I hate when i see sites like this that acually name the mixed breed as those fancy little designer dogs. DOnt get me wrong there is nothing worng with mixed breeds, as i have two myself, but calling them sweet, little, fancy names doesnt make then anymore or worth any more than a regular mutt.
JMO, but I think typing "mix" is easier to type than "shihpoo" (I admit, sometimes that "x" can be little hard to find). It also doesn't give people who are not dog-knowledgeable the false impression that the dog is an actual breed.
I agree, Sweetie. It also pained me to see them state that "...We love the health and strength that comes with a mixed gene pool..." Dogster's owners need to do a little bit more studying of genetics.
In St. Louis we do have a poodle rescue. They go to auctions and BUY poodles that have been used in puppy mills (with all their attendant behavioral and physical problems) and then they sell (oops! adopt out) these dogs for $500 to $800.
Standard Poodle breeders are now charging $1,000 to $2,000 for pet-quality puppies because they are afraid that their babies will end up at a puppy mill.
DON'T buy poodle mixes!
You are only perpetuating the abuse of this wonderful breed.
A poodle wants to be with people at all times. They have been purpose bred to be companion animals. To put one of these sensitive, intelligent dogs in a cage and use her only for breeding purposes is insanely abusive.
Stop the practice, people. When you buy a "poo" mix, think what the parents went through--it's like buying a baby from a concentration camp.
you know what i hate ? i hate that i have a legitimate breed, that has been around for thousands of years, and i can't go to a single dog show or bookstore and find chotchke stuff or books on the breed, but i see labradoodle, schnoodle and puggle crap everywhere !!!!!!
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
OMG...Here is a thought for you. Perhaps someone loves their lab and loves their poodle. The dogs live free running through the grass and fetching balls and getting scratches and hugs from their humans. Then their humans put them together and made labadoodles and loves them to and all the people wanted one and they all love them and then one day poof they have a new breed.....pretty far out there isn't it? oh no...that can only happen in the purebred dog world...WHAT WAS I THINKING!
I didnt mean to offend anyone who has one because they are funny little name and I am sure it is easier to type but i just dont like that people are paying hundres of dallors for a "mutt" and having them personally bred when there are plenty in sheters needing homes. But then again that is their choice and im not trying to push my opinion on anyone but this is how i feel.
Sorry that i upset some of you but the ones who agree just know how it is.
Sweetiemomma, you did not upset me. I was already "upset" by the abuse of wonderful dogs by puppy mills. And if you want to get really "upset" you should see the conditions at hog farms in Missouri--and some people say that hogs are smarter than dogs. It makes you want to join (gasp!) PETA.
Thereasa just doesn't get it. A random-bred dog is just that--random. If people are too lazy to get their dogs spayed or neutered and if the same people let their dogs run free, you get mixed-breed puppies. Not the puppies' fault. "Accidents" happen.
There are many wonderful shelters and adoption groups out there trying to find these and other abandoned animals homes.
What we are objecting to is the deliberate breeding of cross-bred dogs purely for the purpose of making money.
They are not raising dogs to do a specific job. They are not trying to establish a new breed. They are not testing their dogs' health or doing genetic testing on breeding stock.
When I said adopting babies from a concentration camp would be just as bad as adopting a dog bred in a puppy mill, I meant it.
Dogs are an incredible gift to mankind by a generous and loving God. We should treat them as such.
(I will get off my soap box now if someone will find my walker...)