American Pitbull Terrier

  • 20,851 registered dogs are of this breed, making it the 4th most common.
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Comments about the American Pitbull Terrier

Pete was a good dog, he never bit anybody. He loved playing catch and he loved the water. He had so much pesonality. He lived through parvo. he lived from through the birth of my little girl now 13 and the many memories I have of pete. Named after the great "Pete" of the Little Rascals he was the very replica of that american pitbull. He is missed.

— darthlaker
August 1, 2008 at 12:48 a.m.

I've had many dogs over the years, but none as wonderful as my pitbull mutt, Maximus. Full of energy, lots of love, big heart, and always ready to go ... anywhere, so long as we go together. Bully breed dogs are not for everyone, but for those willing to learn what these dogs need, the rewards are absolutely unsurpassed.

— David Walker
August 1, 2008 at 10:11 a.m.

Out of all the family dogs we've had, Missy is by far the most enjoyable. We got her as a tiny baby. She is one-half pit and the other half pure "in your face, I'm going to do what I want kind of babe." She's ridden across country, traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast, and is always up for a ride. She travels with us on vacations. Before my mother became ill, Missy and Mom were a team and had lengthly discussions. During my Mom's illness, Missy slept under Mom's feet and was never far away from her. At 5 years old, she lives with my husband, son, and me. She has been hissed into shape by our two older male cats and a new female kitten. We love her to pieces and she fills our hearts with love. We understand that others are terribly afraid of pitbulls and we take necessary precautions, but she's been the best watch dog and friend.

— Casey Williams
August 1, 2008 at 11:52 a.m.

So misunderstood. And so often mistreated and abused. I love pits more than any other breed. I feel a strong connection to these dogs... Like when you meet someone for the first time and just "click." My dog Tank is my best friend and I truly believe we were meant to find each other. I found myself at a shelter 5 years ago after picking up a stray dog in my neighborhood. I was walking out and remember turning back and seeing this dopey little smile looking back at me. I knew at that moment he was to be my dog. And the timing couldn't have been better because they told me he had been there a long time and was about to be put down. At a time in my life when I had recently suffered much loss and despair, this happy boy brought love and hope back into my life.

— Jean
August 1, 2008 at 3:09 p.m.

Our white pit bull, Clare, was found wandering a Wal-Mart parking lot pregnant - not even a year old. We adopted her from a shelter even though we did not want a pit bull. But they had so many! Clare is our 9th dog and by far the most sensitive, emotional, affectionate, and sweet dog we've ever had. If a harsh word is spoken she has a meltdown. Her favorite way to wake me in the morning is to push her ample behind against my door and wag her tail - thump, thump, thump - until I surrender and get up. Our neighbors adore her and pick her up every day to take her with their dogs to play at a local river for several hours. Initially we were wary of adopting a pit bull but now, after 3 years, I am totally commmitted to the breed. Unresponsible owners and the media have ruined the reputation of this breed which is a tragedy. Pit bulls are smart, easy to maintain, seldom bark, and love cuddling, car rides, and kind words. I consider them the perfect dog.

— Mara St. James
August 4, 2008 at 12:24 p.m.

It started with our dog Maximilian. We didn't realize he was a pit bull (we didn't know what a pit bull looked like) and were upset when we found out he was one of the scary breed. Well, Max was better behaved, smarter, and more loving than all four of my kids rolled together. I laugh, but it's true. He was a gentleman through and through. I never left the house without Max. In honor of him, we rescued four more pit bulls, two of whom were rehabilitated by the dog genius Brandon Fouche of Canine Communications. I grew up in a pack of dogs: shepherds, huskies, beagles, a poodle, etc. I never knew a true dog until we adopted a pit bull. They have an amazing sense of humor, they're true blue, they have the biggest heart I've ever known in a dog, they're smart, level-headed and have amazing temperaments. Bullys will always be the closest to mine and my husband's heart.

— Teri Edgar
August 11, 2008 at 4:19 p.m.

My husband and I recently adopted a pit from our local pound and could not be happier with her. We of course were apprehensive at first about her reactions to other people, dogs and children. We recently went to an event for my husbands work and all our dog wanted to do was play with the children. She even became attached to a toddler and they had the best time playing together. Our pit is smart, well behaved and extremely affectionate. We just love her to death and are so happy we were able to rescue her.

— Kelly
August 11, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

My husband and I have always had pitbulls, I do love all dogs and I also favorite Labs. But my little girl "Candy" was born on March 23, 2001 7 years old is our love. We always loved pitbulls trained and love by the right owners these amazing animals bring so much joy to your life. Every pit we owned were always protective of our children, would not alone anyone near our fence that they did not know. They funny thing is we have 3 boys, 3 girls and Candy always new who to play with and who just like kissing and petting her. With the boys she run around with and jump, the girls she would crawl up to them so they can pet her and kiss her. Now our grandchild all adore her.
All they need is lots of love!

