I have a pet peeve. Ok, multiple. But one of my biggest is the deliberate breeding of mixed breed dogs. Now, I don't have anything against mixed breed dogs. Best dog I ever had was a mix. And I will likely have one again. I also realize that most or all breeds of dogs we have today are some mixture of ancestral breeds put together to create a certain type of dog that eventually became a new breed. The difference is that most of those breeds were created to do something-hunt, herd, retrieve, guard, pull sleds, whatever. The "breeds" people are creating today in large part don't do anything specific. By and large most of the "designer" dogs created today are just pets. And yes, I realize some of the current breeds we have now are also just lap dogs but we have plenty of those and hopefully breeders who are working to correct all the health problems that run rampant in some of those breeds
These designer dogs are literally no different than all the mixed breed dogs in the shelter. So I absolutely fail to understand why people continue to purchase them. I can see a person going to a reputable breeder and paying large sums of money for a healthy dog who was bred to perform some task. If you need a working dog of some sort-herding, hunting, whatever then that's reasonable. But why on earth would you pay big bucks for a yorkie-poo? What is it exactly that you are paying for? It's not health I'm guessing. I'm obviously no breeder but I would think that any quality breeder of any breed would not be crossing their quality dogs with other breeds. So that means all the indiscriminate breeders and puppy mills are producing mixed breed puppies with the same problems as their purebred parents (luxating patellas, underbites, hernias and so on). And they can't be paying for a certain look because there is no standard for a mixed breed dog. Again these are largely mixed breed lap dogs dozens of which can be found at the local shelter.
I don't know if people just don't realize this or don't care, but either way buying one of these dogs continues to support puppy producers who are contributing to the pet overpopulation. At least in my opinion.
I also don't understand when a litter of whatever-poos or some similar cross comes in to have their tails docked. I am very close to refusing to dock tails of any breed but absolutely won't dock the tail of any mixed breed dog for a non-medical reason.
That's all for now. Thanks for listening!
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