Sunday, January 10, 2010

What's In A Name?

I don't know you you feel about crossbreeds.  It's all we do here.  Pound puppies with a little of this and a little of that in them. Zelda is the exception but technically she doesn't belong to us but to The Big Guy. 

We met a lot of crosses on our summer walks, We did have fun making up names for the various crosses.  Goldendoodles and Labradoodles and Cockapoos are fairly mainstream, but what would you call the schnauser-poodle cross that we would have taken to the Queen Mother immediately if only her owners would have relinquished her? A Schnoodle?

I guess we're not the only ones who like inventing names for the cross-breeds.  What would you call a Pointer crossed with a Setter?  Probably a Poinsetter, a traditional holiday breed.  Or a Pekingese crossed with a Lhaso Apso?  Someone suggested a Peekasso--but that's too abstract for me.  A Great Pyrenees and a Dachshund?  Definitely a Pyradachs--a puzzling combination.

No, I didn't think these up, but I was banished from the family room where everyone else was trying to watch a movie while I was howling with laughter in the corner.  Even Kharma seemed to think I was making too much noise.

  • Irish Water Spaniel x English Water Spaniel would created an Irish Springer, a dog as fresh and clean as a whistle.
  • Kerry Blue Terrier crossed with a Skye Terrier--Blue Skye, the perfect dog for visionaries.
  • Newfoundland and a Bassett Hound would result in a Newfound Asset Hound, for CPA's and other financial advisors.
  • Bloodhound and a Labrador Retriever would create the dreaded Blabrador which barks incessantly.
  • Crossing a Deerhound and any Terrier would result in the Derriere, a cross-breed true to the end.
  • A Collie and a Malamute would produce a Commute, a dog willing to travel to his work.
  • Whereas a Malamute and a Pointer would produce a Moot Point, usually owned by...oh well, it doesn't really matter.
  • A Terrier and a Bulldog cross is not recommended as the Terribull is prone to horrible mistakes.
  • Bull Terriers and Shih Tzus, alas, produce the Bull Shihtz which is a gregarious but unreliable breed.
  • On the other hand, a Labrador crossed with the Curly Coated Retriever results in a Lab Coat Retriever which any scientist would be proud to own.
  • No list would be complete without a Cocker Spaniel cross, so let's pair the Cocker with a Rottweiler and see if we get a Cockrot--the ideal pet for a woman with a philandering husband.
Kharma's bugging me to think up some Border Collie crosses.  I'll have to get back to you on that one.

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