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February 16, 2012
No keeping up to the standard of the breed since there is none.
No beauty pageants.
With the exceedingly well groomed smash-mouthed 11-pound Pekinese, Malachy (we think there’s a dog in there somewhere) winning best of show at Westminster I though it fitting to feature the Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day:
A mongrel dog: cur, which comes from "muttonhead."
(Coincidence it appeared during the dog show or did someone at Merriam have a sense of humor?)
Considering all so called purebreds were descended from the Gray Wolf, approximately 15,000 years ago, and selectively bred to perform various functions like herding, hunting, companion, service and looking cute, they shouldn’t look so superio
You can understand how the German Shepherd descended from the wolf, but it’s difficult to imagine how the Irish Wolfhound and Chihuahua came from the same distant ancestor.
No matter how patient the breeders were.
A mutt, or mixed-breed dog, is generally, friendly, loyal, easily trainable, good with children, healthier than purebreds (no inbreeding), have something called hybrid vigor and I’ve known a few that are definitely vigorous.
Unlike, say an Irish Setter, who looks like every other Irish Setter, some mutts look like nothing you've ever seen before.
And I’ve known a few of those too.
The ASPCA has the last word:
“The intelligence of a Poodle and the loyalty of a Lassie. The bark of a Shepherd and the heart of a Saint Bernard. The spots of a Dalmatian, the size of a Schnauzer, and the speed of a Greyhound. A genuine, All-American Mutt has it all.”