Mixed breed dogs just can’t seem to get the recognition that they deserve. Commonly referred to as askal (asong kalye) or the politically correct term aspin (Asong Pinoy), a majority of them are perceived as aggressive, unhealthy, and even dangerous.
However, you’d be surprised to learn that mixed breed dogs may, in fact, have qualities that make them better than purebreds. In this post, we’ll give you five reasons why the askal is the best dog breed ever.
Askals Can Compete, Too
Many people mistakenly believe that mixed breeds are weaker and not as intelligent as purebreds, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Just ask Ryan Ong Cabahug of Mandaue City, who rescued a female aspin puppy that he found outside of his home back in 2011. He named her “Amiga” and trained her in his own dog-training facility called K9 Cebu Agility Run Enthusiast (K9CARE).
In 2012, Amiga got the chance to show off her skills in a frisbee catching competition in Cebu. A year after that, Amiga joined one of the biggest dog sports events in the country. She was one of only two askals to compete in the First Philippine Dog Agility Championships, held at the Cebu IT Park in Lahug.
Askals Can Adapt to Different Human Environments Better
Purebreds tend to be seen as better housemates. However, it can actually be harder to care for them. That’s because they’re bred specifically for particular skills, physical features, and personality traits. For example, Dalmatians need a lot of exercise owing to the breed’s history—a companion for horse-drawn carriages, alerting coachmen to dangers ahead.
Askals, on the other hand, can be a lot more flexible because they’ve got a mix of different genes. Thus, they can easily adapt to different living environments and household dynamics. On the other hand, purebreds may struggle to adjust to living situations that they haven’t been programmed for, so to speak.
Askals Can Get Along Well with Children
Though there are a huge number of purebred breeds, many of them aren’t compatible with children. For instance, Chihuahuas are extremely territorial and may attack humans who try to sit on their favorite spots. Chow chows may look adorable, but they get angry easily and love to bully both humans and other dogs. Because askals weren’t bred for specific traits, many of them don’t have the same nasty temperament as some pure breeds.
At the same time, most askals aren’t too small or too big. Because of this, kids can even look at askals eye to eye, further strengthening the bond between per and owner. Thus, young children can interact with them without feeling intimidated by their size.
Askals Have Great Intuition
Askals are extremely friendly and easily make themselves at home, sometimes helping themselves to couches and beds. But as soon as danger approaches, they’re quick to alert their owners. Their intuition isn’t just limited to human threats but to environmental dangers, too.
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In 2003, Wilmar Castillo narrowly escaped a mudslide that was closing in on his home in Baguio City. It was all thanks to Dagul, his six-year-old askal, who barked nonstop to warn his owner of the incoming threat. Because of his courageous act, Dagul was awarded the Lewyt Award for Heroic Compassionate Animals in September of that year.
Askals Tend to be Healthier
Because a lot of abandoned street dogs look sick and unkempt, they’re believed to be sicklier than purebreds. However, with proper care and attention, they can look just as great as purebreds. Additionally, their mixed genes give them stronger resistance to a variety of diseases.
Unfortunately, purebreds are prone to many health issues because of their over-exaggerated physical features, all of which are the results of years of inbreeding. For example, dachshunds tend to have back problems, while bulldogs have difficulty breathing due to their super short noses and flat faces.
With the rising popularity of purebreds in the last few decades, mixed breed dogs have unfortunately been cast in a negative light. However, if you give them a chance, askals can become wonderful companions and faithful friends for life. These are just some of the many reasons why they’re the best dog breed; many more happy owners can attest to this breed’s various strengths. We’re sure that you won’t regret giving an askal a forever home.