I hope ive not covered another thread but as my first post I have to admit I came looking for a dog forum so i could access the viewpoints of some 'people in the know'.
I am so confused about these dangerous dog laws. Not the obvious pedigree status for restricted and dangerous breeds but rather that murky line of crossbreeds.
In South Australia it is tough to have a American Pit Bull as its only 1 of 5 on a restrictive list. The American Bulldog is on a dangerous breed list.
So when a BYB (back yard breeder) started selling crossbred 1/3 American pitbull with 1/3 American bulldog and 1/3 English staffy, which in my opinion looked strongly like a pitbull and bulldog in its cranial features more than a staffy, I asked several questions of the breeder about laws, about the nature of the animal, and the fact it was crossbred and not pedigree. Didnt get to the part about how it resembled a pitbull, they didnt answer my questions or give me any information to show me where they were coming from in their arguement, just did a lot of defensive childish trolling.
In the RSPCA they state pitbulls are illegal to be bred and sold in SA, another site says councils who can recognise an unregistered pitbull in them have to seize it and will choose either to desex it with a fine or destroy it.
Then i read about how there is fierce debate about the usual 'dont blame the breed, blame the owner' which doesnt help things cause that makes logical sense although not always practical.
The attitude of the BYB was quite concerning, they adamantly stated that none of their puppies being sold to people will bite or maul anyone, that they didnt care about any such laws because its a crossbreed, and the laws are stupid because they are picking on a dog from reputation. Things went quiet a bit when i presented a couple of news articles about the dog attacks which prompted the law changes and I felt their assumption that no dog will mature and can turn, a little disconcerting.
And with a strong gene pool - so not even 'watered down' on the crossbreed scale - of a specified dangerous dog and looking 2/3 like one (despite being a cute puppy) I know from breeding experience that means 2/3 genetic traits of both breeds in chance of formulating.
And yes I do agree and see the point of a puppy is as good as its owner and upbringing, but BYB'ers cant predict throwback or trigger genetics or the future so cant say that their puppy wont oneday grow up quietly for 3 or 4 years and suddenly randomly turn on a human and lockjaw.
What exactly is the current status of crossbreed pitbulls (esp this one which has a half pitbull pedigree (presumably) parent) when it comes to people advertising, selling and breeding them in South Australia?
These puppies arent desexed, arent muzzled, not registered, bred and being sold. And doesnt even look like a staffy.
I tried to ask these BYB-ers but they were more offended that i asked genuine important questions so werent much help.
Thanks in advance, I appreciate any input offered.