Meet the Breed: The American Staffordshire Terrier

A It’s a bit confusing to understand the differences between the AKC-recognized American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier.  Indeed, some breed registries consider the American Staffordshire Terrier and the American Pitbull Terrier the same breed, while others give them a separate designation with one being bred for the show ring, and the other with a history of being bred for pit fighting.

Let’s learn about the American Staffordshire Terrier, and see if this breed could be for you. Continue reading

Honoring Lennox: Killed Despite International Campaign to Spare Pit Bull Look-Alike

Lennox, an American bulldog-Labrador mix was killed July 11, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland by city officials after a two-year incarceration in deplorable conditions. Lennox’s owners had done everything required by law to keep him as a companion to their disabled daughter. As a puppy, the Barnes family had him licensed, insured, microchipped, DNA registered, neutered, and Pet Safe registered. In spite of this, the dog was seized by the Belfast City Dog Wardens after partaking in tea with the family, chatting, and playing with their other dogs. A dressmaker’s tape was used to measure Lennox’s muzzle and rear legs and, based on that, they determined he may be of a pit bull type, which are illegal in the UK. They then seized Lennox, giving the Barnes nothing but a scribbled phone number and a first name for a reference. Continue reading