Mongrels are lovable too

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am

My friend told me that a family she knew wanted to adopt a dog. When they asked about adopting a pet they were told that there were lots of mongrels available but they were not interested as they preferred a pedigree dog.

This is a general preference in Hong Kong. Most people like dogs that are cute and pure-bred. I think it's ridiculous to judge a dog from its appearance.

I had a mongrel as a pet when I was young. She was clever and faithful, sometimes she was tender and meek.

I think mongrels are as good as pedigree dogs.

Chan Yim-tung, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Yim-tung. I have a friend who is a vet at the SPCA. She is always reminding me that mongrels are much stronger and healthier than pedigree dogs.

Pure-bred dogs may look beautiful, but they fall sick much more easily than mixed-breeds. They also often have hereditary problems due to in-breeding. For example, golden retrievers and labradors often have hip problems.

If you like mongrels, but aren't able to keep a dog at home, why not offer to do voluntary work? As long as you're at least 16 years old, the SPCA will let you join their dog walking programme ( You can also volunteer to help clean out kennels.

And the Mongrel Club also has a range of activities you can get involved in, even if you don't have your own dog. Check out their website at

Kate, Editor