New dogs, new tricks?

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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