A Dog-parrot Hybrid?

Hybrids out of History


I am obliged to report that which is reported, but not to believe it.
The History, VII, 152
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Reality Thermometer (estimated reliability of this cross).

In a brief article entitled “On a Dog Formed Like a Parrot,” which appeared in Recueil Périodique d’Observations de Médecine, a French medical journal, Marechal (1757, p. 231) describes an alleged dog-parrot hybrid. But such a cross would, of course, be extremely disparate, and no other such hybrid seems to have been reported anywhere in the literature. Moreover, Marechel gives few details. He does not even specify the type of parrot in question, or the type of dog. Nor was a specimen preserved or even pictured. So this cross is very poorly attested (as reflected in the low temperature on the Reality Thermometer at right). At any rate, his report reads as follows: “My father has at his home a parrot and a small dog, a bitch. The latter

Note: It has been my policy in listing reports of hybrids to include all serious allegations, especially those of scholars, whether or not the hybrid alleged seems possible or likely to me. This policy, I think, helps to eliminate subjective judgment on my part, and therefore should remove at least one source of systematic bias from my work. It also helps to fulfill the ethical obligation of telling not just the truth, but the whole truth.

gave birth to an attractive first litter. But the second time round she whelped a strange pup. This animal has only two feet, the hind ones, which are webbed. The head is flat, and the upper lip, cleft. The nose is curved and of the same consistency as the beak of a parrot. It completely covers the lips and a concave groove extends from its tip along its length. The lower jaw is exactly like that of a parrot. The dog died and I opened it up. It had neither bladder nor penis, and therefore could not urinate. [Nearly all birds, including parrots, lack both bladder and penis, and instead have a cloaca, but they can, of course, urinate. Platypuses and echidnas also have cloacas.] With the exception of the features just mentioned, it was of ordinary structure [i.e., for a dog]. [Translated by E. M. McCarthy. Original French]

A list of dog crosses

The following is a list of reported dog crosses discussed on this site. Some of these crosses are much better documented than others (as indicated by the reliability arrow). Moreover, some are extremely disparate, and so must be taken with a large grain of salt. But all have been reported at least once.

sheep-pig hybrid
Sheep-pig hybrids?
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