Did you know 25% of shelter dogs are purebred? Why are some breeds more likely to be in shelters, and how can it be prevented? Let’s look at the 10 breeds most common in shelters and reasons they end up there.
#1 – American Pit Bull Terrier
With more breed specific legislation popping up, “pit bulls” are the most common breed found in shelters. Even where they’re legal, many apartments forbid them. Dangerous in the hands of bad people, they can be great pets with the right training.
#2 – Jack Russell Terrier (JRT)
Many people get JRTs because they’ve seen a well-trained one in a movie and think they’d be perfect pets. While JRTs are intelligent, they require lots of exercise and tend to bark. With proper exercise and training, the JRT is a great choice.
#3 – German Shepherd (GSD)
GSDs are a victim of their own popularity. Overbred for years, they’re prone to health problems. They may become aggressive if not trained properly. They would be a great fit for somebody who can handle vet bills and has experience training large dogs.