Arguments FOR “designer dogs”?

Question by Dignity of a Dane: FOR “designer ”?
Just stating upfront- I’m very much against the “designer dog” fad. But, I’ve heard many arguments against them and have my own opinions, but I am curious about the arguments of people who support these . I don’t plan on bashing, burning, attacking, or yelling at anybody who thoughtfully and respectfully states their case. Though, if your answer is rude, disrespectful, or poorly thought out, I may get mad. This is just to help make me a little more knowledgeable about the other side of the argument.

Best answer:

Answer by chzbrgr
These are the “arguments” I’ve heard:

They’re cute!
They have the best traits of both breeds!
They’re fashionable!
They create interesting naming challenges! (Maltipompuggleroo?)
They’re hypoallergenic/don’t shed/poop unicorns/do other amazing things the salesperson lied to me about!
I’m a sucker who wants to pay hundreds of dollars for a sick mutt!

Okay maybe they don’t say that last one, but it’s implicit…

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Comments

    • babyy123
    • February 27, 2014

    i dont support “designer dogs” well people who breed them. i think its rediculos. because professional breeders try and “perfect a breed” and then irresponsible people go and breed different breeds and thats like a slap in the face to professional breeders.

    • KHAYOS-supprt HR1207!!!!
    • February 27, 2014

    I can think of a lot of arguments for them, but I can counter all of them with real facts *shrugs*

    Basically, a lot of them seem to think these dogs are healthier and hypoallegenic or w/e.

    • Dd (is on vacation)
    • February 27, 2014

    The first answer covered a lot of the excuses, er I mean, arguments, but they forgot to mention the “hybrid vigor” myth that designer breeders keep pushing.

    • Amerz & The Labradork
    • February 27, 2014

    Quite frankly, the other side of the argument is founded on using lies and deception(chzburger listed some good ones). It is nothing more than breeding for profit, and not done for any ethical or legitimate reason. Unfortunately, many people fall for the lies and then try to justify it by repeating the lies and claiming them as facts.

    So any reason listed should be taken with a grain of salt and come with a puke pail since they tend to make most of us very sick. =)

    • happy2luvk9s
    • February 27, 2014

    for people who have more money than brains and really poor self-esteems who think that by getting a dog that will never have papers, that they have over paid for by 8 times and with a “cutesy” made up “breed” name where the mutt will never be recognized by the AKC because somebody got money hungry and found some huge suckers out there that aren’t too intelligent feel like they have something “special and rare”.

    • Happy to be her mommy
    • February 27, 2014

    The American Kennel Club does not recognize Designer Dogs. The designer dog, given this name because it is as if several breeds were bred by design. In all actuality most of the designer dogs could be labeled mistakes as someone let a female in heat out in a yard and a very unneutered male heard the scent and the outcome was what is now known as a designer dog. Some of the offspring were so outstandingly good looking and had the best personality of the two breeds that were originally mismatched that breeders decided to marry dogs and see what they could get. These designer dogs are very popular and are now as expensive as a purebred and the beauty of it is that inbreeding had caused not only physical defects but also personality defects that designer dogs don't have.

    I am sure you have seen photos of movie stars and people in the news holding some of these designer dogs in their arms such as a maltipoo (maltese and poodle), chiweenie (Chihuahua and dachshund), pekepoo (Pekinese and poodle), pomapoo (Pomeranian and poodle) poochon (poodle and bichon frise) for examples. These designer dogs are now just about in every pet shop and pound across the country. These designer dogs carry or are assumed to carry the best qualities of the breed of dog that they were bred from. The mixtures are fun and exciting to see and many have outstanding personalities that purebred dogs lack. There are some really unusual designer dogs such as the Saint Berdoodle, the Schnoodle, the Scoodle and the Puggle. If you haven't already guessed what designer dogs these are, they are the Saint Bernard and the Standard Poodle, the Schnauzer and the Poodle, the Scottish terrier and the Poodle and the Pug and the Beagle.

    These are great combinations and are becoming more and more popular with the dog loving public who aren't necessarily of the opinion that a dog must be pure and registered with the AKC. Just as formalities in life have given way to casual life style, the breed of a dog doesn't really matter anymore if you love dogs and are looking for a loving pet. The breed of a dog does count when it comes to the loyalty and nature of your canine companion. Designer dogs fit the bill.

    There must be over one thousand listed in the designer dog category. Purebred dogs are outnumbered and may someday just be a memory. One could say dogs have become multi-racial as have people and this is a good thing.
    ***I don’t know why I got a thumbs down… I am against designer breeds, but the question asked for PRO designer arguments, not anti***

    • DJL
    • February 27, 2014

    I had a conversation today with what is a normally very smart woman. Who is an animal person by the way(Horses).

    Today she says to me “I think I saw a Puggle”.
    I was polite. Then I said, “there is no reason for this mix to occur”

    She says to me, “But I like Pugs and I like Beagles, so you get the best of both.”

    Again remaining as polite as I could I said, “but its a mutt and you have no idea what you are going to get from either side” also I said “pugs are as dumb as a box of rocks, and Beagles, well they are hound dogs, notoriously difficult to train”

    I was really surprised that this bright woman, who has bred some lovely horses had this concept about a Pug/Beagle mix.

    Go figure

    • Kate
    • February 27, 2014

    For people who have allergies, sometimes blending dog breeds results in a dog that causes a lesser allergic reaction

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