This is Suzie. She was adopted from Oakland Animal Services as a “senior” dog. Her new human guardian decided to get her genetically tested to figure out her true breed. Most people assume that Suzie is a Pit Bull. However, when she was tested, her breed was determined to be Boxer, Dalmation, and Border Collie. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book, a person or a dog by their cover.
We get all types of dogs at the Shelter who have a long heritage of different breeds. Often, these dogs get the best behavior traits of many different types of breeds and end up looking nothing like what you might expect. This is why breed specific legislation that bans a specific breed can be so devastating because these bans not only unfairly ban a specific breed but they also lump all dogs that look like that breed together. We always say that the best thing is to get to know a dog by it’s behavior rather than what he/she looks like.