pit bull

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pit bull

n.
1. A dog of any of various breeds having a muscular body, broad powerful head, and short coat, especially an American pit bull terrier, an American Staffordshire terrier, or a Staffordshire bull terrier. Also called pit bull terrier.
2. Slang One who behaves in a markedly aggressive or ruthless manner.
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Hoffman told the website Companion Animal Psychology that while finding no evidence of Black Dog Syndrome, "We did find that shelter outcomes tended to be worse for brindle [brown] dogs and, not surprisingly, bully breeds. A relatively recent paper by Brown, et al (2013) also concluded that black dogs do not have worse than average shelter outcomes."
* RESULTS: About one-third of the dogs who were identified as a pit-bull type breed by one or more shelter staff lacked any DNA evidence of bully breeds in his/her heritage.
"There is an attitude, sometimes an undeserved prejudice, about pit bulls and other 'bully breeds,' " Curtin said.
Most of these dogs' genetic make-up when tested is a mishmash of several dog breeds that often times doesn't include "bully breeds".
October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month so it is time to realize that approximately 1 million 'bully breeds' are being killed each year.
She said she tries to find homes for the town's wayward dogs - many of which she terms "bully breeds" that are often tougher to place.
But he also knows that the bully breeds have never been my favorite, and he must have worried that my judgment has been compromised by depression.