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Welcome to StopBSL

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

Before You Decide to Join With Us Here @ stopBSL

We kindly ask and very much encourage that before you decide to join this group to please go over our Info, Rules & Guidelines and our very own FAQ to make certain that stopBSL is 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 by stopBSL

| What Breeds Are Affected? |

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 The List of Targeted Breeds by stopBSL

| Can I Join & How Do I Join? |

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 #stopBSL's Very Own 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

June 30, 2013 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!

| Educational Articles by stopBSL|

Blog header design created by our very own stopBSL Co-Founder / Canine Crusader cKyfan7788

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 Purebred Versus Mixed Breed Dogs by xxshaelxx
o An Introduction to Breed-Specific Legislation by sassawj
o Handling Food Aggression in Dogs by Nikki-vdp
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Dog Collars by cKyfan7788
o Looking Into Cesar Millan & His Methods by xxshaelxx & Rikkanna
o The Most Stereotyped Breed by glassreflections
o Reputable Breeder vs. Backyard Breeder by xxshaelxx
o What's In Your Dog's Diet? by xxshaelxx
o The DOs & DON'Ts of Chew Toys by xxshaelxx
o The Pet Obesity Epidemic by xxshaelxx
o Homeowers Insurance & Breed Discrimination by sassawj
o Understanding Dog Behavior & Body Language by cKyfan7788
o Service Dog Fraud & The Problem by sassawj
o Black Dog Syndrome by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off

Some Examples of stopBSL's Educational Articles

An Introduction to Breed-Specific LegislationInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Breed-Specific Legislation – An Introduction
© Written by sassawj
Dog Behavior & Body LanguageInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Dog Behavior & Body Language – Your Dog’s Language
© Written by cKyfan7788
You ever wonder what your dog might be trying to communicate with you?
It’s not as complicated as you may believe. In fact, all too often people tend to misinterpret a dog’s body language, resulting with the person being hurt to a dog’s own life being taken in defense. This is mostly caused by choosing to hear more with our ears, instead of looking with our eyes. Not
Handling Food Aggression in DogsInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || RARE! Breed of the Month Features
Tips for Preventing & Handling Food Aggression
© Written by Nikki-vdp
As a basic rule puppies and dog food are very much like children and bags of crisps. They love eating, and they hate sharing. The problem with puppies is, they may growl, snap or even bite at the hint of such a dreaded sharing operation being initiated (if your children do this too, you might want to take another look at that parenting for dummies guide). Luckily there are some easy steps you c

The DOs & DON'Ts of Dog CollarsInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || !RARE! Breed of the Month Features
The DOs & DON'Ts of Dog Collars: The Guide
Written by cKyfan7788
Classic buckle/ clip on adjustable collar(can come nylon, cotton, leather, etc.):
DO use them for general everyday use, such as walking for well trained dogs.
DO attach identification tags to this, in case your dog goes missing
DO make sure collar is not too tight or too loose on dog(if two fingers fit between collar snuggly, then it is fine)
DON'T tether your dog up to something that make this
What to Know About Reputable vs. Backyard BreedingInfo, Rules & Guidelines || stopBSL FAQ || The List of Targeted Breeds
The Complete Member List || RARE! BotM Features || stopBSL on FaceBook
The Ins and Outs of Reputable Breeding
© Written by xxshaelxx
Now, you have have heard us mention, or perhaps seen it in the rules, that we do not condone the irresponsible ownership of dogs and the unethical breeding of them. There are many reasons for this, and the first and foremost is that there are so many dogs in shelters around the world being put to sleep each
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

Become an Official (or Temp) 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!

| stopBSL's !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! BotM Features 2014

• January - Lagotto Romagnolo | • February - Munsterlander
• March - Swedish Vallhund | • April - Pyrenean Shepherd

Latest RBotM Articles

Featuring January's !RARE! Breed of the Month 2014Info, 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
Featuring Ja
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
Featuring March'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
February's !RARE! Breed of the Month
2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
Featuring April'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
February's !RARE! Breed of the Month
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month

!RARE! BotM Features 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 Features 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 | Australian 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!

No Kill Advocacy Center

We equally support responsible, ethical breeding of purebred dogs in effort to preserve the breed and to improve the breed, we also have The Champions of StopBSL folder which is dedicated to showcasing all the fine purebreds belonging to members of this group!

