Saturday, March 29, 2008

Let's Play Find the Pit Bull!

Or: "Foopy Flakes' Soapbox Series, Volume One"


Only one of the pictures below features a real American Pit Bull Terrier. Take the test to see if you can find it and post your pick in the comments section. The first person to get it right wins a fabulous Petey the Pit Bull T-Shirt:

Extra credit to anyone who can name some of the other breeds. How many can you guess??

Caveats, caveats, yadda, yadda, yadda: All dogs pictured are purebreds whose photos have been selected from breeders' web sites. I will credit the creator of this game after we've all had a chance to play.

Woof!! (Feeney says "Good luck!")


flutter said...

Ummm, hmm. #3?

Damn those are some cute dogs

jakelliesmom said...

My husband says 16, I'm thinking maybe 6.

Matt Bell said...

Contestant number 7??

Really lovely photo of you btw.

jeanie said...

I have absolutely no idea - show me the owners?

Over here, due to certain natures there are some related breeds that are banned - I actually think that training has a lot to do with it, and there are a few owners of dangerous dogs that should be kennelled more closely!

foop said...

Jeanie: You're spot on.

There is loads of research that says it's not the dogs, but for some reason, people seem more willing to blame the dogs than hold the owners responsible. Of course, you take the dog away, you still have the knucklehead owner, who just goes and gets a different dog.

I found out recently that, 100 years ago, the monster dog was the Bloodhound. Similar media frenzy, hysteria, etc. Who woulda thunk?

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

I'm going to say #7.

I have a secret. I'm not as good at telling apart a true American Bull Dog Terrier from some of the other bully breeds from pictures. In person I have no problem telling an American Bulldog apart from an English Bulldog and a Boxer apart from an English Pit, for instance. But you know what trips me up always? The Amstaf. I have a REALLY hard time telling an APBT and an Amstaf.

I'm so ashamed.

The Woman Formerly Known as Jenn said...

I'm a lurker by way of OTJ's list of "read these posts". I'm also a p/t dog trainer, but I'm really horrible with naming pure breeds. My classes are usually mutts and rescue dogs, with the pure breeds running along the lines of hunting dogs. So, with that disclaimer, I'm going to go with #16. I'm a rebel. ;-)

I know, I know. Some trainer I am. But hey, I may not be able to tell you the breed but I sure as heck can teach him some fabulous obedience skills!

I will add that two of my sweetest doggies have been pits; one pure bred and one mix. Viva la positive doggie environments!


P.S. Hope the drivel above doesn't scare you too bad, lol. It's Monday morning and I'm a bit discombobulated.

foop said...

Chicky: Hee hee! Aw girl, don't feel bad. They did a presentation on Ameican Bull Dogs last year at the Bad Rap conference and an entire room full of pit bull rescuers just sat there flabbergasted - we were all muttering, "I wonder how many ABD's I've adopted out thinking they were pits?".

To complicate it, ABD's were really only "created" in the 70's and then immediately split off into a several different bloodlines/types.

And yeah, AmStaffs? Fuggedabout it. All I know is that they're supposed to be bigger than APBT's.

I could go on for hours, and often do *grin*, but until you have the pleasure of being blathered at in person, check out this site:

Good descriptions of how to tell some of the bully breeds apart. And check out the pictures from the Springpole section - holy shizzle!!!

foop said...

TWFKAJ (whew!): Thanks for visiting/commenting, and you shouldn't feel bad either. When you get into mixed breeds, it's a total crapshoot.

I think shelters/rescues should just give up on breed labeling entirely and go with descriptions like "large, short-haired, terrier-type" (The ASPCA has just launched a program to do that, called "Meet Your Match", like for dogs!).

People think every dog with a blocky head and short hair is a "pit mix". Oy. I've seen some so-called pit mixes and been like, "Dude, that's a Whippet."

People are silly. :)

The Woman Formerly Known as Jenn said...

My blog sidebar explains all the additions to my name ... you can just call me Jenn ;-).

And all I can say is a Whippet mistaken for a pit?! You've *got* to be kidding me. Even *I* wouldn't mix those two up!!

My favorite breed screw up was a couple who purchased a pure bred Lhasa Apso, papered and everything, from a local pet store (I know, I'm just not going to go there). They brought her to one of my puppy classes and she was adorable. However, when I saw them a few months later, it was very obvious that their pure breed Lhasa was in reality a Shih'tzu. A beautiful Shih'tzu, possibly even a pure bred one, but most definitely not a Lhasa. Oops!

They weren't too upset, though, 'cause she was an awesome dog. They did eventually go out and get a Lhasa, though.

(I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying, "See what you get for buying from a pet store!!!")

Nancy Dancehall said...

I'm going to say #24. I have a friend who works with a pit bull rescue (sorely needed out here in CO) and 24 looks right.

(But then there's, I'll stick with 24.)

Ponygirl said...

I also guessed #24 because he's got spots like Petey.

I have to growl a little with the "don't blame the dog, blame the owner" talk because it's a sweeping generalisation. I believe in rescuing animals but I believe some dogs need very special owners if they are to spot trouble before it comes to pass. Most owners are not experts, and tragedies happen despite the owner's best efforts. Even with daily exercise, socialization, proper training, healthy diet, and vet checks. It's easy to say that a good owner can overcome a dog's nature, but there are some hard cases out there. When a dog does something totally unexpected that has incredibly dire consequences, it's hard to figure out how an owner could have predicted and avoided the tragedy. I've been there and I don't feel like a knucklehead. Even two years later I feel pretty brokenhearted.

foop said...

Nancydancehall: Colorado, eh? It is really bad for pibbles out there. Don't suppose your friend is Sonya D? Whoever she is, tell her I said "good on ya!"

Pony: You are right, not all dogs belong in society. My point is that whether a dog should go to doggie heaven isn't something that you can determined just by looking at the breed. Every dog is an individual and deserves to be evaluated as such.

I know you went through the heartache of making a very difficult but responsible decision with your big boy, so you're talking from a very personal place here. Hugs to you.

creative-type dad said...

Wow! I only know the cartoon version...