Breeds You Should Know: Bully Breeds

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Bully breeds tend to have a rep of being bad to the bone.

When someone says "pit bull," you may picture a particular pooch -- one with a stocky build, short coat and strong head, for example. But the breed is one of several dogs that fall under the umbrella of bully breeds. Unfortunately, dogs in this group have fallen victim to inaccurate stereotypes, and many people believe they're naturally aggressive. In reality, though, the bully breed category offers a number of wonderful choices for potential owners -- including those who are in search of a loyal, obedient, playful companion for their kids.

In fact, the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. (ATTS), a professional organization that independently tests the temperaments of over 25,000 dogs across 200 breeds, concluded that bully breeds such as the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier all rank in the mid-80th to low-90th percentile in terms of friendly disposition -- on par with dogs such as the beagle and the Australian shepherd.

A good attitude is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the positive attributes the bully breeds have to offer. Read on to learn more about the history of various bully breeds and what makes them tick, and see which one might make the perfect match for your lifestyle.

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