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Welcome to StopBSL

o Info, Rules & Guidelines | o stopBSL FAQ
o The List of Targeted Breeds
o !RARE! Breed of the Month Features

Before You Decide to
Join Us Here @ stopBSL

We kindly ask & very much encourage that before you decide to join us here at stopBSL, please go over the Info, Rules & Guidelines & our FAQ to make certain we are the right group for you & your artwork!

|Who We Are|
stopBSL is a group solely for canine lovers & artists, a place where canine enthusiasts can share dog related artwork in effort to raise awareness about breed-specific legislation, also known as BSL, to encourage responsible dog ownership & to demote the undeserved stereotypes among man's best friend, the dog

We are for responsible dog ownership, responsible / ethical purebred breeding, we also wish to promote adoption & rescue instead of buying from irresponsible / "backyard" breeders & pet stores

We do not believe in breed discrimination, profiling or stereotypes; we look to discourage discrimination & dismiss myths through education & raising awareness; we are here to provide our members with accurate need-to-know information as well as a wide variety of resources on the different aspects of responsible dog ownership

We are anti-BSL & pro-canine!

Not only do we the administrators here at stopBSL strive to be the most beloved American Pit Bull Terrier & bully breed advocacy group on DeviantART, but we also strive to be the overall very best pro canine group that dA has to offer, as complimented to us by countless dedicated members who truly feel that our hard work in this group has paid off and then some by providing the dA public with more than just a place to share artwork, but also a place to raise awareness about breed-specific legislation and dog breeds targeted by breed-specific laws, to educate viewers about what it takes to be a responsible pet owner, the importance of responsible breeding practices, to encourage adoption / rescue, to be there for members in need of advice and for those to share inspirational stories about man's best friend

stopBSL is unlike any other canine support group on DeviantART!
|What Is BSL?|
BSL, also known as breed-specific legislation, is a law or ordinance passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws or ordinances pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. - Wikipedia

Breed-specific legislation refers to laws that regulate and restrict what breeds of dog citizens residing within certain municipalities can and cannot own, breed-specific laws are proposed and adopted in failing effort to reduce bites and attacks inflicted by dogs and to increase public safety. Breed-specific legislation comes in two forms - breed bans and breed restrictions. To learn more about breed-specific legislation, please see our very own introductory article:
o An Introduction to BSL
|What Breeds Are At Risk?|
Understand that the American Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, German Shepherd Dog and Doberman Pinscher are not the only breeds of dog affected by breed-specific legislation; in fact, the Great Dane, English Mastiff, Chow Chow, Siberian Husky, Fila Brasileiro and Anatolian Shepherd are just a few among the many other breeds of dog often subject to breed-specific laws and other forms of discrimination. For the most accurate list available on the web of what dog breeds are affected by breed-specific legislation in the United States, Canada, & more than fifteen other countries worldwide such as Norway, Bermuda & Spain, please see stopBSL’s very own collection of targeted breeds:
o StopBSL's List of Targeted Breeds
|Can I Join & How Do I?|
To join stopBSL, click where it says "Join Our Group" at the top of the page and wait patiently for your join request to be accepted by an administrator. Please do not ask to join the group because everyone & anyone is entitled to join; we ask all soon-to-be members to read over the group's Info, Rules & Guidelines as well as our FAQ prior to joining to ensure that you agree with our values and what we stand for, and that your artwork will be accepted here
|How Do I Submit Artwork?|
Once your join request has been accepted & an administrator has given you a proper welcome, you can begin submitting artwork to the group's gallery. To submit artwork, you will need to click the gallery tab and click where it says "Contribute to This Folder", here you will be able to select which of your own deviations from your gallery which you would like to submit to ours; again, remember to submit only once you have read over our Info, Rules & Guidelines, and always make sure you have sent your submission to the correct folder otherwise your submissions will be declined.

o Info, Rules & Guidelines | o The FAQ
o The Overview of Gallery Folders

If you may question to where exactly you should submit your artwork, stopBSL's very own Overview of Gallery Folders lists each gallery folder and summarizes their uses in order to help members better understand what different folders are used for and to which folders their submissions belong and why, please make sure you have taken a look at the overview however if that does not quite answer any questions our folder system raises then you are always welcome to contact the administrators for a further understanding

Global Submission Limit: 3 / Three a Day
Keep in mind that different folders do have different submission limits, sometimes weekly or even monthly. These limits are mentioned on the left hand side within each gallery folder!

