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Why do people pay top dollar for dogs that are called cockerpoo, labradoodle etc etc

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KnickersOnOnesHead Fri 24-Jun-11 22:35:44

Always a question I have been curious about.

People pay hundreds of pounds for these so called 'designer' breeds when in fact, the are just mongrels!

2T2T Fri 24-Jun-11 22:50:41

i dunno - basically they are high end mongrels!

lou33 Fri 24-Jun-11 23:13:01

I was talking about this a few days ago to my bf, saying when i was a kid they would just be classed as mongrels and cheap to buy.

misdee Sat 25-Jun-11 07:26:23

i didnt pay top dollar.

basically just costs and first jabs.

LtEveDallas Sat 25-Jun-11 07:57:02

I think 'proper' Labradoodles (I think it's 4th generation) are probably worth it if you are paying to get a bigger dog that is 'allergy friendly'. I have a friend who is blind but very allergic to dogs. The RNIB were able to help her get a trained Labradoodle that has made an enormous positive change to her life (but was ££££)

The other crosses are just mutts. Lovely, but mutts all the same.

Our MuttDog is a 'Sprollie' or 'SpringBoard' which sounds better than Mutt I suppose - but isn't very accurate as we are pretty sure there should be whippet in there somewhere too!

I remember a time <<old gimmer>> when mutts were advertised in local papers as "free to a good home". Now it's all 'Jackapoo', 'Sprocker' and 'Sprollie' bollocks for £££.

(I prefer Mutts. I think they are healthier, hardier and longer lasting. I wouldn't buy a pure breed, but then I wouldn't go to a breeder at all)

newpup Sat 25-Jun-11 08:13:18

I don't get it either. confused Who pays pedigree prices for a mongrel?!

Cockerpoo, springerdor, pugapoo, errrrrrr no mongrel grin

My friend sold her springer/lab puppies for £300 each! shock

Nothing wrong with the dogs just amazed people pay pedigree prices for them.

ellangirl Sat 25-Jun-11 08:23:17

In my opinion nobody should be charging much more than costs for puppies anyway including proper breeders (whose costs are arguably larger because of stud fees and proper veterinary care etc). Breeding from dogs twice a year every year and selling the puppies at a profit is immoral and any decent breeder wouldn't dream of doing it. There's a woman near me who 'breeds' poodle and bichon crosses- my friend bought one off her recently and she had 3 litters she was selling. I was so cross with my friend for buying one from her (and can't believe she paid £400). Also, I met someone on a walk recently that was sold a cavalier cross bichon. Even she admitted that a year on, it was obvious that it was nothing of the sort and clearly had terrier in the mix.

I have just recently bought golden retriever pedigree puppy after much debate about what sort of dog to get.

My DH kept on going on about a Goldendoodle, so I did some looking about and the cheapest I could get which was an F2 (so not 'true' Goldendoodle) was £150 more than my pure breed GR puppy!

They are I think the designer dogs of the moment!

clam Sat 25-Jun-11 14:22:26

I have a cockapoo puppy. I don't give a toss if people sneer about them as "designer" breeds. I don't give a toss about labels in general.
We chose this type because we've closely observed and helped care for one in the family over the course of the last year and found him to be a lovely, biddable temperament, quick to learn, lots of fun AND doesn't make me sneeze, unlike virtually every other dog I've come across. And ours is proving to us already that we made a great choice.

Oh, and he's gorgeously cute.

Hullygully Sat 25-Jun-11 14:24:28

In the interests of accuracy:

2 breeds mixed = cross breed
2+ = mongrel

Hullygully Sat 25-Jun-11 14:25:43

I have a goldendoodle (four yrs old now) that we got because I diodn't mind having a big lovely dog, but I didn't want the hair.

She is absolutely the loveliest best natured dog around. And no hair.

SoupDragon Sat 25-Jun-11 14:27:25

Perhaps it's because they want to. Fancy that.

clam Sat 25-Jun-11 14:36:29

And why do people start up threads specifically to sneer at other people's choices in life?
You wouldn't expect to be criticised for the car you drive, or where you choose to live or what brand of handbag you have?
Hence my post ^^. I don't give a monkeys what you think. I paid the going rate for a type of dog my family wanted. Get over it.

KnickersOnOnesHead Sat 25-Jun-11 14:40:24

Hang on, I didn't do it to fucking sneer. I asked a question.

Christ.

clam Sat 25-Jun-11 14:43:07

A question with a "sneery" undertone.

KnickersOnOnesHead Sat 25-Jun-11 14:45:23

No sneery undertone whatsoever.

I asked a question. Actually, I ought to of asked 'why do people pay £££ for ANY dog when there are so many in rescue'. But then when you are involved in rescue that question is always forefront.

It was a genuine wonder that was all.

expatinscotland Sat 25-Jun-11 15:04:08

Labradoodles are cute. So are cockerpoos. Toy poodles are cute, too.

Standard poodles are not cute. They look evil.

Hullygully Sat 25-Jun-11 15:14:19

People pay hundreds of pounds for these so called 'designer' breeds when in fact, the are just mongrels!

That does sound a little sneery...

colditz Sat 25-Jun-11 15:15:00

Some of them are specially bred to be gentle in nature and less allergenic

BeerTricksPotter Sat 25-Jun-11 15:29:15

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lou33 Sat 25-Jun-11 15:35:45

Didn't sound sneery to me (patterjack cross breed/mongrel owner )

Want2bSupermum Sat 25-Jun-11 15:41:18

We ended up getting our golden from a breeder. We didn't got a goldendoodle because the wait list was very long. With the doodle mixes it is very important that the parents have good temperments, hips and no other medical problems such as skin issues. I think this is part of the reason for doodles being able to command a pedigree price, the other reason being they are in demand as they don't shed!

PersonalClown Sat 25-Jun-11 15:43:49

I didn't pay over the odds either. I have the litter mate of Misdee's doodle.
I didn't go out to get Fluppy as we had Synyster (our SBT).
He was the last of the litter to be homed and our mate that had them was very worried about them going to people that just wanted to breed and cash in on them.

Riveninside Sat 25-Jun-11 15:50:57

I wish breeding puppiies was illegal. So many dogs in rescue centres, so many unwNted puppies.

What he fark is a 'doodle'?

BeerTricksPotter Sat 25-Jun-11 15:53:50

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