You know how there's a difference between a reason and an excuse? Even if you agree there's no excuse, it's not a huge mental leap to guess at the reason: whatever your favorite breed is, if it sheds a lot you probably wish it didn't. So you read and believe that the mix will have the personality of the lab or whatever, and the low-shed wooliness of the poodle. The poodle mixes I've known did work out that way, but it must be true that you get the opposite effect pretty often too.
The mixing practice upsets or enrages poodle fanciers because their point of view is, if you want a low-shedding dog, why not just get a poodle? But poodles aren't generally known to have great personalities. It might be a bad rap, but most people think of poodles as high-strung and aloof. I've known two really endearing ones, and a lot of annoying ones. Maybe they're too smart to be a good choice for someone's first dog, and most of the ones I've known were just that, and ruled the owners that spoiled them. And the poodle's show cut, if you're not a fan of that sort of thing, can make the poor thing looks like a freak of nature.
***Edited By: JoanEK on 1/6/2007 8:23:40 PM*** Reason: d
Umm, Im not trying to put-down these dogs? Im just saying that they shouldnt be bred at all. No more. If you want a non-shed dog or a calm dog im more then sure you can go to the shelter and find one that actually needs a home. Instead of breeding them. Selling them for MORE then the pedigrees... Then when they dont find a home because of the mixture (maybe they look odd, or arent the way you wanted them) either turn up in the woods, side of the street in a box, or wind up in the shelter. Its pointless. theres plently of pedigree dogs in the world that are matched up to anyones desrciption. Its so outrageous that they are trying to pull these dogs off as designer dogs. Yes, im sure they make wonderful pets. BUT ALL DOGS WILL.
I have a boosi-poo, and she is the cutest thing!! My first dog was maltese/westie mix and she was the absolute best, it was not meant to find a mixed dog, she was rescued...and now i have a bossi-poo b/c i love mixed dogs, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg #1. My maltese mix lived 20 years and there is nothing wrong with mixed designer pups, they are all cute!!!
I go A WALL when I read about labradoodles. Oh it makes me so angry. It's a darn genetic disaster waiting to happen.
MIXING ANY 2 BREEDS OF DOGS IS A GENETIC DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN.
for those who dont know, it's a non shedding dog (poodle) mixed with a dog that has great temperament (labrador) Labs have very inherent problems, just like the poodle, just like all breeds. But the offspring is for people that suffer from allergies to dandur. What I find hilarious is breeders never want to explain its only the 1st generation that works. UGG just ticks me off. Sorry for rambling.
I know that some of the mixed breeds are adorable, I give you that, great fun and good temperaments, but I am just so against it due to the genetic problems that nobody discusses or knows about meaning you pet owners out there that were unaware this problem even existed.
lol shouldnt this thread been under dogs? whoops LOL
savannah -- I'll be argumentative on this one, because... well... hormonally... Oh, well, you get the picture.
1. "I go A WALL when I read about labradoodles."
Do you mean "AWOL?" As in "Absent With Out Leave?" Or did you mean something else?
2. "MIXING ANY 2 BREEDS OF DOGS IS A GENETIC DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN."
I don't have a degree in genetics, but what background I have tells me that, all other things being equal, mixing two breeds shouldn't produce worse health results than breeding dogs of the same breed. More variability? Yes. Less predictable? Absolutely. Certain disaster? I don't think so.
3. "What I find hilarious is breeders never want to explain its only the 1st generation that works."
I say "buyer beware." Anybody who is going to sink $1000+ into a pet needs to investigate claims -- from the pseudo-scientific "hypo-allegenic" to the too-vague-to-be-meaningful "great temperment."
My friend recently told me she was getting a Labradoodle and she about flipped out when I told her it was just a really expensive mutt and that she should look in shelters first......I dont think I couldnt of talked to her more about not getting the one that cost $1500......(especially right after her GSD of 13 years((her WHOLE life)) just passed 1 month ago) .....:(