The Unexpected Pit Bull is a not-for-profit organization that creates, markets, and sells merchandise celebrating pit bull dogs.
We donate 100% of the net proceeds from your purchase to animal welfare rescue, education, and advocacy organizations in need of support.



15 years ago, The Unexpected Pit Bull was founded to celebrate rescued pit bulls in an annual fundraising calendar, at a time when there were few public allies to these dogs that were gravely misunderstood.  The calendar was not only a way to raise money to help shelter dogs but also to steer the conversation about pit bulls into the positive.  While there is still discrimination and prejudices against these dogs and their owners, we now see a vast ocean of allies who are all fighting in their own ways for fairness through facts.  It's an exciting development that we feel has resulted in a great deal of progress and a tremendous shift in narrative.  Because of this, we decided that this will be our final The Unexpected Pit Bull calendar.  It's a chapter that we feel good about closing now.  We want to thank all our fans and supporters, our partner photographers, beneficiary organizations who continue to do life-altering work, sponsors, and of course all the families that have been featured.  Enjoy our 2020 stories!

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Stereotypes and prejudices against pit bull dogs or any other dogs don't take into account individual personalities and experiences those dogs have had. Many pit bull dogs live with children and are their best friends. This video was made with photographs submitted by families around the world who wanted to show how loving and wonderful their dogs are. We wanted to combat the negative press against them and protest against Breed Specific Laws that hurt innocent families.