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Some History of Designer Breeds and The Problem

Some History of Designer Breeds and The Problem

By Steve Allison

Although the concept is by no means new; many people are discovering that some of the latest breeds of super dogs are not as great as their breeders would have you believe.

Of the “designer dog club” the ‘Labradoodle’ is probably the most well known. The ‘Labradoodle’ was originally bred for sight impaired individuals who had severe reactions to dog’s fur. This new hybrid aimed to combine the intelligence of the Labrador with a non-shedding poodle. However you may or may not have a puppy that will be non-shedding. Labradoodles have been around for over 20 years and are gaining recognition.

But the term ‘designer mutts’ can be used to describe any number of endless combinations of dogs who have been bred for particular valued qualities. Ever thought about owning a Dorgi? That’s a cross between a Corgi and a Dachshund. How about a Puggle? That’s a cross between a Beagle and a Puggle. There are many variations on breeds with poodles now too. This often results in comical names – the Corgi Poo; or the Shih Poo, the variations are endless.

Hypoallergenic, intelligent and some say healthier than average – these dogs are becoming popular throughout the world. Yet the American Kennel Club refuses to accept these new breeds. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 153 breeds at present; and says that these dogs don’t meet their criteria.

The American Hybrid Club seems to be the answer for the breeders who are rallying to have their new combinations recognized. They argue that in fact all dog breeds exist as a result of some kind of experimentation with mixing breeds.

There are many inherent dangers associated with mixing breeds that would never have bred naturally. The main problem is that you never really know exactly what you will be getting. Most often you can learn a great deal about a dog by the look and temperament of their parents – but with these dogs there is no way to tell if you will end up with a mouse sized dog – or a dog the size of a small donkey.

And it’s not just looks. You might be unpleasantly surprised to find that your new puppy has the temperament of a hostile dictator; or worse is very aggressive. These are serious faults; especially if you intend to introduce your cute new ‘Schnoodle’ (a mixture of a Schnauzer and a poodle) to your kids you never know what might happen.

Is that really a chance you want to take?

Also, these new breeds are by no means considered cheap. You could get an equivalent mix at a shelter for free. But some breeders are charging thousands of dollars for dogs they cannot personally guarantee. They claim these dogs take the best of both breeds. But there is an equal risk that the dog can end up with the worst from breeds. This seems like a staggering chance to take.

In an attempt to create super dog these breeders are using breeding techniques that seem strangely unnatural. Certain Bulldog combinations always require artificial insemination for successful mating to occur. And you can’t count on Caesar section. Many of the crossbreeds are bred for profit. Unscrupulous practices which lead to fashion item dogs will create a host of problems for future generations.

If you have your heart set on a designer dog bear in mind you might end up paying more in vet bills. Your puppy will need a vast array of tests.

There are many well-established variations. Purebred dogs have a proven track record. You can say with greater certainty what your Labrador will look like. You will also have a greater idea of what kinds of health problems to expect in your Dachshund.

You can also find adult crossbreeds in a number of places. Adult dogs are often a good choice for families who have children or who need to be sure of the dog’s temperament. And of course giving a loving home to a homeless dog is always a good thing. If you have your heart set on one of the new crossbreeds; try to learn what you can before deciding on the particular dog or cross.

Steve Allison is a third generation of professional dog breeders along with his brother Gary. It all started with his grandparents in 1970 with the Boston Terriers and has expanded to Maltese, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs, Shih Tzu’s and Pomeranians. He is also actively involved with dog rescue and has a website that showcases the puppies they occasionally has for sale at All My Puppies Online Steve is also the co-author of two consumer guides, Carpet Secrets and Moving Secrets Guide

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Dachshund – The “Weiner Dog” Breed Description

Dachshund – The “Weiner Dog” Breed Description

By Josh Emsley

Dachshunds originated in Germany and are known to have existed as far back as the 16th century. Dachshunds were bred to hunt badgers, wild boar and other types of small animals. In German, Dachs means badger and Hund means dog, showing the emphasis the breeding pattern had on the hunting of the badger.

Dachshunds have a fearless kind of attitude about them handed down from their ancestry of hunting. The original breed was quite large compared to the CKC/AKC standards of today, averaging 30 to 40 pounds. Eventually this size was branched off into smaller categories for individual hunting of smaller prey such as a fox or rabbit.

