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Pedigree dogs versus cross breeds Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 09:40

There has been much debate recently about whether popular cross breeds such as the cockerpoo, labradoodle and puggle should be regarded as "breeds."  (The definition of a cross breed is that it has parents of at least two different breeds).  The Kennel Club has been registering cross breeds on its database for over 50 years and they have their own national competition called Scruffts.  But should they be allowed to enter the hallowed pedigree ground of Crufts?  Purists argue no: that pedigree breeeds must be kept pure.  Perhaps they should remember that most of the breeds that we recognise as pedigree today are the result of crosses many years ago?  It is interesting to note that the website Champdogs which was established in 1999 and is regarded by breeders as a responsible site for promoting pedigree breeds does not include cross breeds.

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