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Started by photographer Douglas Sonders in 2012, Not a Bully strives to educate the public about the challenges facing rescue dogs who have unfairly been labeled as bully breed. We want to share the inspiring stories of bully breed rescues to show that these loving animals can lead positive and productive lives, despite sometimes challenging beginnings.

The term ‘bully breed’ covers 14 popular dog breeds including French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. Two of the most popular domestic dog breeds in the country, Boxers and Rottweilers, are both designated bully breeds. Despite their popularity, many people still believe these dogs are inherently mean, aggressive, or even violent. Dispelling these rumors is the focus of Not a Bully. Behavioral tests conducted in 2009 by the American Temperament Test Society showed that bully breed dogs scored better than 121 other breeds, including beagles and collies. In fact, many bully breed dogs have served as service dogs, in military operations, in drug enforcement, and as therapy dogs. They also make great family pets!

Many communities treat all bully breed dogs with extreme prejudice regardless of their temperament or personality. Shelters are crowded with loving bully breed dogs, cruelly limited in their chances of finding forever homes. Through beautiful portraits and inspiring rescue stories, Not a Bully hopes to eradicate the negativity towards these deserving pets and give them a fighting chance at a forever home!

Removing the stigma on these lovable and loving pets

22%of all shelterseuthanize pit bulls regardless of their disposition.

40% of shelter dogs are "bully breeds".