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     Welcome to the San Diego Pittie Parents' resource/information page. The main goal of our group, and it's members, is to advocate for this misunderstood, and too often mistreated, breed of dog. We want to educate the public on the truth about pit bulls, and provide as much help and positive press as we can. All of the contents of this page are aimed to fulfill this goal.


    This page contains a lot of important information for both current pittie parents as well as potential adopters. Information ranging from how and where to adopt a pit bull (or another breed), to who to contact if you find a stray dog, to informative "notes" on various topics. Our "Frequently Asked Questions" section is also contained on this page, further questions can be sent via

Adopt a Pittie of Your Own!

    If you are looking for a pittie (or any breed) of your own to love, there are endless options to choose from. Rescues are a great place to start your search, even if you aren't sure you're ready to fully commit permanently many also offer the chance to temporarily foster. Once you know you are ready to take the big step, another good choice is a local shelter.

     Below are some links to some rescues (many pit bull specific) and shelters where you can find more info.


Pit Rescues
Senior Rescues

(Seniors/Special Needs)

(All Breeds)

All Breed Rescues



Learn More and Socialize!


     Whether you have a pittie, or not, knowing the truth about the breed is important. There are many misconceptions about bullys, many of the groups below are dedicated to educating the public about the truth; much like San Diego Pittie Parents. There are also groups here focused on education about other breeds, or just animals in general.

     Some of these groups also offer great opportunities to socialize you pittie, or any breed of dog, with other like-minded owners and their pets.

Outreach Programs

SDPP Notes


     Occasionally San Diego Pittie Parents posts notes on Facebook about helpful subjects. (Such as moving with a pit or re-homing a dog) Copies of those will be posted here.

Pit Bull Facts vs. Fiction

  1. Fiction: The term “Pit Bull” is a breed.
    Fact: The term “Pit Bull” is a loosely used umbrella term that encompasses several breeds with similar traits: Muscular/stocky build, short fur coat, and big blocky head. Breeds often identified as “Pit Bulls” are the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT), American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Boxer, Mastiff, and more. We use the term “Pit Bull” loosely as it pertains to several types of dogs, or use the term “bully breed” interchangeably.

  2. Fiction: Pit Bulls have locking jaws.
    Fact: Pit Bulls CANNOT lock their jaws, they are not alligators. Physiologically the mechanism of all dogs jaws are the same, the only difference is size. According to the National Canine Research Clinic (NCRC) the pattern of dog bites in U.S. history does NOT relate to breed, instead human and environmental factors are the main factors. A 2005 National Geographic study measured bite pressure per square inch (PSI) and on average, dogs exhibited about 320 pounds of pressure, while humans came in at 120 pounds and great white sharks at 600. Studies have shown that the PSI of a Rottweiler’s bite or a German Shephard’s bite is more than that of an American Pit Bull Terrier.

  3. Fiction: Pit Bulls are BORN aggressive (it’s only a matter of time before they turn on you).
    Fact: Pit Bulls, like all dogs, are individuals and over thousands of years, have been bred to become domestic pets that live harmoniously with humans. Any dog has the ability to be aggressive, regardless of breed. Aggressiveness can be attributed to several factors such as mistreatment by humans, little to no socialization, improper training methods, neglect or abuse, and/or medical conditions. In fact, Pit Bulls on average score higher in temperament ratings than the national average, based on the American Temperament Testing Society (ATTS).

  4. Fiction: Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) REALLY works.
    Fact: Did you know there are areas of the U.S. that ban Pit Bull-type dogs from even existing within their city limits? In an effort to reduce dog bites and dog-related fatalities, BSL is an option that removes all dogs within a certain breed criteria based simply on appearance, however BSL has been proven time and time again to be misleading, inaccurate, and above all IT DOESN’T WORK. First of all, identifying a dog based on appearance is a recipe for disaster – dogs with similar physical characteristics are lumped into the “aggressive breed” label. Secondly, BSL does not account for individual dog’s temperament or history. All dogs have teeth and the ability to bite, and in the wrong hands any dog can become dangerous.

  5. Fiction: Pit Bulls cannot be trusted with children, small dogs, or cats.
    Fact: Pit Bulls are loyal, loving, and eager to please. Pit Bulls live with people of all ages as well as with cats, other dogs, birds, rodents, and livestock. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to know their own dog’s temperament, read their body language and intervene if necessary. It is NEVER a good idea to leave an unattended child with any animal, regardless of breed or “how well you know the dog”.

Other Ridiculous Myths

  • Pit Bulls’ brains swell

  • Pit Bulls are unpredictable

  • Pit Bulls are baby-killers

  • Pit Bulls are only bred for fighting

  • Cropped ears are only meant for fighting

  • Blue Nose Pits are rare

  • Pit Bulls cannot live in apartments or condos

  • Pit Bulls cannot be trained

Real Life Scenarios

Every encounter with a NON-Pit Bull Lover is an OPPORTUNITY. We encourage all of our Pittie Parents to take the initiative and help spread awareness about the bully breeds. Remember to always be KIND and RESPECTFUL. Education is our biggest defense, not the tone of our voice or intimidation. How would you respond to these scenarios?


  1. A stranger approaches you and your dog. He says, “That dog can’t be trusted. Pit Bulls are killers, it’s only time before it turns on you.” What’s your response?

  2. A loose dog is heading straight toward you with their owner running behind yelling, “Don’t worry, my dog is friendly!” but you have your dog leashed and can tell your dog is getting agitated. How do you handle this?

  3. You see a woman in the park with an intact male dog. She approaches you and says, “Your dog is beautiful! Would you ever consider breeding her?” How do you respond?

  4. You’ve noticed your neighbor keeps their dog tethered outside all day and all night. There is no shelter and his water bowl is always empty. Who do you call? What do you report
    Call San Diego Humane Society (619) 243-3466
    Call Department of Animal Services (619) 236-4250

  5. You suspect someone you know is involved in dog fighting. Who do you contact?
    Call Humane Society of the U.S., National Dog Fighting Hotline, (877) TIP-HSUS

  6. What signals does your dog give you to express Agitation? Anxiety? Panic? Exhaustion? Know how to read dog body language.
    Key body language triggers to look for: ears, eyes, tail, body posture, and mouth

How You and Your Dog Can Be “Pit Bull Ambassadors”

  • Spay or neuter your dog

  • Update vaccinations regularly

  • Register your dog with your county

  • Only drive with your dog when harnessed or crated in a car

  • Obey all leash laws

  • If you rent, consider building a Doggie Resume (details available upon request)

  • Socialize your dog early and often

  • Set up play dates with friends, join pack walks, exercise your dog regularly

  • Enroll in basic obedience class

  • Always use positive reinforcement techniques (remember REPETITION is key)

  • Consider getting your dog CGC Certified

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