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Cross Breeds. What is your opinion.

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MrsDeVere Fri 19-Oct-12 17:49:06

I am NOT starting a bunfight thread and will not participate in one. If it goes that way I will simply hide this thread and not come back smile

I am genuinely after people's opinions and their reasoning.
I have noticed on threads that there seems to be a general dislike of cross breeds. Not the actual dogs, I am sure you all love the individual dogs, but the idea of them.

Is it only the 'designer' crosses that are the problem? If so I can understand that. But I dont get the problem with genuine mongrels.
But then I understand the problem with people not getting their dogs neutered and I suppose if they did, there wouldnt be any mongrels would there? <confuses self>

The reason I ask is because I have never had a pedigree and never had a desire to own one. I think they are perfectly lovely but I would be happy if all dogs were mixed (dont hurt me).

I had a proper Heinz 57. He was simply the best dog ever. Collie size, retriever type coat, head like a flat GSD and the best natured dog I have ever met.
We had a ChixJRT (we think) who we got when she was 7 from DGM who was going into sheltered housing. She was a bloody nightmare but lovely. Escapee extraordinaire and lived till she was about 19.
I have a terrier cross. Quite a big body and little legs. He is now about 15-17 and living with my DS who he adores.
I have a chi x pom (klein) who is lovely, no trouble, never runs off, ignores other dogs and loves the DCs. He is 3.

All of my dogs have been rescues apart from the Chi x. I wanted a puppy and had small children so knew it would be almost impossible to rehome (from past experience).

I did a lot of thinking before chosing a cross breed type. I wanted a small dog without any terrier. I think I am a responsible dog owner. My dogs are all neutered, trained, chipped, wormed and vaccinated.

I would like another dog at some point but am confused as to how to go about it. I would gladly take a puppy from a rescue but what are my chances?
If I buy one from a private home am I encouraging feckless owners or helping solve a problem by homing an unwanted puppy?

Is there a way of doing this the right way?

StillIRise Fri 19-Oct-12 19:48:57

I have one of each. A mostly collie rescue and a kc registered from a breeder. I adore them both. Different reasons for getting each.
Crossbreed or pedigree i don't mind.

I do think people are bonkrrs for paying ££££££ for a deliberate mongral with a cute name.

MrsDeVere Fri 19-Oct-12 19:56:34

Blimey I go away for a sec and I get a million answers! grin

Thank you for your posts. I was getting confused about it all and I think I sort of get it a bit more now sort of a bit....grin

My chi x was from a family who had a couple of dogs and didn't neuter them. I am not condoning their carelessness but I got a lovely dog out of it.

I remember when I was a veterinary nurse a woman came in utterly perplexed that her bitch was pregnant. She hadn't been anywhere near any dogs. Oh apart from her brother but they would never do anything like that! (tru story)

My experience of rescues is mainly confined to Battersea and they are shocking at homing with DCs. The only reason we got our terrier x was because my youngest (at the time) was 8 and I had been a veterinary nurse.

There was a recently spate of stories about Battersea being awash with handbag dogs. I thought I could probably rehome one as I have become very fond of toy breeds/crosses. When I did a search they didn't have one single dog that they would rehome with a child.

I have to admit that I found having a puppy much easier than a rescue dog. He fitted in beautifully and was unfazed by the DCs. It was great knowing I was the one to socialise him properly and house train him, introduce noises, experiences etc.

But my heart says I should re-home from a rescue.

MeFour Fri 19-Oct-12 19:59:53

Mrs d.
I understand your dilemma as if we were to get another dog I would want a puppy. I could only hope we could find a rescue puppy.
We've done our share of coping with problems caused by previous owners

clam Fri 19-Oct-12 20:11:45

weretricks I wanted to call him Jumble, actually, but I was over-ruled by the family.

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 20:16:26

He is gorgeous Clam smile

I think I'll get a rescue next time. As a novice, I thought a puppy would be easier. Ha! <laughs herself to tears>

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 20:22:43


Hah! The amount of times I've muttered

"that's the last bloody time I get a pup without seeing BOTH bloody parents"

Over the last few months is unbelievable. grin

grin I'm going for a nice, lazy greyhound next time. That's if I make it to the end of Jasper's natural. I might be knackered by then <forsees arthritis and lots of wear and tear>

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 20:27:51

I'm still hoping that in 3 2 years I'll have a nice chilled Labrador.

MeFour Fri 19-Oct-12 20:29:26

Oh chickens
My mum loves your blog
And why haven't you posted recently?

mistlethrush Fri 19-Oct-12 20:34:15

I've been looking for another dog over past weeks. What annoys me are the number of huskyx / akita x/ staffie x/ and bichon / chi / poodle crosses that have clearly been 'designed' on purpose for selling.