Dachshunds are unique in that they were used to actually hunt their prey under ground, following it into its hole – killing and retrieving it for their reward.

Today you will find two sizes of Dachshunds, the miniature and the standard. According to the Canadian Kennel Club and American Kennel Club miniatures are not a separate classification but compete in a class division for “11 pounds and under at 12 months of age and older.” Weight of the standard size is usually between 16 and 32 pounds.”

There are three varieties to the coat that a Dachshund is bred with:

* Smooth
* Wire-haired
* Long-haired

The Dachshund is known for its huge variance in patterns and colours of coat – an explanation of which could be a lengthy discussion on its own. The two most common colours – popularized by modern day TV and books are the red(most popular) and the black and tan.

Dachshunds have enjoyed immense popularity over the years resulting in both the good and bad that comes with this. The only time that Dachshunds have fell into a lack of popularity was during World War I, when the Dachshund was used as a symbol of the Germans in Allied propaganda material.

Overall the Dachshund is a clever courageous dog that has added to humanities existence in uncountable ways. They have a unique personality that leans towards fierce loyalty and fearless friendliness, often leaving dogs of larger stature taken aback.

For more information on this breed, check out the Dachshund Info, Pictures and Puppies at BullandHund

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Dachshund Complete Profile

Dachshund Complete Profile


Key Facts:

Size: Small – medium
Height: Standard variety: 22 cm (9 in) Miniature variety: 12 cm (5 in)
Weight: Standard variety: 6.5 – 11.5 kg (15-25 lb).
Miniature variety: 4.5 kg (9-10 lb).
Life Span: 13 years
Grooming: Varies with variety
Exercise: Reasonable
Feeding: Undemanding
Temperament: Independent & brave
Country of Origin: Germany
AKC Group: Hound
Other Names: Zwergteckel (miniature), Normalschlag (standard)

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Low to ground, short legged and long bodied.
Colour: Any solid colour is permitted. No white is allowed in the Smooth-Haired variety.
Coat: Smooth-haired breeds have a short, dense, smooth coat. The Long-Haired have a soft, straight and slightly wavy coat. The Wire-Haired variety has shaggy eyebrows and a beard. The outercoat is harsh and short and the undercoat is dense.
Tail: Set high, carried level with the back and not curved.
Ears: Set high, moderately long, rounded tips and hanging close to the cheeks.
Body: Long and low body, level back, tucked up belly, deep chest and short forearms.

Active, hardy, courageous and independent. These dogs make good family companions and guard dogs. Dachshunds respond well to training, but they can also have a mind of their own and require firm discipline. This breed usually gets on with other dogs and can be overly-brave when approaching larger dogs. They should be socialised with other household pets at an early age to prevent difficulties later on.

Grooming is easy and straight forward for the Smooth-Haired variety. Occasional grooming with a rubber brush is sufficent to remove the dead hairs. The Wire-Haired and Long-Haired varieties are more demanding and do require frequent brushing to maintain a healthy knot-free coat. The ears need to be kept clean and the claws trimmed short.

Dachshunds need a reasonable level of exercise to keep fit. They should be kept on a lead when out in public, as their natural hunting instincts will probably cause them to run off. It is best to avoid unnecessary strain on their backs, such as excessive running up and down stairs.

Dachshunds tend to eat almost anything they are given and can easily become overweight.

The name ‘Dachshund’ originates from the German word ‘dachs’ meaning badger. Being a short legged breed makes them ideal for going into burrows. Their shortened legs are believed to have evolved through the mutation of genes. The Wire-Haired variety came about through cross-breeding with Dandie Dinmont lines and the Long-Haired variety was developed through crosses with German Stoberhunds.

Additional Comments:

The miniature Dachshund variety are replicas of the standard breed, except for the difference in size. Their smaller size was developed so they could easily get into rabbit burrows.
In the past all the varieties of Dachshunds suffered from severe back problems because there was a tendancy to breed for longer backs, without the structural build being taken into account. These days the breeds are much healthier and in proportion, but it is a good idea to buy from an experienced breeder.
The Smooth-Haired Dachshund is the original type of this dog family. The Wire-Haired and Long-Haired types were produced when the Smooth-Haired was crossed with other breeds.


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