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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 this group to
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 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 t3hsilentone
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 t3hsilentone
o Service Dog Fraud & The Problem by sassawj
o Black Dog Syndrome by Miss-Whoa-Back-Off
o The "It's All in How They're Raised" Misconception by paws4udogs

Become an Official 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 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

Latest RBotM Articles

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
Featuring October'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 November'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 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 Features 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 | 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!

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!

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 t3hsilentone
o Various blog banners by Founder / Doggy Defender sassawj

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

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

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February's !RARE! Breed of the Month
March's !RARE! Breed of the Month
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2011 !RARE! Breed of the Month Recap
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Featuring November's !RARE! Breed of the Month
the Hungarian Pumi

What is a Hungarian Pumi?

The Pumi is a medium-sized Hungarian breed, a versatile stock dog that is equally adept at gathering, driving and keeping the stock under control. While mainly used for herding, the Pumi’s athleticism is most notable in agility, making the breed among one of the top agility dogs in Europe.

History & Origin

The Pumi breed is native to Hungary, where it is officially recognized as one of the “National Treasures” of the country. The Pumi breed originates from the Puli, an old Hungarian herding breed. The name "Pumi" is first mentioned in 1815, describing a kind of sheep dog. For a century the word "Pumi" was confused with the word "Puli"; in certain parts of Hungary the name Pumi was more frequently used, while Puli was more common in others. It is likely that the breed name "Pumi" derived from "Puli".

This breed is said to have emerged about the 17th or 18th century probably as a result of cross breeding German Spitz, French Briard sheep dogs, a variety of Terrier and Hungarian Puli. This cross breeding produced dogs whose coat was shorter and more wiry than that of the Puli, whose head was more elongated, who had semi-pricked ears, erect with the tips bent forward. These dogs had an unusually lively temperament and proved to be a great help in herding sheep and rounding up cattle. More on the Pumi's long history here...

Note that the Pumi shares a common history with the Puli, other than both being Hungarian herding dogs, but they were once considered the same breed until the turn of the twentieth century. It is thought that the Pumi type came from the interbreeding of the Pulis with a French or German type of terrier, which gave it the square outline, narrower head, and livelier attitude. The Pumi has been considered a separate breed since 1920.

The PUMI on the left & PULI on the right, once considered to be the same breed.

Appearance & Structure

The breed has a long head with semi-erect ears, a whimsical expression and a tail that forms a circle over the back. The coat (black, white, gray, or shades of fawn from pale cream to red) is a combination of wavy and curly hair, forming corkscrews or curls all over the body, and is never smooth or corded. The coat is curly but does not develop into cords, and shedding is minimal with this breed except when brushing which should be done once every one or two weeks, and it is recommended to have a Pumi professionally groomed every three months.


 The temperment of the Pumi is a traditional herding dog's, easily taught, but with a little terrier thrown in so that they are interested in everything that's going on. The Pumi tends to be wary of strangers, so it's important when they're young to expose them to lots of new situations, so that they will deal with unusual situations and strangers as a confident adult. The individual Pumi can be a lapdog, or may be content just to lay at your feet, but they do want to be near you. Pumis basically get along well with other Pumis / dogs and housepets.

A Pumi needs to use its mind and if not given tasks to do, will invent them, usually to the chagrin of its family. It is a good size for a lap dog, and likes to be petted, but may not stay for long if something else is going on. It also likes to be in high places, all the better to check out what's going on. The Pumi wants to be where the action is, or as close to the center of happenings as possible. A sufficiently eventful daily life, free of long hours of boredom alone, is enough for most Pumis. Tennis balls and frizbees are especially important toys and they may be rather demanding about having them thrown.

If you want more than a family pet, the Pumi is extremely good at obedience, agility, and flyball. There are several Pumi obedience champions and world champions in agility in European countries. The Pumi has the energy and the physical capacities to jump obstacles, climb over planks, and zigzag between posts. Pumis have also done well in tracking. One dog in Europe has been trained for security and guarding. Most Pumis do well in herding and almost all who have been tested have passed herding instinct tests.

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

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

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

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

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



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DarthYan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
A large part of the problem is that many of the people with pit bulls are idiots who just want them as a status symbol and don't train them
sassawj Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
True, but the problem is also people who acquire these dogs yet are not fit to own such a powerful, high prey driven breed that requires an experienced & knowledgeable owner. Pit bulls aren't for everyone! :)
DarthYan Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I mean there are a few rare cases where even trained dogs have attacked (some have gotten unnerved when the dog attacks) but in most cases it is mostly just poor training. 

I mean many cases involved dogs that were abused, laxly trained etc. One case in Great Britain it turned out the dog had been acquired from a dogfighting ring illegally.
Kozmotis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of our dogs is a mix between two "vicious" breeds. She is part Doberman, and part German Shepard. She is the sweetest baby I've ever met. I can't understand anyone discriminating against a dog because of its breed. 
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