No dog is more maligned, mistreated, or misunderstood than the pit bull. A generation ago, the pit bull was the loyal sidekick to The Little Rascals on TV, was the mascot of the Buster Brown children’s shoe company, and was a companion to the likes of Helen Keller and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Today, the stigma pit bulls bear is the result of dog fighters, backyard breeders and irresponsible owners. The reality is that pit bulls are a large, strong breed but one that can be gentle and loving. When looking for a companion dog it is imperative to assess him or her in the context of their size, build, breed or type. Global generalizations on behavior—good or bad—need to be avoided. We’ve seen pit bulls that are aggressive, but we’ve also seen pit bulls come through our shelter that are sweet, affectionate and not aggressive.
We do our best to assess each dog’s current behavior to make the best possible matches. If you’re looking for a larger companion dog with a lot of heart and drive come meet one of our pit bulls. If you’d like to adopt a pit, here are some useful guidelines: