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You might know of them as 'mongrels', 'mutts' or have heard some more
colorful descriptions like “designer breeds. Whatever you call them they
are the result of either deliberate or accidental crossbreeding.

designer breeds, maltipoos, yorkiepoo, yorktese, shorkies, morkies,
puggles, mixed breeds, breeding mix breeds

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You might know of them as 'mongrels', 'mutts' or have heard some more
colorful descriptions like “designer breeds. Whatever you call them they
are the result of either deliberate or accidental crossbreeding.

There are over 800 different breeds of dogs already recognized by Kennel
Clubs around the world. Many people around the world have owned dogs
considered to be mixed breeds for years but now crossbreeding is taking a
more sinister turn.

Unscrupulous breeding practices have led to a new generation of dog that
has highly valued traits and temperament. Many of today’s most popular
celebrities are flaunting their tiny dogs proudly. Paris Hilton, Britney
Spears and many of the world’s most elite socialites are rarely seen
without their petite dogs.

But what's so great about these dogs?

People who own dogs of mixed parentage say their dogs have better
personalities. In theory a widening of the gene pool could in fact
improve the temperament of some mixes. Fans of the designer dogs say you
cannot be too sure of purebred dogs either.
Purebreds are all a result of some form of selective breeding; however
these designers’ breeds are not. All dogs come from some intertwining
however purebred is a more trusted source. People have been domesticating
dogs for many of thousands of years by mixing a bit of this and that.

The term purebred is used with regard to dogs that have met certain
criteria through an established track record. There are a minimum number
of generations that must pass through a series of checks for a new
variety to become a recognized breed.
Not everybody is as enthusiastic about these new hybrid dogs. The kinds
of genetic weaknesses that could be introduced into the gene pool are
infinite. This is quite a scary thought in terms of the future of our
hairy companions. Imagine if 50 years from now there are no discernible
traces of any of the breeds we once knew.
And it's about much more than preservation of purity. If some of the
newer mixes are proof of some kind of assisted evolution of dogs what are
we really saying by breeding dogs the size of handbags?

In some kind of cyclical process fashion-statement-handbag-dogs are
becoming as popular as they were in the late 19th Century. It was
considered standard for any respectable woman to have a pint-sized pooch
in her bag.

Now you can have a dog the size of a large mouse. Many celebrities can be
seen fussing over their tiny dogs which serve to popularize the idea that
these dogs are the latest 'it' thing. What happens when the neon lights
fade away?

Paris Hilton gave her little pooch away. They're awfully cute but as all
with all dogs they're a long term commitment. It doesn't do the dog any
favors to grow up spoilt and then be abandoned or given away.

Miniature dogs can develop all kinds of nasty health complications. If
their lives are not cut short by their stature they can look forward to a
wide range of health problems. Many of which are expensive and painful.

It's widely acknowledged amongst experts that the newer Teacup varieties
are irresponsible. You can be almost guaranteed of a sickly dog.
Epileptic seizures, birthing problems, dental problems and back problems
are just some of the conditions that these diminutive dogs are more
likely to face.

There's a good reason why no reputable breeder would breed their dogs
down to a particular size that would be unhealthy; these breeding
practices involved are widely considered to be dangerous.

But what's wrong with purebred dogs?

Aren't there enough variations to choose from already? What’s wrong with
getting a Maltese if you want Maltese characteristics? What’s wrong with
getting a Yorkshire Terrier if you want on that is full of energy? If you
are highly allergic to dogs, chances are you will suffer no matter how
carefully your dog was bred.

It is true that there is considerable variation in the   predictability of
purebred dogs, as with any kind of selective breeding.   The biggest and
foremost advantage is that purebred dogs have a better   chance of becoming
well adjusted, healthy dogs later in life because they   have a proven
track record.

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