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.


-Pit Bull Info-
Real Pit Bull
Pit Bull Rescue Central

-American Bulldog Info-
American Bulldog Rescue


a great page from on Pit Bull temperament -

and another from our friends at New Hope Pit Bull Rescue -

American Bulldog temperament -
The American Bulldog is a guarding breed. This breed is sometimes wary of strangers, and can exhibit shyness when meeting new people. The American Bulldog is typically a happy, friendly dog who does well as a family pet. Like many other breeds of this size, the American Bulldog requires plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

Boxer temperament -
Boxers are energetic, playful dogs who are typically very active. They are very friendly and social dogs.

from the AKC breed standard,
"These are of paramount importance in the Boxer. Instinctively a hearing guard dog, his bearing is alert, dignified, and self-assured. In the show ring his behavior should exhibit constrained animation. With family and friends, his temperament is fundamentally playful, yet patient and stoical with children. Deliberate and wary with strangers, he will exhibit curiosity, but, most importantly, fearless courage if threatened. However, he responds promptly to friendly overtures honestly rendered. His intelligence, loyal affection, and tractability to discipline make him a highly desirable companion. Any evidence of shyness, or lack of dignity or alertness, should be severely penalized."

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