:note: Please direct all of your questions, concerns & suggestions to stopBSL's administrators via note via note & we will be happy to answer your questions or assist you in any way!

stopBSL's Educational Articles
Through our group blog we intend to feature a wide variety of resources on basic canine care and the responsibilities of being a good pet owner; we strive to educate our members with general need-to-know information and canine-related news by sharing our own knowledge with all of you. While we currently have only a very limited number of educational articles, we do plan to compile many more over time, so please patiently sit back and be ready for our fabulous administrative team to update the blog with new, interesting and informational articles for your reading pleasure!
The articles listed below are our educational series written by stopBSL administrators; not only do our administrators write these blogs, but we also encourage our members to come forward with their own ideas and their very own written works containing factual information to help educate those apart of this group. If you happen to be interested in contributing to stopBSL by sharing an article that you have written, please contact stopBSL via note and we will be thrilled to make arrangements for you to submit your own educational article to share with all of our members!
The Complete List of Educational Articles
All Written by the stopBSL Team

o An Introduction to Breed-Specific Legislation
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Dog Collars
o Looking Into Cesar Millan & His Methods
o Purebred Versus Mixed Breed Dogs
o Petition to Ban Merle to Merle Breeding
o Reputable Breeder vs. Backyard Breeder
o What's In Your Dog's Diet?
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Chew Toys
o The Pet Obesity Epidemic
o Homeowers Insurance & Breed Discrimination
o Understanding Dog Behavior & Body Language
o Service Dog Fraud & The Problem
o Black Dog Syndrome
o "It's All in How They're Raised" Misconception
o Debunking Dominance Theory

Latest Educational / Informative Articles
Black Dog SyndromeInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Black Dog Syndrome: Superstitious or Superfluous?
© Written by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off &
Well, the time of year when ghosts, vampires, werewolves and other horrifying creatures that invade our subconscious has long since passed. Yes, the Halloween season; in all its glory. However, for pet owners and animal lovers, an equally terrifying event occurs not only on the spookiest of days but all year round. It is a phenomenon that ha
The 'It's All in How They're Raised' MisconceptionInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
"It's All in How They're Raised"
© Written by paws4udogs @
IMPORTANT: This article was written by Sara Reusche aka paws4udogs, a certified professional dog trainer, certified veterinary technician & owner of Paws Abilities Dog Training, LLC. Please understand

Debunking Dominance TheoryInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
"Debunking Dominance Theory"
© Written by Laren Pryor @
IMPORTANT: This article was written by Karen Pyror at, a certified professional trainer in dogs, cats & horses. Please understand that in no way, shape or form does stopBSL take any credit for the wri
Petition to Ban Merle to Merle BreedingInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Australian Shepherd Club of America,
Please Ban Merle To Merle Breeding

by Keller's Cause @
Sign the Petition Here
29,450 supporters thus far, with 5,550 signatures still needed to

Become a stopBSL Blogger!
The stopBSL administrative team is always open to welcome others to become apart of our team effort in educating the dog owners / lovers of DeviantART, if you would like to become one of "The Bloggers", all you have to do is contact stopBSL staff, tell us a little bit about yourself, assure us that you have the time, the knowledge and resources to provide accurate and factual educational articles for the group's members to read and learn from. As apart of "The Bloggers", your only job is to write and submit blog entries, and if you feel as though that is right up your alley then do send us a note! Please understand that we expect "The Bloggers" to fulfill their duties as writing educational articles and if those duties are not fulfilled, said blogger will be demoted back to a member; before contacting our team about becoming a blogger, you need to be absolutely certain that you will be able to take on the role you are applying for!

For those who are sincerely interested in contributing an educational article to stopBSL but without the desire to be apart of the administrative team, we have temporary blogger positions! As a member you will be promoted to this position in order to submit your article and once your article has been submitted & approved, then you will return to your previous position as a member. This way more of our members can take part in sharing their knowledge with the rest of the group without having to commit! If you are interested, again, please send us a note!

