Designer Dogs

What is a “Designer Dog” you ask?

What separates a “mutt” (which comes from unknown lineage) from a designer dog is this:

Take any two Pure Bred dogs, any two, breed them together and what you get is a Designer dog.

When you buy a designer dog just like a designer purse, you may find a costly price to own this unique possession.

Bella, a Lhasa apsoshih tzu cross owned by Liz Young, of Dunedin. Photo by Linda Robertson.

The Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Designer Dog

Let’s say you have always wanted to own a Brussels Griffon and you have also always wanted to own a Poodle. Well, you can now buy a Broodle Griffon. Unfortunately, some breeders claim to fame on these mixed breeds or “hybrids” is that you will get the best of both breeds. Not true. You can also get the worst.

Labradoodles were one of the first designer dogs being bred and sold over 15 years ago. They were advertised as a curly-haired, friendly and outgoing hypoallergenic breed of dog . Even back then the price for one of these dogs went as high as $2,000 US. The truth is Poodles do not shed. However Labs do shed.

LabradoodleA black Labradoodle

The goal of breeding two purebred dogs is to get the best traits of each breed. Put a Labrador and a Poodle together and you may get the best hunting dog ever. However you may also get the worst traits of each breed. Therefore it is important to research each breed and meeting the sire and dam are very important. Don’t assume that your dog will have a great temperament. And with any dog, it doesn’t hurt to seek dog training advice to further ensure a great pet.

Designer dogs have become a huge fad in the US, being swept up by celebrities and other well known people. Popularity grows and as history shows, the dogs also become popular with pet stores and puppy mills.

Designer dog puppy mill

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Dealing with Grief

“It’s just a dog”.

I’ve heard this many times and frankly I feel sorry for people who share this opinion.

Anyone who loves dogs has more than likely suffered the grief associated with death. It’s very difficult for people who don’t feel the same way about dogs to understand the pain and loss we feel.

There are many different forms of grief. How you deal with grief depends on how you were raised, the circumstances of death, religious beliefs and personalities. We will all grieve differently. The death of a dog can range from sadness to one of the most devastating events in our lives.

Sharing your life with a dog is different from most other animals. The unconditional love, bonding and emotional investment we allow ourselves to experience with a dog can be one of the most satisfying experiences in our lives. Unfortunately dogs don’t live long enough. To some people losing a dog is like losing a family member or a best friend. It can be very difficult for people who have never shared this kind of relationship to understand this type of emotional loss.

There are different types of grief. Some dogs die after long and happy lives. Some dogs die senseless deaths at a young age. Again depending on our own emotional skills and environment, we may know that we gave that dog a good life and miss them very much or we may feel that we can barely go on without our beloved dog.

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