blame the owner not the breed

anonymous asked:

Could you do an evaluation on German Shepherds?

I knew this question would come. German Shepherds are so notorious from a health perspective. They are also extremely common and a well-loved breed with many devoted enthusiasts, and I’m bound to offend somebody by not being suitably approving of their favorite breed. So let me start with this disclaimer:

Now, with that in mind, let’s talk specifically about German Shepherds.

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong… in a German Shepherd.” - Veterinary Pathologists

Many a vet student wizened to the fact early in their studies that if they were presented with a question like “Name a breed in which X occurs”, there was a better than 50% chance that ‘German Shepherd’ would be one of the right answers. That should tell you an awful lot about the breed.

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Raphael, the Dog Lover (TMNT)

This is the pitbull thing that was requested a while ago and I figured I’d write it while I’m in the swing of writing requests. ^.^ Plus this so cute and I love doggies…

My only issue is because I love doggies, I know there are several breeds of dog that are called ‘pit bull’. It’s a type of dog, not a breed. Personally I’m going to write the dog as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Why? My own dog is a staffie, and a recuse for that matter.

Serious note before we get onto the fic, pit bulls are often victimised by the media but the dogs are sweethearts and anyone who knows anything about the breed is well aware of this. Owners are to blame. I say this as someone who owns a dog who was quite nasty when I got her. Now she is very sweet. Her old owner used to beat her. I think that speaks miles about it. Because of this abuse of the breeds known as pitbulls, most of them end up in shelters. About half a million pit bulls are euthanised in shelters every year, about 40% of all dogs euthanised. (Not that kill shelters aren’t a problem in and of themselves) Please, please, please, if you’re thinking of getting a dog, consider a pit. It’s a bit of a long story and this foreword is getting too long as it is, but my pitbull saved myself and my sister from being murdered. And it’s not we might have been hurt, we would have died. I’ll never forget that. And I’m not trying to say another dog breed wouldn’t do that, all dogs would but that’s my point. Pits are not these evil creatures the media makes them out to be. They’re dogs.


Raphael sighed, as he ventured the rooftops. Alone. Unusual for this time of night. He should be heading home, with his brothers but tonight had been different. He’d had a small… Exchange with Mikey forcing Leo and Donnie to step in- But dammit Mikey had started it with that dumb prank!

So now, he was taking the long way home. Descending from the city buildings, he made his way into the alleyway, only to hear… Whimpering? It was a strange noise but in a city like this it was one he could recognise as a dog. There were so many pet pooches around, he’d grown used to their noises.

While he could have just went home and forgot about the whole thing, he was up for anything in order to avoid going home to confront his family. So follow it he did, tracking the noise to the back of some garbage cans.

Lying there, nursing a clearly broken paw and a skeletal body, was the thinnest dog Raphael had ever seen. She whimpered and whined, licking at the blood seeping from the wound.

Raphael grunted a little, the sight unnerving him. Poor dog, how had she gotten into such a state? He wondered. “ Yer not lookin’ yer best, are ye, girl? ” He asked, making a few soft kissy noises to get her attention.

In response the dog’s head snapped up, her ears pinned back, a low growl escaping a throat. Raph slowly raises his hands.

“ S'alright, I’m not gonna hurt ya, ” He assured, trying to work out how to calm the canine. Reaching into his pocket, he pulled out a small wrapper. It was just a cereal bar, mostly oatmeal and honey. He usually carried one or two on him, for working out if he got hungry so he didn’t need to stop. Unwrapping it, he held it out carefully to her.

The dog seemed to give a small sniff, examining the extended morsel before giving a few uncertain licks. Having come to the decision it was not dangerous and tasted good, she wolfed it down, her tail wagging heavily; beating against the ground.

“ There’s a good girl. Were you hungry? ” He asked, very slowly moving a hand towards her to sniff, clenched in a fist. At the sight, the dog howled, whimpering and trying to back off. Quickly Raph stopped and she calmed. He paused for a moment, frowning before he tried it again, his hand held loosely now. She seemed more calm with this, her wet nose rubbing his scales.

Raph clenched his teeth a little. “ It was a person that did this to you, wasn’t it girl? ” He asked, as she continued to explore his hand with her tongue. He wasn’t really sure why he was talking to the dog, she couldn’t talk back, it just felt more natural than silence.

