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02-05-2014 04:07 AM
Wanderer Seriously, exactly how the genetics are going to mix is never a sure thing when crossing two breeds, yet the pounds are full of beautiful mixes. I recall seeing a doberman x spaniel..I personally think it was a Brittney Spaniel.

The dog was between a Dobie and a Brit in size, it had tan points like a dobie but they extended up the legs more and face more and chest more than a pure dobie would ever have, and the 'tan' was a really bright orange, plus a little blaze of white on the forehead and toes.

Of course, no guarantee that a purposeful cross of those breeds would result in such a dog, but it was really striking. Like so many other times I wished I was in a position to take the dog home.

But anyways, shelters, really. Look beyond your immediate community, look online. There are great dogs out there that are mixes but if they weren't at a shelter someone would be cooking up a fancy name and selling them for big money.
02-05-2014 03:20 AM
Wanderer I went to a shelter once, and they had TONS of designer dogs. Heck, that's the only kind of dog they had. Plus they had ultra-rare kinds of designer dogs, not the run-of-the-mill types like ****-a-poos.

Prices were darn low as well.
01-06-2014 12:03 PM
Harmonica Selling a mutt for a high price because it has a "cute" name like "Maltipoo" ticks me off. In my opinion these names are wicked stupid. And puppy mills tend to produce a lot of these dogs.

I knew a nice Labradoodle, but most of the Maltese or Shih Tzu type "designer" mixes I've met tended to growl and lunge at me, grabbing onto my jeans when I would walk by them minding my own business.
01-06-2014 11:56 AM
blackshep Oh neat, thanks Carmen!

Wow, they look like a big Puli, or something. I've never seen a poodle with cords before. I bet their coats are a nightmare to maintain that way though.

I wonder what a Labradoodle crossed with good working poodle lines and I'm not sure what would be better - field types of Labs seem like they would make more sense as a working dog, but the show types are generally more mellow - instead of everyone's family pet being bred.

Not that I'm going to be trying it anytime soon, or buying it for that matter. lol
01-06-2014 11:34 AM
wyominggrandma The funny thing is most people are not allergic to the actual coat of a dog, they are allergic to the dander found on the skin of the dog.
01-06-2014 11:33 AM
Liesje The designer dog thing kind of cracks me up because 1) ALL dogs shed something, some considerably less than others, but still.... 2) these dogs often require considerable maintenance b/c their coat is growing (and thus, matting). My aunt got my cousin a little "non shedding" type dog because they are total neat freaks but ironically the dog always had nasty fur on it's face that stuck in the eyes, mouth, and nose, she had little tangles all over her body and when I offered to help de-mat her and trim her, I found fleas.

I'm not against cross breeding, just depends on the reasons, the dogs, the people doing it. I like a lot of "sport mix" dogs quite a bit, but these are end-user dogs (bred to work or compete, not breed themselves, many on s/n contracts or even s/n by the breeder before going home), the cost reflects the work put into the breeding and the quality of the breeding animals.
01-06-2014 10:18 AM
carmspack there are some absolutely amazing hunting poodles Louter Creek Red Hunting Poodles

Hunting Poodles: Field-Proven

Poodle History Project will show the versatility that WAS

I buy Gun Dog magazine every now and then because there are some really good distance control obedience articles .

video of poodle doing directional (blinds)
this can be applied to KNPV - work at distance , out of sight , taking direction.
the working ethic needed where dog works with the handler , takes command , yet makes decisions .

labradoodles --- the pet market designer dog does not combine the best of either breed .

for interest here is information on the poodle gone into natural cords

I have a Hungarian friend (from "market") who showed me their dog . I thought it was a Puli -- no , poodle left to cord .
01-06-2014 09:13 AM
blackshep Huh! I had no idea there were working lines of poodles. Although I did see a picture of a poodle doing schutzhund!
01-04-2014 11:55 AM
Originally Posted by Jo_in_TX View Post
As for as coat maintenance, it's not any more difficult than a poodle. Coat maintenance is expected.
It's expected by most dog-savvy people, but most dog-savvy people don't buy 'doodles... who in their right mind would pay $2500 for a MUTT puppy?? The breeders don't educate their buyers about grooming, so the owners DON'T expect coat maintenance. Many are first-time dog owners and don't even know that you have to brush a dog's coat. I'm serious. They think the dog is self-grooming or something. If 'doodle breeders told them the time, energy, and cost it takes to keep that coat in decent condition, they might lose a sale.

Originally Posted by Carriesue View Post
Also his coat is a NIGHTMARE to manage. We have to just keep him shaved now because I literally cannot get any type of brush through his thick curly coat so keeping him from matting is next to impossible... I think the only way we could manage a long coat on him is taking him to the groomer every month which is crazy expensive.
Yep... like I said, at least $75 every 4 weeks if you want any length left on the dog. I've finally gotten most of my 'doodle clients to accept the fact that this is absolutely necessary, unless they keep the dog shaved.

The kicker? 'doodle owners find these "grooming instructions" on the web, print them out, and bring them to me, as though *I* am the one who doesn't know how to groom a dog. Funny thing is, most of the time I've already been doing exactly what the "instructions" dictate.
01-04-2014 08:18 AM
carmspack working poodle breeders -- Paris Poodles- Standard Poodle breeder, Labradoodle looking and acting Poodles in red, apricot, silver, black standard Poodles in Vancouver Fraser Valley British Columbia BC B.C. Canada
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