Purina Pit Bull Chow

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Purina is a brand of animal food that has been commercially produced since 1926, when they opened a research farm in Gray Summit, MO. The brand focuses on using science to formulate pet food that helps dogs and cats live longer and healthier lives. Purina has food made for weight loss, healthy coats, digestive health, and food specified by dog age and size. Over 90 years later, many pet owners continue to feed their pets Purina brand food. While the brand has food for many different diets, there is no history of them having a chow specifically for pit bull breeds. 
“Pit bulls” are not actually a singular breed, but lots of different breeds. Some of the breeds that go by the name “pit bull” include Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Bullies, and even American Bull Dogs! Most commonly, the term is used to refer to American Pit Bull Terriers. American Pit Bull Terriers are known to be very smart, affectionate companions. Their history as dogs who have been bred as bear-baiters and dog fighters, in combination with selective media reporting, has earned these dogs a reputation for attacking children. It is likely that this stereotype is what this button is referencing. While “pit bulls” are noted by the CDC in 2018 to have been the dog responsible for the most dog attacks and deaths, advocates of these breeds emphasize the importance of good training and ownership to make sure these dogs live out nonviolent and fulfilling lives. 


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