When did the dog change? Have you looked at your newspaper lately? Perhaps a look at the Classified add section will give you an idea of where this article is leading. Five or ten years ago you could find an add for a black Labrador, Doberman Pinscher, Golden Retriever and many other well known dog breeds throughout the US. Today in the classifieds you will find a new breed of dog, Labradoodles, a mix between a Labrador and a Poodle, or there is the ShihPoodle, a cross of a Shih Tzu and Poodle, Golden Doodle a mix between the loved Golden Retriever and a Poodle. Yep you can mix your dog with any other breed and sell the pups.
Classified adds in the Oregonian Newspaper range these pups for sale at prices as high as $700.00 and $800.00. You could walk into any pet store 3 years ago and find pre-bred dogs for sale at these prices. Not mixed breed dogs for that high of a price range.
The major question is, where did the pure breed dog go to, why are people mixing the breeds and expecting these extreme prices and why are people paying these prices? It has been a long time wives tale that a mix breed dog is a better household pet. Why you may ask, because the claim is that pure bred dogs are more likely to inherit illness and physical ailments, that a mix breed dog does not. It is also said that the pure bred dog is less intelligent and more focused on the purpose bred for.
Some of these wives tales might be true. Look at the German Sheppard, bred for the show ring with a lower hind quarter than front shoulders. This is proven to cause some spinal and hip disorders in the breed. The Doberman Pinscher who was bred to create the smaller more pointed head, rumored to cause severe headaches in some dogs and rage reaction to the pain. Perhaps these rumors are the reason that many people have become more prone to purchasing a mix breed. That coupled with the economy and peoples need for more income, you have set the stage for the back yard breeder to mix all kinds of animals and if the market shows that others will pay these extreme prices then this trend will continue.
You may think that a dog is a dog, four legs, nose, eyes, teeth, tail and all that is combined to give you that lovable puppy, but if you breed without consideration to the outcome you will come up with some pretty strange personality traits. Personality being the key to any household pet. No matter the bred of dog the personality should be the most important trait you seek. If the breeder is loose enough to mix breeds or by accident allow this to happen then how is that breeder to be trusted at being upfront with you on the dogs traits.
When you choose your household dog, your breeder should know the traits that the puppy has and how to judge those. A professional breeder will check the applicants for their needs such as, do they have children, elderly in the home, fenced yard, will there be someone there during the day, many other things should be looked at from the sellers point of view. Then if you have a puppy that you feel personality will fit with the applicant you provide them with the meeting of the puppy. If the breeder just brings in a full litter and lets you sit with them and choose from the litter running around you, they are not necessarily a conscientious breeder. That is not to say all breeders will adhere to the ethics of matching the puppy to the family, but most repeatable breeders will do placement this way.
How do you know the temperament of a mixed breed dog? You only know the temperament of a breed by observation over many litters and many years of watching and learning about them. To mix a breed and sell them at such high prices to unsuspecting buyers is nothing short of a crime.