On 25 May 2007 13:44:09 -0700, Michael Yardley wrote:
> Condo where the dog lives is trying to bring in a bye law about
> vicious dogs being muzzled. They are saying in the bye law American
> Pit Bulls. Stafford-shire PIT Bulls.Our dog has a small head not like
> a true Pit Bull that has a big head. So the question is "We own a Pure
> breed American Stafford-shire Terrier. Is this a Pit Bull?"
An AmStaff is one breed that's commonly referred to as a "pit bull".
Another is the American Pit Bull Terrier, and the third is the
Staffordshire bull terrier.
Is your dog large or small? Some people say APBTs and AmStaffs are the
same breed. Others identify APBTs as being up to about 50-60 lbs. and
AmStaffs as being up to around 90 lbs. But Staffie bulls are small
dogs... the breed standard calls for them to not exceed about 35 lbs. or
I've heard that England has very restrictive "dangerous dog" laws about
pit bulls and other supposedly "dangerous" breeds... but the
Staffordshire bull terrier is exempt, because they're so loved.
IIWY, I'd start attending all Board meetings. If your dog is always
sweet and nice around people, intriduce her to your neighbors and Board
members. Get them to see the "human" face of this rule they're
considering. Tell them that "vicious" dogs (ones with a history of
biting people, not those of any given breed) should be banned, but that
any dog that isn't a problem shouldn't be subject to being singled out.
Point out that the three "pit bull" breeds have been tested and show
better temperaments than dozens of other popular breeds...
There are lots of resources out there on the
Internet. Look for a local pit bull rescue and see if they have
anything that might help.
I already had an issue where some nutcase started to complain about my
pittie because she walked "too close to" this idiot's unit.
Fortunately, a couple of Board members already knew us and thought my
dog was the sweetest, most adorable dog ever. The others were handled
when I let them know that they'd be in for the longest, naastiest, most
expensive legal battle I could summon up if they were to try to do
anything about my dog. I told them my dog was never going anywhere
without me, that they'd have an easier time separating me from one of my
arms, and that I wasn't going to move out of my home because of some
nutjob. I would only recommend taking the hard way if it's the last
opportunity left to you, and if you have some vocal support from other
residents. Try to keep things as sugary-sweet nice as possible for as
long as possible.
* John Oliver http://www.john-oliver.net/
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