I love all dogs. I love them when they’re short, tall, aloof, exuberant, purebred, mix breed and everything in between. My wish for every dog in the world is that they be healthy, happy and loved.
So when you see me post about “designer dogs” labeling them as mixed breeds, please don’t misunderstand me. I believe that all dogs are equal in the amount of love and care they need. I believe that they are beautiful creatures who deserve the best life possible. I believe that most people who get a dog are doing the best they know how.
I am not angry at cockapoos or bernedoodles.
I am angry at the person who took two unhealth-tested dogs of different breeds and bred them together for no other purpose than to make money. I’m angry at how easy it will be for these puppies to go to homes that are not prepared for the work that a puppy brings. I’m angry that some unsuspecting family saved up their money and paid hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for a dog with no health clearances, no guarantees and no breeder support.
I’m angry that many of the new owners are never educated about what the puppy needs to be happy and healthy. I’m angry that these new owners will not have an experienced, knowledgeable breed expert on call to answer questions about the dog. I’m angry that if the new owner decides they were not ready for the puppy it will very likely end up in a shelter. I’m angry that once money changes hands and that puppy leaves its mother, it will not have an advocate.
That is why I try to inform people about responsible breeding. Why pay thousands for a cute name when instead your money could bring you a healthy puppy with a sound temperament and the lifelong support of an experienced, knowledgeable breed expert?
Soon I plan to address the question, “What is a responsible breeder” Does it exist? What does it mean? How do you find one?
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