Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.
Is pit bull a breed?
A pit bull is not a breed; Pit Bull is a type. So what that means is there’s no such thing as an actual Pit Bull, which is confusing to a lot of people and let me explain it. American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier are the three main purebred types of Pit Bulls. However, there is no such things as an actual Pit Bull as a breed.
What are pit bull characteristics?
What do we look at, when we look at a dog that’s a Pit Bull then. So a ‘Pit Bull’ and I am going to say that in quotes, is usually block headed dog, muscular with a wiry kind of fur and usually average about 35 -70 pounds depending on which type of dog you’re talking about. However again, since Pit Bull isn’t a breed that varies so much that people are very confused about what a Pit Bull is when they are labeling them in shelters.
How easy is it to identify a pit bull dog?
For example, Maddie’s Fund did an amazing research paper recently in the last year looking at different kinds of people and how they identify Pit Bulls. What they did is that they noticed that even behaviorist, veterinarians, professionals that look at these dogs all day long got it wrong when they did DNA tests. And that only helps further the point that all dogs are individuals and that is what is most critical when we talk about Pit Bull type dogs.
Maddie’s Fund Results:
1. 120 total dogs: 25 “true” pit bulls by DNA analysis + 95 “non-pit bulls”
2. Shelter staff identified 55 out of the 120 dogs to be pit bull type breeds
3. Only 36% of these dogs actually were true pit bulls by DNA analysis.
4. Shelter staff missed identifying 5 (20%) of the 25 true pit bulls.
5. Only 8 (32%) of the 25 pit bulls were identified as a pit bull by all staff.
6. Accuracy in breed assignment varied among individuals, with sensitivity for pit bull-type breed identification ranging from 33% to 75% and specificity ranging from 52% to 100%.
7. The shelter staff agreement had a kappa value that was poor to fair (0.093-0.324).
PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.