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Do you think my dog is a pitbull?

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I honestly know you guy's probably hate this question as I assume it comes a lot on these forums but I would really like to know if my dog is pitbull/part pitbull.

What are your thoughts?
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They became illegal here in the UK before I got him when a pitbull killed a child, that is why they sent out a guy to keep checking up on him, he came out to see his temperment and measured him but after 6 months of random call outs he said we were find to keep him, however recently they are looking to bring in a strong ban on "dangerous dogs" which would include staffies.

Everyone here assumes they are evil dogs, but my dog is everything but evil, he would probably lick you to death if that was possible.

He is actually my life, I have trained him so hard from playing dead to getting socks out of my drawer.

But it doesn't matter how good the dog is if its a pitbull it's taken from you and put down.
Yes I understand I am so sorry your in this situation it's very sad The APBT in general is a human friendly dog they don't get along with other dogs but they were never bred to be human aggressive. Many of the attacks that happen are from mixed breeds/pitbull type breeds or unstable dogs(that the owner should have PTS) that were a result of bad breeding practices.

The only thing I could suggest is that you get your vet to write up something saying the dog you own is something other than what it appears to look like a pit or pit/mix. I don't know if you have a vet you are very close with that would do this for you. Otherwise my last suggestion would be to move from the area that the breed is banned. I am not sure if that is an option for you but if they ban all pitbulls or like breeds your not going to have a choice without some sort of documentation stating your dog is NOT a pitbull/related mix .
I just think it's terrible that they don't give the dog a second glance, but if worst comes to worst I can just move to Ireland where they are not illegal.

I'd rather move than give him up, he is the child I never had.

He is registered, insured, neutered and microchipped. (all that had to been done when the man said I could keep him)

My house is completely fenced up with 6 foot fences and I walk him in my grandas field (he loves to chase the sheep).

People say they are unpredictable dogs and could bite at any second, yet he runs towards sheep barking but when the sheep run at him he runs back to me with his tail between his legs like he has been told off.

Bah, now i'm heading away from the topic itself.

Thanks for your help guys.
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That is the thing with owning this breed you have to be prepared for BSL to hit home even though we hope to never have to deal with it. There are far to many irresponsible owner's and bad breeder's that are ruining it for the good owner's like us. You seem like a very loving and caring responsible owner and I really hope this can all work out for you so that you can keep your baby. You may have to move that might be the last resort I hope it doesn't come to that but I would rather you move than to loose your baby.
Oh man this is just heart breaking to read. I think it's very sad that they are all labeled bad because of some that were unstable. I wish you and your baby all the best of luck ( hugs ) please keep us updated.
This is a big story a lot of dog owners are following:

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I know it hurts my heart to read this .. At the same time it makes me even more angry at the stupidity of bad owner's and bad breeder's and the lack of education in the public eye about the breed in general.
OMG that is just sad. We had to fight our vet and provide a pedigree for our American Bulldog to not be registered as an APBT. At that point we faced BSL in our area, Luckily it didn't pass but for many it does and they are not so lucky. :( Poor pups.
find another breed that is not outlawed and call him that. Who knows what he really is but if there is a ban they could call him a APBT and put him down so come up with another breed.
find another breed that is not outlawed and call him that. Who knows what he really is but if there is a ban they could call him a APBT and put him down so come up with another breed.
That's pretty much exactly what I was going to suggest. Just to clear things up a little, I know Staffordshire terriers (Amstaffs) are also banned in the UK but I think you should be OK if you said he was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. AFAIK they're completely unaffected by breed bans in the UK. I don't live there though so I'm happy to be corrected.
I am sorry to hear that. When my vet saw Beastley he told me I had three choices, and two were my best options because BSL was still high in Ohio. He recommended I register him as either a Large Breed Mix or a Boxer Mix in order to avoid the drama of BSL of APBT. I chose registering him as a Boxer Mix even though I follow the standard guidelines. I license him, muzzle and leash him in public. I also have a fenced in enclosure for him. Maybe your vet will do the same for you. Good Luck. Thank goodness BSL failed in my area.
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