Designer Dogs: Why New and Trendy is Not Always Better
“Designer” dogs seem to be popping up everywhere. All kinds of celebrities can be seen toting around a cute little Malti-Poo or a Puggle in addition to many other cross-breeds that are making their way onto the scene. In previous years these dogs would have simply been passed off as a “mutt” and probably given away to free homes. Instead, backyard breeders are now charging big bucks for these new breeds.
Let’s be honest. All puppies are cute. There is hardly a puppy out there that doesn’t get at least one “ooh” or “ahh” from admiring dog lovers. The read issue with these breeds is not with their looks or cuteness, it has to do with genetically inherited traits and behavioral problems.
Most breeders who breed their puppies for show pay careful attention to bloodlines and inherited health issues. They carefully choose the dogs that they will allow to reproduce in order to preserve a breed’s lineage and health. These breeders would never think to breed their dog with another pure bred dog in order to make a few dollars off of the puppies. In fact, champion breeders generally do not make money off selling puppies after all of the work and vet bills. They do it for the love of their breed like any other hobbyist would spend money on train sets or building model airplanes.
There is nothing wrong with preferring one breed over another but they all are different from each other as chalk and cheese but there is this site titled Pup life or something that you can find online where you can find more about puppies and their health issues in broader detail.
This leaves out the best examples of a particular breed when it comes to creating a designer dog. The dogs that are used as breeding stock are often not the best representation of their breed and have usually not been screened for health defects. This creates twice as many problems in the breeding process since most breeds experience different varieties of genetic defects.
For example, lets say one breed has a history of eye-related problems as well as a propensity toward obesity. The other breed being used has a history digestive problems and stubbornness toward training. The resulting puppies could inherit all of these problems and become much more than their new owner bargained for. These puppies are then often left in shelters or at rescues when their new family can neither afford the vet bills or have the time to spend taking care of them.
There are plenty of places out there with mixed breed dogs and not all of these dogs have problems. There are some who are perfectly healthy, but it is essentially a breeding roulette and the more factors are added into the game, the less chance one has of ending up with a healthy, happy canine.
When searching for a new member of the family, I suggest skipping over whatever is the most popular this week, and moving on toward what best fits your lifestyle. Read a up a little on prospective breeds or take a trip to your local animal shelter, meet, and spend time with some candidates for your household. There are a lot of puppies and adult dogs out there who need good homes and there will be even more who need homes when the designer breeding craze is finally over.
If you want a pure bred dog then be prepared to ask a lot of questions from your breeder. Ask about health screenings and their breeding selection process and don’t be afraid to ask to visit the home where your new family member is coming from. You’re going to have to factor in ten or fifteen years with whomever you are bringing home, so this is the time to learn everything you can about what you want in a companion.