After staying there for maybe ten, fifteen minutes, slowly building up some trust with her; Raph very carefully moved to slip his strong arms beneath her, scooping her up, paying no mind to the blood that coated his arm now.

The dog seemed somewhat happy to have the pressure taken off of her leg, it seemed. Slightly less so about the smell of the sewer.

Upon arriving, Mikey was the first to greet him, as usual. Looking up from the comic he was reading, he took a moment to register before gasping in shock.

“ Dude, that’s a dog, ” He said, leaning over the couch, childishly. Raph grunted.

“ Yes, Mikey, she’s a dog, ” Raph agreed, making his way to Donnie’s lab.

“ What’s wrong with her leg? And how’d you know she’s a she? ” Mikey asked.

“ Someone hurt her… And you can tell on pitbulls, ” He responded.

“ Pitbull? ” Donnie looked up from his work as Raph walked in, the messy bundle of chocolate and white fur in his arms still. Studying the creature as he rose out of his chair, he corrected, “ Actually I think she’s a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. While Pitbull is technically correct, that’s a type of dog, not a breed. ”

“ Whatever you say Kennel Club, can you help her? ” Raph asked nervously.

“ I don’t know, I’m no vet… I’ll call April and Casey, if they’re free I’ll ask one of them to take her to a vet. I’ll try and make her comfortable until then, ” Donnie agreed, clearing a space on the table for her while searching for his phone.

“ Al'ight, but don’t mess around, ” Raph agreed, patting soft ears as he placed her down.


It was a week later when Raph got a call. From April. Placing his weights to the side, he grabbed his phone and answered.

“ Hey? ” He asked, wondering what she wanted.

“ Hey, Raph, it’s about that dog you found. The vet’s prescribed her a medical plan and they’ve operated on her leg but they’ve had to amputate it, ” At the mention of this, Raph winced at the memory of the mangled leg. He wasn’t surprised, it’d been a mess. “ She’s really underweight but the vet says she should make a full recovery and she should still be able to walk once she figures out how to balance, ” April finished.

“ That’s great, I’m glad she’s doing good, ” Raphael told her, as he picked up a bottle of energy drink, downing half the bottle.

“ Yeah but now they want to know what to do with her. The state could take her but… The nearest shelter is a high kill one. So the vet asked if I wanted to take her… But I really don’t have the time for a dog. ”

“ You’re asking me if I want her? ” Raph asked.

“ Yeah, I am… I guess if you don’t we could try and find someone el- ”

“ No, ” He cut her off. “ I’ll take her, ” He agreed without a moment of hesitation. Master Splinter was going to kill him.

But it was the right thing to do.


Once she got home, she was like a new dog. Raph could hardly believe this dog April had brought with her was the same pitbull he’d found last week.

“ Thatta girl, ” He praised, rubbing her belly as she ambled over to him, still trying to perfect the balance of running on only three legs.

“ Are you going to name her? ” Leo asked, watching vaguely amused from the couch.

“ Name her? ”

“ Well, duh, she needs a name, ” Mikey quipped in response. “ I vote for Turtledog. Like Batdog, but a turtle. ”

Raphael rolled his eyes, considering for a moment. “ I don’t know, I’m no good at names, ” He admitted.

“ What about Tenshi? ” Leo offered idly. While Raph’s Japanese might not have been as great as his brothers, he could translate that well enough, Angel.

“ Mm, I guess it’s better than Turtledog, ” Raph agreed, chuckling as he pet her ears.

“ Oh and Raph, the vet mentioned something else, ” April said.

“ Really what? ”

“ Just to mention she’s recently had pups. Maybe she was part of a puppy farm and they decided they didn’t want her anymore? ” April offered, trying to explain it somehow.

Raphael nodded, looking back to Tenshi as she snuggled up to him. A sigh escaped him, “ Where are your babies girl? I hope they’re doing better than you were. ”


The next day, Raph was walking Tenshi. It was a little hard, given he had to avoid being seen and let her pee and all, but he managed it. Somehow. He didn’t have a leash but he didn’t seem to need one, as she happily plodded along.

At some point however, she seemed to be leading him, rather than him her.

“ Tenshi, Tenshi c'mere, where ye going girl? ” He called after her, carefully following as she crossed the street. This was near where he’d found her, only maybe a block or so away.

