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baldguy's Journal
May 30, 2013

There is little correlation between visual breed identification and the DNA of mixed-breed dogs.

And nearly 80% of the dogs in the US are mixed breed.



NCRC Interview with Victoria Voith, DVM, MSc,MA, PhD, DACVB; Professor, Animal Behavior; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA


Dr. Victoria Voith describes her research concluding that there is little correlation between dog adoption agencies’ identification of probable breed composition with the identification of breeds by DNA analysis.


NCRC Interview with Kristopher J. Irizarry, PhD; Associate Professor, Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics; College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA


Dr. Irizarry explains the genetic basis for why dogs that look alike often do not act alike.


NCRC Interview with Bill Bruce on Ineffective Dog Laws


Bill Bruce, Calgary's Director of Animal and By-Law Services discusses ineffective dog laws such as breed-specific legislation, pet limit laws, and mandatory spay-neuter, and why these broad-based forms of legislation are ineffective.

Nearly all media reports about dog bites and dog bite related fatalities are based on visual breed identification. In 2011, the most recent year with complete information, in cases of dog bite related fatalities the media listed the dog breed incorrectly almost 82% of the time. And any site that merely compiles media reports, making no attempt to investigate & verify the information reported IS DELIBERATELY LYING TO YOU!

Breed is not a determining factor in predictive a particular dog's propensity for aggression. What are determining factors are: Whether the dog is spayed/neutered, whether the dog has been properly trained & socialized, and whether the dog has been treated properly, not neglected or abused with no rehabilitation.


Here are the actual numbers for dog bite related fatalities:

Out of the 33 instances from 2011 investigated by the NCRC, 30 deaths were directly attributed to dog bites (DogsBite.com reports 1 additional case as a dog bite related fatality, when in fact it was not, and lists 5 as "pending", of which 2 are covered by the NCRC report). At least 50 dogs were involved in these incidents. Of those dogs, 3 (6.00%) were Rottweilers, 1 (2.00%) was an American Bulldog, 1 (2.00%) was a Cane Corso, 3 (6.00%) were what are normally referred to as "Pit Bulls" (2 APBT, 1 AST), 1 (2.00%) was a Doberman Pinscher, and 41 (82.00%) were either of indeterminate or unknown breed.

DogsBite.com incorrectly identified the breed (based solely on inaccurate media reports) in 27 (81.82%) of the cases.

DogsBite.com incorrectly states that the gender of the dogs was unknown in 16/33 (48.48%) of the cases when, in fact it was known.

DogsBite.com incorrectly states that the reproductive status of the dogs was unknown in 22/33 (66.67%) of the cases when, in fact they were intact (not spayed or neutered.) In one case DogsBite.com reported the reproductive status of the (2) dogs involved was unknown when they were females who had recently given birth. In one case DogsBite.com reported the reproductive status of the dog as unknown, when the owner purchased it with the intention of putting it to stud.

DogsBite.com incorrectly lists 18 (54.55%) as "Family dogs" when in fact they were Resident Dogs which were isolated by their owners from regular, positive human interactions. In 2 cases DogsBite.com reported the dogs "Family dogs" when they were intentionally trained as attack dogs.

Of the 30 deaths directly attributed to dog bites, 13 were children. Of those, 12 were unsupervised by adults. These circumstances were not mentioned by DogsBite.com 25% of the time, and were described inaccurately almost 17% of the time.

DogsBite.com makes no attempt to indicate if any of these dogs had been neglected or abused, when many of them were.

(And why does BogsBite include the death of Larry Armstrong in the 2011 listings when both the incident & the victims death occurred in 2010?)

In short, DogsBite.com has made errors, incorrectly reported the circumstances, or simply lied in 100.00% of the cases of dog bite related fatalities from 2011. I expect a similar result from 2012 & 2013.

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