23 June 2008

Kind of Design-Related

If you think about it, the way dog breeds came to be was purely by design: certain groups of people needed dogs capable of performing different jobs and with these jobs came physical attributes. Labradors were bred for their retrieving and swimming abilities and were bred to have a thick, rudder-like tail as well as a coat thick enough to withstand swimming in cold water. Conversely, those Malteses were bred down to obtain its size perfect for being the consummate lap-dog. How crazy is it to think that humans have been tweaking the design of everything down to their very dogs?

This weekend after two declarations in as many days, we may have pin-pointed a breed for our faithful and scrappy mutt, Higgins.

Not my dog. Fell Terrier.


Apparently this breed was not bred for uniformity but rather for temperament and hunting ability. The Fell Terrier is indeed an English dog (See, Mom, you were right!) so our Mr. Higgins is rightfully named.

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