THE UNEXPECTED PIT BULL is a not-for-profit organization that creates, markets, and sells merchandise celebrating pit bull dogs. We donate 100% of our profits to pit bull rescue, education, and advocacy organizations in need of support.


By illustrating stories of pit bull dogs sharing their lives with a variety of people and animals, we hope to inspire a better understanding and appreciation of these dogs and combat the negative stereotype held against them.


In pursuing our mission we hope to:

Keep pit bull dogs with people who love them - and support organizations who work hard in their communities to ensure that pit bull dogs are seen as individuals and are treated just like every dog.

Fund animal rescue, advocacy and education initiatives throughout North America.

Create beautiful calendars that communicate the unexpected surprise, delight and satisfaction that comes with loving pit bull dog companionship.


The Unexpected Pit Bull was founded in 2004 when a small group of volunteers pooled their vision, resources and talents to produce the first edition of The Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar. Their mission was simple, to raise money for animal welfare organizations while showing the world what they already knew; That pit bull dogs are cherished family companions just like any other dog. The Unexpected Pit Bull celebrates these wonderful dogs and gives them a positive visual voice. As the photographs and stories in our calendars prove, pit bull dogs are exceptional friends and companions. With the aid of dedicated volunteers and you, this project has been a hit year after year with each calendar edition improving upon the previous year's sales, reach, and impact. Today, The Unexpected Pit Bull remains steadfast in its commitment to rescue, education, and advocacy on behalf of pit bull dogs.


When you purchase our annual The Unexpected Pit Bull calendar or any one of our art prints, T-shirts, totes and accessories — 100% of your purchase directly funds animal welfare organizations. Want to know who we have helped?

OUR COMMUNITY: Join us on Facebook

Do you share your life with a pit bull dog? Does your best friend, colleague, or a family member have one (or two!) that you have come to know and cherish? Do you simply love dogs no matter what? If you answered “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, we invite you to join our ever growing community on Facebook!

Our fan base is growing so quickly that we dare not even mention our Likes, but as of summer 2015 we had over 358,500 happy followers. So Join Us! We think you will find it an unexpected pleasure.