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Chimera - or designer Dog

Discussion in 'Exhibition Lounge' started by AdrianSadlier, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. AdrianSadlier

    AdrianSadlier Well-Known Member


    LaBestie! by Adrian Sadlier, on Flickr

    This is an obvious Photoshop mash up. But for fun, I posted it on a Wetie group on Facebook. Just to see the reaction. I love dogs of all types (I can never walk past a dog without trying to engage with it:)). But I accept each dog as it is, without reference to "trueness" to breed or any other such sillyness.

    I will wait until the initial tsunami of responses have died down before I repond on the facebook page (it's a private group so no sense in posting a link).

    But what is the general opintion of the current trend for "designer" dogs or "crossbreeds"?

    Isn't just a dof enough?
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  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Lived in digs once where the landlady had a dobberman/alsation cross. It had alsation body/tail, dobermann legs and teeth for both. It was big enough to put front paws on the shoulders of a 6' person and look down on them. She helped take me from terrified to merely scared of dogs.
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I love a lot of the designer breeds, they look lovely. We have been thinking of getting a cockapoo or similar. However, we are not. One of the reasons is, despite loving how they look, it bothers me for their future health and potential behaviour problems. Unscrupulous breeders creating potential monsters for no reason than to please us and subsequently make a lot of money.

    I read an interview with the "inventor" of the Labradoodle. He claimed it was his biggest regret, yet it was bred for a true purpose but got out of hand, based on it's looks as opposed to it's purpose of an allergy free guide dog.
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  4. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Humans have been using selective breeding for so long, it's hard to separate the 'did it for vanity' from 'did it to get better quality milk'. So in some ways, designer dogs isn't our biggest sin (I think the lack of variety in the banana might be that). I think the health problems in pure bred dogs are probably worse than designer cross-breeds alone. It's an area that's complex and we should stop messing with, outside of trying to restore some balance to the health problems.

    I would always encourage people to adopt dogs and cats from rescue centres whenever possible, rather than pay someone who's basically breeding new animals for sale. This is not without it's challenges, and if you want a puppy or kitten, it's obviously more of a challenge.
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  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Cross breeds are supposed to be healthier than pure breeds, usually. As for behaviour problems, that depends on upbringing.

    Rather than pay silly money for what is in reality a mongrel, why not go to the local rescue shelter and get a mutt? Just make sure it is young enough to socialise.

    I have two rescues. Tam is a Husky/GSD, weighs about 35kg+ and is certain she is a lap dog. She was living with a couple in a small council flat together with her half-sister GSD. When I got her, I was looking for something small. Gel is a collie from a shelter, about three or four when I got him. Loves people, but can a bit tricky with other dogs. He is the third collie I have had. Collies are reputed to be the second most intelligent breed. So how come they have all had the intelligence of a demented amoeba?

    Don't care whether a dog is pure bred or mutt. They are all dogs.

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  6. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I put one of the reasons for not getting one. The other is, not getting one at all. We go away a fair bit and intend to do more. I don't mind putting the cats into a cattery but I think it would be unfair to do that to a dog, certainly for a long time fairly often.
  7. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Growing up we had a spaniel / collie cross (with other stuff mixed in). Mental as anything. Utterly crazy.
  8. EightBitTony

    EightBitTony Well-Known Member

    Honestly, this is one of the reasons we stick with cats (there are others). We don't put ours in a cattery any more though after a couple of bad experiences. But a local pet sitter comes by if we're away for long periods and will make 1, 2 or 3 visits a day for much less than the cost of a cattery anyway!
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  9. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Tam. She's about a metre from nose to bum, then there's the tail...


    In the snow.

  10. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I've always owned rescue dogs. One purebred border collie which was a working dog that was too hard for sheep, but an ideal cattle dog. Other than that it's been a bearded collie x some kind of terrier, a whippet lurcher and our current hound, a Saluki x greyhound x collie x other things. I wouldn't contemplate having anything but a lurcher now. Such wonderful pets.

    Here's Dash in his favourite chair:


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