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For the Love of ALL Dog Breeds

What is your favorite dog breed(s) & why? If it is just one breed that you love the most or two, three, a dozen or fifty+ different breeds, tell us all about it in the comments! 

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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 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

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 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

Latest RBotM Articles
Featuring June'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<
Featuring July's !RARE! Breed of the Month!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
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month<

Featuring August's !RARE! Breed of the Month!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
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month<
Featuring September'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 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
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month
April's !RARE! Breed of the Month
May's !RARE! Breed of the Month
June's !RARE! Breed of the Month
July's !RARE! Breed of the Month
August'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

Featuring September's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Slovensky Cuvac

What is a Slovensky Cuvac?

The Slovensky Cuvac, a Slovakian breed of herding dog, was a canine developed as a livestock guard dog. Also known as the Slovak Cuvac, Slovak or Slovakian Chuvach, Tatransky Cuvac Slovensky Tchouvatch,  and Liptok, as well as a slightly different spelling of its name; the Slovensky Kuvac. The breed also shares a close genetic history as that of another rare breed, the Hungarian Kuvasz as well as being a representative of a small pool of dogs referred to as the five white European flock guardian dogs. Despite the similarities to these other breeds (the Great Pyrenees, the Hungarian Kuvasz, the Maremma Sheepdog, and the Polish Tatra Sheepdog, respectively) the Slovensky Cuvac is its own unique breed with subtle but strongly characteristic features physically that separate it from the other representatives.

History & Origin

The Slovensky Cuvac's humble origins reside in the country from which it received its name; Slovakia (once Czechoslovakia and more commonly referred to as the Czech Republic nowadays). Residing in the Tatra Mountains, this breed was developed as a herding and livestock guardian of the natives vast flocks of sheep, goats, cattle, etc.

One of several national dog breeds of its native land, the Slovensky Cuvac's genetic analysis has revealed an ancestry to primitive polar dogs that migrated with the first settlers of the Tatra Mountains. In turn, these prototype livestock dogs were descendants of Arctic Wolves as additional physical evidence is supported in the mountainous regions of Europe and in the edges of glaciers. Now, while all dogs are believed to have an ancestry that traces back to wolves, the Slovensky Cuvac, as well as other ancient breeds share a more intimate nature with their wolf ancestors more so than other breeds in both temperament and in less genetic modification. By sticking within a small gene pool and not mixing with other established breeds in the creation of the Cuvac, this breed has retained a closer ancestry to wolves than others of the Canis familiaris representatives. It is also believed that the Cuvac is in relation to dogs that were brought to their native region by the Goths and inhabitants of Pommern whose cattle were driven from the southern most parts of Sweden and throughout southern Europe. Regardless of wherever they came from, it is likely that these thick coated, white mountain dogs resided alongside the Slovak people long before their first documentation in the 17th century.

Prized by sheep herders, the Cuvac was bred as the ideal guardian dog thanks to its instinctual watchful and protective character. In due time, the breed became ingrained in the culture of the mountain people and became the ideal working companion. Within this elevated agrarian community of strong sheep farming tradition, the Slovensky Cuvac resided as the guardians of not only its human owners but of a plethora of livestock including sheep, cattle, goats, and even turkeys. It was the Cuvac's sole devotion in life to guard, herd, and protect its precious cargo from interloping predators such as wolves, bears, and even marauding humans who would steal from the farmers. When newcomers ventured from the lowland and into the mountains, they bore witness to these majestic white dogs with their notable expressive brown eyes and white woolly coats. As many do at the sight of puppies, seeing the offspring of these gorgeous animals encouraged others to partake in the love of the Slovensky Cuvac and the breed began to spread throughout the Czech Republic, Moravia, and other areas of Europe.

Alas, as with many ancient herding breeds, herding methods began to modernize, more adaptable and less specialized breeds would become more favorable to farmers, and with the decline of wolves in Europe, the Slovensky Cuvac was deemed out of commission by many. The first World War took a toll on the dogs as well and by the end of the second World War, the Slovensky Cuvac was on the verge of extinction due to the previously mentioned obstacles and that careless breeding habits and exportation depleted the population to a dismal low.

Fortunately, a miracle came in the name of Dr. Antonin Hruza, a professor at the Brno School of Veterinary Medicine. He realized that this magnificent native breed and that something needed to be done to preserve it. Starting as early as 1929, Dr. Hruza set up a program to revive the breed by retrieving remaining specimens of the breed from the regions of Liptovska Luzna, Kokava, Vychodna v. Tatrach and the area of Rachovo in the Carpathian Mountains. Through selective controlled breeding the goal was to improve the breed and to create distinct characteristics that would set the Slovensky Cuvac apart from all other breeds. This work would lay the foundation of the breed standard accepted and seen today for the breed.

Pictured here are Dr. Antonin Hruza and others that aided in the preservation of the Slovensky Cuvac

Dr. Hruza devised two breeding stations for the Cuvac christened "ze ziate studny" (translated as of the Golden Fountain) and "z Hoveria" (translated as of Hoveria). These two stations were founded in Svitavy and Brno (the first being spread out between the two areas) and in the Carpathian Mountains respectively. Within the confines of the first breeding station, Hruza found two unrelated Tatra puppies known as Jerry and Korra and ended up placing the pups in the hands of his son-in-law, Joseph Skoupil, who would become owner of the first established kennel "ze Zlate studny" (translated as Golden Well). These two dogs were the foundation of the Cuvac we see today and the first litter was soon registered on June 4th, 1929. In 1933, a breeder's club of the Cuvac was founded as well.

