|Barked: Mon Jul 2, '12 1:25pm PST |
|Sarge -- what if your dog ended up being a shedder...what would you have done? That's part of the thing with Poodle/X crosses...you are taking a gamble, there's NO guarantee whatsoever that you end up with a non-shedding dog just because someone threw a poodle in the mix, you know?
And you are totally right that there are a TON of irresponsibly bred purebreds out there. I don't really have a big issue with purpose-bred mixes as long as they are meeting the huge list of ethical breeding practices I personally would hold them to, but unfortunately there just aren't too many of them out there...and I guess I would also say that two wrongs don't make a right... i.e. just because there are irresponsibly bred purebreds doesn't give irresponsibly bred mixes a free pass, if you get what I'm saying there.
And lastly yes, purebreds came from crosses...but that took generations, and they were purpose-bred over long periods of time, not "Hmm, know what would be cute? A Shi-Pug-Doodle! That's so fun to say, let's make some." Trying to compare the breeding that creates a Goldendoodle to the breeding that created, let's say the German Shepherd, is not really one and the same....
I think if one REALLY wants a "designer" mix and they find someone who guarantees against defects, does health testing, limited litters, and everything else that goes along with breeding responsibly, then go for it...but unfortunately most people breeding these dogs aren't doing those things at all, and a very large number of their clients have no clue what any of those things are either and so aren't asking about them, and don't care. That's what I want to see slowly change, in both purpose-bred mixes and purebreds. The extra guessing game with designer mixes is that you are going to have a genetic crapshoot so I don't think anyone breeding Poodle crosses has any right to make promises about the offspring all being magically hypoallergenic and shed-free...makes for dogs that get dumped at the shelter once the buyer learns they got a shedding one...sad.
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