Our Official Sister Group

TheArtofPurebreds is a group solely for the love of purebred dogs, as purebred dogs are a form of art! We are the official sister group of stopBSL! Because we are closely related, as are our moralities and submission guidelines, so if you love stopBSL, you are bound to love TheArtofPurebreds too!

With this group, we wish to celebrate purebred dogs, to raise awareness on purebreds, to discourage irresponsible breeding and purchasing from irresponsible breeders / "backyard" breeders and pet stores, to give a thumbs up to responsible, ethical purebred breeding, and to promote adoption and rescue!

:icontheartofpurebreds: :icontheartofpurebreds: :icontheartofpurebreds:

Our Feline Sister Group

CatCraze is our official feline sister group which shares the same passion as stopBSL which is promoting and encouraging responsible pet ownership and only responsible, ethical breeding, also in support of adoption and rescue and has a mission to educate its members on proper feline care, nutrition and health!

:iconcatcraze::iconcatcraze: :iconcatcraze:

Other Fabulous Groups We are Proud to Support!

stopBSL is thrilled to show our support for other groups that share our very mission, which is to educate members, discourage carelessness and irresponsible pet ownership, while at the same time they also collect and share beautiful works of art with their members. Please considering taking a look at these groups, you will not be disappointed!

:iconherding-dogs: :icondogpsychology: :iconpetakills:

o stopBSL's official icon / avatar by BozMurphy
o Official StopBSL blog header by Co-Founder / Canine Crusader cKyfan7788
o Various blog banners by Founder / Doggy Defender sassawj

Group logo banner design created by stopBSL's very own Co-Founder / Canine Crusader cKyfan7788



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

Feel free to send a request to affiliate with our group; your group does not have to be animal, nature or canine related in any way. All groups are more than welcome to become an affiliate.

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 or 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. We do not automatically accept affiliate requests, we look over each individual group that sends us an affiliate request before approving the request; groups will be notified with an explanation for our decision to decline their affiliation request which will be left within the comments of the correspondence item.

Please keep in mind that this most definitely and most often includes the majority of pit bull support groups on dA, as these groups generally appear to be run by very misinformed advocates that have no interest in educating themselves on the very dogs they are fighting for, and continue to provide their members with false information - these are the groups that stopBSL refuses to affiliate with!



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Cynpai Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is more related to law enforcement's direct involvement with dogs, rather than the legislation itself, but I was wondering if this group discusses the unwarranted, indiscriminate shootings of dogs by law enforcement officers?
Hi there! Wow, I am terribly sorry that none of us have gotten back to you until now! In this group we try to discuss a wide range of different canine-related / general pet topics, not just breed-specific legislation and breed discrimination / stereotypes, and in the past we have posted journal entries concerning such shootings, but that was before the club converted to a group, all material was lost during the transition and we since have yet to tackle all of the topics we want. We welcome our members to join as bloggers to write educational / informative articles about different topics, if you would like to contribute to the group by writing an article concerning law enforcement shooting pet dogs, you are more than welcome to; we'd probably have many more articles written up for the group, but many of us do not have the time unfortunately, which is why we try to recruit bloggers who do have the time. Again, very sorry your question was not answered; I hope this does answer your question though :)
Cynpai Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naw, don't sweat it. We all have lives outside of DeviantART, lol.

Shame that you lost everything in the transition. No guarantees, but if I can find some spare time, I could try to whip up an article for you. Would you prefer it as a group journal, or as an article to be submitted to the gallery?
That would actually be fantastc if you could, I bet our members would go spastic over this type of article and it would definitely provoke some great discussions. We'd prefer it as a journal / blog entry; we'll have to promote you to the blogger position (only temporary, unless you want to stay a blogger to write other articles in the future, your choice) to submit the entry, that way upon submitting the article you will have full credit for your contribution as the author. Whenever you've found the time to put it together, do let me know and we'll go from there. But if for any reason you cannot, no pressure! We surely appreciate it, thanks a bunch for offering to help out :)
Fiercesoul Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So I'm not sure if anyone will help me with this, but I'm planning on getting a puppy very soon.

I LOVE big dogs. I have a German Shepherd now who is passing away, and although I love the breed they usually only live up to 7-8 years like my dog has. I wanted a Alaskan Malamute, but these dogs are expensive and I've heard horrendous stories of them being vicious towards other dogs & tearing apart houses.

So my question would be, what's a good big dog breed that won't cost thousands of dollars to adopt? 
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