Monday, January 19, 2009

Ditzy Dogs

My bud Tuchuck sent me this article about how purebred dogs are getting dumber when they're being bred for looks and not brains.

Scientists in Sweden have found strong evidence that breeding for appearance has led to a decline in intelligence. Report author Kenth Svartberg, an ethologist from Stockholm University, said the changes had happened over the course of just a few generations. "Modern breeding practices are affecting the behaviour and mental abilities of pedigree breeds as well as their physical features," he said.

I am inclined to believe this given that we have two mutts and one purebred in our house and only one is properly called a Himbo:

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16 Comments:

Blogger Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

That would only apply to the latest models!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

5:57 PM  
Blogger Gus said...

But Wally...um. er. some of your biggest fans are purebreds. Of course, we are only wise enough to appreciate your wisdom, but, um. er. Oh well.

gussie

6:20 PM  
Blogger Peanut said...

Mom says I'm actually very smart even though I seem dumb.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Randi said...

Gee Wally...I didn't realize Mr. Oscar BS Teen was a himbo...I guess he kinda takes after your ma ape on Saturday right?

love & licks,
Randi

8:29 PM  
Blogger Sophie Brador said...

Wally, I am in total agreement with you. I'm not a pure bred dog and I am smart as a whip. Just like you.

xo
SB
reporting from the northern regions of Canadamerica

9:16 PM  
Blogger Dozer and Coop said...

Your parents should get to take your brudder as a deduction on their taxes - I think he has a disability - no brain waves...sheesh! How could he let them take a picture like that? How embarressing!

Love, Dozer

9:46 PM  
Blogger Dannan and The Girl said...

MUTTS RULE!!!!

WROOOOOOOO!!!!!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Moco said...

We have one mutt (myself) and 2 purebreds that required rescue. One of the boys is a wuss and the other a dingle doof. What does that tell you.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Stanley said...

Alright, Woober.

I'm catching up here, and I have to say that your ma ape is as bad as our girl. She's always in danger of adopting another pup! ALWAYS!

I must be the exception to the purebred dog = stupid rule. I'm a STINKIN' smarty pants (though I would NEVER wear pants).

Shepherd Pretzel recipe looks interesting. My girl says she doesn't have a bowl big enough to mix one up for me. Maybe that means I'll have to come to YOUR PLACE to have one. Mmmm mmmm!

The pups this week at the SPCA are particularly fetching, even that big guy. Does he have some Neopolitan Mastiff in him (maybe th chocolate and possibly strawberry in him)?

Give some goob smooches to your ma ape and take a boat load for yourself over the Iggles. Bummer.

Goober love & smooches,
Stanley

2:20 AM  
Blogger Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Happy Happy Day Wally dearest to you and your family!

All good Inaugeration Wishes from Across the Pond! ;0))))))))))

A change is gonna come.

Jeannie and Marvin xxxxxxxxx

6:10 AM  
Blogger Simba said...

Mummy says that would explain a lot about me, cheek!

Simba x

8:12 AM  
Blogger Lola Smiles said...

such a cute himbo tho'! ;0

4:37 PM  
Blogger Jacks, Narra, Tuchuck, and Rousseau said...

Is that what President Obama meant by "patchwork heritage"? :) Hm, do you think they're talking about their new puppy tonight?!

JNTR

9:18 PM  
Blogger Nigel, Sola and Co. said...

I think that makes us...not very smart.

Thanks I think. ;)

11:55 PM  
Blogger Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

We're with Khyra! We aren't exactly new models and we try to outsmart our peeps all the time. Most of the time, it works, too!

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Patches

9:17 AM  
Blogger Mango said...

Well, I would certainly agree with you in regards to some relentlessly huge beasties that are so dumb they could drown in their water bowls. But surely you don't mean fine labraguys such as myself and Oscar.

Dexter Dude

8:13 PM  

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