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i probably should not have emailed her, but i was genuinely curious about sheltiedoodles!

that, and nothing is more fulfilling than toying with someone so uninformed and belligerent when you're bored.

i don't mean to anger anyone. she's obviously a very frustrated woman.
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Ok, so there is this saying that mutts are healthier than purebreds. Does anyone know where the comes from? I can't imagine they are healthier than purebreds that are bred carefully. I can see them possibly being healthier (or appearing to be) than BYB purebreds though...
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I was just explaining again to my husband what a horrible racket designer dogs are. His mom told him on the phone that her vet has a labradoodle, and how it was the calmest dog she'd ever seen. I had to explain again the difference in Dory, who we adopted and rescued, and paying out the ears for a designer hybrid dog from a probable puppy mill.
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Ok, so there is this saying that mutts are healthier than purebreds. Does anyone know where the comes from? I can't imagine they are healthier than purebreds that are bred carefully. I can see them possibly being healthier (or appearing to be) than BYB purebreds though...
correct me if i'm wrong, but i think anyone who mixes two breeds (especially with such a vast size difference?) - no matter how careful - is as negligent if not more than any BYB?

the only defense she seems to think she holds is that her smaller dogs = less hip/joint issues. i don't even know how accurate that is.

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I think I've heard that dogs that aren't purebred just tend to have less genetic defects passed down. for example certain breeds are more susceptible to cancer or hip problems. I own a "designer" dog so I can't judge a person who breeds them but, what stands out to me is when a person is breeding several different kinds. In my opinion if a breeder is in for the right reasons, they would focus on one breed or one specific hybrid. I mean, how can they really be focused on improving a breed, when they offer 10 different kinds of dogs.

Does anyone else agree/disagree?
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I think I've heard that dogs that aren't purebred just tend to have less genetic defects passed down. for example certain breeds are more susceptible to cancer or hip problems. I own a "designer" dog so I can't judge a person who breeds them but, what stands out to me is when a person is breeding several different kinds. In my opinion if a breeder is in for the right reasons, they would focus on one breed or one specific hybrid. I mean, how can they really be focused on improving a breed, when they offer 10 different kinds of dogs.

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these dogs aren't hybrids, they're mutts. i can possibly agree to an extent regarding less genetic defects being passed. it also falls with logic, not so much the breeds being bred; larger dogs are prone to dysplasia so smaller combination would be less likely to experience that issue which is truly the only point she may have going for her concoction of animals.

my main issue with designer breeds simply put is that they are mutts. they are $900-$1000 mutts. i find breeding these animals for such prices to be so horribly disrespectful considering all of the animals being killed in shelters and those in foster homes. that's just my opinion, however.
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Hybrids are the crossing of species, not breeds. People like to use hybrid vigor to support mixing breeds, but it doesn't apply to dogs. Unless you are breeding the dog to a wolf or a fox.

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