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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, March 5, 2013


Did you assume this little pup was part Pit Bull? His DNA test showed Boxer, Doberman Pinscher, and a little bit of Chow Chow and Basset Hound.

Read more: Mystery Dog, March 5, 2013

Mystery Dog, February 26, 2013


Our very first Mystery Dog of the Week was this handsome fellow. A DNA test revealed that he is a mix of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver, Beagle, Miniature Bull Terrier, and Boxer.

Our next Mystery Dog will be revealed Monday, March 4. We'll be giving a prize to the person who guesses the greatest number of the predominant breeds found in the mystery dog's DNA. To enter, submit your guess during our March 5th radio show (8–9:15 pm, EST) via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or a comment on the live chat on Blog Talk Radio (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pit-bulletin-legal-news).

Read more: Mystery Dog, February 26, 2013