An Associated Press story about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show offered some interesting information about one of the two new “breeds” introduced this year – the Treeing Walker Hound.
The article notes this hound was “developed from” the Walker Foxhound Virginia Hounds and English Foxhounds. So what does this make the Treeing Walker Hound? – Yes, it’s a mixed-breed dog – a mutt. But of course, all of the dogs in this show and all other dog shows are the result of cross-breeding – some going back thousands of years. And again, their common ancestors are wolves.
I’m not slamming particular breeds of dogs. I love them all. My wife and I have rescued bassets and greyhounds and labs and mutts. But the promotion of dog breeds by shows and kennel clubs is actually just that – promotion and marketing.
Okay, it’s interesting and the dogs look great. But they’re all wolf hybrids.