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Designer mutts - can designer moggies be far behind?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I just came across this story about "Labradoodles" and "Bagels", and wonder if it will catch on among cat lovers.

post #2 of 14
I saw that on the ticker of CNN Headline News at lunch. My goodness - a mutt (Labradoodle) going for as much as $4000?!?! How many of these "Designer Dogs" are sitting in the shelters around the world waiting for a good home for less than $100?
post #3 of 14
I thought about getting a Labradoodle. They're supposed to be better for people with allergies. And I adore labs and poodles.
post #4 of 14
Originally posted by valanhb
How many of these "Designer Dogs" are sitting in the shelters around the world waiting for a good home for less than $100?
My friend adopted a Labrasset. It has the body of a basset hound and the head of a lab. It's so cute!
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
This sounds like a gimmick, and Heidi is right - the "pounds" are full of such "mutts", so why breed them? Do you think I should describe JC as a "designer cat" (Oriental Shorthair mom, Norwegian Forest Cat, or maybe Maine Coone, father), rather than as an "alley cat"? I remember when everybody was buying Cockapoos back in the 70s.
post #6 of 14
My friends dog just had her second litter of Pekapoo's. (Pekinese and Poodle mix) Like you said, these aren't designer dogs, they're the same mutts that people leave at the pound. My brother's dog (from the humane society) is part shepard and part lab. He paid $70 and she's the best. And best of all, he saved her life!

People will pay a ton of money for anything, as long as you sell it right.
post #7 of 14

Our LabShepBeagle is a great dog, and he came to us off the street for free. And my LabShepBorCol (Labrador/German Shepherd/Border Collie?) mix from the shelter cost $60, and she's a fabulous dog.

People who see how good she is have tried to buy her from me. But when she was in the shelter, the staff was thrilled to see her adopted b/c they say black (she's mostly black) dogs have a hard time getting adopted.

There are lots of wonderful mixes ready for adoption at shelters and rescue groups, for a lot less than $4000. Better to adopt, get a better dog, and save the $ for vet care or donate it to the shelter.
post #8 of 14
Pearl is a pit bull/shepherd/God-only-knows-what mix and she was found abandoned in the desert. As dogs go, she is what she's supposed to be: a family pet and early-warning system. I would have never gone looking for a dog, like her but I'm glad that we have her.

Even my purebred (no papers) Dalmatian was a gift from my best friend. WHY would anyone pay a premium price, for a mutt, when you can get one at the Humane Society, dog pound or the weekly "for free" column?
post #9 of 14
I love spoodles! Spaniel/Poodle cross. They are the cutest things ever. I'm not against breeding breeds together but I'm not for it either.. Some of them sound so interesting!
post #10 of 14
Back when Shar-Peis were THE trendy dog, a pet store had some Shar-Pei/terrier mix puppies. A Gol-darned fence jumper had gotten to someone's pedigreed Shar-Pei. These were the ugliest puppies, that I had ever seen - wrinkled, with odd tufts of wire hair scattered about their bodies. The pet store had them on consignment, at $300 each. That was ridiculous! I wouldn't pay a premium price for a purebred, much less a mutt!

I've had three purebreds, in my entire life: a toy poodle, acquired at the dog pound, a Dalmatian, purchased from a backyard breeder for $75 and Ike, free from my best friend. Every other pet in my life has been a mixed breed cat or dog, from a shelter, a friend or a rescue. I've never had a purebred cat.
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
With one exception, a beagle named Teddy my parents bought from a breeder when I was around 3 or 4, all our/my pets have been adoptees. I have nothing against purebreds: most, but not all, of the dogs have been purebreds from shelters. Only two of the cats, a "Thai"/Siamese (Applehead) and a Siamese (new standard) were purebred, and I got them when their owners moved and didn't/couldn't take the cats with them. I would simply prefer that people look in the local shelters first, because in most cases they can find their "perfect pet".
post #12 of 14
For me, it wasn't that simple. I had to get a cat that my roommate wasn't allergic to. We found out he wasn't allergic to Sphynxes so I looked for Sphynx rescues and none of them I found had any available to I started looking for breeders. Cupid was $2000 and I'd have paid twice as much for him. (Well, I say that now that I know him. I don't know about before. That's pretty pricey! )

If I decide to get a dog, I will look into getting a Labradoodle. If my roommate isn't allergic to them then I'd go the same route I did to get Cupid.

So that's the perspective from someone who can't get a pet from the shelter. Even if there was a lab/poodle in the shelter, I wouldn't know if it was full lab & full poodle and it could aggravate my roommates allergies. I'd have to take it home to find out (b/c the other animals there would definitely make him have allergic reactions) and then I'd have to take him back if he was.
post #13 of 14
Unfortunatly, the cat world has already started following in the same foot steps. I know here is Australia, we have the burmilla (burmese x chincilla). Let me start off saying that I am NO expert on the burmilla, and am not 100% sure of when the breed was developed. I am happy to be corrected by any Burmilla breeders out there. Then there is the tonkinese, which is dismissed as a mongral as it has been around almost as long as the siamese.

It is harder to cross purebred cats, as there is variations of the one breed, which can be crossed to produce purebreeds. The siamese is a great example - you have the balinese (long haired siamese), oriental (coloured siamese), javanese (Long haired oriental), foriegn white (pure white siamese) and the LH foriegn white. I can cross any of these cats, and end up with a litter of purebreeds.

I can talk all day about the genetics of cats, but lets hope that we concentrate on deveolping the breeds we have, then making new ones.
post #14 of 14
Well let's see.....Nemo is an Alaskan Malamute and Labrador mix so that would make him an Alaskan Malabrador Oh well that is too much for me to think about.

All I know is Nemo is a beautiful blue-eyed big ole boy with all of the Malamute markings and actions and manners of the breed, including the instinct to kill any small animal that wonders in my back yard,(squirrels don't have a chance) and he has the cutest floppy ears like a lab:

It is crazy to me for someone to sell a cross of a dog like that when there are thousands upon thousands of mixed breed wonderful animals at the shleters, just waiting for that special someone out there, I have two of them now with the addition of Nakita, She is a sweetheart for sure
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