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Celebrities Who Got A Pit Bull And Never Looked Back

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Let’s face it, pit bulls get a really bad rap. On the outside some of them seem “vicious” but on the inside, as long as they’re trained, they are soft hearted animals like any other dog. Despite the stigma that surrounds pit bulls, there are a ton of famous celebrities who are absolutely in love with the breed. While we’re used to seeing the likes of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears tout their toy-sized dogs in their purses, these 21 celebrities would much rather give their beloved pit bulls a nice big hug.

21. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba isn’ Channing Tatumt just an actress and smart business woman. The co-founder of The Honest Company, which took in 1.7 billion last year in revenue, is also crazy about her pit bull. Alba has an American Bull Dog named Bowie after the late musician David Bowie, and from the looks of it she doesn’t seem like she minds carrying him around.

20. Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel may have her hands full with her 1-year-old son Silas, but she and husband Justin Timberlake also spread the love to their pit bull named Tina. Biel may not share too many photos of her son, but she does show off her dog Tina under the hashtag #TuesdaysWithTina.

19. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston became a pit bull lover when she adopted her pit bull mix in 2012 with husband Justin Theroux. The two, who were just dating at the time, decided to name the new addition to their family Sophie, after the famous Meryl Steep film “Sophie’s Choice”. Going from her cute look, it seems like they definitely made the right decision with Sophie.

18. Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone is not only an actress, she’s a huge advocate for animals of all kinds. A self-proclaimed vegan, the actress runs a vegan and vegetarian food blog. On her time off she gives her love to her pit bull, who she affectionately calls “The Pig”. How cute!

17. Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson is a proud lover of pit bulls! Her former fiance, Adam Brody, gifted her a pit bull named Penny Lane for her birthday. When the couple split, Bilson kept the cute pup, but they both still share custody of the dog, even though they have moved on to other partners.

16. Linda Blair

Actress Linda Blair might have creeped out viewers as Reagan in the film “The Exorcist”, but as it turns out, she has one of the warmest hearts when it comes to loving pit bulls. The actress and humanitarian started a non-profit called WorldHeart Foundation, which aids in rehabilitating abused animals.

15. Katherine Heigl

Actress Katherine Heigl might have a bad rep in Hollywood, but when it comes to dogs she has a heart of gold. Heigl, who founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation to promote animal welfare, welcomed a pit bull in 2011. She and husband Josh Kelley rescued the dog from California City Shelter. In total, they have eight dogs.

14. Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is a huge fan of dogs, as he has rescued three pits by the names Champ, Shamsky and Monkey. While he was host of “The Daily Show”, he allowed his employees to bring their dogs to work for a fun and pooch friendly atmosphere. At the time he explained, “Dogs are allowed at my work, because people are, you know, meaner.”

13. Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil does more than give people advice on his show. He has confronted people who use dogs for dog fights on his show as well. Also, in 2012, Dr. Phil saved a jindo dog and her eight puppies who were set to be euthanized. After the rescue happened, Dr. Phil brought his own jindo dog out for guests of his show to see.

12. Sophia Bush

Actress Sophia Bush decided to adopt her blue pit bull named Griffin in 2012. The two are always pictured together on the star’s Instagram page along with her two other pit bulls. Griffin was rescued by Wags and Walks, an organization that is dedicated to rescuing dogs from shelters and finding them homes. As for Sophia, she describes herself as a “crazy dog lady”.

11. Tom Brady

The Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a huge lover of dogs. He and his wife Gisele adopted a pit mix named Lua. Not to be outdone by her famous parents, Lua decided to star in an UGG Australia commercial with her dog dad and owner, Tom Brady. Lua is also a big sibling to their newest rescue dog named Fluffy. The parents said that the dog is a “pure joy”.

10. Bill Berloni

Broadway show animal trainer Bill Berloni is a huge lover of animals. He works with a whole slew of dogs for his job, and most of them are saved from shelters before they debut on the stage. Bill has pointed out “bully breeds” such as pit bulls are the best to train, as he has said that they’re the most loyal of dogs.

9. Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon may be known for his cult classics like “Apollo 13” and “Footloose”, but it’s his love for dogs that makes him a stellar guy. Bacon adopted his pit bull Lilly with wife Kyra Sedgwick. The two are so into pit bulls that they’ve both become ambassadors for the breed. The two participated in Dog Park Publishing’s #KissedByAPit in order to celebrate the breed and help destigmatize them.

8. Ken Howard

Actor Ken Howard owes his life to his dog Shadow. In 2000, Howard collapsed at home. At the time the actor was alone and suffocating, but was saved when Shadow alerted his wife Linda that he needed help by growling at her until she followed his lead. The discovery lead to Ken getting the kidney transplant he needed.

7. Josh Hutcherson

Actor Josh Hutcherson is known for playing Peeta in “The Hunger Games” series, but on his down time, he can’t get enough of his pit bull named Driver. The star rescued his pooch with the help of Hands Paws Hearts, which is a shelter based in Los Angeles. Before his adoption, Driver had a broken leg and was awaiting surgery. Shortly before his surgery Hutcherson met the dog, and the rest is history.

6. Ira Glass

Ira Glass, who’s known as the host of NPR’s “This American Life”, made a home for a pit bull named Piney, with his wife Anaheed Alani. Back in 2012, Ira opened up about falling in love with his dog, telling Newsweek, “I think because he is such a troubled little soul, it made my heart go out to him.”

5. Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is no stranger to dogs. The dog lover is often photographed with her pit bull, Isaboo, and uses her as an example on her show to talk about “banned breeds”. She even has promoted the Unexpected Pit Bull organization, which has dedicated their time to giving the breed a positive image and voice.

4. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx is a known pit bull lover as well. The musician and actor, who won an Oscar for his role in the film “Ray”, has two pit bulls. In fact, he was hoping that the pit bull would be in the running to become the “first dog” when President Obama was looking to adopt a dog for his two girls.

3. Adrian Grenier

The star of HBO’s “Entourage” is a big lover of dogs, specifically pit bulls. Grenier often shares photos of his dog, whether it’s in a bathtub or just giving his pooch a nice smooch. Going from the pictures that Grenier shares with his followers, it looks like these two are inseparable.

2. Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus might give fans the chills on “The Walking Dead”, but when it comes to giving love to his pit bull, he seems to be a warm guy. He’s so in love with his dog that he tried to talk producers of “The Walking Dead” to give his character Daryl a dog so he didn’t have to be away from his beloved pitty.

1. Channing Tatum

Before Channing Tatum became a parent with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, the two adopted a pit bull mix named Lulu. The two stars decided to adopt the dog when they were in Channing’s hometown of Alabama. Channing also let Lulu in on the showbiz fun for a photo shoot for “Details” magazine.