I'm pleased to read in the Denver Post that the American Kennel Club allows mixed-breed dogs to compete in skill-based contests this year.
If some people want to focus their attention on breeding lines of dogs for specific talents, fine. But I believe it's a form of eugenics or racism to regard mixed -breed dogs as lesser creatures.
Accompanying the Denver Post article there was a photo of a dog who was 'the result of an illicit tryst between a purebred Husky and a rakish Lab/Chow neighbor dog'. I smiled when I read those words, because Penny is supposedly the result of a pure-bred princess meeting a lowly stranger in the McDonalds carpark somewhere on the other side of Melbourne.
She's a bitser (or bitzer) and as good as any aristocrat!