“Designer” or Mixed Breed Dogs
By Gage Killian
Designer dogs are the up and coming rage among Hollywood and dog lovers alike. Dogs like the puggle (pug + beagle), the cockapoo aka cockerpoo or spoodle(cocker-spaniel + poodle), the labradoodle (Labrador retriever + poodle), the peekapoo (pekingnese + poodle) and the Schnoodle (Schnauzer + Poodle) are growing ever more popular today than ever before. Why are these â€œmuttsâ€ so big right now?
1. Cute Names â€“ Designer dogs have cute names that people love and make the appearance of a new breed of dog that very few have heard of. For example: the puggle.
2. Great for those with allergies â€“ Unlike some purebred dogs, designer dogs are often bred to reduce the amount of allergens they produce by not having an undercoat.
3. Sheds less â€“ Some designer dogs are bred to shed less than other dogs.
4. Genetic advantage – Believed to be less prone to inbreeding, the designer dog is thought to have better temperaments and also thought to be smarter and more trainable than their purebred counter parts.
Controversy surrounding these dogs have made purebred dog owners enraged. Itâ€™s bad for there business and the qualities listed above only hold true in specific cases. The designer dog fad has also had its fallbacks.
1. Bad breeding â€“ bad breeding leads to unwanted dogs. Many people want to produce a designer dog without doing back-ground checks and without the skills needed to do so.
2. Bad owners â€“ Some believe that just because they bought a designer dog means that they donâ€™t need to train, care for or love their pet as much. This couldnâ€™t be further from the truth. Designer dogs need just as much care and attention as all other dogs do, if not more.
3. More expensive â€“ the price for these dogs have sky-rocketed sometimes hit the $1,000 mark. Sometimes its better just to go to the humane society or animal shelter and find a perfectly fine dog. The shots and care for these dogs can make their prices higher as well.
Donâ€™t get me wrong, these are wonderful pets. However, they need wonderful owners as well. Love and care and proper healthcare and grooming are essential for a happy life-long companion. If you would like to keep your costs and concerns down when purchasing a designer dog I suggest that you check its breeding history and do temperament tests as well as get them screened for certain common genetic disorders such as hip-dysplasia and retinal atrophy. Proper preparation and responsible habits lead to a great dog.
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