Many celebrities love their dogs and are often photographed by the paparazzi when they take them out on walks, or they post pics of themselves with their beloved pet on their social media pages. Like most people, celebrities have their preferences when it comes to dog breeds. While some celebs favor robust dogs that can share their outdoor lifestyle, others prefer small, cute pups. One breed that is a favorite of multiple people in the limelight is pit bulls. Here are 10 celebrities who own pit bulls.
10. Danny Shelton
Some sports stars are so passionate about pit bulls that they support charitable causes devoted to the breed. One example is NFL star Danny Shelton who is a representative of the ‘Stand Up for Pits Foundation .’ He and his family chose to support the charity for the annual ‘My Cause My Cleats’ game in 2019 because they believe that the ‘Stand Up for Pits Foundation’ is an excellent advocate for the breed. It is also a subject close to his heart as he is the owner of a pit bull called Mona, and he wants to eliminate the negative stereotype that surrounds the breed. Shelton has described his dog as a fantastic big sister for his son and an excellent role model for his other dogs.
9. Zac Efron
While his female fans may love him for his looks and performing talents, they may also find Zac Efron’s soft spot for animals appealing. The animal lover fostered a pit bull pup called Maca in 2018. He loved spending time with the dog so much that he couldn’t give her up and decided to adopt her officially. Efron regularly posts pictures of himself and Maca having fun times together on his social media accounts.
8. Liam Hemsworth
According to Woof Republic, Liam Hemsworth has adopted many rescue dogs over the years, including a pit bull called Tani, who he calls his special girl. The ‘Hunger Games’ actor welcomed the pooch into his home in 2014 and described her as the perfect dog. He encourages others to get a rescue if they want a dog. Hemsworth’s ex-wife, singer and actress Miley Cyrus, is also an animal lover who has adopted dogs from rescues.
7. Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Married couple Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are animal lovers who have welcomed multiple dogs into their home, including a rescue pit bull called Lua. NFL player Brady has described the dog as not having an aggressive bone in her body. He has also said that she is a fantastic family dog. Brady, his model wife, their two children, and their dogs split their time between their homes in New York and Montana.
6. Katherine Heigl
A big advocate for pit bulls is Katherine Heigl, who has her own pit bull called Apollo. In 2020, she tweeted about a children’s book called ‘Dippy’s Great Adventure,’ which is about pit bulls. Heigl specifically posted about the book at that time because October is National Pit Bull Awareness Month. Her aim was to raise awareness of what Heigl described as the misaligned dogs. It is not only pit bulls that Heigl loves, as she loves all animals. Along with her grandmother, Heigl founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation to end animal cruelty and abuse.
5. Jessica Biel
Actress Jessica Biel is one of the many celebrities who like to show off their pet on their social media accounts. She is the proud owner of a pit bull called Tina, and she does weekly posts called #TuesdayswithTina. Biel loves to snuggle up with her pet and once described Tina as a 55-pound blanket.
4. Lake Bell
Some celebrities take their friendship with their pit bull to the next level. One example is Lake Bell, who had her pit bull, Margaret, as the maid of honor at her wedding in 2013. Her then-husband also owned a pitbull mix that took part in the event. Unfortunately, Margaret passed away in 2017, but Bell’s love for the breed remained. The actress fostered a pit bull dog and her puppies in 2020 and decided to keep one of the pups for herself.
3. Jon Bernthal
According to Insider, actor Jon Bernthal has three pit bulls called Boss, Venice, and Bam Bam. He takes them to work with him, so the dogs are used to being on set. Bernthal is one of the many people who believe that pit bulls have been unfairly given a bad reputation and that there is a stigma attached to the breed. Bernthal wants people to have a better understanding of the breed and to appreciate that pit bulls have many positive qualities.
2. Justin Theroux
Actor Justin Theroux played the voice role of Tramp in ‘Lady and the Tramp,’ and all the dogs in the film were played by rescue dogs. In real life, Theroux is a big supporter of adopting rescue dogs, and he even rescued his own dog, a pit bull-mix called Kuma, from a shelter following Hurricane Harvey in 2018. He has a strong bond with his canine friend and takes her everywhere with him, including awards ceremonies. Theroux even sleeps with his dog at night and says that there is nothing better than waking up next to her in the morning.
1. Kaley Cuoco
One of the most famous celebrity owners of a pit bull is Kaley Cuoco, best known for Penny in ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ She is such a dog lover that she won’t even admit to how many dogs she has as she is worried it is illegal. Two of her dogs are pit bulls, Blue and Todd. The Holidog Times says that she also has pit bulls called Loretta, Norman, and Shirley. Like many celebrity owners of the breed, she has had to defend pit bulls in the past. She was once denied entry to a building with her pet just because he was a pit bull.