I will admit to being a purebred dog snob for years, but I have changed my mind for several reasons. Among the reasons are the problems that can sometimes afflict purebred dogs today, even the show champions.
It is the public demand for purebred dogs that feeds the puppy mills and the horrible conditions of many breeding dogs and puppies. An AKC registration means only that both parents were registered. AKC is not particular what they register beyond seeing the application.
Two other reasons are my two mixed breed sweethearts of questionable parentage.
Teeka lives with Don Z. and his family in Northern Kentucky. They adopted her from a rescue group that offers dogs at a local Petsmart on weekends. They have had Teeka for about five months. She is 1½ years old and has grown to a whopping 11 pounds.
“She is great with kids, loves to kiss and cuddle” and seems to be the alpha dog, as Don says she “rules the roost with Savannah and Brewster the Labradors and TeTe the Terrier.”
Don, his wife and the dogs sleep with Teeka who, in typical Chihuahua style, sleeps under the covers. He says it’s a little crowded at first, but after a few hours the Labs leave to get into their own beds.
Hybrid dogs can look like the mother, the father, or some combination. Teeka seems to have the Poodle profile, long nose, floppy ears, and long hair. But there is definitely a Chihuahua-ness about her and brown is a very common Chihuahua color but very rare for a Poodle.
Professional breeders of mixed breed designer dogs often try to charge a lot of money for the puppies even though they may have no knowledge of the genetics of dog breeding. The latest expensive craze/fad breeding is the Poodle and Rottweiler. A Pooweiler? A Rottle?
Anyone interested in this designer dog should do a LOT of research before paying the high prices being asked. A Poodle Rottweiler mix is a little like a ballet dancer bred to a mercenary soldier. They have been bred for completely different functions. You won’t know which appearance or temperament you will get.