!RARE! Breed of the Month
stopBSL administrators work together to submit a monthly article featuring less common, rare and even unheard of breeds of dogs to our members through our "Rare Breed of the Month" also referred to as RBotM by our administrators - a monthly article created to educate our members on various rare breeds of dogs, we have been proudly featuring these amazing, lesser known dog breeds to our members since early 2011 and we plan to continue for as long as there are many, many breeds out there that most of the general public are completely unaware of; as of mid 2012 RBotM got even better when we were finally able to include images and thumbnails in our articles, giving us the privilege to compliment these written entries with beautiful photographs of these amazing dogs! And as of January 2012 we have begun a new mini-feature to our RBotM articles called the "Targeted Breed of the Month", which shines some light on the various breeds of dog that are targeted by breed-specific legislation and other forms of discrimination, highlighting some basic yet interesting breed facts, all of which we hope our members will like! Through the "Rare Bree of the Month" we wish to introduce new breeds to our members, so we hope that all members and new-comers will continue to enjoy these features at the beginning of each month!

!RARE! Breed of the Month 2016
• January - Smaland Hound
• February - Ca de Bou
• March - Lancashire Heeler

Latest !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Featuring February's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2012 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap

!RARE! Breed of the Month 2015 RecapInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
!RARE! Breed of the Month 2015 Recap
So yet another year of stopBSL's !RARE! Breed of the Month has come to an end, and again here is the recap looking back on all of the amazing rare breeds that we had the absolute pleasure of sharing with our group members!
January – Skye Terrier
"A loyal, confident & fearless breed of Scotland and one of the oldest of the terrier breeds, the Skye Terrier originated on the Isle of Skye where it was bred by
Featuring January's !RARE! Breed of the MonthInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2012 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2013 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap

!RARE! Breed of the Month 2015
• January - Skye Terrier
• February - Bergamasco Shepherd
• March - Drever
• April - Eurasier
• May - Portuguese Podengo
• June - Kangal
• July - Azawakh
• August - Estrela Mountain Dog
• September - Slovensky Cuvac
• October - Kromfohrlander
• November - Deutscher Wachtelhund
• December - Chart Polski
o 2015 RBotM Recap

!RARE! BotM of 2014
• January - Lagotto Romagnolo
• February - Munsterlander
• March - Swedish Vallhund
• April - Pyrenean Shepherd
• May - Kishu Ken
• June - Kai Ken
• July - East Siberian Laika
• August - Schapendoes
• September- Transylvanian Hound
• October - Appenzeller Mountain Dog
• November - Hungarian Pumi
• December - Chinook
o 2014 !RARE! BotM Recap

!RARE! BotM of 2013
• January - Bohemian Shepherd
• February - Alaskan Klee Kai
• March - Beauceron
• April - Komondor
• May - Hamilton Hound
• June - Himalayan Sheepdog
• July - Karelian Bear Dog
• August - New Zealand Huntaway
• September - Silken Windhound
• October - Blue Picardy Spaniel
• November - Plott Hound
• December - Russkiy Toy
o 2013 !RARE! BotM Recap

!RARE! BotM of 2012
• January - Aidi
• February - Kooikerhondje
• March - Procelaine
• April - Hovawart
• May - Shikoku Dog
• June - Stabyhoun
• July - Broholmer
• August - Azores Cattle Dog
• September - Catahoula
• October - Bavarian Mountain Dog
• November - Cirneco dell'Etna
• December - Rafeiro do Alentejo
o 2012 !RARE! BotM Recap

Previously Featured Breeds of 2011
Xoloitzcuintli | Hungarian Mudi | Aus. Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
Norwegian Lundehund | Tibetan Mastiff | Berger Picard
Fila Brasileiro | Tamaskan Dog | Thai Dog
o 2011 !RARE! BotM Recap
o Previous !RARE! BotM Features

| Pet Adoption & Rescue |
Here at stopBSL we proudly support pet adoption and rescue and wish to promote adoption / rescue over purchasing from irresponsible / "backyard" breeders and pet stores. Every year, in the United States alone, roughly ten million animals end up in our nation's shelters, and only a portion of those animals are lucky enough to make it out alive, so next time you decide you want to add a pet to your household, please consider adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue organization!

Because we support and encourage adoption and rescue, here at stopBSL we have our very own Pet Adoption Promotional Artwork folder dedicated to pets that are available for adoption through rescue organizations, animal shelters and city dog pounds in effort to help find homes for those animals.

