You know, I've just adopted a mutt from the shelter. I have no idea what breeds are intertwined in her genetic history, nor do I really care. All I wanted was a midsize dog with short hair and a friendly disposition to serve as friend and a companion. I feel good that I saved a life no one else might have wanted; I wish I could have taken all the dogs in the shelter home with me. All this squabbling over mutts and purebreds is really inconsequential. As long as you love the dog, why should it matter? Call my dog an ugly mutt? Well, unless everyone in your family tree is the same race and nationality then I'd call you the same.
You are right - the dogs don't care, and I have even called my own dogs mutts (in a loving way), but I have NEVER used the word to try and make someone else feel like crap and that is what I see so much of. As I said before - it's when the word is used to make someone either feel "not equal" or when it is used to try and change their mind because "you" don't agree with them getting a cross breed. Another point you fail to see is that these breeders are going to keep breeding - no matter who doesn't like it - so whether you buy a pup from them or get one from a shelter - you're still giving a puppy a home. You can distort the meaning of the word mutt all you like, but the facts are still there. Someone posted that we should all love our dogs, no matter what the breed. I couldn't agree more. With that said - I'm anxious to see how the next post is treated that is in regard to cross breed dogs. I would bet my life that if a thread comes up regarding someone getting a puggle (or whatever) that some fool will come along and try to change the persons mind again. Why not educate them on the dog they are trying to get? We should love ALL breeds anyway. right? So there is no reason to direct them to a shelter. If someone wants a certain breed of dog - a shelter is only a temporary fix. It is a symptom to the problem - because in the end, they will not be happy for the shelter dog, still want that 'certain' breed of dog and the pup will go back to the shelter. If you want to preach that we should love ALL dogs as equal - then you should practice what you preach and set an example. Although the dog doesn't know what you are calling it - you still show what kind of a person you are buy using it in such a derogatory way. It's no different than calling a black baby the "N" word. It doesn't know what you are calling it - but it sure shows others what kind of a hypocrit you are. Diz
Why can't we just drop the subject? Sometimes I have to admit I call my dog worse names than mutt. Even though he is purebreed. The only time I probably said anything negative about a mix was when people bragged on their rare breed and how much they paid for it, when it is nothing but a mix. It just drives me crazy with all these "new breeds". Kim Oscars pics http://www.dogster.com/?50558
to tell you the truth i do not love all dogs equal. actually i find some very unpleasent to even look at. everyone here knows i prefer large, not so common, working dogs. i prefer purebred dogs. i will adopt purebreds from a pound. even if i cannot prove it's lineage. It's not very hard to pick out the purebreds. I will also buy from breeders. even among my own dogs I have my favorite, gunny. He is my buddy more than moose or shayna. I love them all, but not equally. and gunny loves me more than the others. we just get along better. we have similar personalities. gunny's passion in life is to please me. And anyway what do you care, what we call dogs.