Some dogs have it better in life than others. Outside of street dogs and mutts of the world, these specific breeds seem to have a particularly hard time.
No one really expects to see this on the list, but shelters in many parts of the US are bursting with homeless chihuahuas. These tiny dogs end up in shelters due to over population, unusually long lifespans (they can live up to 18 and 20 years), and their high strung temperament. Not known for being good with kids, many chihuahuas end up in shelters for biting incidents.
Greyhounds are known for their amazing speed and agility, but many do not live a long life. While their racing careers may be celebrated, thousands upon thousands of dogs die every year. Racers whose careers are over are sent for euthanasia, while dogs who become injured during the races face the same fate. Many states have moved to ban dog racing, but it still exists in some states. A multitude of rescue groups exist to help the dogs, but often they can not keep up with the number of homes needed for these gentle and athletic creatures.
These beautiful northern dogs often get mislabeled as being wild and not domestic enough for human cohabitation. While this is entirely untrue, many of these dogs end up chained outside in extremely hot and cold conditions. Huskies are highly social and thrive in family situations, especially with other dogs. Life on a chain is not a happy place for these dogs.
Galgos are Spanish greyhounds. They have become world famous for the specific type of cruelty they face. Every year Spanish hunters assault and kill over 50,000 galgo dogs as part of a hunting tradition. If the dogs do not perform well, they are sentenced to abuse and death. Many groups around the world offer refuge to many of these dogs but it's still an event that happens every year.
Once America's most beloved dog, the American pit bull terrier has turned into a canine phenomenon. Now feared by the public, used for cruel illegal dog fighting rings and ostracized by the media, this breed can't catch a break. Breed specific legislation has not only been proven ineffective but has increased peoples fear about this very affectionate and athletic dog breed. In 2011, animal welfare organization PETA deemed American pit bull terriers to be the most abused dog breed in the world.
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