Pit Boss

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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So-so reality show blends entertainment and dog rescue.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Rossi asserts that pit bulls have bad reputations and aren't dangerous; he's an advocate for the breed. The series promotes getting dogs neutered/spayed and eliminating breeding practices.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shorty and his cohorts have good intentions when it comes to saving the pit bulls, but sometimes they resort to trespassing, breaking, and entering, and stealing in order to rescue them. Shorty also takes potentially dangerous chances when approaching and handling stray dog -- which kids may need to be reminded not to emulate.


Shorty briefly discusses his conviction for attempted murder and subsequent time in prison. Euthanizing dogs is also discussed. People are shown pushing, shoving, and wrestling with each other, but many of these confrontations seem staged.


Occasional sexual innuendo. Some cast members are seen pole dancing with women in tight outfits.


Words like “piss,” “hell,” and “ass” are audible. Curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Shortywood Productions, Shorty’s Rescue, and various pit bull rescue organizations.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigar smoking and beer drinking are visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series promotes the rescuing and adoption of pit bulls. Star/dedicated rescuer Shorty Rossi is passionate about the dogs but sometimes resorts to violence and/or illegal tactics to save them. There are some conversations about criminal behavior, and cast members sometimes argue, yell, and fight (although some of these conflicts appear staged). Expect plenty of strong vocab (words like “piss,” “hell,” and “ass" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped) and occasional scenes of things like suggestive dancing, cigar smoking, and beer drinking. Rossi takes many risks when approaching stray pit bulls; remind kids never to attempt similar tactics when coming into contact with unfamiliar, potentially aggressive animals.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypeludo February 18, 2012

Okay entertainment, but poor role models

I love all animals; Pit Bulls, and Alligators included. I guess, for a reality show, it may be okay; but, what type of audience likes reality shows? When I firs... Continue reading
Adult Written byhc8798 March 19, 2011

Stay away!

Lesbian little people and hard partying cast members. All rolled up into a show that tries to come off as if it's all about promoting animal welfare when i... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 27, 2013

its an ok show

even if i was 12 i still say 11+ becuz its a great show shorty brings really positive messages allthough its pretty cool how he does anything to get that pitbul... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bylovelovelovepitsbull November 14, 2011

my postive point

i told about my dad about the tv show . i ask my dad about postive messages he thinks its good. shorty give out good postive messages about pitbulls . he does p... Continue reading

What's the story?

PIT BOSS follows the efforts of Shorty’s Rescue, a dog rescue effort run by actor Shorty Rossi. Rossi, who is also the owner of a talent agency for little people called Shortywood Productions, combines his streetwise smarts and connections in the entertainment industry to rescue abandoned pit bulls and help find them good homes. With the help of his team -- which includes receptionist Ashley Brooks, booking assistant Ronald Lee Clark, and entertainment coordinator Sebastian Saraceno -- he divides his time between managing actors' Hollywood careers, rescuing strays, going on patrol with Animal Control officers, and raising awareness about the plight of pit bulls.

Is it any good?

Pit Boss ultimately offers a fairly convoluted blend of information about the little people community, the world of entertainment management, and pit bull rescue. Rossi consistently parallels his life with the dogs', claiming that they -- like him -- are members of a community that is stereotyped and misunderstood. But while he seeks to highlight and empower his community, his employees (all of whom are also little people) often come off as comical or silly when they're thrown into dog rescue missions thanks to their lack of knowledge and/or passion about the animals.

Rossi's heart is in the right place, but his tendency to resort to shouting matches and staged-feeling physical fights over dogs doesn’t send the best messages. And some of his rescue tactics -- like breaking locks to enter people’s private property -- aren’t very ethical, either. In the end, while the show means well, some of the antics featured here just aren’t very constructive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how pit bulls are typically seen by the public. Do you think the breed's reputation has a connection to the way the media has chosen to portray the dogs?

  • Should you ever approach a stray animal? What if the animal looks aggressive? When should animal control be called? Where is your community’s local animal shelter?

  • Do you think any stereotypes about the little people community are perpetuated by the media? Do some shows counter these stereotypes?

TV details

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