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    Hm, I wouldn't say mastiff... bullmastiff and boxer I'd say. Possibly part ridgeback?

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    Anne it's always nice to have an idea. It's obviously not 'if I don't find out the breeding I'm getting rid of it'. But personally, if someone asks what breed my dog is, I'd like to be able to give them something instead of 'oh, he's a crossbreed'.
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    Years ago, in the black white era, when dogs were crossbred we described them happily as a 'bitza' or a 'heinz variety'.

    If breed type means a great deal, then buy a dog whose breed you know, not a cross bred.

    The abundance of threads these days asking what breed of dog it is, is interesting. Where do these people buy the dogs from? Why don't they ask the people they have purchased it from?

    There is no conceivable way that anyone can tell what breeds are in a dog without knowledge of the breeds of the parents anyway.
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    Come on Anne, what you're saying is coming off as very snobby. What about rescues? Lady is a rescue, a suspected Kelpie X BC, so when people ask what breed she is, I say Kelpie X BC, instead of 'oh, I don't know'. Whats the harm in that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Come on Anne, what you're saying is coming off as very snobby. What about rescues? Lady is a rescue, a suspected Kelpie X BC, so when people ask what breed she is, I say Kelpie X BC, instead of 'oh, I don't know'. Whats the harm in that?
    Myf, calm down. You are taking my posts too literally.

    Of course there are legitimate queries about what possible breeds are in a dog of unknown origin, usually because curiosity demands it.

    It is the frequency and the seriousness of these queries that interest me.

    They're a cross bred.

    I know, from experience, that a cross bred can look like something completely different to its ancestors. That's what happens when you mix a dog of one breed with another breed.

    Why is it important to know the breeds or to have a forum 'guess' what breed? A dog is a dog. If you have not purchased a dog that comes with a pedigree, breed type can't be that high on the agenda, so why the overwhelming interest to determine it's breed?
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    I'm being very calm, I just don't see why you have such an issue with people wanting people to guess, yes guess, what breed their dog is.
    I do agree the title 'please help' makes it sound a lot more severe then necessary, but no one is claiming that their guesses are 100% accurate.
    Just because you rescue or buy a crossbreed, doesn't mean breed type doesn't mean anything to you. This dog is clearly a Bull breed, Lady is clearly a working dog. Just because the specific breed isn't known, doesn't mean the person doesn't care.

    I'm a little offended that you seem to believe purebreds deserve the title of being a Doberman or a Pug, but a crossbreed deserves to be called a crossbreed.

    (I am not condoning designer names; a 'Pugalier' is a Pug X Cavvie.
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    Myf, I don't have 'such an issue'.

    As I said, I think you are taking my posts too literally.

    Besides which, I am free to give my opinions and comments as much as you are. I have given my opinion and have commented and probably will make similar comments on threads of these types when the mood takes me.

    My response was partly dictated by the subject line of "Please help!?!?" It was like an urgent plea almost. I looked in the thread to see is was simply yet another 'what breed is my dog'.

    Why are you coming down so hard on something so trivial?

    For the record, I am NOT and never will be a 'purebred snob'.
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