— Anna Gray
September 20, 2008 at 1:46 p.m.

My red nose Pit, Honey Bear, is the perfect dog. She is a rescue dog. My niece found her and asked me to adopt her. I was hesitant because I had heard all the stories of pit bulls. When I met Honey Bear, she was very affectionate. I was still hesitant as I had a cat. I took her with the understanding that if she and the cat didn't get along I could not keep her.
The first night I was very worried that I would wake up and find my cat on top of the refrigerator scared to death. As it turned out, my cat is the dominant animal.

If Honey Bear would clean up her own poop she would be a perfect dog. She is affectionate, loyal, friendly, and gives unconditional love. Everyone who meets her loves her and she plays with the children in the neighborhood. Even my mailman likes the dog. She travels everywhere with me and is an excellent traveler. She loves to have her head out of the car. She was stolen from my work when I let her out to do her business on New Years Day. She was missing for over two months. It was a miracle that she was found by my secretary's husband 20 miles away. She was with the dognappers off leash and ran to my secretary's husband when he called her. Our local newspaper the Daily Breeze wrote of the recovery. I guess it was destined that Honey Bear and I be together.

I feel fortunate that Honey Bear is in my life. She brings constant happiness to me with her affection and personality. I now know that dog spelled backwards is god!

— Mike Mitoma
October 5, 2008 at 9:15 a.m.

We have always had dogs, mostly Australian Shepherds, labs and we had to be talked into rescuing a pit bull mix from our local Rescue group. Fiona is the best dog we have ever had. She is considerate, wonderful with our cats, and completely reliable with all kids. She was a bit dog-aggressive when we got her but she is over that now. I can't imagine a better dog.

— Roberta Schwartz
November 12, 2008 at 10:10 a.m.

I have an 8 year old white male pit bull. He just wandered into our yard to sun himself. At that time, we had a black and tan coon dog that befriended this little dog; so I began to give him water and food. He was scared, but never growled or nipped. One day I called for him and he just stood there for a second, took off into a full run...right into my arms. Cracker has been by baby since then.
Don't be afraid of this wonderful breed, educate yourself. Go meet a few pits; you will change your mind!

— Teresa Cox
November 15, 2008 at 6:15 p.m.

We adopted our "precious, pink-nose, pound puppy", Kane, from our local SPCA. We tell people we have an 80lb. Chihuahua as he is such a baby and loves to lay around. We have 5 children who adore and spoil him. He is obssessed with his red Kong ball!!!

I would never have another breed other than a pit.

Our beloved, Sofia, who was a Staffie. She was severly neglected and abused bater dog, died last November.

It is never the dog that is mean - it is always the owner who trains them to be mean and aggressive.

— Sugar Kandy Kane Kong
May 24, 2009 at 3:48 p.m.

We got our first pit bull, Lazlo, when he was 5 weeks old and we knew nothing about pit bulls ---other than he was a cute pup. His hilarious personality and lovable temperament has made us ambassadors for the breed. If we scold him he instantly lays flat on the ground. He loves to have his ears scratched by anyone and doesn't know what a stranger is. He even gets in the truck with the UPS man. A couple of years ago we rescued a pit-dalmatian that survived Hurricane Katrina and now we have two truly happy dogs. They sleep under the covers (even my parents let them get in their bed) and love to wrestle with each other and play fetch. We couldn't ask for better dogs and we'll boast about our pit bulls to anyone who will listen. We want people to know these dogs' true nature when they are raised with love and discipline.

— April
November 12, 2009 at 4:40 p.m.

what can you say about the pitbull? nothing if you've never had one. Cocoa Pup found us about 8 months ago. alittle puppy about 4 or 5 months old. She attached herself to my son. I did NOT want a dog. especially not a demon dog aka pitbull. Boy was I wrong!!! Cocoa is the most loyal, smart,willing to please,better behaved than my kids, dog I've ever had. They are not the vicious killers the media makes them out to be. If anything they are thieves. Because they will steal your heart. Gotta love a bullydog!!! R Saenz.

— ricardo saenz
December 26, 2009 at 4:47 p.m.
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  • While registering your dog is required by law, only a fraction of owners do so.
  • The database covers most of L.A. county except parts of Arcadia, Downey, Sierra Madre and La Canada Flintridge.
  • The breed totals reported here do not reflect purebred status.

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