So You Think You Know What A 'Pit Bull' Is? Think Again.

07/30/2014 03:23 pm ET | Updated Jul 30, 2014

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The name "pit bull" can mean a lot of things, and there's really no one breed associated with the label. The American Kennel Club recognizes the American Staffordshire terrier and the Staffordshire bull terrier as independent breeds, but nearly a dozen others can fall under the pit bull umbrella, including the American bulldog, the Cane Corso, the Alapaha blue blood and the Dogo Argentino.

Breed aside, many of the millions of dogs that come through shelters every year are mutts that garner a simple "pit bull mix" label, but are by and large just normal dogs with a similar, blocky-shaped head.

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