Pit bull owners crop the ears of the dog to limit the areas that other dogs can grab when fighting and to make it harder for other dogs to read the mood of the pit bull. This practice is usually seen in dog fighting. Dog owners may also do this just to alter the appearance of the dog.
While there is some legitimate use of ear cropping in some breeds, the American Veterinary Medical Association notes that there is long-standing opposition to the cropping of ears just for the sake of altering appearance. The organization cites that as far back as 1895, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals requested the American Kennel Club to remove cropped ears from breed standards.Learn More
All breeds of dogs can be trusted around children if they have been properly socialized and bred. Breeds known for being highly trainable can often excel as family dogs, since they are eager to please. Sporting dogs, a category that includes golden retrievers and Labradors, have been bred to work alongside humans. Herding dogs like German shepherds and collies also make excellent family pets.Full Answer >
The bullmastiff and rottweiler mixed breed dog is referred to as a mastweiler, according to Designer Mixes. They can grow up to 130 pounds and are recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.Full Answer >
A dog bred by crossing an Irish Setter with a Golden Retriever is a Golden Irish Setter. The cross is recognized by the Designer Dogs Kennel Club. A dog of unknown ancestry with characteristics of these breeds is a mixed breed.Full Answer >
Border Collies are medium-sized dogs with black and white, red and white, black tri-color, red tri-color, sable or blue merle coats; some are one solid color. The face, ears and front legs have short hair. Some border collies have short, sleek coats about 1 inch in length, while others have coarse, rough coats about 3 inches long.Full Answer >