Following my recent thoughts on dogs and propaganda, Judy and I have been emailing about a trend that was unknown to me – the rebranded mongrel or crossbreed.
Allegedly the poodle’s coat makes it a good choice for those with allergies – so the breed is a favourite for mixing. An online search reveals a number of poo-dogs, such as: spoodles or cockapoos (poodle and cocker spaniel), roodles (a seemingly odd mix of poodle and rottweiler) and yorkipoos (you’ve guessed it – yorkshire terrier meets poodle).
The dorgi is fairly well known as originating when one of the Queen’s corgis mated with a dachshund owned by the late Princess Margaret.
CNN reported a couple of years ago that the trend was leading to high prices for the “designer mutts” with new mixes being created on demand.
Personally I am a big fan of rescue dogs, especially true mongrels. There are millions in need of a good home – and don’t support an industry that views animals for their income potential, as brands or genetic experiments.
If it was a matter of creating a name to help owners adopt a particular mongrel, I could accept the branding exercise. But not when it involves a deliberate selective breeding programme.
For me that’s the same as seeing dogs as commodities or fashion items (Paris Hilton puppy-purse) or creating a multi-billion dollar industry that has failed to resolve a major pet-food poisoning crisis.