Every day we hear more about the “hybrid” dogs, or “designer”
dogs. Each feature is accompanied by pictures of adorable puppies that are examples of this “breed.”
The hybrid dogs are cute. But whether you pay hundreds, and
in some cases, thousands of dollars for one is the question. I think the answer is no. The offspring of a mating
between two purebred dogs of different breeds is a mongrel, a mutt. And if you have one, you should love it,
train it and care for it as if it had the bluest blood of the canine kingdom.
Every dog breed, and there are hundreds in the world, was
“created” by humans. Each breed was developed for a specific purpose – whether that original job was guarding
the flock or being the ideal lap-dog. There’s no reason that development shouldn’t continue. If there is a need
for a dog with particular characteristics, enterprising individuals will come forward to fill that
However, it takes many generations to “breed true.” Compare
yourself to your siblings. All of you most likely, don’t have the same looks, same personality, same interests
and strengths. Each of you has some of the “best” traits of your parents. But those may not be the same traits.
And each of you has some of the worst.
Two of the best-known mixed-breeds out there now are the
“Golden Doodle” and the “Puggle.” The thinking behind these crosses
is fairly obvious: It would be very nice to have a Golden Retriever’s personality and willingness to please
combined with the Poodle’s non-shedding coat and intelligence. It would be equally delightful to have a small
dog without the breathing issues of a Pug, but quieter than a Beagle.
But there is no way of knowing you won’t get a high-strung,
noisy, stubborn, slobbering mutt who sheds coat profusely.
If you are considering spending the kind of money that these
“hybrids” are commanding, be sure to research all of the traits of the contributing breeds. You will get a
mixture of the two. And an equally adorable mixture may be waiting for you at your local shelter – the size you
want, with the coat you want and the adorable face that melts your heart.
If you require certain characteristics in your puppy –
whether a family member has allergies, or you have a very small, or no yard, or your household requires a quiet,
“easy keeper,” or if you wish to fully participate in the world of canine competition, consider a pure-bred
animal. There are over 150 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. Research them at various web sites
available in the internet. Surely one of them is right for you and is available near to your