Pit bull

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Pit bull is a term used to describe several breeds of dogs with similar physical characteristics and lineage, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Pit bulls have even been confused for Labrador Retrievers (as well as the other way around) because both pit bulls and Labradors have similar large, square heads. Pit bulls are often a target of breed specific legislation, or legislation that wants to ban or limit ownership of any breed deemed dangerous. This is due to the dog's reputation for unprovoked assault, and origin for use dog fights and other blood sports such as bull-baiting. Despite this reputation, pit bulls have been successful pets and therapy dogs.

Pit bulls in furry[edit]

Horatio Shields (drawn by Lizardbeth), Sema JayHawk's Pit Bull character.

Pit bull characters are often seen in the furry fandom, though perhaps less often than more popular types/breeds, such as the Siberian Husky.

A Chicago based Pit Bull rescue called Furry Friends Foundation was the charity for Midwest Furfest 2004. The foundation brought a few of its dogs to the convention and received over $7,000 in donations from the con. The shelter had seen its highest adoption rate ever in June 2006 when, in August of 2006, they announced that they were being forced to close their doors unexpectedly for reasons known only to the trustees.

The Anthrocon 2007 charity, Animal Friends, brought several adoptable animals to the convention, including a small female pit bull named Kachina.

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