Updated June 19, 2020 05:10:33The first Australian dog to be bred as a domestic snake is likely to be named the Spitz.
The Australian Classification Board has been working on a new breed of snake called the Spix, with a name that would be more in line with the breed’s Australian name, the Australian Pit Bull Terrier.
The board’s chairwoman, Professor Fiona Smith, said she had been looking at the breed since the late 1990s.
She said she knew there were “a lot of snakes” in Australia, but “I’ve always thought of them as a mix of Australian and Australian Pitbulls.”
“There are two breeds, the Spins and the Spiders,” Smith said.
“We are working towards a name for the new breed, which would be the Spox, a pun on the word ‘spitz.'”
Smith said she was excited about the Spink and said the new name would have a positive impact on the breed.
“It would be a very good name for our breed and will bring a lot of pride and recognition to the breed,” she said.
Smith said the breed has been in the spotlight in recent months as a result of the disappearance of two young Australian Pit Bulls who were found dead in their enclosure in Queensland.
“We have been inundated with calls from people in the community and also from other animals who are concerned about their welfare,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.
“They’ve lost their young lives and we want to do all we can to help them recover.”
Smith said while it was not yet possible to say when the new Spix might be introduced into the Australian breed, the board was hopeful that it would be adopted as soon as possible.
Australian breed guidelines on handling snakes are published every four years.
Smith, however, said the Spork was likely to stay in the Australian breeding guidelines for at least another five years, so that the breed could be introduced.
“This is a very complicated breed,” Smith told the ABC.
“There’s a lot more breeding to do before we can get to the point where we can bring this to Australia.”
Smith also said that the Spuss would likely be the most difficult of the three breeds to bring into the breeding program.
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