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Shelters "Guessing" Breeds.

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by SoCalPitGal, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Isn't he handsome? He does have a very intense look, but he's really sweet :)
     
  2. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Not really, but he can howl like a Hound and he has lots of Hound characteristics.
     
  3. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Wouldn't surprise me at all if he had some Plott or cur in him
     
  4. Krista

    Krista Krypto Super Dog

    That is a super cute dog, Kady! He looks to me that he has some Plott Hound in him. :)
     
  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Yup he's a cute and handsome boy! I hope he gets adopted. His ears drive me nuts though.. I'd be tempted to crop the other one LOL.
     
  6. PitBullHappeningsRescue

    PitBullHappeningsRescue Rescue Moderator Premium Member

    Not sure if I've posted on this thread... it's pretty old... however, I feel it's something very important that should be discussed.

    When I first formed my Rescue, I was fighting with the "Pit Bull" label all the time... I did not feel right guessing at the breed. Especially, since I know the APBT is the one and true Pit Bull. I also know that the APBT have similarities with several other breeds characteristics... well, unlike many of the "experts"... My Rescue isn't going to follow others... we're going to lead by example. I may get mocked by these so-called "experts" etc, however I don't really care... again, I'm not following them. I won't jump on the bandwagon of calling upwards of 20+ breeds and there mixes thereof, "Pit Bulls". It's funny... once upon a time ago there was the APBT aka Bulldog... aka Pit Bull. Then shortly later, somebody turned the "Pit Bull" words into a "term" and added a couple breeds to this "term" Fast Forward to Today... and more than 20+ Breeds are wrongly being called "Pit Bulls" Well, I feel this is a HUGE disservice to the APBT. As well as against all the breeds wrongly being labeled.

    On my website, I've added a "Visual Breed Identification" disclaimer to my home page as well as to the Adoptable Dog web page. Here it is:

    "Visual breed identification has proven to be inaccurate and unreliable!In addition, canine DNA testing is relatively new and none to our knowledge test for the American Pit Bull Terrier (the true Pit Bull) making DNA testing unreliable and inaccurate. The fact is, unless you know the history, lineage/parentage, etc. we shouldn't be labeling the dogs and passing inaccurate info to the adopters, general public, and others. The dogs we rescue from shelters come from an unknown background and most of our owner surrenders we take into our Rescue, the owners are unable to prove their history. Further more, several different breeds share similar characteristics as the American Pit Bull Terrier. Therefore, we are unable to guarantee the predominant and precise breed for our dogs hence, our Dogs are American Rescue Dogs! We will call our Dogs the American Pit Bull Terrier when we know the lineage/history. We judge our Dogs on their own individual behavior and personality!"

    I prefer to be honest with my adopters, the general public, lawmakers, media, and others... I don't like giving out false information and I sure as heck won't be participating in calling 20+ breeds of dogs a "Pit Bull" So, yes... I PROUDLY call my dogs exactly what they are... they are 100% American Rescue Dogs! :)
     
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    ^^Good damn post!! Maybe others will catch on. (wishful thinking)
     
  8. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    That's a really great idea!! Good for you
     
  9. PitBullHappeningsRescue

    PitBullHappeningsRescue Rescue Moderator Premium Member

    Some will ask me... well, if you aren't calling your dogs "Pit Bulls" then why are you a Pit Bull Rescue? Well, the answer is simple. I hold education paramount! To rescue without the education... well, I can't rescue like that. Gotta have Education first. Then closely behind is the rescuing. I also have actually rescued many other breeds of dogs... such as Boxers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, lots of various hounds, lab mixes, etc... So, I don't really discriminate. Despite my calling my dogs the American Rescue Dogs, I do act and treat all of my dogs as if they were a true Pit Bull. And I educate accordingly. It can't hurt as being a Pit Bull Owner we have to take being responsible to the highest levels.
     

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