Bully Breed Education & Resources

Bullies get a bad rap, which is why we’re on a mission to help clean up their undeserved reputation!

We hope that the articles, links, information and resources on this page will help you in better understanding our beloved pit bull friends, as well as to take action toward protecting them.

Got a great bully link, article or advocacy campaign you think should be listed here? and let us know!

BULLY BREED BASICS

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!

BULLY BREED 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

BULLY BREED 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.

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!

LOCAL BULLY BREED RESCUE & ADOPTION

While there are many groups that claim to rescue and adopt out pit bulls, please beware! Pit bull dogs are a highly sought after breed that often, and unknowingly, end up in the wrong hands. The following rescue groups and shelters are respected in the Tennessee community and work hard to rescue and adopt pit bulls, as well as to promote positive awareness for these breeds.

Companion Pet Rescue
Nashville, TN

Bless the Bullys
Cookeville, TN

Hearts of Gold Pit Rescue
Memphis, TN

Silver Rescue
Nashville, TN

ENTER OUR BEAUTIFUL BULLIES CONTEST!

In celebration of National Pit Bull Awareness Day on October 24th, we are proud to be hosting our first ever Beautiful Bullies Photo & Story Contest! If you share your heart and home with a four-legged friend of the bully kind, or if you work in pit bull rescue, we want to hear YOUR story!

For details on how to enter, visit our contest page!  But hurry…contest ends November 13, 2009!