‘Pitbull’ is not an official breed. The word ‘pitbull’ refers to the three recognized breeds of dogs — the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the American Pit Bull Terrier. For a period of time, they were referred to as “Nanny Dogs” due to their faithful and protective nature towards young children. Pit Bull breeds also include Pit Bull/Boxer mix with a slightly leaner frame and larger ears, but still the same big heart. They are tremendously loyal and sociable and when you visit the NHSPCA, you will see they are eager to make new friends.
NATIONAL PIT BULL AWARENESS DAY ACTIVITIES*
Find a pit bull to play with
The easiest way to change your perception about pit bulls is to get to know one personally. Whether it’s through a friend who owns one, a shelter, or an event specific to the awareness day, find a way to play with a pit, and we know you’ll quickly see they’re not the aggressive monsters they’re made out to be.
Adopt a pit bull
Perhaps one of the most impactful actions you could take would be to give a home to a pit bull in need. They’re smart and strong dogs, so training is essential, but once you’ve done this, they are among the most obedient and loving breeds in the country.
Share your experiences
Whether you’re attending an adopt-a-thon, visiting a local shelter, donating food and supplies, or any other officially sponsored event, make sure you share it on social media with the hashtag #NationalPitBullAwarenessDay. Find out if anyone else around you is also celebrating, and meet up to help get the positive word out about these loving animals.