|YOSHITAKA HAMADA - Daily Hampshire Gazette|
Jessica Russell pets "Scout," a mix of poodle and Australian Shepard, during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Does it depend on the neighborhood you live in? Does it mean that some aspect of the animal has been blessed by the American Kennel Club, the premier ring of doggie desirability here in the U.S.?
Does it matter what color the owners are?
When slicing the canine lineage pie, does "a half" rank higher than a "quarter." And how do you measure, genetics being what they are?
Is a "mutt" your dog but not mine or vice versa?
If I own a Ford and you own a Rolls Royce -- is my dog a "mutt" and yours a "mix?"
Is a "mix" a polite way of saying that some aspect of this mutt is pricey but another aspect ... well, hell, who knows what happens behind the woodpile late at night?
And, at the other 'end' of the spectrum, how would you know that something was authentically pure without the mutts of this world to authenticate it?