We also have our very own The Rescue Dogs of StopBSL folder dedicated to those dogs that have been rescued and adopted into loving homes with families that will cherish them forever. If you have a dog that you saved from the city pound, rescued from the local shelter, found on the streets or adopted from a rescue organization, make sure you add your dog's photograph and story there!

We are also very proud supporters of responsible, ethical breeding of healthy and temperamentally sound purebred dogs, thus we have a folder called The Champions of StopBSL, which is dedicated to showcasing all the fine purebreds that belong to members of this group! Please see our article "What to Know About Reputable Breeding" to learn a little about responsible breeding!

o stopBSL's official icon / avatar by BozMurphy
o Official StopBSL blog header by Co-Founder / Canine Crusader t3hsilentone
o Various blog banners by Founder / Doggy Defender sassawj

Group logo banner design created by stopBSL's Co-Founder / Canine Crusader t3hsilentone

Info, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features

Welcome to Our !RARE! Breed of the Month Feature!

January's !RARE! Breed of the Month
February's !RARE! Breed of the Month

2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2012 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2013 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2014 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
2015 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap

Featuring March's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Lancashire Heeler

What is a Lancashire Heeler?

The Lancashire Heeler; also known as the Ormskirk Heeler, is hailed as the smallest breed of herding dog that was developed and implemented as, not only a herder, but a drover of its master's cattle. Uncharacteristic of most of its fellow herding breeds, this pint sized canine has an ancestry that infuses the joining of two polar opposites in the dog world; herder meets terrier, which aided in giving the breed that wily terrier grin and makes it a fairly versatile breed in function. Its uniqueness is enhanced by its rarity, with only an estimated 5,000 living individuals worldwide.

History & Origin

Akin to many of the modern day herding breeds, the Lancashire's roots can be traced to a European heritage. The humble beginnings of this petite pooch can be traced back as far as the year 1797. Near the duration of the 18th century, the exportation of sheep via Ireland increased in necessity for their English neighbors. This in turn, boosted the use of the port in Liverpool, located in northwest England. It was from these voyages that the predecessors of the Lancashire Heeler came to English shores; their purpose, to aid in driving flocks of sheep off of the boats, nipping at their heels as they exited. These fore bearers of the breed brought about a new method of herding that separated them from other herding breeds that had been developed thus far. This new subcategory of herding dogs, the heelers; were bred to be a specialty herder whose instinct included nipping at the lower legs and heels of livestock and to corral their herbivorous quarry. In some cases, lead them to their master's slaughterhouses. The method behind nipping at the heels was to ensure as little damage as possible to the hides of the prey animals. As a result, not only were these varieties of dogs sought out by farmers, but also by industrial meat packagers.

In regard to the Lancashire's family tree, one would almost instantly think of a corgi heritage given its short stubby legs and long low riding body. Yet, as with many dog breed origins, there are always a few naysayers that point to another source of ancestry. In one instance, there is a theory that there may have been a Norse influence in the breed correlating with an ancestry from the Swedish Vallhund. In her publication, Herding Dogs: Their Origins and Development in Britain, author Iris Combe's thoughts on the Lancashire's pedigree are as stated. "I feel the heeler is most likely a local variety of corgi or spitz dog which has been kept for generations within one particular district, in the same way as the Cardigan and Pembroke corgis." (Combe) In addition, the inclusion of local Manchester Terriers mingled with the herders which resulted in a dog that was a hybrid of two entirely different types of domestic dog. That being, having the intelligence and precision of a herder, but also possess the tenacity, ruthlessness, and ratting abilities of a terrier.

If one were to go back in time around sixty years ago, the Lancashire would be a prevalent breed to see in farmsteads throughout northwestern England. Thanks to their compact size and multi-functioning purpose as a herder and a ratter, these dogs found their niche and seemed quite comfortable in this highly agrarian environment. However, as farming practices began to radically change via industrial farming, droving fell out of practice, and more specialized herding breeds gained more interest, the Lancashire found itself adrift.

