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.