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Designer Dog Breeds: Coordinating Your Pooch With Your Lifestyle

Published on January 5, 2012 by in BARF

There is a new craze in the dog-breeding world that you may not have heard much about…it’s called hybrid dogs or “designer” dogs.

What Is A “Designer Dog”? 

A hybrid dog is a cross of two or more dog breeds normally chosen for their calm temperament, non-shedding qualities, or just plain old cuteness and charm. These designer dogs are bred to create a unique animal with a specific job and/or quality.

Hybrid vs. Purebred vs. Mutt 

Hybrid dogs are not to be confused with mutts. The lineage of a mutt is a mystery – you have no idea who the parents are. On the other hand, responsible hybrid dog breeders will select parents from only the best purebred lines resulting in optimum characteristics and healthier dogs overall.

Not long ago, people used to pay hundreds of dollars in order to acquire a purebred dog. Now with the popularity of hybrid dogs on the rise, people now pay the same if not more for a mixed breed designer dog. Many breeders have taken this craze to a whole new level. We are now seeing a high demand for these hybrid dogs. Simply said people are designing their pets to match their lifestyles.

What Makes Hybrid Dogs So Popular? 

There are many advantages of owning a hybrid dog. Many of these dogs tend to be healthier than the purebred dogs because there is less chance of inbreeding. There are also the benefits of choosing hybrid dogs for their unique qualities. The labradoodle for example, is a cross between a Labrador retriever and a standard poodle. This specific mix is known to create a hypoallergenic guide dog, perfect for people that need an intelligent assistance animal but are generally allergic to most dogs.

Want to Get A Designer Dog? Shop Wisely! 
Getting one of these beautiful designer dogs is not always an easy task. Because of the popularity of hybrid dogs, you must always research the breeder and make sure they are not breeding these dogs strictly for profit.

Puppy mills are set up to produce puppies as fast as the mother dogs can give birth. This type of breeding environment is traumatic to both the mother and the puppies. Puppy mill dogs are not allowed time to bond with the mother as they are taken and sold off at a very young age. Often times the puppies and the mother are not given the proper amount of exercise and nutrition they need and are kept in cages for most of their lives. This can create emotional and physical problems down to road.

Another risk is that many puppy mill breeders will ship these puppies’ long distances to pet shops or pet owners who purchase them through newspapers and the Internet. These journeys take a heavy toll on the puppies and many sicken and die en route.

The decision to go with a hybrid dog ultimately boils down to your personal choice. Some people like the specific qualities of hybrid dogs, others prefer to go with the tried and true purebred dogs, and of course there are those that love the uniqueness of a mixed breed mutt.

Whatever your decision, just make sure to do your research first and that whatever dog you do choose fits in to your lifestyle and personality.

Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com/ezine.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Al,

    I would like to know what studies or proof are out there that prove that these “mixes” are healthier than purebreds? Simply stating that there is less chance for inbreeding suggests that breeders of purebreds are irresponsible, when this is not the case at all.

    Responsible breeders (and I am by no means a breeder) of purebred dogs carefully select the lines that they breed and they do breed for optimum health in their lines. These dogs are tested for hips, eyes, elbows, and any other known ailments that are out there that can be tested for so that the breeder knows whether or not that particular dog will be able to perpetuate the health of their lines. Responsible breederscull out the weak and only breed for strong healthy dogs with even temperaments.

    The best way to pick a dog that is not a rescue is to look at the lines the breeder has produced, look at the test results, see the offspring and how healthy they are. Get to know different breeders and different lines. You can learn a lot about the breed of dog that you are about to buy.

    A mutt is a mutt is a mutt, and these mixes are purely that.
    Mutt Defined by Merriam-Webster, “a dog with parents of different breeds” (http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/mutt)

    • Thank you for your input on this subject! You’re right – responsible breeders will go to great lengths to carefully select the lines they breed and not allow for inbreeding. That is why as a prospective pet owner, you must establish a strong relationship with your breeder and do your research before you buy.

      • Therefore, there is no proof that mutts are any healthier than a well bred, purebred dog.

        It is true, unless you are rescuing a dog from a shelter, that you must take the time to get to know several breeders, ask lots and lots of questions concerning health clearances, ask to talk to previous people who have purchased puppies from them and even see what these dogs are like as they grow older, and about any titles that the dogs may have earned. It is important to do a lot of research before you decide on what type of dog and what breeder you are going to go with. Talk with pet care professionals who are in the know and can help you find the right dog to fit into your household.

  2. Therefore, there is no proof that mutts are any heiethalr than a well bred, purebred dog. It is true, unless you are rescuing a dog from a shelter, that you must take the time to get to know several breeders, ask lots and lots of questions concerning health clearances, ask to talk to previous people who have purchased puppies from them and even see what these dogs are like as they grow older, and about any titles that the dogs may have earned. It is important to do a lot of research before you decide on what type of dog and what breeder you are going to go with. Talk with pet care professionals who are in the know and can help you find the right dog to fit into your household.

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