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Discussion: what to call your mutt

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

  1. 4girlsgiggling

    4girlsgiggling Big Dog

    I get asked a lot actually. Probably cause Joker exudes handsomeness! LOL!
  2. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

  3. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    I usually call Veronica a pitter-staff to people who are knowlegable about/interested in breed.

    She's UKC APBT; but clearly she's more AST...

    however the AKC won't let me register her as an AST...so I feel like I'd be pissing off the AST fanciers if I definitively called her an AST...

    however to the general person who stops and asks I use the generic "pit bull" to simply mean "one of those pit bull looking dogs that most people identify as a "pit bull".
  4. Shoshana

    Shoshana Little Dog

    We get asked fairly often but it's usually 'He's a pit bull, right?" or "He's such a cute pit bull puppy" First we explain that she is female. Then tell them she isn't a puppy. And have to hear about the brother/friend/uncle with a 95 lb 'pit bull' and therefore she has to be a mix. Or the people that think she looks like a 'pure bred pit bull'.

    Then we tell them she is a rescue (and usually have to go into the details). Because we don't know her background, we used to say mutt, but then we'd hear no end of 'She looks like a pit bull' So we started saying 'some kinda pit bull mix' even tho we know there isn't a 'pit bull' breed. Then people would say "What is she mixed with?" And we'd repeat 'She is a rescue, we don't know!' And then we'd get 'Well what do you think she is mixed with? Or I don't think she is mixed'

    It gets pretty funny sometimes with people wanting to know exactly what Peanut is. If I am not in a hurry and they ask 'what do you think she is mixed with'? I just say ' Dunno, what do you think?'

    Honestly if I'm in a hurry I say 'pit bull' or 'pit bull mix' and keep goin if I can. Usually someone is trying to pet her tho. If I'm with one of my friends, she always adds 'I think she is a Staffy mix' I don't see how she can be so specific though.

    The vet that registered her with the city put down 'terrier mix'.

    Her current vet said maybe mixed with ACD. (huh?) Because she has a speckley coat.

    She's for sure a terrier. But after that? She doesn't fit the standard of any dog except Peanut. I have on occasion, said "American Shorthair Terrier" Because, she is.


    American Shorthair Pointing Terrier



    Her fur pattern
  5. cliffdog

    cliffdog Good Dog

    I don't think I've ever seen Liberty before, she's gorgeous! :)

    I call Abbey "bulldog" because all I know is that she's some kind of bull breed mix... We think she's an American Bulldog mix because she looks a lot like the hog dogs around here some of which have docked tails, but generally I just call her "bulldog" or "bull breed mix".
  6. Buddy's Master

    Buddy's Master Little Dog

    After reading up the definition of "mutt", I am more comfortable with the word "mutt" than the word "mix".
    If u are not u are not sure of where he/she is from genetically, u can't say she is a mix. She/he may be a purebreed of uncertain origins, hence "mutt" will be more fitting as a description (except if visual traits of being a mix are seen).
  7. Poisoned

    Poisoned GRCH Dog

    Old thread!

    I call Sparkles what she is; a Pomeranian/Shih-Tzu mix.

    Jaeger I obviously call a GSD, but I'm not totally sure that's all that is in him. There are a lot of "Unknown" slots in his pedigree, and who knows what those dogs were. But regardless, he looks like a GSD, his parents, grandparents and on and on has a consistent GSD look as far as I saw, so that's what I call him, a badly bred GSD.

    The last two "Pit Bulls" I had in the home I just called Pit Bull mutts. They had the look and one had the temperament down to a T, but I had no idea if one didn't have a Coonhound for a grandpa or something.
  8. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    We typically just say Pit Bulls. If people start asking we elaborate more-They're rescues so we don't know...there are different kinds of PBs and our dogs are kind of big (tall and one is slightly overweight). Trooper is about 63 lbs and Bailey is about 58. (I like the way Trooper looks, but Bailey I'd like a little lighter.) Mostly we have to tell other people that they likely have a more Ambully type dog-blue, heavy, low to the ground.