He continued to follow her, all the way to a seemingly abandoned warehouse, continuing to call after her but stubbornly she seemed to be ignoring him. Once inside, he followed her further, round the back of some dusty crates that hadn’t been touched in what could have been years.

There he found something most unusual. Tucked into a makeshift bed of the sheets that used to cover crates were four skinny puppies, guarded by a Dalmatian; his face battle scarred and worn.

Tenshi greeted the other dog happily, nuzzling and licking faced as Raph followed curiously. Upon getting closer the Dalmatian snarled, baring his fangs however Tenshi happily trotted up to him and pressed some slobbery kissed to his leg and the spotty dog accompanying her seemed to understand.

“ Tenshi, these are your babies, ” Raph said happily, a very proud smile on his face, his heart melting. He was glad his brothers weren’t around to see him consumed by his soft side. Carefully holding out a hand to pet the Dalmatian who was now equally as curious about him, he smiled. “ Is this yer mate? Has he been looking after yer pups? He’s a good boy, ” He praised, ruffling his ears.

“ C'mon, ” He said, gathering up the pups in the sheet with no protest from either parent. “ Let’s go home, all of us. ”


A year later, Raph lounged by the TV. To one side of him Tenshi was snuggled up to him. Her stomach was once more swollen with pups, she’d give birth soon. By his feet lay her loyal protector and 'Raph’s good boy’, Butch the Dalmatian. Only two of their first litter still remained in the Lair. Turtledog, who was of course Mikey’s bundle of fun and Hana (Flower in Japanese) who had become something of a therapy dog for Master Splinter. Beowulf and Godzilla were never far behind their master, Casey.

“ You want some beef jerky? ” Raph offered the dogs and at the mention of 'beef jerky’ Turtledog had somehow appeared from the woodwork for her fair share of the food. Hana didn’t seem so bothered, resting still by Splinter’s feet.

Looking around him, Raph was very happy he had decided to keep Tenshi. She had only brought their family happiness. She was an angel, just with four legs and a tail rather than wings.

The guilt trip: It’s all in how they’re raised.

For almost two years, I felt like I had failed as a dog owner because my Bully mix (Pitterstaff/AmBully, at best guess) turned out to be dog aggressive.

“It’s all in how they’re raised!” is a sentence that makes me cringe.  Anyone that owns a DA APBT or Bully breed probably knows what I’m talking about.  While it is a great sentiment on the ability of dogs to overcome horrible situations, it ignores essential facts about canine behavior while simultaneously putting the blame on dog owners.  

One of the first pictures I have of Zuni and I, on a camping trip in early 2012.

Zuni, my craigslist rescue, wasn’t even a year old when I got her.  Her history before being picked up off the streets by a friendly married couple is unknown.  But she was a fantastic dog and I took her absolutely everywhere with me - she even came to my high school once and assisted me with a theater presentation.  We went to the dog park weekly, ran agility, practiced obedience, and played disc anywhere there was enough space for her to run.  When I started working at the kennel, she would go to daycare during my shifts.  Zuni was so good with other dogs that she was used as a neutral dog to test newcomers for the daycare program.

I did everything right with her.  Knowing her breed, I felt an additional sense of responsibility.  I couldn’t raise a dog that would contribute to the “dangerous pitbull” idea.  But I can’t control genetics and breed tendencies.  My breed isn’t dangerous, but ignoring what my breed was meant for is absolutely dangerous.

Around two years of age, the dog aggression began.  We consulted with several trainers and tried so many methods that it makes my head spin thinking about it.  The best answer we could get from anyone was that she was fear aggressive.  I worked with that for nearly a year, but couldn’t ever agree with it.  I know fear aggressive dogs, I work with them frequently.  Zuni’s behavior and body language certainly wasn’t fearful - she would strain at the end of her leash, every muscle standing out, eyes locked onto another dog with an intensity that terrified most people.  It was the same way she looked at squirrels.  I’ve broken up two fights, and both times I knew she’d never quit until she couldn’t get to the other dog.

I didn’t make any progress with Zuni until I accepted the fact that dog aggression was a part of her temperament.  I stopped blaming myself for her behavior and I stopped seeing her dog aggression as the sign of a  “bad dog.”  I stopped trying to make her like every dog she met and instead taught her to ignore other dogs in public and focus on me.  I don’t allow people to bring their dogs near her and we certainly don’t go to the dog park anymore.  I took months introducing her to Maya and making sure that they had the space that they both needed.  She’s able to run agility without losing focus and has done narcotics detection drills off leash in a room with 30 other dogs.

