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PetSmart – The Facts

PetSmart - The Facts

Bully Breeds Safety in Group Play
Updated July 13, 2007

  • PetSmart’s policy is to not allow Bully breeds, or any mix of, or any pets that exhibit aggressive behaviors to participate in our Doggie Day Campsm. We have received responses both for and against our policy, and can appreciate the sensitivities and deep emotions behind them.
  • Bully breeds are welcome in our grooming salons, training areas, PetsHotelssm and stores in general, but for the safety of our associates and other pets they are excluded from the off-leash, group play activities within our Doggie Day Camps.
  • We do our best to create an environment where our associates and pets feel safe and where pet parents have confidence that the pets they leave in our care will have a fun and safe experience.
  • We groom and train millions of dogs each year and we host millions more as guests in our PetsHotels and in our stores as they tag along with their pet parents on shopping trips. A fair percentage of these dogs are from the Bully breed classification.
  • When we developed our policy, it was with the deep knowledge and experience we’ve gained by associating with this breed of dogs in a variety of capacities and in understanding their history.
  • This doesn’t change the fact that we believe Bully breeds can make great companion pets and can be a great addition to the right home. They remain welcome to visit our stores for other purposes.
  • We are committed to caring for the total lifetime needs of pets and pet parents and we value and respect your efforts in this regard.

Here’s what we consider to be Bully Breeds:

Pit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American Bulldogs, or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds.

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