Taye Diggs reveals the emotional reason he chose to adopt a pit bull

Taye Diggs recently opened up about his family's decision to adopt a pit bull mix, and the reason behind their choice has a much deeper meaning than meets the eye.

Diggs and his family adopted Mixty Copeland several years ago and, during a recent interview with AOL Entertainment, he explained that he felt a special connection to the often misunderstood dog breed.

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"It sounds weird, but being a black man, we are misunderstood as well, so I kind of felt a simpatico there," Diggs explained to us. "That’s something that we were very aware of and we didn’t want to play into that stereotype. We wanted to kind of go against that. To say we’ve been pleased [with our decision] is an understatement."

The actor explained that they did their research before adopting their beloved dog to make sure that she would get along well with his son, Walker.

"In the research that we did, we found out that pit bulls were referred to as nannies," he explained. "Once we found that out, ti was off to the races. She’s great and makes me want to get another."

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Taye Diggs hangs out with puppies in New York City for his Royal Canin "Chews Your Match" partnership.

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LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NV - NOVEMBER 21: Taye Diggs joins the National Park Foundation on a #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque tour November 21, 2017 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for National Park Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Taye Diggs and Amanza Smith Brown attends the 28th Annual Talk Of The Town Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images,)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Taye Diggs attends the Gotham Men's Issue Celebration at the BMW of Manhattan Showroom on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Gotham Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Taye Diggs attends the Gotham Men's Issue Celebration at the BMW of Manhattan Showroom on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Gotham Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor Taye Diggs visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at the SiriusXM Studios SiriusXM Studios on September 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Taye Diggs attends 'My Little Pony: The Movie' New York Screening at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on September 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: Actor Taye Diggs attends the 2017 #DrinkGoodDoGood Campaign Launch at Little River on August 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
EMPIRE: Guest star Taye Diggs in the 'Evil Manners' episode of EMPIRE airing Wednesday, Oct. 11 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
TO TELL THE TRUTH - 'Episode 301' - Iliza Shlesinger, Taye Diggs, Jana Kramer and Ken Marino make up the celebrity panel, on 'To Tell the Truth,' MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images) ANTONY ANDERSON, TAYE DIGGS
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Taye Diggs on TODAY show on Monday, June 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Taye Diggs attends The Trevor Project TrevorLIVE NYC 2017 at Marriott Marquis Times Square on June 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Trevor Live)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Actor Taye Diggs attends a special evening hosted by Remy Martin at Eric Buterbaugh Los Angeles on June 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 11: Taye Diggs and Amanza Smith Brown attend the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - 'Doctors vs. Famous TV Families' - The revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, will continue on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Byron Cohen) CASSIDY HUBBARTH, TAYE DIGGS
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - 'Doctors vs. Famous TV Families' - The revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, will continue on THURSDAY, JULY 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Byron Cohen via Getty Images) TAYE DIGGS
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BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - In an ode to ABCs 'Wide World of Sports,' 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel 'the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat' - in the revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the 70s and 80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) TAYE DIGGS
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 13181 -- Pictured: Taye Diggs -- (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Taye Diggs (L) and Hoda Kotb pose together for a photo at SiriusXM Studio on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
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Doing adequate research before deciding to get a dog isn't something that everyone does, and Diggs is trying to change that. In collaboration with Royal Canin, the actor is encouraging prospective dog owners to make sure that they find the breed that's truly right for them.

"A lot of times when people go to select a dog, they go by looks or what is trendy and they fail to do the proper research on that breed, so a dog that starts out cute and small often ends up big and overwhelming if you aren’t prepared," he told us of his "Chews Your Match" campaign. "We’re encouraging people to do this research, because both sides benefit. Most of it is common sense, but you’d be surprised how often people get it wrong."

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