Did you know that a dog's physical appearance is determined by less than 1% of its genes? The average dog has over 20,000 genes and its physical appearance is determined by only around 50 of its genes. This is one of the many reasons why appearance-based bans such as Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) are ineffective.. because appearance is only taking into account 1% of a dog's overall traits and characteristics.. it's literally like judging a book by its cover.
All dogs are individuals and their physical appearance is one of the least significant, and also one of the least relevant, factors that could influence a dog's probability of being "dangerous". Not only do appearance-based bans like BSL fail because they are not based on science (there are zero peer-reviewed, scientific studies that conclude that any one breed is "inherently more dangerous" than any other breed), they also fail because they only take into account 1% of a dog's overall characteristics when attempting (but failing) to regulate "dangerous" dogs.
The fact is that the only logical and effective means of regulating dangerous dogs is with comprehensive Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) that takes into account factors such as dog's negative behavior or an owner's irresponsible ownership as primary factors for regulation. Learn why Breed Neutral Legislation (BNL) is the more effective and widely preferred standard on the Breed Legislation Page.
Thanks to the Animal Farm Foundation for their research and for this infographic about canine genetics and behavior: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/pages/Multimedia-Infographics.
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