Fortunately, there were a handful of fanciers of the breed which worried about the decrease in population. Led by enthusiast Gwen Mackintosh of Norfolk, the remaining Lancashire Heeler breeders banned together and formed the Lancashire Heeler Club in 1978. Their hard work paid off when the little heelers were recognized by the Kennel Club of Great Britain (KCGB) a few years later in 1981 and by the end of 1988; seven hundred fifty one Lancashire Heelers were recorded in the KCGB's registry. The breed also received recognition with the prestigious Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1995. Despite these major steps forward, the marginal population maintained was still in great jeopardy and by 2003; the Lancashire was added to the KCGB's list of vulnerable breeds.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the Lancashire was accepted into the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Foundation Stock Service (FSS) in 2001. The first registered dog in the states also came into pruition the same year. Six years later in 2007, the United States Lancashire Heeler Club was born. According to statistics taken as recently as 2012, ninety two Lancashire Heelers were registered through the FSS, eighty seven of them had a three generation pedigree in their ancestry. Today, the Lancashire is recognized in other kennel clubs as well including the Continental Kennel Club (CKC), the American Canine Registry (ACR), and the North American Purebred Registry, Inc. (NAPR).

Appearance & Structure

Akin to its Corgi predecessors, the Lancashire Heeler is set low to the ground; as its legs are very short in relative proportion to the rest of its body. Large, widely set, erect ears sit atop its small skull; dropped ears being an incredible fault. The head is to be in proportion with the body with bright eyes set wide apart from one another. The eyes themselves, are almond in shape, medium in size, and must be have very dark colored irises. The only exception to this rule is only applicable in liver colored dogs. In that instance the eye color may be lighter in order to correspond with the lighter coat coloration.

On the topic of the color of a dog's coat, the black and tan smooth coat seen today was first bred in Ormskrik and over the years became the preferred color combination for the breed. However, a liver and tan variation can be found among individuals as well. The topcoat is short, thick and weather resistant to all conditions. In addition, there is a fine undercoat that can be found underneath the thick exterior but should never be visible to the surface. The Lancashire’s coat changes as the seasons change; being that in the warm summer months, the coat is reduced in thickness and in the bitter winter the coat will thicken and a handsome neck ruff becomes an added characteristic to the dog’s exterior.

Looking at the body cavity of this breed, well sprung ribbing is an integral part of the dog's build, extending well back with close coupling. A firm, level topline is apparent, never to dip at the withers or fall at the croup. An individual's forequarters include well laid shoulders, elbows firmly placed at the ribs, and pasterns can allow the forefeet to turn slightly outwards, but not to the point of compromising a dog's movement or render them weak. Likewise, the hindquarters are also muscular with well turned stifles. From the rear, the hind legs should be parallel when in motion or standing still. The result being a natural and brisk gait. A dog's tail is set high and never should be docked. While it can be carried over the back in a slight curve, the tail should never form a complete ring.


As with all herding dogs, the Lancashire has a hard wired instinct to do what it was born to accomplish. Early intervention to prevent unwanted ankle nipping is essential as well as having proper stimulation for a high energy breed. Obedience training is a staple for this strong willed breed and extensive exercises regarding self-control and redirecting of energy are critical if one is to have a mentally sound companion. The Lancashire, while not often used as a herding dog in present times, can still perform well if instructed by one who has an extensive history training dogs to herd. These pint sized canines can also perform well in agility, flyball, and even frisbee competitions. The key to keeping this breed happy is essentially the same as all herders; by providing immense stimulation, exercise, and a clear and devoted equal partnership.

In the homestead, the Lancashire is an alert and friendly dog with its immediate family. However, it might be in the best interest of the dog that only older children with proper dog cohabitation skills share its residence. Younger children often show less restraint in respecting a dog's personal boundaries as they themselves discover their place in the world. As a result, a dog like the Lanchashire can either be frightened by the invasiveness of a toddler, or take advantage of their naiveté and herd them around one's home.

In the event an intruder makes an entrance, the Lancashire is innately wary of strangers and will alert their family immediately. With other animals, proper socialization at a tender age is always encouraged with any dog. In the case of the Lancashire, this is even more relevant given the breed's strong herding and prey drive. Future prospecting owners should keep this in mind if prey animals currently reside. While cases of dog to dog aggression seldom are reported in the breed, early socialization with other canine companions should always be encouraged. In the event an intruder makes an entrance, the Lancashire is innately wary of strangers and will alert their family immediately. With other animalskeep this in mind if prey animals currently reside. While cases of dog to dog aggression seldom are reported in the breed, early socialization with other canine companions should always be encouraged.

