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Advocates battle stereotypes of bully breeds

An animal rescue shelter in Lafayette, Indiana, is working to curb the negative stereotype surrounding "bully breeds" in order to match them with the loving homes they deserve, JCOnline.com reports.

Almost Home Humane Society is pushing back against the trend they see of bully breeds such as pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers, bull dogs and others not getting adopted as often as other breeds. The new program requires that potential pet parents hoping to adopt a bully breed fill out an additional questionnaire on top of the normal adoption application. This questionnaire gauges their knowledge of those specific breeds. If the adopter does not do well on the quiz, they are directed toward websites that offer more information about these breeds and are then invited to take the questionnaire again.

According to Animal Planet, the negative stereotypes surrounding bully breeds - that they are vicious, violent or more likely to attack people or animals - is based on their training, not their disposition. The American Temperament Test Society, Inc. found that in a test of the temperaments on more than 25,000 dogs, across 200 breeds, bully breeds like the American pit bull terrier ranked in the mid-80th to low-90th percentile in terms of friendliness.  
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