An unusually fluffy rescue dog garnered viral attention this week after its owners shared a picture of it on the sharing site reddit.
Reports of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) That in the United States, approximately 4.1 million animals are adopted each year, including 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats.
While 6.3 million animals enter shelters across the country each year 69 million Americans report owning at least one dogThis makes them the most popular pet in the United States
On Monday, Greta Webber of Asheville, North Carolina, shared photos of 1-year-old Ruby on Reddit’s popular R/rarepuppers forum where she received more than 31,000 votes and hundreds of comments.
Along with the caption: “Little innate has a rare, long-haired recessive gene that makes him fluffy,” photos of Ruby and her fluffy fur happiest thousands.
Weber said NEWSWEEK: “We adopted it last September from a local shelter. When we adopted it, the shelter said they thought it was a pitbull mixed with a retriever and a Labrador – we assumed they were right because it really looked like all three breeds, but we wanted to get a DNA test because we were curious to find out what If there are other strains.”
When the DNA results came back though, the owners were shocked to find out that it was 100 percent American bull terrier.
The American bull terrier has not been recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC), a decision believed to be related to their reputation for dog fighting in the 19th century.
Medium-sized dogs have a well-defined musculature and are still said to be used in illegal dog fighting in the United States, but despite their reputation, most bulls Fun, cute and very loyal pets that become wonderful family members.
“We were very surprised,” Weber said, remembering when they opened the Ruby DNA results: “I think we Googled something like ‘How can a pitbull have long hair?’ “And that’s when we found that genes with long hair can be recessive and are rarely expressed.”
Getting your pet’s DNA tested has become more and more popular in recent years, in line with the boom in DNA testing at home for humansPet owners and breeders are turning to companies for simple tests that can determine the breed and lineage and determine if the animal is predisposed to any genetic conditions.
released this week, and Global Pet DNA Testing Service Market Report 2022 He revealed that the market is valued at millions of dollars and that it is set to grow even more in the coming years.
Ruby’s unusual long coat drew immediate attention online as Reddit users rushed to the comments to share some love for the pup.
“I didn’t know the cure for my bad day was seeing a fluffy pitbull, but here we go,” one commenter said. Another user wrote: “Her ear tufts are amazing.”
Another response to the viral post said: “I want 10 dogs please.”
“Ruby is the sweetest dog ever,” Webber said, “I have to admit when I found out it was only a pitbull, I was a little worried based on the stigma of the breed—I didn’t know what was accurate in assuming that pitbulls are more aggressive. But after so many Research and, most importantly, time with Ruby, I realized that stigma is mostly a myth.”
The newly popular online dog loves cuddling on the sofa and watching TV with their owners: “We put Studio Ghibli movies on for her when we’re gone and she really seems to love her,” Weber said.
“It is so much fun to watch people rejoice over Ruby,” said the passion owner, “I never expected the post to explode like it did, but at the same time I am not surprised because I know how amazing she is. We are getting so lucky and our lives are better every day with her.”