Zuni’s happier now, I’m happier now. Life goes on.

anonymous asked:

your opinion on pugs/bulldogs/other brachy breeds

So, my opinion on them is actually pretty controversial here on tumblr, and I’ve stayed out of the majority of the debates regarding them for that reason.

I do not think their inherent existence is cruel. I do think breeding for extreme traits known to cause health problems is cruel, but brachycephalic dogs as a whole? No, not really.

I think a lot of the problems that come from brachy breeds are not necessarily brachy problems. Many of these dogs are kept overweight, understimulated, and poorly contained. They tend to either have poor genetic temperament, or their owners tend to refuse to actually train their dogs as they are regarded as more an accessory or a novelty than anything else and thus it shows in the way the dog interacts with the world. They tend to have very little angulation, tend to be fed a selection of extremely low quality kibble (if they even get more than whatever their owner eats as table scraps and nothing else), being honest many aren’t even properly potty trained.

When doing research on brachy breeds, I can honestly say that the majority of dogs involved in these studies are not going to be well bred or well kept, so it’s hard for me to blame the health problems associated with them on just their head/muzzle ratio and shortened/thin nostrils.

I actually had a conversation with another member of dogblr some time ago about how, when kept fit and actually worked with, pugs seemed to be dogs that enjoyed activities such as rally and agility with minimal worry regarding shortness of breath or overheating (two health problems associated with brachy breeds) and relatively little longterm injury from repeated work so common in other, healthier, breeds.

In fact, that last pug is named Daisy, and her owner has made it her business to prove to the world that pugs are capable of so much more than being fat snorting sausages with attitude problems.

I was talking to another member of dogblr about how dogblr regards brachy breeds, and he told me about how he had overheard pug breeders at a show discussing nare width and taking x-rays and CT scans of their dogs heads as a means to prevent stenotic nares from occurring in future litters. I personally have heard responsible pug owners sharing their stories on how they found breeders breeding for decent angulation, how to keep their dogs fit and trim, and how much happier and healthier their dogs seemed to be compared to the aforementioned fat snorting sausage.

Something else to keep in mind for pugs is that they live, quite frankly, forever. I wish dobes had the lifespan pugs seem to have. For not being a brachy breed, dobes certainly fare far worse on the longevity and health aspects.

This also applies to bulldogs. As another unhealthy breed that lives for-freaking-ever, and another breed that dogblr loves to hate, I personally really enjoy seeing an actual nice bulldog when it pops up like this guy from Pacific Rim. He’s in decent shape, he can actually walk and move, from what few shots we get of him he has much better angulation and functionality (and BONE without an oversized head, oh goodness) than the majority of EB example pictures that float around condemning the breeds as a whole.

I’m not defending those who intentionally breed for extreme, unhealthy traits. I am, however, saying that I’m rather reluctant to call a breed or group of breeds unhealthy for a single trait when I personally believe there is more at work than just the construction of the head.

This is also completely ignoring the functional brachy breeds, such as American bulldogs, some molossors, and even working rottweilers and boxers. Someone once posted a picture of a very extreme working boxer saying he couldn’t work due to his extreme head and angulation- that particular boxer had his IPO1 and his AD, an endurance test which requires the dog to run for 12 miles without becoming overheated or overtired. Let’s be clear that there are plenty of non-brachy dogs that fail this test. You cannot tell me there is no way a dog can be both functional and brachy when I see these examples in real time.

I also think that, if brachy heads are cruel, then reteromops and various brachy crossbreeds are also just as cruel as the purebreds, as those dogs are still brachy, still struggle with minimal angulation, and still have various health problems associated with their base breed!

Decent breeders, whether they are crossbreeding or purebreeding, are talking about how to fix the problem. They are aware that there is a problem, and that people want answers. And I wish they’d work together on this, but ah, such is life. But I don’t think hope is really lost for any of these dogs. I think it’s merely become just as much of a hotbutton debate topic as hips/gait/angulation in the german shepherd, to be honest, with both sides screaming rhetoric and nothing noteworthy or worthwhile being done.