I will be getting another mongrel. We're going in a specific direction - but are aiming for a rescue - we'll just have to wait for the right one to come along. We're going for that mix because of the likely temperament and the activity levels etc that 'should' fit in nicely with our family.

ManyTears definitely do have dogs that are suitable for homes with small children.

HowlingOScara Fri 19-Oct-12 20:42:28

It's not cross breeding per se, it's any intentional indiscrimate breeding that I strongly object to.

IMO, anyone breeding has a responsibility to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from are not going to perpetuate any hereditary disorders in their offspring by doing all the necessary health testing. And that they take responsibility for the pups they produce for their entire lifetime by taking them back and keeping/rehoming at any stage in their life for whatever reason and not relying on rescue to pick up the pieces.

Personally, with over 200 KC recognised breeds in the UK (and many more foreign//imported recognised breeds readily available), I can't see a need for deliberate crossbreeding as there are already breeds to fulfil any criteria you can think of.

HowlingOScara Fri 19-Oct-12 20:48:13

Should add that I speak as the owner of a complete bastard of a crossbreed (rescue).

MeFour, I decided to shelve the blog for a bit. I'm down to three birds now and won't be adding to the flock for a while. It's all been a bit mental confused

MrsDeVere Fri 19-Oct-12 21:07:32

I am going to have a look at Manytears.
It will be all your lots fault if I end up with another dog.

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 21:11:19

Please post picture links that make you go aaaaaaw.

HoneyDragon Fri 19-Oct-12 21:11:47

Please feel free.


twooter Fri 19-Oct-12 21:26:00

Just been looking at the many tears website. So many gorgeous dogs. (Vincent, Roger and Carter are 'my type')

Actually can see why rescue people are biased against the fashion crosses now. They were quite heavily represented.

MrsDeVere Fri 19-Oct-12 21:26:56

not a cross breed but awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww


I want him.

MrsDeVere Fri 19-Oct-12 21:27:42

Yes I know he is 'funny looking'
But thats why I like him.

twooter Fri 19-Oct-12 21:27:58

(Vince not Vincent)

Rant alert klaxon:

a relative has a mixed breed type dog from a "well respected breeder" (their words not mine) that is the result of an accidental mating and has a deformed leg/So the price was reduced hmm.
Try explaining in words of one syllable or less that "well respected breeders" should take care to keep their on-heat females safe from the local 'talent'.
And she wasn't doing them any favours by charging them a cut=price. She was probably tickled pink to offload a potentially expensive dog (vet bills wise)

And an advert in a shop (yes the tried and trusted responsible way to sell dogs).
Mum: dane x mastiff (2 large dogs)
Dad : dog de dordongue (sp) x lurcher (which is itself a cross). So large dog x greyhoundx unspecified.

IIRC they wanted £450 for these adorable puppies (there were 8+ of them)
No Timewasters Please.

What's the chances they've now got 10 huge dogs in the house.
£450 for what is basically a 5 breed mongrel confused

midori1999 Fri 19-Oct-12 23:18:29

I love all dogs, crossbreed, mongrel or pedigree. In fact (and in mind of the other thread!) I love the 'nice looking' labradoodles. However, I would never choose a non pedigree that wasn't a rescue because so many dogs are being killed every year in the UK I very strongly believe that the only reason to be currently breeding is to preserve the breeds we already have.

Many rescues, especially smaller one's, will consider families for their individual circumstances, so do ring round and explain your circumstances. Lots of puppies, both young and older ones, in fact, especially around the 6-12 month old mark, in rescue of all types.

LadyTurmoil Sat 20-Oct-12 01:04:22

Just looked again on Many Tears. They've got a lot of new puppies, Westie x Cocker spaniels which are very sweet. I have a problem with MT seeming to perpetuate the huge breeding industry in Wales by accepting unsold litters and dogs which can't be used for breeding anymore (and are obviously knackered from many litters) but, on the other hand, the dogs would have a horrible future, or none at all, if there weren't rescues like MT to take them in.

CuriousMama Sat 20-Oct-12 01:24:21

Oh I wish I hadn't looked on Many Tears, I want them all! Most of them have such a sad look in their eyes sad

My dog's a rescue (lurcher) and he was very hard work to begin with but I persevered. He still has the odd problem but I'm working on it. He'd had 2 homes before ours when he was 16 months old.

If I were to have another pedigree it'd be a boxer from a rescue. But I do like crossbreeds tbh.

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