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Discussion: what to call your mutt

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Kamdon, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    Setting that we had a good convo going on in another thread that was not on topic and it got closed. Lets continue it here.

    Some good points have been made from both sides of the circle, but I don't think it is over.

    So carry on....
     
  2. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    my mutt, I call "Sugar". My American Pit Bull Terrier, I call "Mason" :)
     
  3. SweetPerks24

    SweetPerks24 Big Dog

    I usually refer to Cassie as a american pit bull, as she is one. ;)

    Karma, we have to explain a little, since we don't know what the heck she's mixed with....I usually just say she's a mix, but we think there's hound dog in there somewhere. I don't even mention that mom was a "pitbull" because, we don't really know what she was either, and Karma doesn't look much like a typical "pitbull" mix at all. Mom looked like a typical "pitbull" but heaven only knows what breeds were in there too. No idea what dad was, he didn't stick around to help with the kids....;) lol
     
  4. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    Ok, you got me Joe. Now continue how you feel about calling a dog with unknown origins a pit bull.
     
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    My mutts are "mutts" unless I know what exact manner of mutt they are. Then they're a "so and so mutt". For instance, I had a "Shepherd/Rott mutt" and a "Lab/Pit mutt" and at one time we'd been taking care of what I was told was a "Pit Bull mutt" though I believe he was mixed with Rhodesian Ridgeback. But then again, I don't find "mutt" a bad word, as people around here seem to. Not my problem though. I love mutts. Especially the ones that look like they have permanent bed head
     
  6. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    And I agree with this POV. If it is a pit bull mix, then fine. But make sure there is the word mix on it. If you have no clue, and are going off of looks alone, then call it a bully mix. Or bull and terrier mix like Joe says
     
  7. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    The word MUTT is not ment to be demeaning or mean.
     
  8. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Pit Bull mixes. Because that's what they are. Although people never seem to want to believe me because "they're so pretty!". Then I will sometimes say "Nope, not purebred, they're mutts!" But generally speaking, if someone says "What kind of dog is that?" I say "Pit Bull mix" if they're looking at Wilson or Piper.
     
  9. Fieldmarshal

    Fieldmarshal Big Dog

    Both my dogs are registered in the ADBA as American pitbull terriers, but a quick look over their pedigree tells a different story, Czar is mainly amstaff bloodlines with some RE bloodline mixed in, so rightfully i call him a amstaff mix. Shogun has both amstaff and apbt bloodlines, so i just call him a pitbull mix. Though i have papers, i dont consider them pure breed based on the breedings.
     
  10. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    In no way is it demeaning or mean.
    I'm just as proud of my mutt, Sugar if not more so than my purebred and pedigreed Mason
    Sugar is on her second bull & terrier ... mutts stay the course :cool:
     
  11. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    My dogs are mutts. Liberty is of known lineage- she is a mix of labrador retriever, smooth-coated collie, and chinese shar-pei.

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    If I didn't know what she was, if she was some shelter mutt, who would ever put those dogs together and think that? She would most likely be labeled a "chow/GSD mix". This is why randomly assigning a breed name to a dog with unknown lineage is so dangerous because, if anything happened, the already maligned Chow Chow and GSD would be once again in the headlines.
     
  12. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    DNA or you saw the particular dogs bred and the litter?

    Carla
     
  13. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Ffffffffffffffff, Liberty is so pretty!
     
  14. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    And, I think this might be some of the reason that many people don't believe a Pit Bull is a breed. ANYTHING that looks a really lot like one at a shelter we don't DARE call one!

    I mean, the dog could look like Chinaman and we would have to say it's a mix! We wouldn't DARE say it looks an awful lot like a Pit Bull, would we?

    Carla
     
  15. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Liberty was the product of my mom's prior-boss' dog. The woman had two dogs, a female black lab and a male smooth-coated collie. Those dogs produced a litter, which Liberty's dam is a product of. Liberty's dam is, thus, a black lab/smooth-coated collie cross. That dog remained intact until 1.5 years old, at which point the intact male shar-pei next door broke through the fence and tied with her. That litter produced Liberty (a litter of 9 puppies total). Liberty is, thus, a black lab/smooth-coated collie/chinese shar-pei mix. I met Liberty for the first time at 2 weeks old. She's 10.5 years old now.
     
  16. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    I don't care what you do, or what 'we' do, I care what I do. You can do whatever the hell you want. I'm just speaking from my own personal opinion.
     
  17. LovePup

    LovePup Good Dog

    I call my mutts mutts. ^^; if they as more on Snow or Koi; then I break it down to Dachshund mix or Pit bull mix. But I like to keep it easy and just call them mutts.
     
  18. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Okay... I was gonna say that DNA certainly isn't that specific!

    Carla
     
  19. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Now, all that said, I've taken Lily to a couple fun shows, where she placed 2nd both times :rolleyes:. All in good fun, but I think it was funny that Fat Bill told me he only didn't give her 1st because the other dog was more conditioned than her.

    To the general public, Lily is a street mutt rescued at 6 weeks old off the mean streets of baltimore. When asked if she's a pit bull, I say maybe, I'm not sure. They usually say "well she's too small to be a pit bull" and then go on to tell me a lovely rendition of "my neighbor's son's brother's ex-wife has a blue dog twice her size" to which a shrug and say that's nice and we all move on our merry way.

    Lily is registered as an "All-American Dog" in AKC, as "mixed" in NAFA and ATTS, and any combination of those for CPE, USDAA, NADAC, should I decided to compete with her in agility in those venues. At the end of the day, she is of unknown lineage, and will always be a mutt, no matter what physical conformation standard she conforms to.
     
  20. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    I have a dog here that I call a German Shepherd/Malamute mix, because that is what she looks like. I don't have a problem assigning the breeds she APPEARS to be. I think it's kind of a natural thing that humans fall into and I don't personally see anything wrong with it.

    I mean, sometimes it darn laughable if you look at a dog that really, really looks like say, a Dalmation or a Chow or a Miniature Pinscher and call it a mix! Makes one look like they don't know anything about dogs! IMO. It's a GIVEN that one does not know the PEDIGREE of a dog at the shelter, but that doesn't mean the dog can't look an awful lot like some purebred and that it's actually okay to speak a breed name!

    Carla
     

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