One winter morning, while heading home after picking up our daughter after school, we saw a young couple giving away puppies on the main pavement street.
They were breeding dogs for competitions as a living and cross breeding accidentally happened between one of their brown Labrador and a Croatian Shepherd.
As they had already too many dogs, they sadly couldn’t keep these unexpected offspring. 6 cute adorable puppies in a brown paper carton near a couple of schools. You might wonder why they were not snapped up at once.
Despite the trend of many super cute dogs that sprang from crossbreeding, there are many others who would not adopt crossbreeds, considering impure breeds to be inferior. An archaic notion but nevertheless still exists.
If you have a child or remember what it’s like when you were a child, then you would understand the excitement exuding from my daughter! She wasn’t thinking about the pedigree of the puppies. She was just thinking about how adorable they were. What luck to find them! And for free! She knew that puppies for sale cost around couple of hundreds or even thousands.
My now 9 year old daughter had been wishing for a pet for the past 3 years. You must know that 3 years is equivalent to a time span of forever to a little girl.
Years ago, if you wanted something, you would cut out pictures of it and pin these pictures onto a board. Well, nowadays, my daughter just photoshopped pictures of herself with a dog. So pictures of her with a dog splashed across my Ipad’s photostream (digital album).
After several reminders from me that this is a living thing and not a toy. Therefore, she will have additional responsibilities with the caring of the puppy besides her schoolwork, etcetera. To all these, she solemnly agree.
My husband checked with the young couple about the breed and health history of the puppy’s parents. This is important when adopting any type of puppy, especially the health status of the puppy’s parents. In my humble opinion, this is more important than if its pedigree is pure or not.
We took one home, much to the delight of my daughter.
Well, it turned out that crossbreeding between the Labrador and the Croatian Shepherd was actually brilliant!
With the genes of the short haired Labrador and the medium/long length haired Croatian Shepherd, the puppy came to have fluffy soft fur. Neither long haired nor short haired, its soft very fluffy hair is just perfect.
The puppy is already showing signs of having the characteristics of its parents, agility and gracefulness of the Croatian shepherd (See picture above. Love this, kind of reminds me of shepherd dog illustrated in old fairy tale books but I digress …) and the gentleness of the Labrador. It turned out to be an elegant beauty just like its parents and with its friendly playfulness, a wonderful addition to our family.
In the Herzegovinian (Southern) part of Bosnia, crossbreeds or mongrels are colloquially and sometimes affectionately referred to as “Kantoprevrtac”, literally translated which means (garbage) bin ransacker.
Around the world, where crossbreeds are accepted, they are called designer breeds.
But a century ago, Mark Twain already had the perfect definition.
Wishing all a great week ahead!