|Barked: Fri Jun 29, '12 6:59am PST |
|In regards to doodles specifically, they actually have a really high instance of Addison's disease- that's basically because both labs and poodles have Addison's somewhat commonly. Also, genetic diseases that are polygenetic, meaning that there are several genes in play, are impossible to predict whether the dog is a mutt or a purebred.
For example, if you have a big old mutt with a bad hip and he mates with a female mutt that happens to have a bad hip, then you're going to get puppies with bad hips regardless of whether they're a heinz 57 or whether they're westminster bound as adults.
The difference is, good breeders health test and know their lines, so they can avoid hot spots for autoimmune disorders like Addisons and they'll know what their dogs' hip scores are, and no one I know does genetic testing for mutts.
I don't care if people breed mixed breed dogs. Look at the silken windhound, the alaskan husky, the eurasier etc just to name a few where there was a niche to be filled and people have done so responsibly with carefully documented pedigrees and health testing. Also, responsible dalmation breeders mixed in pointer to rid the breed of a debilitating kidney disase. THAT is responsible breeding.
Irresponsible breeding of mixes or hybrids is where people have no knowledge, or, they just flat out lie to puppy buyers with promises of a hypoallergenic dog that also doesn't shed. Or, where there is absolutely no purpose for a mix.
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