Veterinarians need to do more to discourage people from breeding dogs with extremely flat faces. Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, PhD, compares the recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) position statement on flat-faced dogs, which is quite forward thinking, to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) position, which is weak, at best. “U.S. veterinarians are lacking strong leadership bringing us forward. How can we help to fix these breeds? One step is a new policy from the AVMA, providing real guidance to the veterinarians on the front lines about how to talk to the owners and breeders of brachycephalic dogs.”
Were pit bulls really considered “nanny dogs” historically? Are pit bulls inherently dangerous because they were historically bred as fighting dogs? In part 2 of our “Dangerous Dogs” series, Sarah Albert tackles some of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding pit bulls that come from both pit bull advocates and opponents.Breed Specificl Legislation, BSL, Dangerous dogs, Pit bulls
Do dog owners expect their dog to conform to the way the dog’s breed has been “branded?” What exactly is “breed branding?” And what are the implications of “breed branding” on the welfare of dogs?