Is Your Dog a Mixed Breed by Design or by Accident?

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Is Your Dog a Mixed Breed by Design or by Accident?
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.

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Registered: 11-21-2001

My Cleo was found...and I adopted her from the local Humane Society.  We know she's a lab/mix, but are not sure of the "mix".  Some people think she may have some pit in her....just from the shape of her head.  But it might be a very small "mix".

I laugh when I read about the "designer dogs".  They are mixed breed dogs.....just like any other mixed breed dog.