…Or,Canine Eugenics Is In for 2006
…Or, If Jake Gyllenhaal is Doing It, Then Why Aren’t We?
…Or, Designing Dogs
In retrospect, the story of the Puggle in Toronto was all-too-predictable: Someone in New York cross-breeds dogs, various influential celebrities pick up on the new breed, the trend inevitabley trickles down (or up) to Toronto.
The puggle, developed seven years ago in New York, is the cross-breed between a pug and a beagle. The mix between the toy dog pug and the long-nosed hound make for an attractive mut, or so says the current supply-demand curve. The advantage of the puggle is this:
Puggles have allergy-free fur and are apparently free of the bulging eyes and stubbornness of pedigree pugs and beagles.
Thus far, there are two local puggles known to Torontoist; one in the Yonge and St. Clair area, and another in the Yorkville area. Puggle-sightings at the Timothy’s World Coffee shop at Yonge and Avoca, just one block south of St. Clair, and at Hemmingway’s Bar and Restaurant on Cumberland have sparked interest in more puggles throughout the city.
Is the puggle a burgeoning trend? Are puggles man’s extension of intelligent design? Has anyone seen a puggle?