|Barked: Thu Jul 11, '13 8:42pm PST |
|I've heard the term hybrid commonly used for the offspring of two purebred dogs of different breeds.
The Merrium Webster dictionary definition does include the word breed. :o
"1: an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera"
With one of the examples being "a hybrid of two roses".
"An organism that is the offspring of two parents that differ in one or more inheritable characteristics, especially the offspring of two different varieties of the same species or the offspring of two parents belonging to different species. In agriculture and animal husbandry, hybrids of different varieties and species are bred in order to combine the favorable characteristics of the parents. Hybrids often display hybrid vigor . The mule, which is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, is an example of a hybrid. It is strong for its size and has better endurance and a longer useful lifespan than its parents. However, mules are sterile, as are many animals that are hybrids between two species."
From the American Heritage Science Dictionary.
If it's two species are bred together, they have to be pretty close genetically to produce offspring that aren't sterile.
(But back to the original post...it sounds like if the designer dog is the offspring of two purebred dogs, it is still considered a hybrid)
Edited by author Thu Jul 11, '13 8:49pm PST
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