So, animal welfare experts out there, I encourage you go and take this survey. It's a survey done in partnership with Maddies Fund and the University of Florida. Basically, the survey asks you a few questions about your experience in labeling the breeds of mixed-breed dogs and then shows you two pictures (front and side view) of 20 different dogs with their height & weight listed. And then, you get to pick what the dog's predominent breed is from a selection of 180 dog breeds. The whole thing should take you 10-15 minutes, depending on how much you toil over your selections.
The results are then going to be matched with their DNA results to see how accurate people (and people with animal welfare experience) are at matching dog breeds to what DNA tests show.
The results are going to be posted in July and I'm eager to see how I did. On the flip side, I'm thinking I did miserably. I'm guessing you will too.
What is amazing is the number of these dogs that look very similar to dogs we have in our shelter -- and we never have any idea what their breed really is. In a lot of shelters, many of these dogs simply get labeled as "Lab-mix", "Shepherd mix", "Chow mix", "pit bull mix" or "terrier mix".
It's also going to highligh just how ridiculous it is that we try to make assumptions about dog behavior based on how it LOOKS vs, I don't know, how it actually ACTS.
So take the test. Let me know how you think you did.