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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

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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

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

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 February's !RARE! Breed of the Month the Ca de Bou

What is a Ca de Bou?

The Ca de Bou, also known as the Perro de Pressa Mallorquin or the Mallorquin Bulldog, is a medium to large size Mollisian breed whose origin is riddled with controversy. The breed is also subject to confusion in regard to the translation of its very name. Many mistake the Spanish name of the breed to be ‘fighting (or combat) dog of Mallorquin’. In Spanish, ‘pressa’ actually translates to ‘prey’ in English. This is in relation to the dog’s function which is to have a strong biting instinct to ensnare prey with said bite. On the contrary, the Spanish term for fighting is ‘pelea’ which is clearly not seen in the Ca de Bou’s Spanish name. Further confusion is often found when people mistake the Ca de Bou for similar breeds such as the Perro de Toro and the Presa Canario. All three are separate breeds with their own distinct differences and should not be confused with one another. Two forms of Ca de Bou are often seen in different parts of the world. One who bears more similarity with other bully breeds is favored in Eastern Europe while one which retains more qualities from the Spanish Mastiff is more commonly found in North America.

History & Origin

To better understand the origins of the Ca de Bou, it is vital to not only get a bit of a history lesson, but to understand the skeletal structure of a broader expanse of dogs. Starting at the root of the mollosser family tree; a line that brought about the mastiff-type breeds, the Ca de Bou's origins can be traced as far back as the first millennium BC during the age of the Phoenicians. Back then, the acts of trade between Egypt and other groups of people throughout the Mediterranean were highly apparent and thanks to rich mercantile of exchange and distribution many goods were being exported and imported to these various places. Everything from agricultural goods, materials for clothing such as cotton, and in this case, dogs picked up in Egypt.

The Balearic Isles (specifically the island of Mallorca), the cradle of the breed's development, was adjoined in this commute of trade and became an asset to mariners traveling and distributing goods from port to port. The dogs that left Egypt at this time would be the precursor to the mastiff which would lead to others of this lineage of molloser breeds due to introduction of dogs from the Phoenicians’ lands, being Neolithic dogs. However, from around 800 BC onward, the Phoenicians were displaced by their Greek counterparts who in turn took over the island and in short succession, the dogs which resided on it. From this exploitation came the true mollossus dogs; which would later be re-coined as molosser in the present day mastiff-type breeds. Among this array of diversity, the Ca de Bou would take its first steps into existence.

By the third century BC, the Carthagian Empire expanded throughout the Mediterranean and spread its supremacy as far as the Iberian Peninsula in what is now modern day Spain. Two Punic Wars took place during this takeover, which; once the dust settled, left the Roman occupancy in shambles. Taking advantage of the military discourse, the residents of the Balearic Isles took up piracy to gain profits until Rome restored trade order in 123 BC. For the next five hundred years afterward, the Balearics were succumb to Roman rule. Fortunately, there were a few perks for the inhabitants of the islands. As the tyrannical Caesars of Rome found the necessity to develop dogs designed to be implemented in war, the pirates of the Balearic Islands found a similar niche for these dogs in their plundering escapades.

An illustration of the primitive mastiff archetypes that would give rise to the modern mastiff breeds and others influenced by said breeds seen today.

Like all great dynasties though, the Roman Empire would fall prey to decline and eventually fell into oblivion. In its place, the tribes of Vandals and Alans of central Asia migrated into lands once ruled by the Romans and by 425 AD had spread as far as the Iberian Peninsula and the Balaerics. With them came dogs to further the development of today's modern Mollossers. The Alaunt, as they were referred to (akin to the modern day Tibetan Mastiff) added to the pre-existing pool of Greco-Roman dogs and had a predisposed function in relation to their counterparts. From this union came the further development of many of the mastiff breeds seen today and as a result began the true development of the Ca de Bou.

An early illustration of a primitive rendition of the Ca de Bou.

The first written account of the Ca de Bou; or most likely a primitive rendition of the breed is found in accounts regarding King Jacob the first in relation to his arrival and conquest of the Balearics in the year 1230. It wasn’t until the 17th century though, thanks to the influence of British supremacy a la the Treaty of Utrecht, did the breed come into the existence we see today. The introduction of bull baiting dogs in the Isles, such as the Bull Terrier and English Bulldog mingled with the native mastiff population of the Iberian Peninsula and by the 18th century, the sport which coined the previously mentioned British breeds became great fancy for the island inhabitants. Previous to this time, two lines of Ca de Bou had evolved; a taller, more streamline animal used for various tasks including hunting and even herding, and a stockier model which would be implemented in the realm of dog fighting. The nature of the sport actually explains the breed’s name as “Ca de Bou” translates literally to “bull-dog” in the native Catalan language.

An illustration of bull baiting in 1800's Spain.

Photos of Ca de Bou dogs around 1890 and the turn of the century.

In 1923, the Ca de Bou was established in the Spanish Stud Book and the first official breed entry was in 1928 where it was exhibited in a Barcelona dog show. By 1946, the standard was created but it would take until 1964 for the breed to be recognized by a kennel club, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Alas, as with many rare breeds, the Ca de Bou fell into obscurity with the transition of mindsets. Other breeds gaining more popularity, dog fighting became illegal in its native land in 1940, and in other reaches of the world where dog fighting remained in legal practice, the pit bull type breeds reigned supreme. By the time the breed became recognized by the FCI, there were believed to be no pure specimens left in existence.

