Long-haired “fluffy” bull due to rare recessive genes stuns the Internet

An unusually fluffy rescue dog gained viral attention this week after its owners shared a picture of it on a Reddit post.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports 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 nationwide each year, about 69 million Americans report owning at least one dog, making 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.

Photos of a fluffy Ruby Pit Bull Terrier that delighted Internet users with her unusual appearance.
pinkmoon92 / Reddit

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 muscular build and are still reported as being used in illegal dog fighting in the United States, but despite their reputation, most pit bulls are fun, gentle and very loyal pets that become great 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.”

Having your pet’s DNA tested has become more and more popular in recent years, in line with the boom in at-home DNA testing for humans, and pet owners and breeders are turning to companies for simple tests that can determine breed, paternity, and determine if an animal is predisposed to any conditions. hereditary.

The 2022 Pet DNA Testing Service Global Market Report, released this week, revealed that the market is valued at millions of dollars and 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.”

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