It's a hot topic today. We hear: "Mixed dog breeds don't have all the years of inbreeding, so they don't have all the health problems that purebred dogs do."
What about: "Labradoodles
don't have ear problems. Labradoodles
Truth is, Labradoodles
often have worse ear problems than Labrador Retrievers, and they surely do shed, quite unlike the Standard Poodle!
"Mixed breeds are just as easy to train as Purebreds
, and the mix doesn't matter," you say?
Truth is, yes the mix DOES matter. It's extremely hard to train a dog with a double-track mind ... say a Lab-Husky
mix. One side wants to be with his owners, and the other side wants to run all the time.
Golden Retrievers and Labs make a compatible cross and great pets. They have consistent mind sets.... But the crossing of totally incompatible breeds certainly causes some dogs to go crazy! Literally.
Don't do away with mixed breeds, nor fail to love on some of our precious pets from shelters. (Remember everybody, I have a rescue dog now, had others in the past, and will continue to have them.)
Do away with intentionally throwing everything together and leaving it, saying there's nothing wrong with it... or even giving it a cutesy name and promoting it.
That's a lie that is giving dogs a bad name. As a result, more innocent dogs that might possibly have found good homes are put to sleep ... simply because of similarities with ones that went crazy.
Let us take responsibility for our actions and use some wisdom in them.
Labels: Labradoodles, Labrador Retriever, mixed dog breeds, purebred dogs