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It's a mutt, people [Nov. 6th, 2005|09:27 am]
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There have been several news blurbs lately about the "Puggle", the hot new "breed" of dog that everyone wants. A cross between a pug and a beagle, the puggle is somewhere in between the two in terms of size and coloring.

"Breeders" are charging up to $700 for a puggle pup, and people are clamoring for them. This cracks me up.

Why does it crack me up? Because puggles are not a breed. Puggles are mutts. Puggles are mongrels. At the most euphemistic, puggles are Mixed Breeds. Puggles are what you would get if the neighbor's amorous and determined hunting companion arranged a secret tryst with your lapdog.

Now, don't get me wrong - I love mutts. I've only ever owned mutts, and can't imagine having anything except a mutt unless there were some extraordinary extenuating circumstances. While I understand breeds and breeders have a certain value, I have a real problem with the idea that people purposely mate dogs when there are so many animals without homes. I live in a city where animal control measures the number of dogs they put down per month by the ton because there are simply too many to count. So if someone wants a mutt, they ought to be at the local animal shelter, not knocking on a breeder's kennel door.

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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2005-11-06 04:57 am (UTC)
same with the fad of labradoodles, goldendoodles, schnoodles, peekapoo, pomapoo, cockapoo, pugapoo - all MUTTS. But seariously, these people come into the clinics and SWEAR their dog is a purebred.

They do have some merit though - most dogs that are considered purebred now, were a mutt at one time also. But it's been YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS of breeding and devloping quality lines. These backyard breeders are full of crap for selling them for so much. They can't even come with registration papers. Just rediculous.
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2005-11-06 05:24 am (UTC)
amen. we got both of our cats from CAPS and intend to do the same some day if/when we get a dog.
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[User Picture]From: quaero_verum
2005-11-06 07:58 am (UTC)
But, at least it's a cute mutt.

;-)
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2005-11-07 01:27 am (UTC)
Amen, sistah! I've owned two "crossbreed" cats once in my life. Both went way beyond the neurosis associated with "mutt" cats. Give me a black, neutered, male, "mutt" cat any day! We've had the best luck with those!
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From: spritzcourt
2005-11-07 04:27 am (UTC)
We love our SPCA mutt!

Speaking of dogs, we went for a walk in the neighborhood yesterday and we cross paths with a couple and their 6 foot tall, 400 lb dog. I might be exagerating a bit, but the dog was HUGE! I ask what it is and she answers- a lab. Then my hubby and our lab/something/something else mutt walk up and they ask if she's a puppy!! She's only 40 pounds....
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[User Picture]From: domesticharmony
2005-11-08 01:25 am (UTC)
Just an interesting sidenote: All the "poo" and "oodles" are due; in part, to the non-allergy producing traits of the poodle. One of the main reasons they're such a popular cross on other breeds.
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