English Pitbull, is it a breed?




If you are searching online for a pitbull, you may have come across some breeders who say that they have an English pitbull for sale.

There is, however, no such breed of dog.





The confusion could possibly be related to the fact that English bulldogs are often incorrectly lumped into the same group as pitbulls.

The common thought is that there are only three breeds of dogs that actually belong in that group.

Those breeds are American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier.

English bulldogs, because they display some of the characteristics often associated with pit bulls are sometimes lumped into the same group.

Sometimes breeders will call their English Bulldog English pitbull, because they know that some people will do an internet search for English pitbulls. While the most common school of thought does not include the English bulldog in the pitbull category, there are plenty of people that do.

Some of the locations that have implemented breed specific legislation banning pitbulls, have listed the English bulldog as one of the effected breeds. Also, some apartment communities list English bulldogs among the breeds that are not welcome. The thought that an English bulldog is a dangerous breed is almost laughable to anyone who is familiar with the stocky, drooling pets.

Instead of being known for the agility and strength, as are pitbulls such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, the “English pitbull” – or bulldog – is known for its extremely gentle nature and the fact that they do not like to exercise. So lazy are these dogs that they do best indoors where they can do what they do best: relax.

These mistakenly called English pitbulls overheat very easily. For this reason, they should not be left outside in warm weather and should never be left in a hot car. There are a few other things to keep in mind before purchasing or adopting an “English pitbull”.



• They drool.

These dogs tend to drool a lot. They snore, too. If you’re not into being slobbered on or if you like dead quiet when you’re trying to sleep, this breed may not be your best match.


• They have a stubborn streak.

That is not to say that they are aggressive, but they have a mind of their own. This “English pitbull” probably is not the best choice if you dream of winning obedience competitions.


•You’ve got to take good care of those wrinkles.

Those adorable wrinkles, a well-known feature of the English Bulldog , must be cleaned and powder applied so that they do not get crusty. It only takes a few minutes to do this, but some people want more of a no maintenance dog.


• Good choice if you’ve got children.

For some reason, these loving family pets seem especially drawn to children. They are gentle and love spending time with the young ones in the house.


While some do not consider the English bulldog to be a pitbull, don’t let that effect your decision to buy or adopt one. English bulldogs make fabulous family pets, so who cares what it’s called!

Here is a nice picture of an English Bulldog guarding a stick.










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