Pit Bull

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Pit Bull is a term used to describe several breeds of dogs with similar physical characteristics, 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 breeds 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, although in many cases, the attacks were either provoked (by either physical abuse or an invasion (perceived or not) of territory) or weren't even committed by actual pit bulls. There is much debate over whether or not the breed is actually dangerous or if their owners are the ones to blame.

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

Pit Bulls as characters are not as common in the furry fandom as more common breeds, such as the Siberian Husky. Players of Pit Bulls tend to be resilient and driven, but present a more playful outside, with a strong desire to please people. However, if they feel threatened or abused or their territory encroached, like any other dog breed, they can become defensive. Pit Bulls are often a common theme for young African Americans, such as Mooty Moo, who associate the breed with its hip hop and urban image of toughness. People who know the breed outside of its stereotypes tend to pick the Pit Bull as a fursona because of its strength, loyalty, loving nature and even because they can relate to the breed being misunderstood.

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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