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Some of the dogs in our program are adopted before we get to know them. Some stay longer but require several weeks to show their character. Some dogs receive additional evaluations and training by professionals if needed.

We work hard to provide as much information as possible but the process is not perfect. Our goal is to give the dogs the best chance to stay in their home for the rest of their lives, so we will be honest regarding what we know about them. For MPR, quality of adoptions takes precedence over a quick turnaround.

We do our very best to update the dogs bios as quickly as we can. In many cases, dogs are adopted before we are able to revise their listing. Please do not contact MPR via email or messenger to inquire about a dog’s personality and/or temperament, compatibility with other pets, etc. The volunteers in charge of replying to general requests are not the same as those handling and evaluating the dogs. They will not not be able to answer your questions.

Missouri Pit Bull Rescue makes no express or implied warranty, representation or promise to the age, health, breed, habits, disposition, behaviors, obedience, or safety of the dogs in our program. Our assessments are subjective, and based on information we receive when selecting the dogs for our program, as well as observations and reports from our volunteers and caretakers. ​Adopters understand that no one can predict how a dog will react under all circumstances and situations.

Background Info:


Found as a stray and never claimed. City shelter staff was smitten by his fun-loving personality and comical appearance and contacted us immediately. We have no other info about his background. He was named "Cheeks" because, you guessed it, he has THE cutest droopy cheeks in the world!

Adoption Fee: $ TBD
Breed: Pit Bull/Bulldog mix
Sex: Male
Age: 2-4 yrs
Weight: 60-70 lbs

Health Condition:

Cheeks was heartworm positive when he came to MPR, but he finished his treatment in mid-June. Now fully recovered, he is healthy and ready for adoption!

Physical Description:  

THE most adorable low-rider. Maybe there's Basset Hound in the background? Cheeks has short and bowed legs and a long, stocky frame. He's head looks American Bulldogish.  He's just a bully-breed mix that ended up looking too cute for words. Note that while he's quite heavy, Cheek's is not very tall.

Current Living Situation:  

Cheeks is doing great at MPR shelter and learning the ropes of being an indoor companion. Housebreaking is going well but still a work in progress. He's quiet in his kennel, unless he hears an ambulance... Maybe the Basset Hound in him can't resist a little 'baying". It's quite funny. 

Cheeks keeps his bedding nice and neat and hasn't been destructive in his kennel. He is not reactive towards the dogs next to him or those running in front of his kennel. 



A mellow-yellow guy, with a comical personality that fits his funny appearance. He really is a little clown. While his level of energy is on the low side, he is not lazy or apathetic. He just likes to chill more than run crazy zoomies. 

Behavior with people: 

Cheeks is friendly and loving with those he knows well, but definitely has a protective and territorial side. He has shown signs of animosity towards certain men and needed a little time to make friends with some of the people he met at the shelter, especially when he's in his kennel or on a couch.


With those he trusts, he's super loving and cuddly. He does occasionally resource guard, and will need a little bit of work in that regard. 

Behavior with children:  

Because of his inclination to resource guard, Cheeks will not be placed in a home with children.


Behavior with other dogs:  

Unknown but he seems pretty unphased. We wont rule out a home with a compatible female. 


Behavior with other animals:  

Unknown. He doesn't seem to have a high prey-drive but we have never seen him around cats or small animals. 


Cheeks is housebroken for the most part but still having a bit of a hard time resisting "marking" his territory if other male dogs have marked before him. He's learning though and assimilating training.   

Additional Info: 

While Cheeks is completely adorable and VERY charming, he would do better in an experienced home. A single and somewhat solitary adult who doesn't plan on having children would be the ideal owner for Cheeks. Maybe someone who is looking for a loving, easy-going and chill companion, as well as loyal and protective.


Cheek's needs for exercise are easily met as he doesn't require intensive activities to be happy and healthy. Overall this funny-looking guy is super easy-to please, quite comical and as cool as a cucumber. 

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