New dogs, new tricks?
ILOVED Emma Hughes’s exploration of the new crossbreeds of dogs that have arisen to suit modern tastes (‘In praise of non-pedigree chums’, January 11). What’s really needed now, of course, is for some bright spark to create breeds with characteristics specifically suited to our technology-focused, 21st-century lives.
Never mind such historic roles as accompanying a carriage, search and rescue or a lapdog for nobility—what we actually require are pooches that can ‘point’ to a strong wi-fi signal, scent out a Starbucks and sign for an Amazon delivery. I’d suggest the webador, the lattepoo and the parcelerrier might be suitable names.
As a note of caution, I’m not convinced how much one can rely on a dog to adhere to supposed breed traits. I was expecting our retriever to display a desire to please, have buckets of energy and instinctively do what it said on the tin: retrieve. Instead, we got disobedience, laziness and a penchant for running as far away from us as possible at any given opportunity. Tim Relf, Surrey