Last night we were watching a video of Jan Fennell, the dog listener, and almost fell off the couch when she used the term multi-pedigree when referring to a client’s dog.
The dog was obviously of doubtful parentage – the sort of dog I would normally have referred to as a mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed dog.
So somewhere someone has become dissatisfied with these terms. Perhaps it was a sensitive dog-owner, or maybe some dog was diagnosed with a psychosis caused by feeling of insecurity relating to the pejorative nature of the terms mongrel, mutt, or mixed-breed.
Whatever the reason, we have now decided the safe course of action is to refer to Jackie as a multi-pedigree bitch.
Hold on… bitch seems a bit debasing as well. Maybe multi-pedigree canine?