We love this post and agree that dogs – like people – should be evaluated as the individuals that they are rather than as a member of a breed. Having worked with more than 1,000 dogs at animal shelters and as pet sitters, we’ve met lots of labs that hate swimming and fetching, plenty of pit bull types that love playing politely with other pups, and german shepherds and chows who are friendly and cuddly with everyone they meet. The great thing about adopting an adult dog is the ability to know what that animal’s traits are, and whether they will fit well into your life.
All dogs are individuals. You’ve heard us say this again and again. It is the core principle of the work we do here at Animal Farm Foundation to secure equal treatment and opportunity for “pit bull” dogs. But what does it really mean?
All dogs are individuals means: We owe it to all dogs to see them for who they really are, free of prejudice, stereotypes, and assumptions that are based on a known pedigree, a breed label guess, physical appearance, or their past history.
Every dog is an individual with a distinct set of needs and behaviors that are determined by a wide variety of factors: genetics, breeding, socialization, training, management, and environment.
The only way we can accurately determine what a dog needs are is to look at the individual dog in front us for the answers.
In other words, we can’t judge a book by its cover…
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