First off, I don't condone any breeding for profit. But given the current situation, I think there's at least one legitimate question to be asked.
Why always poodles? What is so special about poodles that makes them the "perfect" breed to irresponsibly cross with? Is it only the fact that they shed very little? Is it their temperment? If poodles were by themselves so fantastic, wouldn't it be more useful to just get a poodle, and not have to worry about the other breeds' more worrisome qualities? As far as I know, every breed has their "downfall". There is no "perfect breed" of dog. There is certainly a more perfect breed for every family, but that isn't the same thing at all.
If it's not the poodle that's enticing people, why aren't we seeing beagle-tzus? Malti-bassets?
Is there a certain amount of vanity associated wtih a poodle, and do the owners of designer breeds feel they have a right to that vanity?
I have no idea unless one reason may be it being a non shedding breed. Personally I think people have lost their minds with all this nonsense of designer dogs. The prices are outreagous. I guess if people are dumb enough to pay those prices they should be scammed.
I would say its because of the no shedding thing..But people now days our completly out of there minds..anyone who would pay such fee's for a dog that is a mutt and is not guaranteed to not have health problems has to be crazy..
I think it's not only a case of the coat (hypo-allergenic and non-shedding), but the fact that poodles are known to be very smart and have, in general great temperments. Then again, I suppose having the "poo" makes it eacy to come up with a desginer name.
I have to agree with your reasoning, if you want the poodle TRAITS, why not just get a poodle?
First off, i'm the proud owner of an 8 month old shihtzu/toy poodle mix. She's the love of my life. I love her just as much as anybody on here with a purebred loves their dog. I wouldn't trade her, for my life. Also for those who consider "designer dogs" ugly, she is far from ugly.. some are, some aren't. Just like purebreds. Some are ugly, some aren't. It's a matter of preference. Also, let me state that I seen the dog before I seen what her "mix" was. :D Not that I went looking for a mutt, as you'd call it. I did spend 400 dollars for her, and wouldn't change a thing. Don't get me wrong, i'm also the proud owner of a purebred miniature dachshund who is also the brightness in my day. I love them both equally. Purebred, or not.
No fear, as for you... and I quote "anyone who would pay such fee's for a dog that is a mutt and is not guaranteed to not have health problems has to be crazy.. "
NO DOG, "mutt" or purebred is guaranteed not to have health problems. All dogs have health problems, all dogs eventually die... and that's not any different in a mixed dog. I see no problem in paying money for mix, every dog is beautiful.. and every dog needs a home. Reguardless if the pet population is booming, once the dogs are here... they need love, too.
and for those who say "designer dogs" are ugly, i'm here to prove you wrong. Here you go. :)
halo - first of all, I concur that purebred status doesn't not make a great pet or family member. I don't dislike mixed breeds - I have one (though I rescued him and didn't buy him from a breeder). I dislike mixed breed breeders. There is a difference.
And your theory about every dog needing love once it is on this earth is one that shows you have a huge heart and love and adore animals - but the theory is flawed. Yes, they all need a home - but the problem is that by purchasing from a less than reputable breeder you have just contributed to encouraging them to breed their next litter. If they can't sell the pups from the first litter, they will think twice about breeding a second litter.
And yes, there is no guarantee that any dog will be healthy. However, reputable breeders do everything in their power to insure everything they breed will be. They do breed specific health testing, they research their lines and only breed dogs with a family history of being sound and healthy. They also stand behind their puppies with a great health guarantee and should something come up, they will assist you as you deal with the problem - both financially and emotionally. They don't just put two dogs together so they can sell the pups for $400. Did your dogs parents have patella testing done? Eyes CERF'd? What kind of guarantee did you get from the breeder?
I'm assuming you probably got your dog from a very nice BYB. Most BYB's aren't terrible places or terrible breeders. They just don't know what they are really doing. They by pass a lot of the hard work and investment that goes into responsibly breeding a litter because they think it's okay to not worry about things like testing and health guarantees and having good conformation in their puppies. I don't doubt for a second that you're puppy was well loved and socialized before you purchased it - but I highly doubt that your breeder looked much past giving the puppy hugs and kisses. Being a breeder involves being responsible for the not so fun aspects of breeding a litter as well.
And I have a problem with PUREBRED breeders that fall into this same category as well. I don't fault you for choosing your special puppy - because I've purchased a puppy from a purebred breeder that is the same kind of breeder. I know you probably didn't even think for a second about the long term effects of supporting a BYB because your heart was thinking of the little puppy. I just know more now and would never do it again.