|Barked: Sun Jul 14, '13 8:39pm PST |
Well, this both clarifies and totally muddies the waters!
Apparently the term has several meanings and can be used quite loosely, depending on whether one is speaking from a strictly biological sexual perspective or a "taxonomic" perspective. Taxonomy is the one that is picky about whether it's an inter species breeding, the genus of the parents and whether the offspring are fertile.
According to this link, from a biological/sexual definition, it can be used quite liberally to mean just about any pairing between differing types. So from that usage of the word, it seems it would not be incorrect to call offspring of two different breeds a hybrid. Not necessary perhaps (one could just as well say a cross), but not wrong.
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