Just for giggles, I went to a pet shop to see their dogs the other day, they had a Rottweiler/Standard Poodle cross selling for $699, I almost choked. It's people like this, that actually LOOK for these strange mutts that influence people to breed them.
***Edited By: kirkpharaohhounds on 6/23/2005 9:41:46 PM*** Reason: potty mouth
My only suggestion if you are looking for a mixed breed, is that you can find a breeder that tests their breeding lines for the genetic diseases that plague that particular breed. Then also offer you the plus side and the negative side also. Any good breeder gives both sides-not just this is a super breed, but also the considerations of owning one regardless of purebred or mixed and they should be able to discuss the possibly genetic issues with either. I personally do not think that hybrid vigor is as strong in dogs as it is in other animals and have found it to really only be structurally beneficial in large animals like cattle and horses. Temperment may be a different story, but if a dog is not structurally sound, you may not have long to enjoy a good temperment.
Please also consult your vet before investing a large sum of money into a morkie, as there may be more risks than you realize and paying the high price along with vet bills will only lead you to be frustrated. It may be tough to find one from a shelter or from a rescue, but it may be worth the wait, as you would be paying less and also doing a great thing by adopting.
I don't want to discourage you, but I think sometimes breeders who are mixing are not as concerned with the end result which should be a pet that you can say had a good long and healthy life.
my shadow has sound advice. i love dogs that work. IT is impertive to breeders selling working dogs. to breed solid dogs in mind body and spirit. now designer dog breeders are breeding for the pet owner, many of whom are just want a buddy, and really don't have any expectations of the dog to be super athlete, which is absolutley an okay thing. the bad part about this is some breeders take advantage, knowing that some dogg owners are just looking for a pet and not very wise to how important breeding practises for the dogs health and happiness. they are breeding for a "cute puppy" that is marketable for it's cuddliness. just do your research, and finding a good dog can take awhile. I have been looking for a sport pup for over a year now. i have turned down over a dozen breeders for various reasons. mostly cause of suspicions on how healthy the pups were going to be. so be patient, keeping looking and keep learning, your biggest weapon will be how vast your knowledge is.
I don't have a problem with people who want a mix breed and then come up with a cute name for that mix ( as long as they realize that it is not a real breed), it's not my thing but to each their own. What I don't understand is why do they think they need a cute name in the first place, are they ashamed that their adorable pet is not a purbred, is it just for fun, what gives? I have owned both purbreds and mixes and to me it is about the dog, not their background. If you want a namebrand buy the real thing. I was talking to my husband about this, it seems there are those who like the "cute" names and others that don't and this has helped us understand something, when we have Cody out with us people will come over and ask what kind of dog is he and we reply "he is a Bichon Frise/Westie mix" and some are ok with that but then some just stare at us and ask again "What type is he?" Perhaps these are the ones that need a cute name so my husband came up with one (just for those who don't understand what a "Mix" is) he said he is going to tell them he is a "Bestie! " and see if that clears it up for them. Truly it doesn't matter to me what type of dog someone owns or if they give it a cute breed name as long as they are good, loving parents to it and the dog is happy and so are the owners! Everyone enjoy your pets!