By: Ed Gonzalez
The Philippine Animal Welfare Society has suggested that these dogs be called aspin ( asong pinoy - in english it means filipino dog ). Mixed breeds are unwanted and oftenly discriminated pet dogs here in the Philippines unlike pure bred dogs. They are almost the same as the vira – lata dogs ( trash can tippers ) of the Dominican Republic and Brazil. One thing I assure you is that these dogs are strong, street smart, loyal, adorable and very affectionate dogs.
I own two of these dogs, Winnie Churchill and Ashley Pampernickle, Winnie is a very intelligent and a truly adorable dog. She is obedient and very neat. This pet dog of mine likes being in the company of people she is close to, The nice thing about her is she quite protective of my wife, myself and my daughter. She is a good watchdog. She loves going out on daily walks. Winnie is not messy and is always clean looking. This pet dog of ours loves being cuddled by anyone in the family She is sugary sweet.
My second dog Ashley Pumpernickle is not just smart and intelligent but very courteous. It 's a common habit for her to shake hands. She is so loving, cuddly and athletic. She loves to pick up tennis balls and bounce them on the floor. Ashley can do this repeatedly and it's just fun watching her do this.. This pet dog of mine will stay right behind our dinner table. When I share with her a bit of food, she will calmly come up to me and shake my hand. She has a great and loving personality.
Although Askals are of mixed ancestry, they are a lot healthier than common purebred dogs. Dogs that are purebred are generally inbred and there is that danger of acquiring genetically related diseases. Askals are of the mixed breed. They have greater genetic diversity that means they have a higher resistance to certain diseases. These dogs are not high maintenance. Askals do not shed much. All you have to do is brush their coat regularly to keep it in good condition. They need to be given a bath at least two or three times every month.
It's nice to know that the Philippine Football Team used the monicker “ Philippine Azkals” in their recent international games. It's a recognition that these dogs truly deserve.
Askals are wonderful companions and they are forever loving.