Why Calling A Dog A Pit Bull Could Extend Its Shelter Stay
A study found that potential adopters are more likely to want a pit bull when the dog isn't labeled as its breed.By Stephanie Liebergen | March 23, 2016
On National Puppy Day, who doesn't love some young, furry cuteness? But for some pups, no matter how cute they are, their breed could stand between them and a forever home.
A study published Wednesday found that dogs labeled as pit bulls were less likely to be adopted than other dogs with similar looks.
Researchers found when breed labels weren't used, potential adopters liked pit bulls more than their lookalikes. But when breeds were included, lookalike dogs, such as boxers, were seen as more attractive.