PitbullWhen people think about BSL – Breed specific Legislation, they automatically think “pitbull.”  Some of the slightly more knowledgable know that it also affects other breeds such as Rottweilers, Dobermen, Akitas, Chow and wolf-hybrids to name a few but very few people know that BSL in the US actually affects at least 75 different breeds of dogs and not just specific “breeds” but is dogs are also affected based on how their “look” because some breeds are not easily identifiable, the pitbull for instance, so any dog that resembles what the “Powers that be” think a pitbull looks like is automatically grouped in the ban, just for safety’s sake, of course.

From URDOG

The following list contains dog breeds, in alphabetical order, that are either banned from ownership, or restricted so as to make ownership more difficult than owning other breeds, in legislation either passed, proposed, or tabled in venues throughout the United States of America. The breeds are listed by name exactly as they appear in legislation. Redundancy, or misnaming is due to the wording of codes, and/or ordinances. Some breeds are named specifically, some breeds are included by physical description. All dogs are subject to being named.

1.AIREDALE TERRIER
2.AKBASH
3.AKITA
4.ALAPAHA BLUE BLOOD BULLDOG
5,ALASKAN MALAMUTE
6.ALSATIAN SHEPHERD
7.AMERICAN BULLDOG
8.AMERICAN HUSKY
9.AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER
10.AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
11.AMERICAN WOLFDOG
12.ANATOLIAN SHEPHERD
13.ARIKARA DOG
14.AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG
15.AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD
16.BELGIAN MALINOIS
17.BELGIAN SHEEPDOG
18.BELGIAN TURVUREN
19.BLUE HEELER
20.BOERBUL
21.BORZOI
22.BOSTON TERRIER
23.BOUVIER DES FLANDRES
24.BOXER
25.BULLDOG
26.BULL TERRIER
27.BULL MASTIFF
28.CANE CORSO
29.CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG
30.CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD
31.CHINESE SHAR PEI
32.CHOW-CHOW
33.COLORADO DOG
34.DOBERMAN PINSCHER
35.DOGO DE ARGENTINO
36.DOGUE DE BORDEAUX
37.ENGLISH MASTIFFS
38.ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
39.ESKIMO DOG
40.ESTRELA MOUNTAIN DOG
41.FILA BRASILIERO
42.FOX TERRIER
43.FRENCH BULLDOG
44.GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG
45.GOLDEN RETRIEVER
46.GREENLAND HUSKY
47.GREAT DANE
48.GREAT PYRENEES
49.ITALIAN MASTIFF
50.KANGAL DOG
51.KEESHOND
52.KOMONDOR
53.KOTEZEBUE HUSKY
54.KUVAZ
55.LABRADOR RETRIEVER
56.LEONBERGER
57.MASTIFF
58.NEOPOLITAN MASTIFF
59.NEWFOUNDLAND
60.OTTERHOUND
61.PRESA DE CANARIO
62.PRESA DE MALLORQUIN
63.PUG
64.ROTTWEILER
65.SAARLOOS WOLFHOND
66.SAINT BERNARD
67.SAMOYED
68.SCOTTISH DEERHOUND
69.SIBERIAN HUSKY
70.SPANISH MASTIFF
71.STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER
72.TIMBER SHEPHERD
73.TOSA INU
74.TUNDRA SHEPHERD
75.WOLF SPITZ

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JezzieBlanketIs yours included on this list?? I can tell you right now that mine are, English Springer Spaniels, a breed known for friendliness, nicknamed the “velcro dog” because of their attachment and bonding to their person. This I can personally vouch for! 🙂

One of the scariest things, aside from the fact that BSL exists in the first place and every day you hear more and more idiots clamoring to jump on the BSL bandwagon because of hype and myths and irresponsible owners, is that once BSL for one breed is passed in a community, it’s very easy for another breed to be added… and another… and another… often without even informing the community beforehand.

Y’know, most people who advocate BSL, specifically pitbulls, couldn’t even pick a pitbull out of a lineup.  One of my favorite thing to do when someone talks to me about pitbulls, some who buys into the BS and hype, I ask them if they even know what a pitbull looks likes, considering “pitbull” isn’t even a breed but a blanket tern that can cover a number of breed or breed mixes.  Can you?  Do you think you could pick a pitbull out of a lineup?  Ok, try it!  Click HERE, see if you can pick out the 1 from the 25 then come back and let me know how you did.

