Lab? Pointer? Pit bull? What is that dog? Does it really matter? Learn about the challenges of breed identification and the issues that come with it.
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From the Magazine
The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.
He looks like a chow, barks like a beagle, and drools like a basset. Who is this mystery dog? Read on for tips on how to find out'and how to implement better breed identification procedures in your shelter.
Once disparaged as "mongrels," mixed-breed dogs are actually the ultimate hybrids'each one like a purebred unto itself. Shelters might do well to follow the example of boutique stores and let the public know that their available mutts are really something unique'a treat for true dog lovers.
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Policies & Programs
Located in Dutchess County NY, AFF has been working nationally to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs since 1985.
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