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Hi, I'm new to this forum and I have a question right out of the gate
A friend of mine recently rescued a dog and I took him in. His name is PB and he looks alot like an American Bullgog from photos I've seen researching online. Being a rescue PB obviusly has no papers and I don't know if apperance alone would answer any questions. I've heard there are DNA tests for specific breeds. This sounds dubious to me as they are all phenotypes of the same species, but I want to know if its possible and if so is it expensive? It's just out of curiosity as I love him just the same. Would a photo be of any use or is there no way to tell without documentation?
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PB's dad
 

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Post a pic, that would be the best way. Of course there will be no way to tell if he is pure bred Ab or not, but a pic will help alot.
 

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heres a reply from a question like yours from one of our members Miakoda:
"Without acquiring a dog from a respectable, knowledgable, & honest breeder who keeps accurate & honest records in all his dogs' pedigrees, then there is no way to tell what breed of dog you truly got.

The problem with the dog being a "pit bull" is that this is a generic term that applies to several different breeds of dogs, not one. American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, & American Bulldogs are ALL "pit bulls".

As far a DNA goes, scientists have just completed mapping out the DNA of a Boxer, however there are still holes left. While they are also working on a small handful of other breeds (literally 5 or less...the poodle is one of them), they have yet to be able to successfully differentiate those select breeds based on their DNA. And do you know how many breeds are out there? Without having the DNA map already completed, then there is nothing to base your dog's DNA on! It's proving to be almost impossible & this point with breeds that are very dissimilar, one can't even imagine the problems there would be with all the "pit bull" breeds. Plus, thanks to back yard breeders, puppy peddlers, & unscrupulous breeders in general, there is soooo much outcrossing to the other breeds when breeding (i.e. the APBT & AmStaff ARE completely different breeds thanks to over 100yrs of selective breeding for entirely different characteristics, however bybs & the such could care less & often mix the 2 breeds together as well as breeding to AB's & even outcrossing to other breeds like mastiffs, EB's, OEB's, etc). The whole "take your dog to the vet & have him run a blood test" is a complete myth & is often used by people who want to try to justify the breeding of mixed breed dogs all in the name of making more money off of puppy sales.

Now of course there is DNA profiling but all that proves is that a said puppy comes from said parents. It does NOTHING to prove the dog's breed or bloodline unless the DNA profiling has been done on all the dogs in the pup's pedigree for at least 7 generations & even then you have to wonder about dogs with hung pedigrees as DNA profiling just proves parentage, not breed.

As far as what your dog is, NO ONE can look at him & identify him as one bulldog breed or another. Not your vet, not friends, & not even experts in each breed. As far as my byb rescued dogs, they are all mutts as their is nothing to prove to me otherwise despite how closely they resemble an APBT, AB, AST, SBT, BT, etc."
 
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