One of the worst things about BSL is that it hasn’t even really made a difference in communities that have enacted it. Does BSl really work?

Now lets talk about Denver and BSL. Denver has been at the forefront since they enacted BSL in 1989. There were two attacks, one in 1986 which resulted in the death of a young child and another in 1989. The ban was in effect from 1989-2004 when Gov. Bill Owens signed a bill prohibiting local municipalities from enacting breed-specific legislation. Denver challenged the bill and BSL was back in Denver.

Since 2005 at least 1667 pitbulls have been killed but there is still a question of whether BSL is working there. Have there been any more pitbull attacks? No… but then there were only two to start with.

What about other dog bites of attacks? Yup, and it’s quite interesting too.

Between 1995 and 2006, Denver had almost six times as many dog-related hospitalizations compared to Boulder, even though Denver’s population is less than twice that of Boulder. During that 12-year period, Denver experienced 273 dog-related hospitalizations, while Boulder experienced only 46, according to statistics provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

By the way, Boulder has no BSL.

In the Denver metro area, what is the most dangerous breed? Believe it or not, Labrador Retrievers.

Labrador retrievers are the most likely dog to bite, at 13.3 percent, according to data provided by the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers and released last week by the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs.

Pit bulls follow, at 8.4 percent, which is then followed by German shepherds at 7.8 percent.

The likelihood of a dog to bite also has to do with the popularity of the breed. Labrador retrievers are an extremely popular breed. But Michaela DeGraw, spokeswoman for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, points out that labradors are biting more than pit bulls, and there’s no ban on labs.

“Are we going to ban labs just because they are at the top of the list?” asked DeGraw. “I think not.”

Karen Delise, founder and director of research for the National Canine Research Council, said breed-specific legislation does nothing to educate owners on their responsibilities for owning a dog. She said without that component, there is no way to keep dog bites down.

“I find it interesting that the only area, region, county or city in Colorado with a breed ban happens to be the only county with a higher than normal rate of dog bite hospitalizations,” she said. “The breed ban isn’t working, it’s not addressing education or irresponsible owners.”

Englewood Mayor Jim Woodward said his city decided against breed-specific legislation because the research he conducted indicated that banning pit bulls would not cut back on dog bites. Because Englewood wanted a component that involved educating and holding owners responsible for their actions, it decided last summer to beef-up its dangerous dog laws rather than impose a ban.

“I have not seen any proof that (breed-specific legislation) is the way to go,” said Woodward. “I think what we have come up with is much more progressive.”

The mayor added that in speaking with code enforcement officers, they find the stricter dangerous dog ordinance much more effective because it supplies them with additional tools to go after irresponsible owners, as well as educate the owners on their mistakes. (Denver Daily News)

Even Denver Animal Control Director Doug Kelley can’t come out and say that BSL is actually working.

Do you see what that says?  Labrador retrievers are the dog most likely to bite.  A dog well known as a family dog, friendly, intelligent, highly trainable and one of, if not the most, popular breed in the US today.  Does this mean Labs should be banned in the Denver Metro area?

Interestingly enough, Denver is actually considering revising the ban after all these years, not ending BSL, just making is possible for some owners to have pitbulls in Denver providing they follow some strict guidelines.

“It wouldn’t really be the ban going away,” said Madison. “It would be an amendment to the ban saying that if you do these steps you can get a permit for a pit bull in the city.”

Madison said anyone wanting to own a pit bull within Denver city limits would be required to attend obedience classes, obtain a $1 million insurance policy and agree to home inspections, just to name a few. She said it’s a compromise for pit bull owners and those who do not want the breed in the city. (The Denver Channel)

With the some of the toughest and longest standing breed specific legislation, will Denver’s rethinking of BSL cause other communities to take a second look? We can hope but I don’t hold my breath as I see more and more communities discussing it and passing it.

But the bottom line and point I want to make here, before you jump on the BSL bandwagon, think!  It may be pitbulls today, but tomorrow… who knows?  Maybe the lovable Labrador retreiver.  Somewhere in the US the Lab is already a banned breed, will it hit your community next?  What breed of dog or dogs ahre your home?  Will they be next?  Are they already banned somewhere?

Take a second to read about the BSL Virus and beware!! It can affect anyone, anywhere, anytime!!

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