It's very common to see mixed breeds of dogs in Nigeria being referred to as 'pure' breeds. In fact, some pure
breeds are sometimes referred to as another breed. The most common is the Bull mastiff now being referred to as Boerboel or South
African mastiff. The inter-crossing of breeds of dogs has been going
on for decades that you can hardly single out the breeds contained in
a particular dog. Sometimes, you'll see some features of a Rottweiler,
German shepherd, and Caucasian Mountain dog in one dog. Showing the
mixture that has taken place over the years in this particular dog.
The main problem with these mixed breeds
is the fact that it's hard to predict the behavior these dogs will
have at the end of the day. In fact, I have seen a Lhasa Apso dog
mixed with a Rottweiler. This one was my client's dog. It was
wonderful to learn the way this Rottweiler male managed to mate with
the Lhasa Apso female. From the owner's account, the Lhasa will always
run into the Rott's cage while she is on heat but because
they know that the height difference will not allow the Rott to mate,
they allowed the both to stay together. And after several years, about 3 years, the
Rott was finally able to tangle with the female. The owner just
realized the Lhasa Apso was pregnant one day but still doubted the
possibility that the Rott was responsible until the puppies came.
All discernible features were pointing at
the Rott being the father, besides there was no other male in that
house at that time. By the time the puppies were grown, most of them
were as tall as their father with plenty of hair like their mother.
They were all wild like their father except for one. They were too active
and loud. They were beasts with some of them having the very muscular
feature of their father hidden inside the hairs inherited from their
mom. They were all bigger than their mom. It was a very interesting
outcome. In fact, I was surprised she didn't give birth through CS.
Some people just have the erroneous belief that having males and females of different breeds is a good way
to start a kennel in other to produce puppies of different pure
breed dogs. They think that when a bitch is on heat, she goes to her own
breed which is a male to mate. Someone I know tried it but couldn't stop accidental
mating between different breeds resulting in puppies with different
breeds as parents. Although the person tried to make sure the
appropriate breeds mate with each other but some of the supposedly right males were not
even interested to mate and that made the owner deeply disappointed
and consequently allowed other breeds to do the job. This situation
is very common in Nigeria.
There was an incident where a female on
heat ran out of the owner's compound only to get entangled by one
local stray dog along the street. The owner was furiously angry
because, by the time he realized it, it was too late. The dog was
already heavily pregnant and later delivered about 7 puppies. The
female was a well-fed Bull Mastiff dog. Some of her puppies came out
with the color of their father but most of them had the facial
feature of their mom.
The above gives you an idea of why many Nigerians breed mixed breeds. In many cases, they try to sell the puppies as the breed which they closely resemble even when they know that they were mixed. Of course, unsuspecting buyers will sometimes fall for this and buy thinking they bought the pure breed.