Better of Nashville
Nashville, TN

East Community Action Network (East CAN)
East Nashville, TN

Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue
Memphis, TN

Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center
Nashville, TN 

Music City Pit Brigade
Nashville, TN

Nashville Pittie
Nashville, TN

Silver Rescue
Nashville, TN

Anti Dog Fighting Campaigns

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Dog Fighting Q&A Fact Sheet

Humane Society of the United States
End Dogfighting Campaign