Friday, February 11, 2011

A Tribute To The Smart and Ever Loving Philippine Askals

By: Ed Gonzalez

Askals are mixed breed dogs. Some say that these dogs are descendants of Dingos because they do look like them in certain ways. .Austronesian sea travellers ( ethnic origin people belonging to countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, East Timor and Taiwan ) brought these dogs to Australia. People who are well versed on the history of the Philippine Askal claim that these sea travellers could have gone to the Philippines but there is no clear evidence of how these dogs came to existence. It's truly a mystery up to now. These dogs have existed in the Philippines for centuries. They are part of our national heritage. Askals must be given due    recognition and not belittled.  These dogs are very pleasant companions These dogs are mostly medium sized built. They have longer bodies and they are not too tall. They have different type of ears ranging from droopy, pricked and rose ears Askals have different varieties of shaped eyes and they have different eye colors too. Their teeth are complete, well spaced and it meets in a scissor bite manner. The tails of these dogs are commonly long, rather densed at the root and it gradually recedes at the end points. Askals have long pointed muzzles. Their legs are long and thin.

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.


Canyon Girl said...

I had never heard of these dogs. I am very fond of mixed breed dogs. All our dogs are rescues but right now only one of them is mixed, Soldier. The other two are a GSD and Samoyed. The most endearing, smartest, etc. dog we ever had was a hound dog mix named Bandit. You can see him in my sidebar. What a dog! Love your blog!--Inger

Priscilla said...

I have never heard of these dogs either but to me, all dogs are pets no matter they are pure bred or mixed bred. They should be loved and cared the same.
Thanks for telling us about Askals. They seem to be wonderful dogs.

Remington said...

Thanks for sharing. Very interesting! I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

You are all so cute. We have never heard of Askals before. Sure glad to know a little something about you all...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Becky's Barnyard said...

I also have not heard of these dogs. Yours are very pretty and I am sure they bring a lot of happiness.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for sharing the information on these dogs.
We have not heard of all of them, but they are beautiful, and know they would make wonderful companions