Pet Profiling at PetSmart

I was alerted that PetSmart is now banning “bully breeds” from their PetsHotel program which includes their Doggy Day Care. PetSmart is not basing this on an evaluation of individual pets but rather discriminating against the entire breed. According to the PetSmart website only the following dogs will be considered for their program:

  • Dogs at least five months of age
  • Dogs who have been socialized with other dogs but are not of the “bully breed” classification or wolves/wolfhybrids
  • Dogs who are in good health (no fleas, ticks, or contagious illnesses)
  • No intact (unneutered) male dogs, pregnant females or females in heat
  • Dogs who have the following vaccinations: Bordetella, Rabies, Distemper, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus

The “bully breed” classification is defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds. You can see the pet requirements on the PetSmart PetsHotel page.  

Is PetSmart being discerning or just discriminating? 

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  1. ….I would have to say discerning…we cannot even get our dacshund Bear near the kennel without his shots, etc, and the fact is – Dachunds have major attitude!

    Municiplaities and insurance companies in a good number of the states agree on the liabilities associated with certain breeds of canines.

    I am not saying it is right, but there are some mnumbers out there on the insurance side to bear this out if you poke around a bit.

    Blog On!

  2. As the owner of a pit/lab mix, and not allowing them into doggie daycare is discrimination.
    My dog is socialized, neutered and is not aggressive. I have had problems finding dog walkers as well as kennels to board him because of this discrimination. Dogs are a reflection of their owners. Owners who train their dogs, socialize them, treat them as part of the family tend to not own ‘bully’ breeds – but some of us do! If statistics were all we had to go on then they would ban cocker spaniels, as they are the dog most likely to bite. All dogs deserve a chance to be judged as an individual – not lumped into a category with dogs bred to fight or be aggressive. It is guilt by association.


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