Infobox Dogbreed
country = Philippines

name = Askal
image_caption = A Philippine mongrel
traits =
notrecognized = no standards made public
notes = Not recognized by any major kennel club

An askal is a mixed-breed (mongrel) dog in the Philippines. The name is a Tagalog-derived contraction of "asong kalye" (street dog). It is applied to mongrels due to their often stray nature. These dogs are often more resilient than pure-bred ones.cite web|url=|title=Askal|first=Michael|last=Tan|publisher="Philippine Daily Inquirer"|accessdate=2007-04-27]

In Cebuano, mongrel dogs are called "irong Bisaya", which literally means a native dog. [See this Cebuano news item for an example of its usage: cite web|url=|title=Irong ‘bisaya’ magamit sa bomb sniffing|publisher=GMA News.TV|accessdate=2007-10-07]

To counter perceived political incorrectness, the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has suggested the alternative term "Aspin", short for "asong Pinoy" (Pinoy dog). [cite news |first=Alya |last=Honasan |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=‘Hey, pare, let’s save the whales’ |url= |work= |publisher="Philippine Daily Inquirer" |date=2007-07-22 |accessdate=2007-10-25 ]

These dogs are now being considered for training as bomb-sniffing dogs as pure-bred dogs of the Philippine K9 units are becoming too old to work and too expensive to maintain. [cite news |first=Anthony |last=S. Allada |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=Police welcome move to train "askal" |url= |format= |work= |publisher="Mindanao Times" |id= |pages= |page= |date=2007-06-29 |accessdate=2007-10-04 |language= |quote= |archiveurl= |archivedate= ]

"Azkals" is also the nickname of the Philippines national football team.


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