Breed Confusion Can be DangerousPublished May 26, 2011
Victoria Schade: Do Not Reproduce
He’s 12-weeks old, 33 pounds and he’s a … can you guess his breed?
I’ll bet a bunch of you said “pit bull.” You’re not alone – my shopper Mugsy the American Bulldog is frequently mistaken for a pit. Breed confusion is no big deal when you’re trying to identify a dog for fun, but things get serious when determining a breed could result in a death sentence for that dog. Many shelters euthanize any dog that looks like it might be a “pit bull,” but identifying one isn’t as easy as picking a stocky body, broad chest and cropped ears. I’m not going to dive into the tragic world of breed bias in this post (I’ve been there), but let’s consider for a moment how many dogs are being euthanized just because they look like a dog that could be a pit.
Think you could pick an American Pit Bull Terrier out of a lineup? Take the quiz on this page and let us know how you did in the comments section.