I cringe so hard when someone says “[something about aggressive behavior in a dog]…..but I blame the owners”


Poor owners do account for some aggressive dogs, but a TON of perfectly capable and kind pet owners have aggressive dogs.  AGGRESSION IS NATURE AS MUCH IF NOT MORE AS IT IS NURTURE.  Dogs bite or display aggressive behaviors for SO many reasons and accusing their owners of being incompetent or abusive is NOT okay.


  • Poor breeding 
  • Genetic tendency towards aggression
  • In pain
  • Neurological issue
  • Not socialized
  • Socialized poorly

Seriously, people.  A random man with a beard can accidentally step on a puppy’s tail and that puppy could be scarred for life and react aggressively towards men with beards for the rest of its life depending on its personality.


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Previously: Upon reaching Hogwarts you begin your first year as a Ravenclaw and take great pride in being the best student you can be. As time passes you find yourself with two great friends by the name of Mei Chang and Newt Scamander. The end of your first year is so abrupt you find it hard to part with them, but all is well seeing as both promised to write you over the course of the summer.

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The “Adopt, Don’t Shop” mentality and where I stand on the issue:

I feel like sharing my irrelevant opinions tonight, so I’m going to touch on adoption, shelters, “Adopt, Don’t Shop”, and breeding. I’ve seen both sides here on Dogblr go at each other’s throats pretty often and figured, eh, why not throw my own opinions out there into the world?

“Adopt, Don’t Shop” mentality is of course the logic of only ever adopting dogs from shelters and rescues and never, ever buying from a breeder because there are too many homeless dogs as-is. This ideology, as summed up by this particular catchphrase, is actually pretty awful. Mainly because breeders and people who purchase from breeders are then attacked as if they are heartless monsters personally responsible for the millions of animals put down in shelters each year.

I’ve also seen people with purebred dogs attack those who are in favor of adoption and love their mutts, well, not really attack so much as just behave really haughty about it and they almost come off very critical as if every mutt is unpredictable and unhealthy.

I am in full favor of both adoption and breeding and I do not understand why both cannot coexist in the dog community peacefully. Both extreme ends of the spectrum are wrong, neither is helpful, one side attacking the other is insignificant regardless in my book.

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anonymous asked:

Do you feel that the "blame the deed not the breed" is trying to sweep under the rug that these dogs are usually dog aggressive? Or trying to cover up their history? Which is important to know about a dog especially a pet you are considering getting.

 Definitely. I honestly believe it’s one of the most dangerous things to say, maybe even THE most dangerous.
 The purpose of “blame the deed, not the breed” is to encourage people to ignorantly own these dogs because it’s the evil dog-fighters who create dogs who bite or attack, and the dog is an unwilling pawn in it all who is forced to fight.
 It encourages people to believe that if you raise your dog up the best you can, he will turn out fine and be perfectly cool and sociable with cats and dogs. After all, we all know it’s the dog-fighters that force these dogs to fight, so if you’re not a dog-fighter you don’t have anything to worry about!

 When these dogs act aggressively towards another dog or want to attack a cat walking by, the owner feels that they’ve done something wrong when they didn’t. What the dog did isn’t “bad”, he isn’t a bad dog or “evil”, he was doing something that he believed (instincts) to be a desirable thing to do.
 Dogs don’t operate on morals and they don’t think about how another animal or dog would feel about being attacked - it is IMPOSSIBLE for a dog to be “bad” or “evil” for chasing squirrels or getting into squabbles with other dogs. In order to be what we as humans consider “bad” (deliberately mean, malicious, sadistic, etc), the dog would have to understand right from wrong - morals.