Resurgence of interest in the breed started in the 1970’s when aspiring local breeders sought after a close relative of the Ca de Bou, the Ca de Bestiar. From these dogs, came specimens that bore a striking similarity to their Ca de Bou brethren and with great scrutiny, a small pool of dogs were found in Mallorca that were said to be actual individuals of the supposed lost Ca de Bou. Between the cross breeding of the lost relics and their Ca de Bestiar relatives, the standard put into practice all those years ago was maintained and number of Ca de Bou rose and are still on the rise today. On an international level, the breed has gained appreciation in countries such as Poland, Russia, France, and in most recent years, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Ca de Bou is also recognized by a few more kennel clubs, specifically the Continental Kennel Club (CKC), the National Kennel Club (NKC), and the American Canine Registry (ACR).

The overall controversy in the breed lies in its resurrection. Many dog fanciers believe the Ca de Bou to be extinct and scoff at the revival of the breed as a failed attempt to revive a breed long lost. According to naysayers, the individuals claimed as modern Ca de Bou lack some of the physical characteristics of the breed documented in the standard and lean far too much with their counterpart, the Ca de Bestier and other bully breeds. Rather the notion these skeptics believe in, is that these dogs have no genetic influence from the original stock animals as there were believed to be none left in existence and were merely ‘Ca de Bastier in Ca de Bou clothing’. Despite the criticism though, breeding of the modern Ca de Bou continues on and is currently one of many niche breeds in further development. Other such members include the Olde English Bulldogge, the Dorset Olde Tyme Bulldogge, and the Buldogue Campiero.

Appearance & Structure

Obvious sexual dimorphism is apparent between male and female counterparts of the Ca de Bou. Most prominently, is the breed’s massive head that is noticeably larger in males where the circumference of a male’s skull should be greater than the dog’s chest when measured at the withers. In both the sexes, the forehead is to be broad and flat with the frontal furrow being well-defined and the eyebrow arches as well. When looking straight on, the back of the skull is indistinguishable due to the shape of the skull.

A comparison between male and female representatives of the breed in that order respectively.

One of the most pronounced features aside from the mass of the skull is the breed’s massive jaw. The muscles within the jaw are strong, well developed, and protrude from the jaw itself. With the exception of some folds which appear sideways over muscles involved in the chewing mechanism, there are to be no folds of skin on the head of the dog.

At first glance, a dog’s eyes are to be large and oval in shape. The coloration of the irises are to be as dark as possible in accordance to the coat color of the dog. Its characteristic “rose ears” are small and set high on the side of the skull. Over the years, cropping was once implemented on this breed, but has since fallen out of favor for its natural ear shape. The nose of the Ca de Bou is black and broad with the philtrum located between the nostrils being well-defined. Reminiscent of a blunt cone, the muzzle is set at the inner corner of the eyes, and is conical in profile. The upper lip covers its lower counterpart as the middle of the muzzle where the corner of the mouth is visible. On the opposite end of the animal, the tail is set low and tapers towards the tip. When a dog is active or stimulated, it is noted that the tail becomes slightly curved. As with the past implementation of cropping the ears of the Ca de Bou, docking used to be practiced in the breed, but this trait has also fallen out of favor.

A past Ca de Bou exhibiting the once favored docked tail.

The skin is thick in density and close fitting to the form with the exception of the neck, where a slight dewlap might occur. The texture of the fur is rough to the touch and short in length, lying close to the skin. Accepted colors of fur vary but in order of preference include brindle, fawn and black. In the case of both brindle and fawn individuals, dark tones and deeper shades are preferred respectively. White patches are allowed on the chest, front feet, and muzzle so long as the patches do not cover more than 30% of the body. Black masks are also permitted but any other color that does not fit any of these previously listed parameters is prohibited and considered disqualifying faults.


Despite its present rarity, the Ca de Bou is gaining immense popularity in recent years due to its desirable personality. Uncharacteristic of many bully breeds, this specimen is commonly laid back and is often reserved. As many fanciers have described it, the breed is not an ‘attention seeker’. However, one must note that like all bully breeds, the Ca de Bou is by nature a dog that was designed to be immensely powerful and has an innate territorial and independent nature. Akin to other bully breeds, this dog will not back down to any challenge and has the tenacity to keep up the attack while provocation is in place. While respectful of its immediate family, the Ca de Bou is not hesitant to spring into guard dog mode when strangers cross their path. It must strongly be noted that harsh training methods will only enable this breed to increase its aggression which can lead to cataclysmic results. Early socialization and obedience from puppyhood is critical for any prospecting owner as the dog must learn how to approach its family, children, other animals, and frequent visitors with tolerance and respect. It is also strongly encouraged that a new owner should collaborate with an experienced trainer, especially one specializing in powerful breeds similar to the Ca de Bou.

This is a high energy breed that needs stimulation every day. A large, securely fenced backyard is the minimum requirement for this breed with plenty of room to romp and frolic and enjoy a long game of fetch or several throws of a frisbee. If one has immense property, the implementation of double fetch is also beneficial in that the dog has to work twice as hard to retrieve two objects. In the realm of activities outside of the home, the Ca de Bou can partake in competitions such as weight pulling and vertical jumping alongside fellow bully breeds. The bottom line is that this is a breed that will need more than a fifteen minute walk once a day to be satiated.

Fortunately, this breed has a restricted genetic pool as of now which has allowed the overall personality to be fine-tuned and become relatively psychologically sound from a genetic viewpoint. All the same, when searching for a breeder, desire one whose dogs are mentally sound; being that both sire and bitch are not overly aggressive and possess that signature laid back persona that sets this breed apart from other bully breeds. With the correct training and limitations placed on it and a sound genetic background, one will end up with a faithful companion who will protect its family from any would-be intruder.

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Please Be a Responsible Advocate!

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

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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

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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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