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12 Adorable Pit Bull Pictures That Make You Look at Them in a Different Light

There are plenty of misconceptions about the pit bull—but these pictures prove they're some of the most darling dogs around

Close up of a puppy Pit Bull dog at home. Selective focus
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Sweet pit bull pictures that make your heart swell

Ah, the pit bull—one of the most lovable, yet misunderstood, dogs around. Pit bulls are known for their stocky and strong builds, athleticism and commitment to their owners; in fact, many consider them some of the most affectionate and loyal dogs around. And they’re more common than you think—pit bull–type dogs are estimated to make up about 20% of the total dog population in the United States.

It’s no secret, though, that the pit bull has a bad reputation. Pit bulls have often been described as aggressive, vicious and straight-up dangerous. You can find them on the restricted breed list for many rental properties, and several cities in the U.S. have pit bull bans and restrictions. However, as is the case with every dog, a pit bull’s behavior is influenced by several factors, not just its genetics. That’s why it’s crucial for pittie parents to properly train and socialize their pup and ensure they get plenty of daily exercise.

Take some time to educate yourself about pitties—and look at these precious pit bull pictures to see their sweet and goofy side shine through.

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Lovable, pretty puppy of chocolate color. Close-up
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Just one lick

Who needs to smell the flowers when you can taste them instead? Make sure you read about the pit bull who became her family’s caretaker.

American pit bull dog, sits down in the grass, lies down.
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A pittie smile

Rolling around in the grass has never looked so precious! Pit bulls are some of the cutest dogs around.

Portrait of a dog leaning his head out of a car window.
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Riding shotgun

On the way to get a pup cup, we hope. These pit bull pictures are seriously cute—and so are these puppy pictures.

Shot of a sleepy dog taking a nap in bed at home
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Waiting for belly scratches

Only the best tummy scratches for the best pitties! Thinking about getting a dog soon? Check out the dog breed most compatible with your zodiac sign.

Pit bull dog playing and having fun in the park. Green grass, wooden stakes around. Selective focus
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Such a sweet face

Canine happiness, plain and simple. Bookmark this story about a pit bull who saved his owner from a shark.

Lovable, pretty puppy lying on the bed
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Pittie in a blanket

We just want to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and this lovable pooch.

Pit Bull In the Grass
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A stroll through the grass

A great walk with a great pittie. What more could you want? Check out this story of a man who fought a bear to save his pit bull.

Lovely And Happy American Pitbull Terrier Puppy Running Across Meadow With Orange Hoop In Mouth
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We love seeing pit bull pictures that show off their playful side. That’s quite the dog toy!

A sweet profile

So noble—and do we see a slight smile? We love to see a happy dog.

pitbull Smile
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Now that’s one photogenic pit bull. Keep your dog’s smile in tip-top shape by learning how to clean their teeth properly.

Pit Bull Dog
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A look of love

Who can resist that heart-melting stare?!

Pitbull Male Is Looking At You With Interest
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Sun’s out, tongue’s out

We bet this sweet boy gives the best kisses. Now that you’ve browsed through these pit bull pictures, scroll through these pug pictures to see more pawsitively delightful dogs.


  • PitbullInfo.org: “‘Pitbulls’ Are 20% of Dogs in the U.S.”
  • PetMD: “American Pit Bull Terrier”

Kelly Kuehn
Kelly Kuehn is a former editor for Reader’s Digest who covered entertainment, trivia and history. When she’s not working you can find her watching the latest and greatest movies, listening to a true-crime podcast (or two), blasting ‘90s music and hiking with her dog, Ryker, throughout the Finger Lakes.