Name The Breed

Just to point out one of the possible sources of bias in the “pit bull” attacks that one hears about in the news, please identify the breed of the following dog:


The answer will be provided on Monday.

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Steve has a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and attended graduate school at The George Washington University, leaving school shortly before staring work on his dissertation when his first child was born. He works in the energy industry and prior to that worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Division of Price Index and Number Research. He joined the staff at OTB in November 2004.


  1. That, I believe, is an American Staffordshire Terrier.

  2. Maniakes says:

    To quote George Carlin, it’s definitely not a monkey.

  3. It sure looks like other pit bulls that I've seen!

  4. Brian J. says:

    Only one way to find out.

    Throw it in the river. If it floats or swims, it’s a pit bull and must be executed. If it drowns, it must have been an unfortunate poodle or something.

  5. Eric MacLeod says:

    Looks like a boxer. Cheers. Eric

  6. DL says:

    It is a AKC registered Rumsfeld Terrier. They stop at nothing when they fight. Several have been hauled away dead with their jaw still locked onto Islamo Terriers

  7. Mark says:

    staffordshire bull terrier

  8. McGehee says:

    American Bulldog?

    My nextdoor neighbor’s son has a number of dogs he claimed were of that breed and had them tied up in the neighbor’s backyard while passing through on the way from Point A to Point B last year.

    Looks like ’em to me.

  9. McGehee says:

    And I believe the actual Staffordshire has a slightly more pointed muzzle.

  10. Denise says:

    Presa Canario ?

    I don’t even care; within shooting distance of me, it would be dead.

  11. Frank J. says:

    He looks like my dog Rowdi!

  12. floyd says:

    uh; dachshund?…beagle?…yorkie?… well one thing is for certain it cain’t be no “pit bull”

  13. Mark says:


  14. Mike says:

    It’s a boxer. You dont tend too see many white ones around because for some reason breeders put them down when they are born.

  15. Triumph says:

    Its a Verdon Terrier

  16. Russ says:

    Nonsense, all nonsense.

    That’s just a really ugly Shetland Pony.

  17. McGehee says:

    It’s a boxer.

    I thought of that too, but a boxer’s muzzle is shorter.

  18. DaveD says:

    I third Staffordshire bull terrier

  19. ravin says:

    It does look a lot like the staffordshire I know, but the head and muzzle look a bit shorter. Maybe it’s the angle of the camera. *shrug* Or maybe I’m completely wrong.

  20. RJN says:

    One of the few Alsatian Warthumped Terrier’s you will ever see.

  21. CP says: