I guess some people figure that if they pay big money for a designed mutt they are getting something of value. Worst part is, you can get these designer mutts right at your local animal shelter. Some people probably don't want a designer mutt from the shelter because they think they are dirty or full of health problems. They want to brag and rant and rave that they purchased a designed mutt from a breeder and they paid thousands of dollars for them. What person like that is going to brag, rant and rave that they got a designer mutt from the pound. Just my 2 cents.
The sad thing is I suspect in 99 percent of the cases, the mutt osmeone paid $1000 for, and the one someone was great enough to adopt from the pound have both recieved about the same amount of thought and care, and probably are equally likely to develop or not develop health or temperament problems.
I think it is sad that some people think that these designer mutts are purebred, and you can't seem to tell them any different. There is a few people that I have come to the grooming shop i used to work for, that think this. Apperantly, they think that, "well if the mom is a purebred poodle and dad is a purebred schnauzer, then I have a purebred schnoodle" You can insert any breed name you want. And I just can't believe that if someone tries to tell them any different, they are right because thier breeder told them so.
There is a breeder who lives near me and they use to breed and sell Afgans...and Irish Setters(separate). There was an accidental breeding of the two breeds and the offspring turned out beautiful and everyone wanted one...plus her Afgan tends to have very large litters 13+, so now she is alternating her bitches! One will be having a purebred litter, while the other is having the mix litter....it is VERY aggrivating. The pups are absolutly beautiful...but what the hell is she thinking?! ...sorry, that has been bothering me for some time...
Well, people think that because they have a fancy name, which really, it is kind of crappy (box-a-shih? Come on!) and because it is "registered" with a cheesy registration, they think that they are getting a "breed" with "special" traits. IT IS A MUTT! M-U-T-T!
I'm howling with laughter "Schnoodle"!!! OMG, thats funny. Apparently some people aren't too sharp and think that they are getting something special. Not to mention paying alot of money for a dog that can't get papers. I just wish people would go to the Shelters and get a mixed-breed and they can call it whatever they want, just Adopt Adopt!!!!
"What is so fascinating about Designer Mutts? I think it is because they were bred that way and it wasn't an accident. Usually a Mutt is a dog from an accidental breeding. The "Designer Mutt" was bred that way because someone wanted it to be that way. The good breeders that breed "Designer Mutts" choose the female and male very carefully and cross them. When you buy one you know exactly what the breeding was. If you don't want a dog for breeding and are just looking for a different kind of pet that is usually very healthy, "Designer Mutts" are probably THE BEST.
I am quoting myself from another post. . . Health issues of a mixed breed are not any better or worse, if anything, you have a better chance with a purebred because you know what is common to the breed. But I own two mixes, I really don't like the terms Mutt or Mongrel, my dogs deserve better then that, so do all of the other dogs that are bred irresponsibly. People are going to pay anything for something new or cute and breeders know that. I saw purebred Goldens, seriousely, going for $6000-8000 dollars, yes 'thousands'. And 2 were already sold. Besides that, all dogs are mixes and have taken years to become established "breeds". Part of me has no problem with mixes being bred, it is the irresponsible breeders that are bad, but I think everyone is acting like a small town that wants to stay the same. If the AKC allowed in say the Shepador, Shepard/Labrador. Pretty soon that would be one of your "precious" breeds. But until then it is just a mix. Things are always going to be changing and new breeds always invented, so instead of criticizing the "new breeds" why not complain to the people breeding them?
Sorry, but a don't think any person who breeds designer mutts is a good breeder. We are trying to cut down on the over population of unwanted dogs in shelters, not contribute more. Designer mutts are at shelters. If people would do their research before they jump at the opportunity to have one of these so called "new" expensive breeds that are nothing more than a mixed breed at the shelter, that's one less dog being put down.
We bought a Westhighland terrier pedigree froma breeder in the UK, 13years ago. It turned out that they were justa puppy farm. Poor little Tom had so may problems over the years...From lion jaw to both cruciates needed fixing and more problems... My dog lexy who was multi breed lived to 18years with only problems in the last few months of her long life. Never again will I go for a pedigree.
I actually understand the want for a designer mutt. I use to be facinated by Goldendoodles. It was because one day on petfinder I saw a picture of three Poodle Golden mix puppies at a nearby shelter. I didn't have the room to adopt them. I wanted to see more pics of this mix. I went on google and it sky rocketed from there. This was before I researched about properly breeding dogs and the risks of breeding mixes. All those websites about "the best of both worlds" and "hybrid vigor" really made me feel special about the mix. It's the same for people come on this site searching for a puggle or jug. Now that I know more about breeding dogs a mixed breed is no better then a purebred.
I know first hand about the dogs in the shelter, but regardless of that, people are not going to quit breeding, so better to have good breeders of mixes than bad ones, no? Also, maybe if these mixes become somewhat popular, as they always do, maybe that person with a litter of unwanted pups will try to sell them before bringing them to a shelter? Doesn't much help the dogs already there but does stop that one more litter from coming in and therefore, sparing other dogs just a little longer. Granted, I believe that all breeding should stop until there is a need but that ain't going to happen, so I feel it best to try to help people to make the decision not to breed but if they choose to, isn't it better to help them do it correctly?
As some one said earlier ,the breeding of these dogs are carefully planned out,you know what you are getting as opposed to going to a shelter and know nothing about the dog.Me personally if I where to get a dog that was mixed,I would rather pay for it because of knowing the dogs back ground.Like a Puggle.I think they are adorable,and maybe someday I would like to have one in my life.
"Sorry, but a don't think any person who breeds designer mutts is a good breeder. We are trying to cut down on the over population of unwanted dogs in shelters, not contribute more." halo, if that's the case then all breeders should stop breeding. that would deffently force people to look at shelters and purchase from them. but we all know that's not going to happen. i just wish ALL breeders cared more about the litters and screened the customers better. i think that would cut down on the pups that end up in the pound too.
I love mutts,but I am not going to pay hundreds of dollars for a mutt that I can find at an animal shelter! That's stupid! They are breeding mutts when they could be helping their animal shelter. All they are doing it for is the money,they care nothing about other people.All they want is the green. If I were a money crazy moron (like the designer mutt breeders) I could get rich by selling my two dogs,what kind of world are we living in today? Makes me so mad.
We just got a cockapoo last week and she is the sweetest little thing. I needed a poodle / poodle mix for myself and my 4 yr old daughter who is allergic to animals and various other things (watermelon!). So do not in any way disrespect our choice for choosing a "designer" mut. She is terrified of larger dogs and smaller poodles seem to be a bit yappy. We searched rescue shelters for months to no avail and had to seek our puppy elsewhere, so we tried to do the right thing. I don't brag about her mix or that she is a mutt, I am just ahppy to have an animal to love.