Mixed Breed Dogs

Why are so many of our dogs listed as “mixed breed?”

The truth is, a very small portion of a dog’s DNA attributes to appearance, so it’s difficult to accurately identify a dog’s breed(s) just by looking at them. Without knowing the breed(s) of the parents or pedigree papers for verification, breed identification is really just a guessing game! Research has shown that this guessing game is most often inaccurate, even by professionals, and can lead to breed stereotypes and unrealistic expectations of behavior or personality.

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UVHS is committed to transparency in our work and high professional standards. We believe that identifying mixed breed dogs as “mixed breed” best exemplifies this commitment to transparency.

Just For Fun…

Think you can accurately guess a dog is a “Pitbull” based on looks alone? Check out this fun quiz!