Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Dog Breeds & Anecdotes” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the participants. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading! ♥
It used to be that cross breeding of dogs was purely by accident. Females in heat give off an unmistakable scent, irresistible to other dogs, everywhere, particularly unneutered males. Stories abound of such dogs escaping their yards and impregnating those bitches. (That is the proper term for a female dog and not at all derogatory.) The two dogs were generally of mixed breeds, and so, the result was mutts, mongrels, x-breeds. whatever you want to call them. Definitely lacking in pedigree. Although this still happens, the latest craze in the dog world is “Designer Dogs” aka “Hybrid Dogs”, achieved by purposely mating two different purebred dogs. See my upcoming “Z” post for another example of such a dog. Poodles, in particular, are coveted for their hypoallergenic qualities and intelligence. As a result, we have Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel+Poodle), Terri-Poos (Terrier+Poodle), Shi-Poos (Shih Tzu+Poodle), Malti-Poos (Maltese+Poodle), Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever+Poodle), Labradoodles (Labrador Retriever+Poodle) and so on. Click HERE for a comprehensive list of designer breeds.
During the first week of this challenge, I wrote about our Cockapoo, Sheila and also mentioned her little sister, Lisa, a Terrier X. We could never figure out her origins entirely, but there was definitely a wired hair breed involved (Jack Russell? Fox Terrier?). Not many terriers are blonde, either, except the Cairn and Wheaten. Whatever Lisa’s genetic makeup, she was a robust little girl who lived to be almost 17! It’s been said that mixed breeds are healthier than purebreds. I believe it! Also, less high-strung, in many cases.
Some other favourite X-Breeds:
With “Mini-me, Teddy in the background. He’s a Cockapoo.
Here’s a unique X-Breed:
Last but not least, two of my special favourites:
What kind of X-Breed strikes your fancy?
Do you think they are healthier than purebreds?
Looking forward to your comments!