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A Dog’s Life in Costa Rica: Owners’ Habits Scrutinized

American Staffordshire Terriers, or pit bulls, are becoming more popular in Costa Rica, rising from 9th place in 2011 to 4th place in World Animal Protection’s recent survey on dog ownership. Staffords, along with poodles, schnauzers and others, still only represent a small portion of Costa Rica’s estimated 1.3 million dogs, with mutts or “zaguates” making up nearly half. “We were surprised to learn that the American Staffordshire is gaining in popularity,” said Melanie Gamboa, head of World Animal Protection’s veterinary services, in an interview with Radio Monumental. “And this is of concern not because of the breed per se,…

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