However, during World War II, there were complications in the revival process. For one thing, since the only viable partners for breeding of future generations were any of Jerry and Korra's puppies, there was initial inbreeding that took place. This normally viewed ill-practice was unfortunately the only way for the breed to remain in existence, but in due time, this genetic factor helped establish the breed we see today. At the time of the efforts to revitalize the breed two types of Slovensky Cuvac were identifiable; the larger mountain type and the smaller lowland variety. Over time, this inbreeding which forced both variations to mate together resulted in the two varieties meshing into one and overthrowing the smaller lowland type. However, the current breed standard still allows for slight variance in size to this day. In addition, the German occupancy of vast stretches of Europe brought most organized dog breeding to a halt and in doing so, the Slovensky Cuvac began to suffer once more as well as the people who tried their hardest to preserve their beloved breed. But when the seemingly tragic figure head of the breed revival; Dr. Hruza, died in 1950, grief over his passing ignited a flame to continue his quest and rescue the breed from the brink.

Years later, the written breed standard was approved in 1964 by Dr. Viliem Kurz, who played a major role in the revival of the breed before and after Dr. Hruza's passing, and the FCI later accepted the standard the following year. But then, yet another road block was thrown in the direction of the Cuvac in the form of the Hungarian people who submitted a protest to the breed's recognition in 1967. The request to not accept the breed was under the implications that the Slovensky Cuvac bore too many similar traits to Hungary's white livestock breed, the Hungarian Kuvasz. While the two breeds do look alike and function in a similar manner as far as work ethic entails, Dr. Kurz refused to let the protest halt the breed's attempt at recognition. So, with the accompaniment of the president of the Slovensky Cuvac farmer's club, the two men presented their case to the FCI and put a strong defense in establishing that the Slovensky Cuvac and the Hungarian Kuvasz were separate breeds. Finally, the Cuvac was recognized as an official breed in 1969. Still, despite this triumphant return in existence and in breed recognition, the Slovensky Cuvac is still not well known throughout the modern world. The United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized the breed in 2006 under the name Slovac Cuvac, and the American Kennel Club recognized the breed in its Foundation Stock Service (or FSS) in February 2009 and was accepted to partake in AKC Companion events as of January 1st, 2010. It has recently been designated into the herding group under the name used in this feature but it has yet to be officially apart of the herding group in AKC dog shows.

Appearance & Structure

According to ancient tradition and folklore, the Slovensky Cuvac was bred to be white to distinguish it from the marauding predators that came in the night. To this day, the breed is bred solely for a white exterior. With this soft, thick double coat, this breed was able to survive in the harsh conditions of mountain life. Despite its larger size, the Slovensky is to be swift and agile in order to keep up with the flock and dispose of any intruders. Thick boned and the body resting on elevated limbs the Slovensky Cuvac is to be both intimidating in stature and athletic. Movement wise, the breed is accustomed to a trot.

Its skull is strong in build and slightly elongated in shape, broad between its ears. Possessing a broad forehead, there is a shallow furrow which tapers off towards the rear end of the skull. From a profile, the top of the head is slightly domed compared to the bridge of its black nose. The eyes are to be dark brown, oval shape, and set horizontally while the eyelids are strictly black and close fitting to the eyes themselves. But the ability to have those characteristically expressive eyes is thanks to a membrane in the inside corner of the eye. Ears are to be set on high its flat top head and are to be of moderate length hanging close to the head. Progressing down the ear, the hairs are to be finer than those from above. The tail is to be set low reaching hock joints. Its shape is to resemble a cigar and never curl even at the tip.

In regard to size, mature males are to be 62-70 centimeters or 24.4-28 inches at the withers while their female counterparts are slightly smaller being 59- 65 centimeters or 23.2-26 inches at the withers. Weight, however shows a dramatic difference between the sexes. Males can easily tip the scales between 36-44 kg. or 79-97 lbs. while the slightly smaller females can only gain between 31-37 kg. or 68-82 lbs. Other forms of sexual dimorphism also exist in the male having a thicker mane than their counterparts.


In its home, the Slovensky Cuvac is characterized by a calm demeanor but carries a presence which reflects a powerful guardian. Faithful to their masters and courageous in their duties, the Cuvac is an ideal companion to those who can accommodate to its needs of living in a more rural setting. Always alert, this breed instinctively guards its family and any would be flock that is acquired. It is important to note though that the Slovensky Cuvac is defensively protective rather than being offensively aggressive. It will only attack if danger is absolutely imperative at a given moment and is not bred to be an attack dog. Like many herding breeds, the Cuvac is strongly independent thanks to its adaptability to work by itself in centuries past. This is also makes this white behemoth intelligent, able to form strategy to changing circumstances. As a result, this can lead to the Slovensky Cuvac being a little bit stubborn if it doesn't see eye to eye with its master. Akin to other herding breeds as well, when this dog gets bored and/or lacks proper exercise, it can be destructive in trying to find a sense of purpose.

Early obedience training, regular stimulation, and an understanding of an equal partnership are vital for all herding breeds and this one is no exception. Within the family unit, the Slovensky Cuvac gravitates to children and is incredibly gentle to those that are socialized properly with dogs and other animals. They will take a habit to guard the children and in summation are devoted to their families. Usually cautious of strangers and animals outside of the family unit, early socialization is a must but, again, the Cuvac is a defensive guardian and not an attack dog by trade. In summation; devotion, kindness, and adaptability can be described as characteristic traits of this remarkable breed.

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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.


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!

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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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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 Photographer
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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EpicSk8r13 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My god, these people are so dumb into thinking pit bulls are evil. FIGHT BSL NOW
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EnkiLilstA8411 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Artist
BSL is racist :/
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