There's a lot of hate going around for designer dog breeds, and I completely understand the downsides. But if a breed is created in a healthy way, what's wrong with creating say a smaller version of a large breed? The majority of people can't take care of a huge dog. If a breed is developed with care and the animal's wellbeing in mind but also specifically to be a small companion breed for example, what's the problem? People don't get burnt at the stake for creating new horse breeds. Thoughts?
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Okay so I personally don’t have any problem with designer dog breeds if they have a purpose. I do not support backyard breeders or puppy mills but I have no problem with responsible breeders who breed their dogs with a purpose.
For example, farm dogs that are mixed breeds and are the result of two parents with excellent herding/livestock guardian abilities and no known health issues, excellent! Doodles from responsible breeders, for people who want the personality of a lab/golden retriever but can’t deal with shedding, great! Lurchers bred for coursing ability, cool!
I personally do not support dogs designed in a way that makes them unhealthy. For example, most (if not all) of the “teacup” dog breeds are inherently unhealthy (x and x). I also do not support puppy mills who are looking to sell puppies to make a buck, or backyard breeders who have litters for their dogs to “experience motherhood” or their children to “learn the miracle of life”.
Responsible breeders with contracts (and who take their dogs back no matter the circumstances) do not contribute to dogs in shelters. Puppy mills and backyard breeders do.
Another issue with designer dog breeds is that they tend to be magnets for people who want a dog that is cute, without the desire or knowledge to properly train them. Basically, if you’re getting a designer dog after doing your research and because you think this designer breed will fit in to your lifestyle, GREAT! If you’re getting a designer dog because it’s cute and little, consider not.
There are, of course, the people who impulsively get a dog, eventually listen to reason, do their research, and become AMAZING owners. If that’s you, then good on you for learning and keep it up!
I think the reason new horse breeds are much less likely to experience public hate than dog breeds is that dogs in shelters are so much more of a visible issue than horses. Everyone knows about dog welfare, while only people immersed in the horse world know about horse welfare.
Again, this is my (Cat’s) opinion. Please inform me if I’m wrong (and I very well may be!) but please keep things respectful.