In the right setting, the Lancashire is a remarkable little firecracker which has warmed the hearts of those who have ever owned one. Despite its diminutive size, this rare gem of the herding world can be just as enjoyable for herding breed enthusiasts as its more popular contemporaries.
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ALL Myths are Harmful

by DogHeartsKoala

This educational piece of artwork shines some very needed light on the fact that all myths, no matter the nature, are harmful to the American Pit Bull Terrier & other bully breeds. Remember to always advocate responsibly!

Contact StopBSL's Administrators

If for any reason at all you feel the need to contact the administrative team here at stopBSL due to theft/plagiarism, harassment, anything else that goes against stopsl or DeviantART policy or just to say hello to everyone, please send us a message via note! All reports will remain anonymous, and we will try our best to handle such offenses accordingly with dA staff.

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Helpeful Dog-Related Resources!

This list is still very much a work-in-progress with many more websites and resources to be added soon and over time. Thank you for your patience!

Breed-Specific Legislation:

o What is BSL? An Overview
o Alternatives to BSL
o Dog Breed Legislative Alerts
o About BSL by Pit Bull Rescue Central
o Map of Breed-Specific Legislation
o Pit Bulletin Legal News

The APBT / Pit Bull Breed:

o History of the American Pit Bull Terrier
o What is a Pit Bull?: The APBT
o The Working Pit Bull Website
o American Pit Bull Terrier Historical Society
o Game Dog History
o The APBT – Not a Breed for Everyone
o Is the APBT Right for You?
o 10 Signs You May NOT Be Ready for a Pit Bull
o A Brief History of Dog Fighting
o The "Nanny Dog" Myth by BadRap
o Pit Bulls & Types of Aggression by
o Dog Aggression in Pit Bulls by HappyPitBull
o Pit Bulls & Dog Aggression by PitBullLovers
o Understanding Dog Tolerance in Dogs
o The APBT's Drive to Fight
o Managing Multi-Dog Households with Pit Bulls
o Break Sticks: All You Need to Know
o Pit Bulls & Dog Parks by BadRap
o Why Dog Parks Are a Bad Idea
o Chains Don't Abuse Dogs, People Do
o The "Pit Bull" Today & Dangers of Mislabeling
o Complete List of Articles by PitBullTruth

Dog Training:

o Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
o Canine Behavior Myths Busted
o Food Rewards in Dog Training
o 10 Life Threatening Dog Behavior Myths
o "It's All in How They're Raised" Misconception
o Nature vs. Nurture

Cesar Millan & Dominance Theory:

o Dominance & Dog Training
o Debunking the Dominance Theory
o Cesar, Dominance Theory & Modern Training
o Beyond Cesar Millan
o The Damage of "Dog Whispering"
o The Dog Whisperer Controversy
o Dog Whisperer FAQ & Answers
o Cesar's Way vs. Modern Dog Training
o Wolf Pack Theory Used for Domestic Dogs
o JUsing Dominance Theory is Outdated

Dog Breeders & Breeding

o Backyard Breeder vs. Responsible Breeder
o What is a Backyard Breeder?
o Responsible Dog Breeding
o How to Find a Responsible Breeder
o Finding a Responsible Breeder by PBRC
o Responsible vs. Backyard Breeder Chart
o Guidelines for Ethical Breeding Practices
o Becoming a Responsible, Ethical Breeder
o Line Breeding, Inbreeding & More
o Puppy Mills & Backyard Breeds
O Prisoners of Greed - Puppy Mills
o Show Quality vs. Pet Quality
o The Facts of Dog Breeding
o Successful Dog Breeding
o Breeding, Whelping & Rearing Pups
o Dog Breeding Expenses
o Your Dogs Could End Up at a Shelter
o Interested in Breeding Dogs?
o So You Want to Use your Dog as a Stud?
o So You Want to Breed Your Bitch?
o So You Want to Breed Your Dogs?
o Why Responsibly-bred Dogs Cost More
o Things to Think About Before Breeding
o Top 10 Reasons NOT to Breed
o About Dog Registries & Kennel Clubs
o An Open Letter to Prospective Breeders
o Mutts, Purebreds & Designer Dogs
o Poo Mutts & Designer Dogs
o Designer Dogs = Expensive Mutts
o Health Issues in Designer Mutts</b
o Designer Dogs = Just Expensive Mutts
o Mutt or Purebred: Which is Healthier?
o The Truth About "Teacup" Pups

