what is the actual, legal wording of your area's law? in some areas, if someone, anyone, thinks the dog looks like a "pitbull" you're in trouble, but other areas have more specific wording in their laws.
On size alone it's easy enough to distinguish between a pitbull and an american bulldog- bulldogs are large dogs, and pitbulls are only medium sized (am pitbulls) and may even tend towards small in size (am staffs).
However, if the dog came from a shelter, and you don't have any papers or a DNA test to prove breed, I suggest you go with the "MUTT". You can't go wrong with that one. And since it's been proven over and over again that it's practically impossible for anyone to accurately identify the breed(s), if any, that went into a mutt by visual identification, you're probably much more accurate going around saying "this is my mutt" than by guessing about breed.
The Ontario law is all about what looks like a pit bull. The law is written something like "pit bulls and similar dogs...."
There are two other more suitable dogs there-took one out for a stroll and she was lovely. A mutt-maybe shepherd/husky. Young, sweet and has some basic obedience already. Unclaimed stray. The other (same type) might get adopted today, so I'm waiting to see before deciding. He does like the one I showed him online and we
sent him video of her. He knows I'm right and will make the right choice. and I know he's ready because he said "she's a possibility".
If anyone's interested in looking, the two are Apples and Blacky on the same website as I posted earlier.
Could you maybe take him to a shelter or rescue that has some dogs you think would meet your criteria and introduce him? Maybe actually interacting with dogs of other breeds would make him consider alternative options.
ETA glad you see from your post above you seem to be doing this. The right dog is out there somewhere, good luck! It sounds like you'd be most rescues dream so shouldn't have any trouble with contracts, but of course make sure you read through them carefully especially as you're doing this from such a distance!
I just adopted Apples. SO was good with that. I will attempt to put a few photos on Facebook. She's staying over at the shelter tonight as where I'm staying there are 2 dogs, and we are hitting the road tomorrow morning at 10 when I pick her up. So all worked out (at least so far)! Now please someone outside of Ontario go get Moe the bulldog. I feel sad leaving her, but I think it's the best decision.
Apples is beautiful! Congratulations. Let us know how she settles in!
I can see why you picked her. Congrats! :)
Very cute dog. Congrats!
Apples is adorable! My kind of dog. I do feel for the bully breeds and may have one some day-there are a lot in shelters here. But the whole BSL deal would worry me, and Moe's chronic thinness. I wish the best for her though. :sadsmile:
Apple is beautiful, good luck!
Re: the usual spitting over BSL and pit bulls, just wanted to remind the complainers that the NCR aka National Canine Research Council, is a pit bull advocacy group. Their research and conclusions are therefore suspect, to say the least.
oh apples is beautiful! look at those eyes, she is going to so loyal and loving. congratualtions!
As a pittie owner in Ontario I can tell you I have NEVER had any issues. She is 13 (so was with me before the ban), but no one can tell her age anyway. She's lovely, kind, quiet and is a neighborhood favourite.
From millions of guns out there, one shooter makes all guns suspect.
From many dairies out there, one video of abuse makes them all suspect.
One race horse breaks down, makes all racing suspect.
One rescue starving horses/misusing funds and others become suspect.
One pit bull/dobie/rottie bite story makes all breed suspect.
That is the way of the world.
We have to live in this world and manage best we can.
Some times, that may mean not getting the dog we may have wished.
Aww, Apples is adorable!! I'm a huge German Shepherd fan, so her looks are just really appealing to me...but even if I wasn't, those eyes are just so sweet! I wish you all the best :)
I would say that ninety percent of police, animal control officers and judges would simply call her a pit bull. I know of registred boxers, a lab cross, and a beagle dobie cross that were listed a "pit bulls" and taken from owners in BSL disputes. Not to mention that there are reports of police officers shooting dogs in their own homes claiming to be attacked.
although this is basically an american site, it has useful legal information.