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Celebrating the Pit Bull: The Target Dog

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Each month in 2015, we will be celebrating the pit bull! MHS adopts out hundreds of pit bulls a year and love to show people how great dogs of this breed type can be. We will be featuring a different “famous” pit bull from history each month.


Many people do not realize that “pit bull” is not so much a breed as a classification of dog, that lumps together several specific breeds of dogs. The bull terrier is one of these breeds, and these dogs and mixes of them are often subject to “pit bull targeted” breed specific legislation.

The “Target dog,” an iconic symbol for the national department store, is a white bull terrier named Bullseye. Bullseye has been “played” by several different dogs – starting with the original, who was an American Kennel Club Champion named Kingsmere Moondoggie and known as “Smudgie.”

Bullseye lives north of Los Angeles with her owner and trainer David McMillan, operator of Worldwide Movie Animals.

Talulah, Augustus and Tulip are some of our adoptable “pit bull type” dogs waiting for their forever homes at MHS! All three of these lovely dogs are available at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.



One thought on “Celebrating the Pit Bull: The Target Dog

  1. I am sorry bit “pit bull” is not just a classification of dog, all bully breed types are each very distinct and different breeds with different personalities, temperaments and care needs. It is very misleading and does not help any of these breeds by lumping them all as pit bull. The only dog that is a pit bull is the American Pit bull Terrier.


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