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The Cutest Mixed Breed Dog Ever :)

I just had to share some pictures of my baby, Albi. He is a 1 year old shar pei dachshund mix. A dachshund "breeder" was trying to breed her miniature dachshund and once the puppies were born she realized that at sometime her shar pei got to her! Obviously, horrible breeder.... however, Albi is the love of my life and not a day goes by that my fiance and I do not dote on him. We took him home when he was merely 4 weeks old... the puppies got too large too quickly and the mother refused to nurse them. Horrible circumstances but truly I couldn't ask for a better dog. We constantly get stopped and people want pictures of him or to know more about him.

The first pictures were taken when he was around 6 weeks old and the last one was taken last week. I can't believe he is 33 lbs... his mom was 9 lbs and the dad was 45 lbs.

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Old 02-23-2010, 02:32 PM
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That first pitcure is very cute!!! You're right, unfortunately strange breedings happen...yesterday I was at the vet's, where someone told me that his SIL just had a litter with Golden retriever-Chihuahua puppies...Luckily, not being pure bred doesn't mean that a dog can't be wonderful!
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Aw what a cutie! I'm trying really hard to imagine a 45lb dog mating with a 9lb female.. awkward!! lol!
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Albi, Bailey, and Isaak

I am completely against the BYB situation that our baby came from but I just feel that ignoring the problem of mutts does not solve it. I volunteer a lot with the humane society and I wish that people would just think twice before letting their dogs have "just one litter" or turning their backs to their dachshund (in our case) in heat.

It is awkward that a 45 lb male mated with a 9 lb female!! I was told that she was pregnant with 5 (very uncommon for a mini dachshund to ovulate with 5 eggs!) and 3 were born alive and 2 died before birth. My brother adopted Albi's sister "lola" so it is interesting to see them grow up together and how different they look. We found out about Albi by responding to a newspaper classified for "free puppies... needing to be bottle fed". It was a TON of work and talk about some serious seperation anxiety issues... however, I would do it all again if I had the chance.

We just have the two dogs.. Albi and Bailey (golden retriever). We also have a cat named Isaak.. he is a CFA hairless sphynx cat. We got Bailey from a bad situation as well... She was a 5 month old runt of a litter of 8. She had no shots and the "breeder" just wanted her gone. No one wanted her because she was the runt apparently. I saw this sweet little girl and I knew she was ours. She and Albi clicked automatically. The lady usually sells her pups for $350 but I got Bailey for $150 due to the circumstances. We have the money to get a well bred $2000 dog, but once again ignoring this problem was not going to get this precious dog a good home or stop the breeder from breeding again. I told the lady about my working with animal services and the humane society and encouraged her to get her dogs fixed and a month later wrote her a note about what a real breeder is and the harm she is potentially doing to the breed. She never replied.

Our Bailey isnt AKC, she can't be shown, I dont know if she will get a horrible disease or if her temperament will be seamless...but I know that we love her very much and she needed us that day. I happen to think she is the most beautiful golden in the world. I know we all talk alot about how much we hate BYB and how good goldens should cost $2000 +... however I know so many "well bred" dogs who get the same ailments as mutts. Just a thought.

Anyways! I guess I have rambled enough. What are your thoughts on all of this?

Attached is a picture of Albi and our hairless cat Isaak. Sphynx cats act more like dogs than cats... extremely social and loving. I know he looks a little funny though!
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Your little Albi is just adorable. Bless you for taking her. Isaak is funny looking (sorry) and everytime I see one, I think of the episode of friends with Rachel getting one. It was a funny one.
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The lady usually sells her pups for $350 but I got Bailey for $150 due to the circumstances. We have the money to get a well bred $2000 dog, but once again ignoring this problem was not going to get this precious dog a good home or stop the breeder from breeding again.
Bailey (et al) are very lucky to have you! I'm sure since Bailey's owner was able to sell the rest of the puppies, she will surely breed again, so don't take the next comments as directed at you (and I definitely think all puppies deserve a good home once they are here, whether they were planned or not).

So many people want to "save" a puppy from a bad situation/breeder/pet store and they often pay of the bad breeder/pet store for the puppy. Yes, it will make a difference for *that* puppy (and that's wonderful for *that* puppy), but in the long run, it really only promotes more poor breeding. Why would the "breeder"/pet store stop breeding/selling more dogs when they were successful at getting rid of the previous? I wish there was a good answer to counteract this. Not buying from the bad breeders/pet stores will eventually put them out of business (if the general public can be educated), but that is at the cost of puppies currently in the system (who will probably make someone very happy). Continuing to "rescue" (ie buy) puppies from these avenues will only promote more puppies being produced. Sounds like a rock and a hard place to me...

I do choose to buy my puppies from "good" breeders (well dog #1 was from a puppy mill). Mostly because of what I expect from my dogs (we compete in performance events), but also because using a good breeder helps keep them in business. I look at it kind of like "buying local" to help keep your local businesses in business.
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unfortunately strange breedings happen...yesterday I was at the vet's, where someone told me that his SIL just had a litter with Golden retriever-Chihuahua puppies...
Lol, I'm seriously trying to picture that!!

Albi looks very sweet, he looked more like the Shar Pei in the middle pic don't you think? Very cute pup none the less
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Bad Breeders :(

IowaGold, I totally get where you are coming from. Also, if I was interested in agility training or had a specific work-purpose for a dog I would have been much more rigid with the breeder we bought from especially since the agility training, etc. could raise hip/elbow concerns if the parents weren't tested. We were just looking for a golden retriever to be a play mate for Albi. We visited two breeders in Alabama who breed "english type" and their dogs were all very nice but we just didn't "click" with the breeders if you know what I mean. My fiance read about Bailey in the paper "5 month runt. No shots. Female." was basically all it said and he called the "breeder" and we went over on new years eve and Bailey just automatically loved us. She was racing around the front yard and jumped straight into my arms. I still feel somewhat guilty of supporting a situation like that but in reality the woman would have continued to breed anyways and there is no telling what she would have done with Bailey. As a society we need to find a way to educate people against supporting bad breeding situations and even though a generation of puppies will be lost, so many future generations will be saved.

Bailey has been an absolute gem to us... Im sure the breeder will continue to breed and sell her pups to anyone who wants them (we were not asked any questions... I mean she saw how we are with Albi and we were dressed nice and have a nice car but still I would have liked her to care a bit more.)

Tanyac, we definitly think Albi looks more like a shar pei. No one has ever asked us if he was a dachshund mix, everyone asks if he is a shar pei mix. Most compliments we get are about his eyes... they are bright gold. And always people say how very calm and gentle he is. All I know is he is my little baby Only 1 thing that I can say is horrible about Albi is he is so freaking stubborn! We have done obedience training and everything and he knows commands but rarely does he come when called and he always pulls on a leash... trainers have said it is just the mix he is. Dachshunds and shar peis are both extremely stubborn breeds. Just one more great benefit to pure bred dogs that are bred well, reliable temperaments.

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You can call it a "Sharshund!" Give it a "designer" breed name. Hey if there can be goldendoodles why not a sharshund.

You can't stop people from breeding. Unfortunately that will never happen, but you gave Albi a loving home. That is one less pup going to the shelters as a result. Pat yourself on the back for that.

Good luck with your addition to your family. I hope to see more pictures. You could still do some agility. If you are concerned about hips and elbows get your vet to do some xrays before you really get started. You may find you have a great little dog in ANYTHING you want to do with him.

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Wait, what?

I can't even imagine the logistics of that...

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yesterday I was at the vet's, where someone told me that his SIL just had a litter with Golden retriever-Chihuahua puppies.
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