No Variety? Not True!

A complaint we see fairly regularly on our own social media pages…

“They only have pit bulls.”

Barkpost recently conducted a survey that reported the top 10 most common breeds found in shelters throughout the United States. Not surprisingly, Chihuahuas and American Pit Bull Terriers topped the list.

While we certainly see these types of dogs quite a lot (especially bully breeds), to say that shelters only have these types of dogs is the farthest thing from the truth. We’ve seen nearly every dog breed pass through our shelter at one point or another – even quite a lot of pure breeds. You never know what you’re going to find at your local Humane Society. In fact, we currently have a wide array of breeds in our shelter at this very moment!

In our pet flyer below, you will see a Coonhound mix, a Boston Terrier, a Keeshond mix, a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix, and even a Finnish Spitz mix. There are so many gorgeous, diverse pups ready to be adopted.

But, please don’t let the breed label attract you (we’ll explain why below). Get to know the furry friends for yourself! And, if you see one you like, ACT QUICKLY. These unique-looking dogs are often adopted within hours of arrival! View pet flyer.

What’s in a Breed?

At least once a day, a potential adopter will come into our shelter and ask to see a particular breed of dog. When we ask why, it turns out they were attracted to that breed because it is known for a certain temperament that fits their lifestyle. Once we figure this out, they end up adopting that perfect dog… that ends up being a mixed-breed completely different than what they had in mind.

Categorizing the breed of a dog, especially a mixed-breed dog, is not a reliable indicator of the temperament and health characteristics of the animal. Breed labels for mixed-breeds only paint an incomplete picture of the animal’s ancestry. While Lobito (photo left, ID 586473) certainly appears to have a lot of Keeshond in him (photo of purebred Keeshond to the right), chances are he is mixed with a lab or other larger-breed dog. It is simply impossible to accurately label the breed of a dog without a DNA test, and even then those results may not be fully accurate. (Shop for DNA Tests now.)

Meet Prince

Prince is a 2-year-old dog who was adopted by one of our employees back in 2016 (his puppy intake photo is above). When he was surrendered to the shelter, his past owners said he was a “Chihuahua mix,” which is how he was listed on our website.

But, as Prince started to grow and get comfortable at home, his personality became very un-Chihuahua-like. Furthermore, his size and appearance seemed to suggest that he had a larger, terrier-like dog in his family tree.

So, his mom got him a Doggy DNA Test, Wisdom Panel. The Results? Not surprisingly, Prince has a lot of Chihuahua in his family, but he also had equal parts Miniature Pinscher and Pomeranian!

While Prince’s size and physique definitely reflect his Min Pin DNA, would you be able to tell that this little guy has Pomeranian in him?

So, What’s the Point?

Long story short, please do not use breed-labels as the deciding factor to adopt. We rely on the former owners to tell us about the animal they’re surrendering. If no information is given, we often have to make our best-educated guess based on looks alone.

Because we are making important characterizing decisions based on unreliable methods, many shelters have decided to remove breed labels from kennel cards. In fact, this is something we are considering here at the HSBC.

If and when that decision is made, we will let you know. Until then, we recommend that you use breed labels to simply start the conversation about a dog you are interested in adopting. Please don’t let it have the final word!

By the way, if you have a dog at home that you’d like to DNA test, shop now!


Weekly Pet Flyer

Won’t you please help us spread the word by printing out a copy of this flyer and posting it in your community? Our Weekly Pet Flyer is one of the most-effective ways to get our pets adopted. If you cannot adopt, please help us help them find homes!

And, if you are looking for a pet of your own, feel free to stop by the shelter between 10:30am-6:30pm on Mondays through Saturdays and from 10:30am-5:30pm on Sundays at 2070 Griffin Road in Fort Lauderdale.

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Meet the Pet Flyer Pets


Dolly (ID 584717)

Dolly 584717
Description: 3 years old, female
Breed: Coonhound mix
Dolly is a very smart, sweet, and social girl. This active dog is housebroken and learns commands very quickly. She likes other dogs, and we think she would be a fantastic addition to an active home.


Polo (ID 586749)

Polo 586749
Description: 1 year old, male
Breed: Finnish Spitz mix
Polo came to us from San Juan, Puerto Rico because the shelter that took him in is still low on resources after Hurricane Maria. We are still learning more about Polo, but we can already tell that he is an affectionate boy who is more on the timid side.


Lobito (ID 586473)

Lobito 586473
Description: 4 years old, male
Breed:Keeshond mix
Lobito came to us from San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. We don’t know a ton about him yet, but he is VERY friendly and enjoys being around people. He walks very well on a leash, but we do not know if he has had any obedience training. Lobito is a bit on the shy-side, but he warms up quickly!


Roxie (ID 586621)

Roxie 586621
Description: 9 years old, female
Breed:Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix
Roxie and her sister Sophie (below) were surrendered to us because their owner passed away. These two girls are as close and sweet as can be!


Sophie (ID 586620)

Sophie 586620
Description: 6 years old, female
Breed:Boston Terrier
Sophie and her sister Roxie (above) were surrendered to us because their owner passed away. These two girls are as close and sweet as can be!

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