    The other night at the gas station a guy saw Trooper in the truck and started talking about him. He then showed my husband a picture of his dog. Austin said it was a pretty dog, good crop, not over weight, clearly a PB type, but not sure what. At first the guy said APBT and I was surprised to hear someone sound like they knew what they were talking about....later he said she was an American Pit Bull and Terrier mix. lol

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  9. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    I never noticed this thread until it got bumped, but I'm glad it did because this is something I've been wanting to address for a while. We have 2 of our own dogs and a foster in our house now, plus my mom and my 2 oldest kids have Boxers. None of these dogs have pedigrees, but only 1 do we actually refer to as a "pit mix". We call the Boxers Boxers and the Pit Bulls Pit Bulls. I get the impression that some people on here are offended by that. I saw my dog's parents and 2 grandparents. All of the ancestors and my dog look very much PB. However, he's not registered. It's possible he might have something else in his lineage, but not that you could see at all. My wife's dog was bred from a APBT and "other" in an unknown litter. She's a good dog and shows some PB characteristics, but you can clearly see she's a mix breed dog, and so that's what we call her. The Boxers were registered with the AKC and the sire actually had an impressive pedigree, but they opted not to register the litter, as the puppies were all going to family and friends who had no interest in showing or breeding. Papers or not though, they are pure bred Boxers. My point is I call a dog mixed if it's immediate background is unknown and you can't tell what it is. Otherwise I call it what it looks like and what I think it is, and I know that pisses some people off. Also, I'm Irish. Truth be told, 2 of my Great-great grandparents were German. I don't tell people I'm 7/8 Irish. I guess my dog will never win Westminster and I'll never be in the Sons of Erin.
  10. foxman

    foxman Puppy

    My dog's name

    It is funny how some dogs get their names. I took a male Pitbull to my son-in-law Gary for him to teach hog catching to. That is a big deal here. This dog just had one testicle. A couple of months later Gary wanted another dog to work teaching him what he desired for a catchdog. He had Both his testicles and was a half brother to the other dog. I sent sent him another male pitbull. He called them One Ball and Twoballs. Oneball was a great cacthdog and learned quick. He did everything right. Twoballs was not defensive enough and tried to hurt the pig instead of just holding him. He called and said come and get Twoballs. He tries to fight the hog and I just want him to hold the hog. I went down and picked him up. His name is Bullyboy on his registeration becuse he is real blocky type dog. Yet everyone calls him TwoBalls. It might be a little Vulgar to use at a formal dinner but here Twoballs works just fine. Randy Fox
  11. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Pit Bull Mix.

    I don't find myself needing to assign any breed name or identification very often though. I just call him "my dog" or "Garp".

    Side note... It annoys me to no end when someone (either in real life or here) says stuff like "my pit bull this...my pit bull that"

    Just call it your dog. It's not like you have an alligator. This happens far more with these dogs than others. How often do you hear "What did you do today? Oh, I took my German Shorthaired Pointer for a walk."
  12. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    You took the words right out of my mouth!! Jesus, I hate that. "What should I feed my pit?" "How much exercise does a pit need?" It drives me fucking crazy.
  13. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    It's a macho thing. People reminding themselves that they are too bad ass for a lab. lol
  14. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member

    Yeah, either that or they actually want to to know if their pit should eat something different than their Pomeranian, or that they took the pit for a walk rather than the lab.
  15. I know! Who in the world made it so bad? I mean all of my dogs are pure bred mutts (lol) but I love them anyway atually I'd rather have a mutt because they have all those different features mixed together which is totally cute.
  16. BlueDiamond

    BlueDiamond Banned

    How come the same people that are arguing their point have posted on the news board about "pit bulls rescued", how do you know they are pit bulls? Why not just say a bunch of mutts were rescued? Duuuuuuur! (this is just an example of the hypocrisy going on here)
  17. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

  18. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

  19. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Bad or good, like it or not, advantageous or not, we as a society tend to discuss dogs within the context of "pure breeds".

    IF a dog appears to have one very well recognized breed as a dominant feature, why is it SO improper to put it INTO the accepted context and say it's a GERMAN SHEPHERD mix, or a COONHOUND mix, or a PIT BULL mix?

    WHY does everything have to be a mutt (which I don't think is a "bad" word, it's just not accurate and tells one NOTHING)?

    Oh, unless a dog is registered by an accepted, approved registry and THEN has an accepted, approved pedigree (accepted and approved by accepted and approved people...), then it can get called a breed, right?

    Oh, and of course, an "American Bully" -- now there is a "breed" that anyone can say that's what it is and it IS, bar none, no doubt! There will be no argument...

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  20. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    Perhaps this is a bit of a regional thing like "do you say soda or pop?". Where I'm from mutt is considered derogatory. Mixed breed is the politically correct term. I don't have a problem with it, but I recognize that among certain people it's considered rude. Insisting that without a pedigree, every dog is a mix seems to be specific to Pit Bulls. If you see a Rottweiler that came from a BYB and is clearly a Rottweiler, nobody calls it a Rott mix.

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