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Intentional Hybrids - The New Breed of Designer Dogs

 

There are always new kids or pups in town. Sometimes, they come about through careful planning. More often than not, these animals are a result of accidental crossbreeding. In the case of the new designer dogs, these hybrids are intentional. Depending upon where you stand on the matter, these dogs are good examples of hybrid vigor in action or Frankendoodles. Designer dog is often a pejorative term. It is used to describe the offspring of two pure breed dogs bred to create a crossbreed. You cross a Golden Labrador with a Poodle and get a Goldador. You take a golden and cross with a poodle to create a Gooldendoodle. The mating of a Cocker Spaniel and Poodle produces a Cockapoo. German Shepherd and Poodle result in a Shepadoodle. There are Schnoodles (Schnauzer and Poodle) Yorkipoos (Yorkshire Terrier and Poodle) and Maltipoos (Maltese Terrier and Poodle). None poodle varieties include Puggle (Beagle and Pug), Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise) and Dorgis (Daschunds and Welsh Corgi).

These new breeders claim the purpose is to increase hybrid vigor. They claim the goal is to produce hypoallergenic dogs. It is true this was the stated goal behind the breeding of a Labrador Retriever and a poodle. In 1989, the Royal Guide Dog Association of Australia was attempting to make a dog for blind allergic clients. They conceived the Labradoodle. To date, it is the only designer dog with its own association. The Australian Labradoodle Association oversees the maintaining of standards. If you do decide to purchase a Labradoodle, check to see if it is ALA approved. The charges against designer breeds base their distaste on the lack of breeding standards and control. There is no careful breeding of these animals. The result, because they are usually first generation, are unpredictable. You are paying large amounts of money - sometimes more than for a pure bred, for an unproven dog. There are also questions of inherited health risks. Shunts in Yorkipoos, hip dysplasia in Shepadoodles, eye problems with Maltepoos and teeth abnormalities in Puggles are possible health problems. Many of these specialty dog breeders do not consider possible genetic traits and inherited health problems when they breed. They are concerned only about so-called non-allergic or hypoallergenic animals. Many of these new breeders fall ill to the disease of opportunism. They become focused on the amount of money they can receive for their animals. Indeed, there is money to be made in designer dogs. This can result in the lack of consideration of the animals. It can also produce that abomination of the dog world - a puppy mill.

You need to be very wary of the source and the claims of the designer dog. Always ask to see the parents. Demand to visit their kennel. Only by doing so can you ensure the puppies are free from the taint of suffering. You also need to be aware and wary of the claims of hypoallergenic animals. A designer dog may not solve the problem of allergies. Non-shedders such as poodles can still produce shedders. With no fixed guarantee or breeding program, you may or may not purchase a hypoallergenic dog.

You also need to take into consideration that shedding is not the sole issue of allergies. Dust and, more importantly, dander, saliva and sebum contribute to the problem. Vacuuming and precautions to where the dog can stay can alleviate the problem. In the end, you will get the puppy or dog, you fall in love with. Do go see the tiny creatures for sale. Check them out. Look at their parents. You can also examine the coat. Maybe you will not sneeze now. While this is a good sign, note it may not be permanent. A puppy's coats changes, as he or she grows older. It is simply a case of buyer beware.

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