Growing numbers of dog lovers are rejecting the pursuit of pedigrees to embrace instead what can only be called mongrels or mutts.
Short-haired or long, tiny or tall, mixed-breed dogs of uncertain background are enjoying unprecedented popularity.
"It's more fashionable to have a standard, old-fashioned mutt," says Michael Mountain of Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, the USA's largest animal shelter. "The 'in' thing is not to have a very well-bred, very expensive dog."
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I'm the father of a mutt.
She's the most wonderful dog in the world.