Cavachons, Dorkies, Yorkipoos, Buggles, Goldendoodles, Cockapoos, Bowzers, Porkies, Baskimos, Puggles.
What do they all have in common?
Some even tell buyers that these new “breeds” like yorkiepoos, buggles or jugs will be recognized by the AKC some day very soon. But people in the market for a new puppy need to realize that a cute name doesn’t turn a mongrel into a purebred. If you fall for the hype, you could pay more for a mutt than you would for a registered, guaranteed purebred.
Creating a New Breed Using Existing Dog Breeds
Ever heard of a Chusky? Yeah, me neither, not until I started doing research for this article. According to many sites, I own an expensive “designer dog”. My beautiful dog Zeppelin is a 100% purebred Chusky (sarcasm very much intended) and I got him for the low, low sale price of $0. Had his previous, abusive owners known that, they wouldn’t have surrendered him into my care at no cost! This beautiful Chow-Husky mix is absolutely one of a kind, and he is just that… One of a kind. Which is why most designer breeds haven’t been accepted by the AKC. When two purebred dogs are put together, you don’t always know what is going to come out the other end. You can’t know which traits it is going to get! It is like breeding two people. You can’t possibly know if it is going to get dad’s work ethic, or mom’s artistic abilities.
Doodles are another hot, new breed — except they aren’t a breed, either. They are a mix of Poodles and Labradors or Golden Retrievers. Most doodles you see for sale are just first generation crosses of retriever to Poodle. They are mixed breeds! There is a puppy mill owner in Altoona, Iowa that will sell you a “GoldenDoodle” for $400, while the shelter down the road will adopt it to the right family for less than $100.
Another fun fact: The “oodles” of Poodle mixes like yorkiepoos, pekapoos, schnoodles (and so on) have absolutely no breeding standards, no club, no standardized breeding records, and no plan for the future–which means no AKC acceptance letters for these doggies. So what is the point? Why go to a pet store and spend $1000 on a designer mutt, when you can go to your local shelter or www.petfinder.com and find something that is just as adorable, SO much cheaper, and that is going home with all (or most) of its vet work done?
Here is my thought for the day… If rescues and shelters started putting these designer labels on their dogs, would they be adopted more quickly? I am really curious about what you think!
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How much is that doggie in the window?.
Dyvig’s Pet Shoppe, Ames, Iowa… A store NOTORIOUS for selling Puppy Mill puppies.