 When a well-raised pit bull gets into a fight with another dog, the owner feels like shit because they feel like they raised their dog incorrectly. They truly believe that in order for these dogs to fight, they have to be forced or trained to do so, when we know that this is not true. Not even in an actual organized dog-fights are the dogs forced to fight; the dogs can hop over the wall, turn, or yelp, and they’re picked up. In order for two dogs to get into a full blown fight and not just one attacking and the other defending, both of them actively want to fight. Your pit bull fighting a dog at the park is doing something natural and free of force.
 Unfortunately the pit bull owner now has someone’s injured pet on their hands, will have to pay the owner’s vet fees, and if they’re lucky their dog will be spared it’s life. Unlucky dogs may be put to sleep for doing something that would have been entirely avoidable if the owner understood that you can’t love the dog-aggression or prey-aggression out of them. What this does is it adds fuel to the BSL fire and creates myths like these dogs “turning” or “snapping”. “He’s never done that before!, He would never hurt a fly!”
 Attacks involving APBT or bully breeds are not unpredictable. A responsible owner would get this dog knowing that you should always expect a bulldog to fight, and to not let your guard down around other dogs or pets. A responsible dog owner would not get a dog like this thinking “it’s all how you raise them” or “blame the deed, not the breed”, and they would take precautionary measures to secure their dog in their yard and keep it from causing harm to other dogs or animals.

 I think the entire purpose of “blame the deed, not the breed” is definitely used to cover up or erase the hereditary dog-aggression in the bully-breeds. A bully breed that you adopted from the shelter that was labeled a “pit bull” should be raised with the same amount of responsibility as if you were to buy an APBT straight from a breeder. A dog-fighter has very little to do with the training and upbringing of your shelter dog, and you should NEVER assume that your bully breed doesn’t have any latent dog or prey aggression.
 We’ve seen what happens when shelter dogs (or just pet dogs in general) are raised with the mindset of “it’s all how you raise them”. It breeds ignorance, fuels hatred against the bully breeds, and throws gas into the fires BSL lawmakers.
 This kind of ignorance and irresponsible ownership: [LINK] is just as dangerous as this kind: [LINK]

 Deliberately ignoring dog-aggression is actively getting dogs and pets killed. These people get mad about not being able to bring their bully breeds to PetSmart… but can you imagine a dog-fight breaking out there, amongst all of those ignorant, irresponsible dog owners? Do you think any of them would have a breakstick?
Don’t blame the breed, blame the dogmommies.

anonymous asked:

In light of your recent posts on breeding ethics, especially about scottish folds (I had no idea about that one, glad I know now!), are there any more particular breeds of cats or dogs that we, as potential pet owners, should avoid?

Yes. There are many.

But I can’t really provide a comprehensive list; there are so many factors that can go into it. Some breeds are perfectly healthy as long as they come from a reputable breeder; some breeds are so badly genetically damaged that I would want to abolish breeding them altogether (the English bulldog comes to mind, as well as the pug and the Persian cat). And the very appeal of some breeds comes from a trait that significantly damages their quality of life, like the Scottish fold.

If you are considering adopting a purebred animal, it is really important and really your responsibility to carefully research the breed itself as well as the breeder. The information is out there and thanks to the internet it isn’t hard to find.

I will say that one of the most important things to look for on a breeder’s website is both an acknowledgement of the genetic disorders known to exist in the breed and a guarantee that their animals will not have them. When you talk to the breeder you should already be armed with an arsenal of research on the breed to be sure they can answer all of your questions.

Many people have sworn off purebred animals altogether and I don’t blame them. But adopting a mutt- while an absolutely wonderful thing to do- isn’t going to guarantee that you get an animal with no congenital issues. The value of purebred animals is the fact that their lineages are known and theoretically, they could be bred in a way that would eliminate genetic disorders.

This is unfortunately not always what happens.

Some resources:

Dog Breed Health: A great site for any potential dog owner. Includes advice on how to choose a breeder and what to do if your purebred dog has a congenital disorder.

The Canine Inherited Disorder Database

Inherited Diseases in Dogs

Library of Inherited Disorders in Animals: Includes information on disorders in both purebred dogs and cats.

Genetic Welfare Problems of Companion Animals: Includes information not just on purebred dogs and cats but many other species.

Again, a google search will quickly net you many more results; just make sure that they are from reputable sources.

thedestroyerofworlds  asked:

I don't understand the anger on bully breeds not being allowed in the day camp at Petsmart. I currently have a bully mix and have been around them my whole life; you might get lucky with one or two that aren't DA but all it takes is one bad encounter and you can end up with fines, bans, and (worst case) a euthanized dog. Right now, with the public perception towards bully breeds, there is NO room for mistakes like a dog fight at a daycare. Why chance it? Why risk other dogs or your own?

^This. Sadly many bull breed owners do not have the same views. Sadly all it will take is one incident where their dog mauls or injures another for them to learn and even then the blame will always fall onto the dog and not the owner.