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There are four breeds that are commonly classified as the modern "pitbull-type" breeds by AKC/UKC breed standards - most are members of the Terrier Group of dog breeds. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is the tallest and most athletic of the four pitbull-type breeds. The American Staffordshire Terrier is slightly shorter and stockier than the APBT. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is easily the smallest of the four. The American Bully (not to be confused with the American Bulldog) is the most unique of the group as it's the most stout and closely resembles the classic Bulldog breed.

Despite their size, the Pitbull is a gentle, loving dog who will do whatever they can to make you happy. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, it's always an interesting idea to have these little friendly dogs.

An easy way to identify bias and misinformation about pitbull-type dogs is any website or organization that publishes aggressive pictures of pitbull-type dogs. Aggressive pictures can be found for any breed, but these biased and cherry-picked pictures never represent the breed as a whole.

Pitbull-type dogs are a crossbreed between a bulldog and a terrier originally bred in England in the early 19th century (then called "Bull and Terriers") to be working dogs on farms to herd, protect, and manage livestock. While their early history is complex and includes herding cattle and protecting homesteads, it also unfortunately includes the cruel sports of bull-baiting and dog fighting. However, these cruel "sports" were not specific to today's pitbull-type breeds - many different breeds were subjected to these activities which are now illegal almost everywhere. During the 20th century, pitbull-type dogs quickly became one of America's most popular family dogs to the extent that they became national mascots and were used on recruitment posters for World Wars 1 & 2 and were proudly called "America's dog". More recently, their popularity has continued to grow to an estimated 20% of the total dog population in the U.S. (all "pitbull-type" dogs and mixes combined) and are successful as service dogs, as therapy dogs, as K9 police dogs, as family pets, and consistently achieve excellent temperament scores.

While there are over 20 different breeds (and many mixed breeds) with similar physical characteristics as pitbull-type dogs, the breeds below (and especially their many mixes) are just a few of the unique breeds frequently misidentified as pitbull-type dogs because of their appearance. These breeds are larger and less common than the pitbull-type breeds and are not classified as "pitbull-type" breeds by any canine organizations (most are members of the Working Group of dog breeds).

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