Mongrels and Crossbreeds

While these two terms may sound similar, they actually refer to very different things.

Mongrels and CrossbreedsA cross breed dog has been created intentionally. This means human breeders have made the conscious choice to breed two different breeds of dog, and the cross breed is the desired outcome. This has been done in part as a response to the health problems that many pure breed dogs suffer, but also as a means of trying to produce certain traits or characteristics. Common examples of these dogs include; Husky-Malamute, known as a Huskamute;Pug and Beagle, known as a Puggle. Labradoodles, Gollies, and Westiepoos are all other examples of crossbreed dogs, where owners have intentionally combined two breeds in order to attain specific features they like in both dogs. These cross breeds are considered highly desirable, and often come with high price tags. In other words, cross breeds may differ from the mongrels you find in your local shelter.

A mongrel differs from a crossbreed in the sense that they are a result of natural, rather than artificial selection. Humans haven’t been involved in their creation at all, and they may have an entirely mixed ancestry, where even their parents and grandparents were mongrels, which as a result makes them hard to link with any specific breed. Some mongrels may not look like their parents at all, and will instead take on characteristics as a result of recessive genes, which can complicate identifying them further.

While they may not represent the traditional standard of attractiveness for dogs, there is a growing interest in them, and many people now prefer a mixed-breed, or mutt, to it’s well bred counter part. This is not surprising as people want healthy dogs, who will live a long time, and are less likely to care about status or looks when looking for a companion – they just want something with puppy dog eyes that they can cuddle and play with.