We have used this page to outline some information on “Bully breeds”, specifically the breeds that BBR rescues. We have included information on the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Bulldog, and the Boxer.

Bama Bully Rescue’s stance on the term Pit Bull –

The term Pit Bull is used as a nickname for the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff), and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Bama Bully Rescue’s stance on our use of the term “Bully Breed” –

“Bully Breeds”, is a term that, for us, covers the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, and American Bulldogs. The new “designer” Pit Bull, the “American Bully”, may also fall under the term “Bully Breed” in terms of dogs rescued by BBR. The term also encompasses most of the breeds commonly affected by BSL. There are other breeds affected by BSL – the Doberman and Rottweiler, for example – but these breeds aren’t termed “Bully Breeds” by BBR.

BBR also rescues Boxers, however not necessarily deemed a “Bully” breed because of the vast difference in temperament, characteristics, etc. However, in the public, Boxers are OFTEN mistaken for “Pit Bulls”. They see Brindle/cropped ears, square muzzle…they’re calling it a Pit Bull. They’re often surrendered to shelters here and there is a need for rescue, so we do bring them into our program as well, but we understand the differences between the breeds and that flows into our re-homing process of them.

The same above also goes for American Bulldogs, a VERY different breed from the APBT. American Bulldogs commonly exhibit guarding tendencies, as they are a guarding breed, which is something that is not part of APBT temperament. However, just like Boxers, by the public here they’re often called a Pit Bull, there is a need for rescue, and we do bring them into our program as well, when one is in need. Again, we’re very aware of the differences in temperament and our processes are tweaked accordingly when re-homing.

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