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Around the U.S., it has been demonstrated that some people are prejudiced against certain breeds of dogs. One type that is singled out most often is Pit Bulls. The “Pit Bull type” encompasses 42 breeds of dogs.

These breeds are the ones targeted in Breed-Specific Legislation, which are laws directed at certain breeds of dogs that have been deemed dangerous, regardless of the temperament or behavior of individual dogs.

Alexandria, Butler, Dayton, Falmouth and Fort Thomas are a few Kentucky cities that have legislative ordinances banning Pit Bulls. Breed-Specific Legislation can also include requirements for the dogs to be muzzled while in public places and requirements for them to be neutered.

Like every political argument, there is two sides to this story.

From 2005 to 2010, Pit Bulls fatally attacked 104 Americans. The Pit Bull type dogs have been singled out in particular mainly because of the common characteristic of a distinctively strong jaw, which obviously can do more biting damage.

Although the reasoning pro-Breed-Specific Legislation makes plenty of sense, the contra-Breed-Specific Legislation is much more overwhelming.

One of the reasons this legislation is ineffective is the fact that the dog temperaments are usually due to the way they are bred and raised by their owners and not due to their breed, according to Pit Bull Rescue Central. Also, the Pit Bull type dog breeds are difficult to identify and many well-behaved canines are banned or punished based on their breed.

Basically, those for Breed-Specific Legislation are simply trying to prevent canine attacks on humans and those against it are trying to protect the innocent dogs that are being punished because of it. Breed-Specific Legislation overall is ineffective. Some more effective and possibly less invasive action should definitely be considered.

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This blog is all about dogs, obviously. You might ask yourself, why do I want to read a blog about dogs? Well…

As of April of this year, pet ownership in the United States has hit an all-time high. 72.9 million American households have pets. According to the American Pet Products Association, 60 percent of dog owners in the U.S. have one dog, 28 percent have two and 12 percent have three or more.

Dogs are generally a dominant branch on the family tree too. According to the American Humane Association, nine in ten pet owners consider their furry friends a member of the family. 63 percent give their dogs presents for Christmas.

Dogs are a prominent part of many people’s lives in the U.S. and regardless, who doesn’t love dogs?

Now, if you’re looking for a new dog and aren’t sure what breed to get, I can help you out there.

According to the American Kennel Club, as of last year the top 5 most registered breeds in America were Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles and Golden Retrievers.

Of course, you can’t limit yourself to just these breeds. Everyone is different and you must think of a few main things when looking for a new companion. Your personality, lifestyle and expectations can have a lot to do with it.

Each breed is a different size and energy level. Some are good with children and other pets, while some aren’t. And all breeds require different levels of grooming. There are many other factors you need to consider in choosing a breed as well.

To help in this process I’d like to draw your attention to the Animal Planet Dog Breed Selector. This simple quiz will give you plenty of dog breed options that will fit you. This site also contains plenty of other helpful information that will help soon-to-be dog owners learn more about the family member you will be adopting.

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