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Myths about dogs

Some information that circulates about dogs just isn’t true.  Here are some examples:

Mutts (mixed breeds) are healthier

Actually, any dog can have health problems but pure bred dogs commonly have more genetic disorders.  Mixed breeds, according to many vets, have hybrid vigor.  This term refers to superior qualities that appear when genetically different animals are crossbred.   The technical term for hybrid vigor is heterosis.

Licking helps to heal a wound

This is not necessarily the case.  Some dogs obsessively lick a wound and this does more damage than good.  You should consult your veterinarian if your dog is worrying a sore or wound.

Puppies and dogs don’t need house training because they naturally know where to go (wolfs, from where dogs descended,  won’t soil their den)

Nice try but most dogs and puppies need to be trained to do their business outside.  Some dogs (like children) are easier to train.

If a dog wags its tail, its friendly and happy

This isn’t always the case.  A wagging tail can mean a dog is excited or agitated.  Unless you know a dog, the best precaution is to ask its owner before you pet it.

Only male dogs ‘hump’ or raise their leg to pee

Female dogs will also do this,  particularly if they are dominant. Spaying does not affect this behavior.

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Doggy quote of the month for May

“A lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me.”

– Barack Obama

The National Mutt Census (USA)

With the advancement of DNA technology, more people want to know what their mixed breed dog is made up of.   More than half of all dogs in the USA are mixed breeds, making The Mutt the most popular dog!

Mars Veterinary, which has its own veterinarians and genetics research unit, decided to conduct the first-ever Mutt Census last year, inviting owners of mutts to complete an on-line questionnaire and requiring them to use a DNA test kit  called the Wisdom Panel ™.

It is now official that the German Shepherd Dog is the breed most commonly found in mixed breed dogs.  The Top 10 Mutt Breeds are:

The Top 10 Mutt Breeds

1. German Shepherd Dog
2. Chow Chow
3. Labrador Retriever
4. Boxer
5. Rottweiler
6. American Staffordshire Terrier
7. Miniature Poodle
8. Golden Retriever
9. Siberian Husky
10. Cocker Spaniel

To find out more about the Mutt Census, click on the logo below.  This will take you directly to the Mutt Census website.

Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced DogChristchurch, New Zealand