Pitbulliest, you are eminently correct about the erroneous classification of dogs by people who should know better! My Charley was telling me about something that happened to him years ago when Odd Job, a Rottie/Bull Mastiff cross was still alive. Charley took him to his regular vet for his yearly, and one of the techs came back with hs chart, writing things down. When Charley looked at the chart, this tech - a graduate of a university with a degree as a veterinary assistant - had re-written Odd Job's description as a Pit Bull mix! Charley hit the roof, not because he doesn't like Pits (he loves them) but because the town of White Pine that the farm is on the outskirts of has outlawed ownership of Pit dogs in the city limits. Labeling Odd Job as a Pit dog could have caused all sorts of problems, and it wasn't as if Oddsie's parentage was unknown!
People have this strange idea that if it looks even remotely like a Pit, it must be a Pit - no matter what. I've even had a couple of people ask me, when Buffy was alive, if she was a cross between a Pit dog and a Bloodhound! Puh-lease! No Pit dog ever had the nasty attitude toward strangers that Buffy did! (rofl)
Do you remember the media circus around the tragic attack of the young lacrosse coach in San Francisco? After the first week, it was never noted that the dogs involved were Presa Canario CROSSES. The media kept harping on the "violent, aggressive Presa Canario." When it started coming out that these two dogs had been horribly abused, it was shut up quickly since, presumably, it detracted from the sensationalism of being able to label yet another breed a "killer dog."
Charley had actually been considering the Presa at the time since it is a drover, like the Fila, and would be sturdy enough to deal with the coyotes here, but after that we realized that having a Presa after the publicity would just cause all sorts of trouble for us and for our dogs. They're actually very similar in many ways to the Filas, but they're not as large. One thing about the Filas; they're under the media's 'killer dog' radar! Let's hope we can keep it that way by keeping them out of the wrong ownership!
And by the way, FaceZ, if you'll just go back and just read the different threads in the Chazhound forum alone dealing with Pit Bulls and American Staffordshire Terriers you'll learn quite a bit!