August 10, 2013

That is not a thing! Stop making stuff up and pretending its a thing!

Big huge peeve.  Not a pet peeve darling, something that garners an instant rage reaction in myself.  Mutt dog, everyone likes them right?  Did you know that people are selling "designer dogs", aka glorified mutts, for hundreds of dollars?  Backyard breeders are people that breed dogs with no care to anything but making money off of it.  Since designer dogs by definition are not regulated or papered by AKC, it is easier for these BB to get away with selling non-health checked, inferiorly bred animals.  The bitches are mated over and over again, putting severe stress on them and making it so the pups are not developed as well.  The parents of the puppies are rarely health checked, passing on severe genetic conditions such as epilepsy, hip dysplasia, even eye problems and terminal heart conditions.  With the creation of the "goldendoodle" (which the guy that bred these dogs for the first time now deeply regrets ever doing, by the way) people started mixing and matching several breeds.  I've seen a lot of strange mixes going for several hundreds of dollars and it makes me want to scream.  The people breeding the dogs are advertising the animals with some ridiculous claims.  No dog in the history of ever has been hypoallergenic.  Dogs are not ever meant to be left alone with children.  If a dog is under 10 lbs, it is not meant as a playmate for small children.  Make sure you research all of the breeds involved so you can make an informed decision.  Keep in mind that any trait/combination of traits from any of the breeds involved could come out.  I recently saw Pug/Yorkshire terriers for sale as "Pugshires".  Now the puppies are cute.


The adult dogs, however, not so much.
Or we can look at another mix I've seen, the Pomeranian/Husky.  Now, looking at these puppies, my heart melted.

But you have to think, what will I most likely get out of this pairing?  A slightly smaller husky looking dog?  Cool!  Then you remember that huskies are very loud yodelers, and poms yap constantly.  Both are high energy breeds and huskies are strong.  Both breeds are independent and strong willed.  Both require a lot of grooming.  Now we see the downfall of these designer breeds.  You don't get the best of both breeds when they are mixes, you get a diceroll of genetics.  I am a huge advocate of rescues, and these types of dogs are what fills them.If you are thinking about adopting, please visit the shelter, and let the money hungry backyard breeders get a real job.