But I am not having much luck. I just can't seem to find one that offers the same guarantees as what I had for my purebreds. I just don't understand. How can someone charge as much for a "mixed breed" as for a purebred and yet not offer the same guarantees as a purebred. Actually I have an amount that I am willing to pay but if it goes over that I won't buy one. I am not looking to get one now but want to find the right breeder for when I am ready. One lady has yet to answer my questions I emailed her. I know she wants me to call her or she call me but what is wrong with emailing? If I like the guarantee then I will call. I want to see the answers to my questions in writing before I spend money on that long distance phone call. That is a very bad sign if the breeder won't email me the answers to my questions. I will keep searching the shelter for what I want but if I find a decent breeder in the meantime that would be great. It really makes me mad though.
This is one example of why so many people (like myself, admittedly) are dead-set against the mixing of breeds. Simply put- there are next to zero mixed breed breeders who can be considered responsible about what they're doing.
In the purebreed world- the best breeders are breed enthusiasts. They compete and show their dogs, they breed because they want to add even better dogs to their family- not because they want to make a few bucks, their dogs are "cute", or they want a puppy JUST LIKE mommy (anyone with at least an average education knows that TWO sets of genes make a mammalian life, right??).
In the mixed breed world- there is no "breed" to be in love with. Mixing breeds doesn't create common traits for many, many, many generations. Because there are no commonalities, what do you breed towards? Without THAT goal- breeding towards BETTER dogs (and knowing how to accomplish that), then what the heck ARE these people breeding towards?
Finding a responsible purebred breeder is extremely tough. Finding a responsible MIXED breed breeder could take you a lifetime. Hit the shelter hard, get preapproved with a rescue group that cares for one of the breeds in the mix (the dachsie rescues take care of dachsie mixes, too, for example), and check petfinder listings weekly. Get to know the rescue groups in the area- and let them know what you're looking for.
Mutts are wonderful- my first foster girl was so much of a mix, she might not have had a drop of actually dachsie in her- but was so special that I still get teary when I hear about how well she's doing in her new home. But she was an hour away from euthanasia in the shelter she was in- AN HOUR AWAY! Your "perfect dog" may not be what you're expecting. Keep an open heart- and stick to your instincts. If you want to find a responsible mixed breed breeder- don't hold your breath! I have a feeling it's going to take a looooong while.
About the phone calling thing, I have talked to breeders that say that the reason they do that is because they are in fact interviewing you as well. They really care about their puppies, and sometimes it's hard to get a feel for a person by them emailing you. You can make words sound really good in print. But when you're talking to someone face to face, you can get a better feel about that person and their character. Maybe that's all it is. I personally think a breeder is a better breeder if they want to talk to you in person. To me it seems like they really care about their dogs if they do that. But I dunno....
***Edited By: huntersmom on 1/27/2005 5:24:38 PM*** Reason: grammar
....also, if they have kids or another job, sometimes it's hard to be on the internet. Whereas, with a phone, (especially if it's cordless) they can talk to you at the same time as whatever else it is that they need to be doing.
***Edited By: huntersmom on 1/27/2005 5:25:48 PM*** Reason: changed wording
I am going to go with your advice Longdogs...it's right on. I would rather save a life than support people who are not breeding for the right reasons. So I am finished with my questions about mixed breeds. I found this site by searching for one of those mixed breeds so I hope I haven't starting something here and I also am not a troll. I'll stay off this topic now, I didn't know it was going to upset some people so much, I mean that sincerely and not sarcasticly. If any good has come out of this it has taught me a lot about these designer mutts and I'm not so much for breeding them anymore. Thanks so much everyone for all of your advice.