What happend to mixed dogs being free or up to $50 (just to make sure they were going to a good home)?
Up untill bullwinkle every dog or cat we have had was free even rocky my PB boston and Mr. Bill my PB minpin. Though Rocky was a gift from hubbys uncle who didnt like him much and Mr.Bill was a gift from my uncle who used to breed and show minpins for my 5th Bday
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name
I would imagine that it wouldn't be the same for a maltese/Yorkie mix because both of those dogs as purebreds are more valuable than say a chi, or a Jack russell or a poodle or a shih tzu.
Yorkies and Maltese are harder to raise than those other breeds. For the people who think they should be $50, those were for accidental 'mistake' mixes, not intentional breedings. A little silly to compair the two, and if she doesn't like the price she can always go to petfinder.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
LoveMyMutt... Thank you for trying to take the rescue route, it is VERY rewarding! Where are you from? You can also look for small breed rescues in your area. Are you stuck on a Maltese x Yorkie? Or would you be able to go with a mix of either of those breeds. One thing about looking for a rescued dog, in peticular of you want a puppy or young dog, you may have to be willing to compromise on the breeds or mixes thereof.
LoveMyMutt, don't just narrow it down to local shelters. Look at rescue centers on the internet. Many will figure a way to ship the dog to you. Local shelters only have so much...there are millions of dogs out there without homes, and more than just one way to get to them.
First WHY does your daughter want a mixed breed? Make sure she understands the breed specific traits of both breed. Do NOT pick your dog based on appearance alone or you may be very unhappy in the long run.
Second, buying a mixed breed is a tricky thing. If you're going to use a breeder at all you should really be getting a good solid 2 year health guarantee, make sure the puppies are well vaccinated and well socialized, and that the money you are giving the breeder is not "lining their pockets" but covering litter costs. You want the parents to be good examples of their breed (even if it's a mixed breed) and they should have breed specific tests completed for health problems. This usually means you're going to pay a lot more.
It's rare to find a mixed breed breeder who does all this. Absolutely do NOT go to a breeder who sells 8 different kinds of dogs. It's bad news. They don't know enough about any one of their breeds to do them any kind of justice. You don't want to encourage this kind of breeder to keep raising puppies.
Your best bet is pet finder or a Shelter. These puppies need good homes and will be the same quality or better than what you'll find at a cheap breeder. Usually your neuter and vaccines are included in the adoption price or discounted through the Shelter. Plus, you can interact with the puppy before you take it home.
Keep in mind - dogs are not toys. No matter how responsible a child is, they are going to end up relying on you to pay the vet costs and to participate in some level of the care. This means you get at least an equal say in the dog. You need to be prepared for the possibility that 6 months from now, your daughter may have no interest in the dog - or as she hits her teenage years (I'm assuming she's still young) she may be too busy to care for it. So in essence this will be YOUR dog. Do YOU want a Yorkie Maltese?
I usually recommend to folks that they make the decision WITH their kids. This is a great excercise in compromise too!