A designer dog is a cross between two purebred dogs. A breeder can take a poodle and cross it with a yorkie to create offspring called "Yorkie-poos". Other breeds are popular to cross as well. Designer dogs have become popular because owners would like to have dogs with the best of both breeds. Poodles are popular to cross because their hair does not shed, and not everyone likes the way the poodle looks.
Designer dogs may have fewer health problems than their purebred parents. After selective breeding over many generations, the purebred dogs can inherit specific genetic disorders. For instance, Dalmations are prone to deafness, and many large breeds have problems with their hips. Breeders hope to profit from crossing two breeds to create designer puppies without the health problems but with the temperament and appearance of their purebred parents.
Opponents to breeding designer dogs contend that the puppies produced are simply glorified mutts. A person that wants a "designer dog" should just go to his or her local shelter and adopt a dog that has the characteristics they are looking for. Adopting from a shelter instead of breeding new pets will help reduce pet overpopulation.
Another argument against buying a designer dog is that many of their parents are housed in "puppy mills". Puppy mills are factory like kennels where dogs are kept in cages for breeding purposes their entire lives. These dogs do not have human contact and are often kept outdoors even in extreme weather.
For those wishing to own a designer dog, you should consider the cost of buying one over adopting one from a shelter. Shelter dogs are spayed and neutered, kept in humane conditions and will often be a mixed breed of the variety you are looking for. Many shelters often include the puppy's first shots and veterinary visit. Sites like petfinder.com can make your search simple. Adoption fees are often comparable to buying a dog from a breeder.
Create a Bar Graph that Compares the Costs of Dogs
1. What are some of the arguments AGAINST designer dogs?
2. What are the advantages of adopting a pet from a shelter?
3. Design a dog . Pick two breeds you are familiar with and either describe or sketch what a puppy would look like.
4. Optional: Visit petfinder.com or a local shelter's webpage. Can you find any dogs that are like designer dogs? What kind of mixed breed dogs are available in your area?
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AKITA, BEAGLE, BLOODHOUND, BULLDOG, CHIHUAHUA, CHOW, COLLIE, DOBERMAN, HUSKY, LABRADOR, MALTESE, MASTIFF, POINTER, POMERANIAN, POODLE, PUG, RETRIEVER, SCHNAUZER, SPANIEL, TERRIER
Can You Match the Designer Dog with Its Parents?
1. ___ Golden retriever x Poodle
2. ___ Chow Chow x Husky
3. ___ Boston Terrier x Pug
4. ___ Pug x Beagle
5. ___ Yorkshire terrier x chihuahua
6. ___ Bull Mastiff x Labrador
7. ___ Jack Russell Terrier x Shih-tzu
8. ___ Chihuahua x Beagle
9. ___ Maltese x Yorkshire Terrier
10. ___ Rottweiler x Siberian Husky
a. cheagle b. buggs c. rottsky
d. golden doodle e. morkie
f. bullmasador g. chusky h. puggle
i. chorkie j. jack-tzu