Is Your Dog a Mixed Breed by Design or by Accident?
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|Fri, 01-04-2013 - 4:26pm|
If you can't decide between a shepherd, a setter or a poodle, get them all — adopt a mutt.
Mixed-breed dogs vary tremendously in looks, size and temperament, even varying within the same litter. A mixed-breed dog is a dog that is not a purebred; also called a mongrel, or mutt. Mongrels and mutts are technically dogs of unknown ancestry and questionable parentage.
A hybrid, on the other hand, is a dog that is not purebred, but whose ancestry is known. For example, a Poodle bred to a Golden Retriever is called a Goldendoodle and is considered a hybrid or crossbreed.
Scientifically speaking, the term "hybrid" is incorrect as all dogs are a sub-species of wolf (canis lupus familiaris) and as such, it is impossible to have a hybrid as they are two of the same species.