Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pooches: Another one of our favorites...What are they?

Almost every time we take the pooches on the walk, someone will ask if they are twins. The funny thing is they are actually completely different breeds of dogs. Sure, they're both "pitbulls", or types of bully breeds, but from what we can gather, Miss M. is mainly American Bulldog with "traces" of Boxer.
Check out Exhibit A: The webbed feet. American Bulldogs were originally used for bull-baiting and bred to cling to bulls. Miss. M is adept at using her paws to clench things; if you shake hands with her she grabs back and it actually feels like shaking hands with real fingers.
Exhibit B: American Bulldogs can be quite lazy and lethargic around the house. Enough said.
Now we're pretty sure Mr. B. is a full-blooded American Staffordshire Terrier.
These dogs were bred to be stocky and muscular. Just check out Mr. B's biceps:
And he is the only dog that I ever met that has a fully defined buttock:
And as a terrier, he also enjoys chasing rats. A trait that has caused us problems as we walk through our fine city of Chicago.
So even though they are both different breeds, they have started to resemble one another; they're kind of like those couples that start to look alike.


Kari in Alaska said...

Baily and Mesa are the same way. Baily is Pit/Boxer, Mesa is Pit/Am Bull and people think they are twins. Baily's head is half the size of Mesa's!

Mack said...

I bet Miss M can do ANYTHING with those fingers!!!

How cool!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Love that bicept shot- that made me laugh :)

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

When they are face to face you can see the difference, but other than that, they do look a lot alike!


brooke said...

Mr B has buns of steel!
and Ms M can give Mrs Obama a run for her money with those biceps!

Mack and Mia said...

Mr. B...Mia wants to know if you turned up the heat because it's getting hawt in here!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

pibble said...

People ask if my brother and I are twins, but we're not. When I explain that we're eight years apart, they always ask "Oh, who's younger?" which really hurts because I'm the younger one, and I'm female. Why not just call me an old hag? :)

Anyway, when I first started reading your blog I did a second take because their coloring is so similar. But I did see the differences in their faces and could see the breeds coming through.

By the way - Miss M is clearly holding up the wall. She's not at all lazy!

Two French Bulldogs said...

you guys sure look like best friends. Twins? Well, maybe in the nose. BOL
Benny & Lily

the booker man said...

it makes my heart melt every time i see photos of miss m and mr. b cuddling so cute! :)
you know, asa has webbed feet like miss m. she is so good with her paws that sometimes i call her my kitty dog. ;) all we know is that she is an english pointer/am stam mix. i wonder if she has some bulldog in her?
the booker man's mama

Martine said...

OH they are so cute!! I just love seeing all the photos of them! Our staffordshire bull terrier Abby LOVED to hunt rats... at my inlaws she would actually kill them and then bring them to us as a SEE What I've done for you! So proud.... so gross...

xo martine & the kiddlets

Dottie said...

Aw, I love how clearly their personalities shine through!

Unknown said...

I heart all the cuddly shots. They're both perfect!

Mary said...

I wish I could shake hands with Miss M while being the recipient of her winning smile! I have no idea what Levi is, whether he's an APBT mix or an Am Staff mix. He's awfully big to be APBT, but I know people are breeding them big these days. Many people comment that he's probably part boxer, but I wonder if that's because he's brindled.

Anonymous said...

Mr B is an AmStat for sure - look at the beautiful grin.

Rescued Pittie Family said...

They are just so sweet!
Greighson is American Bulldog as well - he has the webbed feet and the laziness.
I love that about him. He will sleep in til noon if we do.
Haleigh has the same shape as Mr. B but she does not have such a well defined hiney. ;)

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