I was going to respond to the post that has gotten so much attention about the woman who "made up" a name for her mixed breed dog. I will admit I didn't read all the posts completly but I think I understood the argument.
When I was little my dad had lots of dogs. Mostly Tennesee Walkers and a few Blue Ticks. I had a Purebred Toy Poodle, A purebred Doberman. I knew they were purebred because I knew dad had paid alot of money for them and they came with papers with all their ancestory on it and that was how we came up with ideas for their names.
I also had mixed breeds growing up. I knew they were mixed because they were free. Dad only let me keep them because I had a big soft spot for strays and drop offs. But to my dad they weren't "worth" anything.
That never made them less important to me but I still knew there was a difference. When all this cockapoo stuff startled I was baffled. At first I could see spending maybe $50.00 for a mixed dog when both parents were known purebreds. With good medical history and their shots, etc. Then at least you know the seller is only looking to cover costs. But when I started seeing the $300.00 and up I really couldn't believe people were encouraging this type of breeding just to get what is basically a mutt. You can find one of these very easily at your local shelter for around $50-175.
I for one, like all the little cute names.If I was to say I am a maltipoo most intelligent people would know I had a maltese/poodle mix (not going into the complicated name ppl make up for them). Though they are not a breed, but a mix. I dont have anything against them, just the people that breed them.
We had two people go thru drive through today... they were actually one right after another. I asked the lady what her dog was.. She said it was a labradoodle (looked more like a purebred standard poodle.. though you could see lab. Was more of what I'd think a labradoodle would loook like). The lady behind her, also had a labradoodle (looked more like a miniature poodle).
Ya try convincing the woman that came to show me her purebred, show quality Cockapoo, er, OK. I didnt know what to say to her, I looked at her and said that a cockapoo is a cros of a poodle and a cocker spaniel, she said her breeder told her that 50 years ago they were, but now they were purebred.