Don't be fooled by "Designer Dogs"!
It is becoming more common to see advertisements from people breeding “Designer Dogs”. Please don’t fall into the trap of paying a high price for these animals. They are nothing more than a cross-breed and are marketed to make you think you’re getting the best qualities from two separate breeds that have been mixed together. Breeders of purebred dogs continuously work to preserve the purebred dog and rarely make any money. These “designer dog” breeders are breeding for money and are hoping to cash in on what they hope is a niche market and prey on uneducated puppy buyers.
These so-called breeders are not taking the genetic failings of the separate breeds into consideration prior to pairing their chosen breeds. This is what they neglect to tell you!! It takes a responsible dog breeder years to establish a strong and health line of animals and by mixing these dogs, there is no telling what kind of genetic and temperament faults will crop up. Mixing dogs, especially LARGE BREED DOGS, is a dangerous endeavor when it comes to temperament. Be safe! Never purchase a mixed breed animal, especially a large breed. These breeders have no idea what the future holds for these animals. They do not do health testing like a responsible breeder or purebred dogs would!! Don’t be their guinea pig and pay the price when your animal develops diseases, temperament problems and/or a short life span. Also, your animal will never be eligible for American Kennel Club registration.
The majority of the time these designer breeders will use low quality breeding stock they acquire from the lowest price source (because what responsible breeder would sell them a puppy knowing they are going to use it for this purpose). The purebred dogs they use in their breeding program, which may have serious health and/or genetic faults, are then crossbred with different breeds with bad traits related to that breed. If you prefer a mixed breed dog, please contact your local rescue organizations or humane societies. These animals are in need of loving homes and are already spayed/neutered and are up to date on their vaccinations. They are also a fraction of the cost vs. what you would pay for a “designer dog”.
Thank you for reading this important information. It has been developed to help prevent you and your family from many problems and expenses down the line. Owning a dog is a big (lifelong) responsibility. If you are going to purchase a dog, please work with well known, responsible breeders of AKC purebred dogs or your local animal shelters. Don’t support to these “designer dog” breeders who are contributing exponentially to the millions of animals in shelters put to sleep yearly!
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