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Discussion: what to call your mutt

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

  1. Trying Again

    Trying Again Little Dog

    Mutt, mix breed, bully mix, purebred mutt.
  2. CallSignOWL

    CallSignOWL Good Dog

    I call Echo my pit bull mutt. I dont know her heritage, but she looks like a "pit bull" so that is the most descriptive thing I could call her. People I meet dont seem to have a problem with it either.
  3. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member

    There could be something to that. With me, "mix" is more derogatory than mutt. Mix would be an accident, as two random dogs that accidently got together would produce a "mix". A "cross" would be two dogs of different breeds, or mixed breed so to speak, that were intentionally mated for a purpose. "Mutt" I use more as a term of endearment, sort of a friendly insult.
  4. Buddy's Master

    Buddy's Master Little Dog

    All that mutt means to me is "uncertain origin"

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  5. Trying Again

    Trying Again Little Dog

    Same, though I call my crossbred it once in a while.
  6. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    Then what is the difference between a crossbred dog and a mutt?

    I've always used "mutt" to describe a dog that has no clear predominant breed, and/or whose parents were completely unknown...so yeah, uncertain origin. But "mixed breed," to me, is just another word for mutt. And "(breed) mix" means you know what one of the parents was or one breed stands out very strongly in the dog's appearance and temperament. I never used the word "crossbred" much, but I interpret it to mean a cross of two breeds for a specific purpose, usually a working dog and not a "designer breed" like a Maltipoo or a Labradoodle.
  7. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    Anyone use mongrel? That's a funny word to me for some reason. Mutt is a little more offensive to me than mix...but I don't know why. Down here I hear a lot of people use "Heinz 57" when they don't know and a dog doesn't display specific breed characteristics.
  8. I call Harley a mongrel, because I also think it's a funny word. People often react oddly when they ask me what kind of dog he is and I tell them that, so it's entertaining. But I never say it to another dog owner about their dog.
  9. hundchen

    hundchen Puppy

    I call my Dutch Shepherd/Doberman a crossbred. I call my brother's dog, unknown or hound mix.

    Technically if your dog is a known cross or mix of two purebreds, they are called a crossbred or mixed breed. If the dog's breeding is between a purebred and mixed breed, they are a mongrel. If a dog's breeding is between mixed breeds and/or mongrels, the dog is a mutt.

    So I don't call my crossbred a mutt now that I know the actual definition because he isn't one. I call my brother's dog 'unknown' because he is, or I call him hound mix so people can get an idea of his type/drive, which is clearly hound. It doesn't matter to me what other people call their dogs though. Likewise, if someone calls my dog a mutt I don't mind because basically that is how the word is used today. Any mixed breed or crossbred or unknown is called a mutt.
  10. E Diggy

    E Diggy Big Dog

    Good point. Never really thought of that, but cross and mix are synonomous, but cross does tend to be intentional. Labradoodles would be more likely to referred to as a cross than a mix. Funny.
  11. Sandybeachdragon

    Sandybeachdragon Little Dog

    I don't use the word mutt unless I'm explaining to someone that their designer mix is not a purebred. Mongrel to me is a feral dog... Which could be mixed but isn't required.

    I call my rescue a bully.

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