|For Shelters &
|Labels & Language|
|For Dog Owners|
For the individual owner, playing the ‘breed id game’ is another way to bond with their pet. Trying to guess the various combinations that might make up their dog’s unique genetic mix is a lot of fun. There are even DNA tests that give a snapshot of this information.
Guessing at breeds is a far more serious issue for animal welfare professionals. The vast majority of dogs in shelters are of mixed breed heritage, unique concoctions of two or more breeds and thanks to years of academic research, we know that visual identification of dog breeds is highly inaccurate.
Whether or not a breed label accurately reflects a dog’s genetic makeup doesn’t really matter when it comes to helping match dogs with potential adopters.Dogs are complex individuals whose behavior is influenced by many internal and external factors. This is why Animal Farm Foundation views all dogs, regardless of whether they’re ‘pure,' ‘mixed’ breed, or of unknown origin, as individuals.
|Removing Breed Labels E-Book
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|A Roadmap To Removing Breed Labels
|Tips On Dropping Breed Labels
||Working With Shelter Software Companies|
|AFF Kennel Card Example||
Austin Animal Center Kennel Card Example