August 14, 2005

SOMETIMES THEY MAKE IT TOO EASY:

What's a Labradoodle—Designer Dog or Just Another Mutt? (Bijal P. Trivedi, February 9, 2004, National Geographic Channel)

The Labradoodle, Yorkipoo, cockapoo, and schnoodle are the latest designer hybrid dogs to hit the catwalk.

Just as people meticulously customize a cup of coffee to suit their mood—a lowfat, decaf, mocha latte with chocolate sprinkles is particularly good—people are designing their pets to match their lifestyle.

The most popular breed of designer dog is the Labradoodle—originally a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. The mix reputedly combines the intelligence, aloof nature, the delicate frame, and the low-allergy, and non-shedding traits of the poodle with the boisterous exuberance, lovability, and loyalty of a lab.

Humans began domesticating dogs about 14,000 years ago. Breeds emerged as dogs were selected for various traits like the ability to guard and hunt. Like the many breeds that have emerged since, the evolving Labradoodle also has a purpose: to provide an allergy friendly companion, especially to people with special needs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2005 12:48 PM
Comments

Hey! We were looking at that, my husband refuses to get a poodle.

Posted by: Sandy P at August 15, 2005 12:07 AM

If you bolded "evolving" for a reason... what was the reason?

Posted by: creeper at August 15, 2005 8:32 PM

creeper:

I'll assume you're joking--even you and Harry have to be able to figure it out.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 8:35 PM

I know what you were trying to get at in your usual obfuscating ways, Orrin, but even if it irks you, the use of the word "evolving" is perfectly correct according to these dictionary definitions - "To develop or achieve gradually" and "To undergo gradual change; develop" - and from the context it's pretty clear that that is how the author used them.

Posted by: creeper at August 15, 2005 9:16 PM

I agree, it's precisely how evolution works. Usually though you protest that ID and Creationism aren't evolutionary.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 9:18 PM

Glad to see you agreeing with dictionary definitions, Orrin.

There are a number of different definitions for "evolve"; you can easily figure out which one is meant by the context.

Posted by: creeper at August 15, 2005 9:34 PM

Here endeth the lesson.

Posted by: oj at August 15, 2005 9:37 PM
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