|Barked: Fri Dec 6, '13 10:45pm PST |
|I'm not too knowledgeable on the whole breeding of dogs, but I do think that the chances of designer breeds making it into registries like the AKC, etc. are very slim. Of course, these mixes are darn cute and adorable... But they originally were started not only for their cute looks, but also as a ploy for breeders to make profit.
Not saying they intended the dogs only for profit like greedy thieves with bad intentions, but I see mixes like "malti-poo and chi-poos" and I know that the "breeder" probably had an entrepreneur moment, where a cute name and cute look could sell and some breeders of designer dogs mean well when breeding hybrids. I myself, really love Labradoodles... They are so cute... But I would never be able to look at one and consider it an actual official breed, since these dogs are hybrids and weren't bred for any specific purpose except to be appealing pets.
But, I do consider the fact that the genetic variability between breeds could reduce the congenital diseases and other health related problems found in certain breeds that were obtained and narrowed down by artificial selection. I think these hybrids are healthier than their purebred relatives, but of course in any dog, human, etc. the variability is large but doesn't completely isolate and solve all health issues. I do think in the long run these designer breeds could be better family dogs if the mixing of genes could eliminate certain health problems, since I think in my own personal opinions, some breeds would just be disappointing to own like an English Bulldog for example, since they do have so many health issues.
Hope I wasn't rambling... I just think about the old saying "mutts are healthier than purebreds". I love my purebred Sheltie though... But those hypo-allergenic labradoodles... They call to me!
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