Friday, 25 April 2014

Fickle Friday How Posh Are You?


A reliable class indicator is the type and breed of your pet according to Kate Fox in her latest book ‘Watching The English’. People in the upper
echelons prefer Labradors, golden retrievers, King Charles spaniels and springer spaniels. The lower classes, meanwhile, are more likely to have Alsatians, poodles, Afghans, chihuahuas, bull terriers and, of course, Rottweilers.

Cats are less popular than dogs with posh people, although those who live in grand country houses find them useful for ratting and keeping mice numbers down. The lower classes by contrast keep mice as pets as well as guinea pigs, hamsters and goldfish.

Some middlers and lower middlers take great pride in keeping expensive exotic fish such as Koi carp in their garden pond. The upper classes think this is tasteless.

Horses are widely regarded as posh and social-climbers often take up riding or buy ponies for their children in order to ingratiate themselves with the ‘horsey’ set. However hard they try they don’t fool the genuinely ‘posh’ horse owners.

Generally, only the middlers and below go in for dog shows, cat shows and obedience tests. The upper classes regard showing dogs and cats as rather naff but showing horses and ponies is quite acceptable.

Middlers and below are more likely to dress up their dogs and cats in coloured collars and bows. Upper class dogs usually just wear plain brown leather collars.


So which one are you?

49 comments:

  1. Love this! I would imagine pet pigs are on the lowest of low scales ;-)

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  2. Pawsome picture of you! Gee, I wonder which category a pet rock would fall into -- lower, middle or upper. (I guess a diamond is a sorta kind of rock -- must be an Upper Class pet.)

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  3. Oh Molly, you made me laugh when I saw your POSH self... adorable..... I am now trying to figure out what class i fit in since i have never had anything but Mutts... with at least 10 to 50 breeds mixed in....

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  4. teeehee...Miz Molly, you are one classy broad, a real dame...teehehehe....in pink rollers or a diamond tiara, you RULE!

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  5. oh oh - we guess we have NO class at all as we don't fit in any of those categories :) :) :)

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  6. Cats are less posh than dogs! Duh!!! BOL!!! Great pic!!

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  7. Oh pish on the posh ~ and go fetch my hoss ~ giggle

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  8. I would suspect it also is a money issue. Dogs and larger animals tend to cost more than cats and smaller animals to keep.

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  9. Oh this is great my friend! I love the diva picture - awesome!! Have a great weekend! XOXO - Bacon

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  10. Goodness..I may be low class hahahahah...I have had a Rottweiler..i have a lab x staffy (Forrest) and Doc who is all fox terrier an four cats..what do sheepies count for bwahaahhah :) hugs fozziemumxxx

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  11. Hmm, we're not impressed that cats are less posh than dogs. Being more refined--after all, we don't eat poop--we'd have thought we'd be FAR more posh!

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  12. WEll I finks we are so low our belly is dragging the ground...heheheheeh
    stella rose

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  13. What about Scotties? What class are we in?
    Wags,
    Ranger

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  14. Oh too funny! You get the award for making Mum squirt coffee out of her nose when she saw that picture of you!! . . . She's still laughing. I think we must be sort of middle class? Since we live in a 'grand country house' I suppose I'd better keep those mice out, huh?

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  15. simple country folk who loves animals of all kinds - i don't dress 'em up, show 'em, breed 'em but i spoil 'em all rotten. :)

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  16. Molly, why do you not state that you are the POSH-est of them all! For dog's sake, it sounds like those snooty upper classers have no real regard for taste!
    Happy Friday,
    Oz

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  17. You are the fanciest pup, you are lookin' good Molly!
    And we think only crazy folk want siberian huskies. Like our mom.

    Kiki and Nala

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  18. Actually we think that some royalty owned pugs so we must be high class! BOL!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  19. Me? I am in the Hat Class!

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  20. You look very nice in curlers....

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  21. Hmmm, we fall into a few categories
    Lily & Edward

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  22. Hi Y'all!

    Let me see now...Chessies aren't mentioned, so I guess we are "no class"...but what do I care!

    Thanks for visitin'!

    Y'all hurry back now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  23. Ha, we obviously are one of the lower classes, except we knew this already as we are not pretentious, contemptuous snobs who think we own the world and everyone in it, pfftttt.
    Dip and Elliot x

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  24. We are in favor of breaking rules...BOL
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  25. Well that's a tough question...I love my agility trials, so that makes me a middler. However, I pretty much grew up on horseback. But, horrors of horrors, I truly preferred a Western saddle, so that makes me way low in the eyes of the horsey set! I had hamsters growing up as well......I guess the question isn't so hard after all. LOL!

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  26. We refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate us. Have a great weekend. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giuiletta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo p.s That's quite a get-up you have on Molly.

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  27. As usual, we're the fringe element......although Roxy is half Bull Terrier. Otherwise, we don't fit anywhere.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

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  28. When we lived in Germany it was looked down upon to have a "mutt" or mixed breed dog and hardly anyone spays or neuters their dogs. It was weird. I think your side of the pond is more that way, here is the US, most could care less what kind of pet you have.

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  29. We're unique, we're Doods, dudes, and a dudette!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  30. BOL what a great photo!!!!! You diva you!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  31. Guess I'm a middler....lol have a great night

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  32. Well, we are quite as posh as you look there, we are kind in the middle, over here know as Semi-Redneck! Barharhar, we don't do sour mash but enjoy a good Margarita or dozen with our pal Ruby!

    The Mad Bagpipers

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  33. Posh Spice is British and she has a bulldog. You can look it up!

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  34. Molly - you look like a diva in your pic today - you have the patience of a saint to let your human dress you up like that:) We aren't sure where our humans fit in that description, but we do know how happy we are they like to have pups like us:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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  35. Me and the chi's are low-class all the way, and are just fine with that! bol

    I love that picture of you.

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  36. I'm a mix between an upper and lower class since Beamer is a labrador/shepherd mix. I can live with that :)

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  37. I’m post even if my peeps aren’t. MOL!

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  38. I had a lot of trouble identifying where we stand in all this..... but we are confused..... all the dog show people we have ever seen or met seem VERY hoity toity to us!!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

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  39. LOL! Love the curlers!!!! Must say I never realized I was upper class. :) I did read that the Golden Retriever's golden temperament is due to them being developed as Gentlemen's Hunting Dogs, and the Gentlemen not wanting to break up dog fights.

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  40. I wonder what being owned by a Scottie says?

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  41. If you looked up NOT POSH in the dictionary, you would find a picture of my Human.
    And me.

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  42. This Chihuahua has pet mice - our humans are English but obviously not posh!

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  43. You look like a '50s house wife Miss Molly! And by the way we are not posh thank Bast!

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  44. Field trials over here are a money sport. I know you have something similar there, but I guess it is more for middlers. :)

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  45. As a spangle gundog type, I'm heading towards the higher echelons of class. But then the Hooman keeps buying me pretty collars. Hmmm....

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