Animal / Canine Genetics:

o Dog Breeding, Genetics & More
o Coat Color Inheritance in Dogs
o Inheritance of Temperament in Dogs
o Soundess, Structure & Breed Type
o FAQs & Myths About Canine Genetics
o The Myth of Hybrid Vigor in Dogs
o Health Issues in Dogs
o Canine Inherited Disorders Database

Canine Nutrition & Diet:

o Raw Fed Pets @ Tumblr
o Best Raw Foods for Dogs
o Home Prepared Dog Diets

Spaying & Neutering:

o Spay/Neuter FAQs
o More Spay/Neuter FAQs
o The Benefits of Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter & Other Options
o Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter Benefits by
o Spaying/Neutering Linked to Cancer
o Health Issues Linked to Spay/Neuter
o Risks & Benefits to Spay/Neuter
o Adverse Effects of Spay/Neuter
o Spay/Neuter Risks & Benefits
o The Long Term Health Effects of Spay/Neuter

Adoption & Rescue:

o AKC Breed-Specific Rescue Organizations
o The No Kill Advocacy Center
o The No Kill Nation
o Alley Cat Allies
o The Feral Cat Coalition

Bully Breed Organizations:

o Pit Bull Rescue Central
o Bad Rap Pit Bull / Bully Breed Rescue
o Pit Bull Advocates of the United States
o PinUps for Pit Bulls
o Pit Bull Advocates of the United States

Animal Rights Organizations:

o The Truth About PETA
o The Truth About the ASPCA
o The Truth About the HSUS
o The Truth About "Best Friends" Org.

Causes & Justice for Dogs

o Ontario Pit Bull CoOp FaceBook
o Dogs Shot/Killed by Police
o Justice for Cisco
o Justice for Ronin
o Justice for Chloe
o Support for Shiner Bock

:note: Have any suggestions? Send us a note!



:groups: | Hello Fellow dA Groups! | :groups:

Here at stopBSL we will happily affiliate with most other groups regardless of theme / topic, so please feel free to send in a request to affiliate with our group!

stopBSL does not automatically accept affiliate requests; our administrators carefully look over each & every individual group that sends us an affiliate request before approving it. Should we decide to decline a group's incoming affiliate request, that group will be notified with an explanation for our decision within the comments section of the correspondence item.

Please understand that we are not necessarily obligated to accept affiliate requests if we feel as though the group in question sends a bad / negative message or if it in any way promotes / encourages what we wish to discourage here at stopBSL, such as pro-BSL groups or anti-dog groups, as well as any dog / animal groups that provide their members with inaccurate or false or misleading information, so we may decline any affiliate request should these circumstances arise; this also most definitely includes the majority of fellow anti breed-specific legislation groups & pit bull support groups, because we see several of these groups sharing false / inaccurate information & spreading /promoting misconceptions about pit bulls, other targeted breeds and breed-specific legislation, which is very irresponsible advocacy, which we do not tolerate here.

And so we kindly ask all to please understand why we just cannot affiliate or associate stopBSL with such groups unless those groups are willing to change their information, and in that case we would be happy to help out with; but if not, then we will simply have to decline the affiliate request.



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ariieve Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I was wondering if you happen to have any resources about the way temperament can be affected by breeding? I was talking to someone earlier and they are in the mindset that genetics have no bearing on a dogs personality. I argued my points, but i would love to show them an article or something that isnt crazy biased like many i see.
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JeanNoer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a pitbull and i LOVE him, he is an amazing dog, with a great Heart, and the most perfect personality!! >u< <33
Heartshackles Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you guys know, that as a rather recent owner of a doberman (since 13.08.2014), I appreciate this group a lot. When someone in the street gives me crap unnecessarily, I can visit this page and feel better because I'm not alone.

You also provide a lot of useful information to everybody, dog owner or not! I appreciate that, too. :heart: I may not comment on the blogs, but I still read them.

Thanks for existing and being a quiet (and not so quiet) force of support.

Komari Kamikita (Smile) [V1] 
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