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Mystery Dog

Mystery Dog of the Week

Pit Bulletin Legal News Radio presented a weekly "mystery dog." Each week, the first astute--or lucky--listener who correctly identified the predominant breed(s) that comprised the dog (according to a DNA test) was eligble to win a prize.

The purpose of this game was to underscore the difficulty of identifying dogs based on looks alone. The visual identification of mixed-breed dogs is not a science and is notoriously unreliable. (A study done by Victoria Voith found that experienced animal shelter workers were able to accurately guess the breed makeup of mixed-breeds dogs only 25% of the time). Our mystery dog photos were originally used in the deposition of an animal control officer in a lawsuit challenging breed-discriminatory legislation in Grant Country, WA (you may learn more about the case here, at Pit Bulletin Legal News). The animal control officer failed miserably.

Mystery Dog, May 7, 2013

How Reliable is Visual ID?

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Gracie is our last Mystery Dog of the Week. She was submitted by PBLN Radio listener Maria Soma. Her DNA test revealed her to be half mixed breed and half American Bulldog.

Read more: Mystery Dog, May 7, 2013

Mystery Dog, April 30, 2013

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Logan

A PBLNR listener submitted this picture of her handsome boy Logan. Logan's DNA test revealed him to be mostly American Staffordshire Terrier, with four other breeds mixed in.

Read more: Mystery Dog, April 30, 2013

Mystery Dog, April 2, 2013

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Vegas has significant amounts of Boxer in his background, but what about the other breeds in his background?

Read more: Mystery Dog, April 2, 2013

Mystery Dog, April 23, 2013

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Rosie was our second Mystery Dog to completely stump our listeners. Her DNA test revealed the following four breeds in her background: Boston Terrier, . . .

Read more: Mystery Dog, April 23, 2013

Mystery Dog, March 26, 2013

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Did you guess the breeds in Carla's family tree? If not, you can try again with next week's Mystery Dog of the Week. Read more to find out what Carla is.

Read more: Mystery Dog, March 26, 2013

Mystery Dog, April 16, 2013

How Reliable is Visual ID?

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Balthazar

Balthazar, the first Mystery Dog submitted by a PBLN Radio listener, turned out to be our most mysterious dog to date! No one guessed the primary three breeds in his lineage.

Read more: Mystery Dog, April 16, 2013

Mystery Dog, March 19, 2013

March 19 2013

Did you guess American Bulldog and Boxer? Dynamo's DNA test revealed that he is predominantly American Bull Dog with an intermediate amount of Boxer.

Read more: Mystery Dog, March 19, 2013

Mystery Dog, April 9, 2013

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In addition to Boxer, Keifer's ancestry contains an intermediate amount of Pug and Great Dane as well as . . .

Read more: Mystery Dog, April 9, 2013

Mystery Dog, March 12, 2013

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Mystery Dog Malibu

Meet Malibu. Her DNA test revealed her to be a mix of Boxer and Bullmastiff, with minor amounts of Miniature Bull Terrier!

Read more: Mystery Dog, March 12, 2013