Sunday Commentary: The mutt is the greatest breed – and after all, they’re all mutts
Some people are still being been led to believe that they have to purchase a “purebred” dog or cat. They believe that to “know what you’re getting” you must buy an AKC registered dog or you be able to trace a bloodline or follow some championship pedigree. Wrong.
This topic slipped back to the forefront with Whoopi Goldberg’s recent comments. Of course in her case, her arguement was hugely flawed because she wants to purchase puppy mill puppies.
But this idea that a purebred dog or cat is superior to a mutt or any purebred from a shelter is hugely flawed as well. First of all, it’s like saying Donald Trump or the Queen of England is a better person than you or me.
If you love bulldogs or afghans or poodles or bassets, that’s great. My wife and I love to rescue mutts, bassets and greyhounds. But the reality is this – they are all mutts and all of them are wolf-hybrids.
Sorry to disappoint the people who are paying thousands of dollars for a dog they believe is somehow worth more than another breed or worth more than a shelter dog. They are all wolves, turned into dogs by human intervention, starting thousands of years ago.
It is believed that the first cats in the United States came over on the Mayflower, as the ship’s rodent exterminators.
Breeds have become, through the AKC and other organizations, a marketing tool. It didn’t start out that way. Early on, the mission was to “create” the best hunting dog or the best herder or the best companion or for other traits.
It’s only been in the modern era that marketing took over.
But let’s be clear, I am in no way putting down purebred dogs or cats. And I’ve often said the the ultimate goal should be to get to point where shelters and rescue groups are used for hardships cases, where people have lost their jobs or homes or where a guardian has passed away. And the breeding is performed only by quality breeders. That is the goal.
There are breed-specific rescues for just about every breed imaginable all over the country and in many cases, there are purebred dogs in the shelters. Don’t let anyone tell you the only dogs housed in local shelters are mutts and pit bulls. That is simply not accurate.