I love dogs. My family and I have had dogs since I was very young (a long time ago!). They are mans best friend. No other animal can come even close to the special relationship between man and dogs. Even though there are thousands of different dog breeds of all shapes and sizes in the world, ALL dogs are descended from the Wolf.
Humans started to domesticate dogs about 4000 years ago. Over countless generations different characteristics have been bred in or out to produce the vast range of different dogs we see today. In England the body responsible for breed types is The Kennel Club. who are based in Piccadilly, London. The Kennel Club keeps a national register of pedigree dogs.
Now when I was a kid in the late sixties and seventies any dog which was not a ‘pedigree’ dog was a mongrel. That would be a dog born from two parents who were not of the same breed. A snippet from an online dictionary defines it thus:
mon·grel (mnggrl, mng-)n.1. An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.2. A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.adj.Of mixed origin or character.
mon·grel (mnggrl, mng-)n.1. An animal or a plant resulting from various interbreedings, especially a dog of mixed or undetermined breed.2. A cross between different breeds, groups, or varieties, especially a mixture that is or appears to be incongruous.
adj.Of mixed origin or character.
A dog that was a mongrel was virtually worthless in financial terms. Owners of mongrel puppies would give them away to prospective new owners. They could not be sold because only pedigree dogs were of any financial worth.
Now something very strange has happened. It seems the Mongrel is now worth tons of money. People are inventing their own breeds, giving them fancy names and selling them for an absolute fortune. I just don’t get it. Ordinary people it seems are being fooled by these crazy made up breed names and getting themselves what appear to be pedigree mongrels! The names are usually just portmanteau words (a combination of two or more words into one word). Some people describe these ‘new’ breeds as designer dogs. We used to call them mongrels, mutts, curs, heinz 57 and bistsa dogs (bits of this bits of that!)
Here are a few ‘breeds’ of dog which can be currently found with a quick trawl ‘dogs for sale’ sites on the internet.
Sheperdoodle – German Shepherd and poodle
Sprollie (I am NOT making this up!)- Springer Spaniel and Collie
Labradoodle- Labrador and Poodle
Maltipoo – Maltese and Poodle
Cavapoo – Cavilier King Charles and Poodle
Sprocker- Springer and Cocker spaniel
Pooshi – A Shitzu and a Poodle
Cockapoo – Poodles and Cocker Spaniel
Jacapoo – Jack Russell and Poodle
Beaglier -Cavilier Spaniel and Beagle
Jackchi -Jack Russell and Chihuahua
Puggle -Beagle and Pug
There are LOADS more. One thing you will notice is that POODLE appears quite a lot. Maybe they are the ‘superstuds’ and randy buggers of the canine world?
Anyway as I said at the beginning I love dogs, they will always find a way to make you laugh!