Just for fun I clicked on the dog choose link on the side bar. It was fun, but in the end I was horrified to see what it choose. I pick that I was happy with either a mix or pure, and when done, it gave me a couple of mixed breeds with cute little names. It calls them hybrids. Not like the world has enought right. Please don't get me wrong, I live mixes. This site should actually refer to shelters and not breeders. God forbid you say you want a hypo-allergenic dog. Man does that BS through you for a loop. The sad part is people probably listen to it, and god only knows where those dog end up. It is really upsetting to see anyone advertising such a load of crap. I bet is sponsered and made up by the puppy millers who breed those stupid mixes.
OMG! You got me curious, so I did it, too. It gave me 3 different (very strange) mixed breed dogs!!! I'm going to do it again and specify only purebred to see what happens. The first time, I said either pure or mixed.
Hmmm...I specified a medium sized dog, and 2 of the choices given to me were German Shepherd and golden retriever. Never really thought of them as "medium" sized dogs. Yep, you're right...dog chooser is a crock!
Me too. When I did it the first time, I said I didn't care about mixed or purebred, nor size, and yep, got back ALL mixed breeds, and 3 were small, and one medium (beagle/shar-pei????)Not a purebred in sight.
Ok I did either pure or mixed a hypoallgenic dog, good watch dog, requires NO to little grooming, medium size, and it chose a BO/Dach a boston terrier dachund mix, have NOT heard of that one yet. IT does ask some silly questions too.
This is just me, but even if you're intent on going w/ a mixed breed from a shelter, you still need to do some (pure)breed research. For example, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be happy with a Lab, so adopting a mixed breed that was mostly Lab would be a bad idea. If terriers aren't a good choice for you, you wouldn't want a JRT mix. Why not just suggest certain breeds and mixes of those breeds. I never found any of those breed finders that suggest breeds I would like. I really don't like suggesting hybrids and Designer dogs b/c they aren't predictable at all. I agree with Illusions, it sounds like it's just run by BYBs and Millers.
I took the test and it gave a Maltese as my number 1, for small, purebred. I also chose a quiet dog. My Malt isn't that noisy, but I've heard they can be. I did small mixed breed and got two designer dogs that looked exactly the same, but were different colors. Honestly it could've just been the lighting. Plus they both looked like pups. That's one of my pet peeves about the Designer dog. You always see lots of cute puppies and no adults. All puppies look cute and they change as they get older.
Those questions are just silly too. One asked about dressing a dog up. Who gets a dog for that reason or even considers it when picking a breed? It askes if you want a cute dog and if you want a long lived, healthy dog. Nope, I like ugly, sick dogs. (rolls eyes)
"Golden Retriever x Great Pyrenees = Golden Pyrenees Mastiff x Rottweiler = English Mastweiler (oddly this is the mix I own, although I call him a mutt when people ask, oh and he looks NOTHING like the picture they have of one)"
OMG those mixes are way scary to me. You know people who breed these mixes aren't using good quality foundation stock. They probably using unhealthy dogs with bad temperments. That first mix seems like it would be guaranteed to have crippling and life shortening HD, not to mention cancer. The second makes me feel ill. Rotties have enough trouble w/o making them even bigger and more powerful. Although not as common, Mastiffs can have temperment problems. Both breeds used for that mix have short life spans and othepedic problems. (No offense Ruffian, your boy is gorgeous and I know he's a sweet heart.) If it weren't so sad, it would be hilarious that they don't ask about health when it comes to mixed breeds.
I did it too, just for fun. I said I didn't care if it was a mix or purebred. I got all four mixes. I said I did not want to do a lot of grooming--all needed grooming??? Two of the four were Brussels Griffon mixes! I have a little Griff I must take to the groomer every 6-8 weeks. Go figure. They were all cute, but I don't think even the breeders of "designer dogs" have come up with these mixes! I hope it doesn't give them any ideas.
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I tried it several times, changing the answers, lol. It was never accurate no matter what I did. I said 'small' breed (purebred only) little to no grooming...it gave me Border Collie, lol. Also a Spinone came up every time even though I always said small breed.
I just can't belive this site would support them. It actually horrifies me. I might think twice about renewing my ad, I love this site, and I understand they need their support also. I just don't feel I would like to support anyone who supports puppy mill kind of designer breed things.
caption: "Lab'Aire's combine the easy to train Labrador with the smaller and energetic Airedale Terrier. These dogs require relatively less grooming, but also require a good amount of exercise and time outdoors."
caption: "This mixed breed is known for being good with children. Expect a medium to smaller sized dog with relatively low general upkeep needs."
now trust me all these dogs are good choices but why are they promoting the breeding of these 2 dogs like this. this site is about breeding the best of the best correct? then why are we having advertisers that are advertising the breeding of 2 dogs that have health problems and are basically a mutt. im sorry but it's what they are. there is no such thing as a "hybrid" they are basically a mutt with double the health problems. kind of sickening if you ask me.
I tried it and i put purebred and xl and it gave me a Mastiff, saint bernard, ridgeback, and a boxer, I don't understand the boxer , Great Dane's are larger than boxer's not one mix breed tho ....thought it was stupid ....
Always trust your dogs instinct about ppl it is always right..