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January 01, 2011
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Do you know your designer dogs? What is a designer dog, anyway? How are they bred and how much do they cost? We’re talking about Goldendoodles (Golden Retreiver + Poodles), Cavachons (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel + Bichon Frise), and Puggles (Pugs + Beagles), just to name a few of the high-end mixed breeds you can find in your local park or in the arms of celebrities like Ellen Degeneres and Miley Cyrus, both of whom own Malitpoos (a mixture of a Maltese and a Poodle.) Well, wonder no more! PetCareRx has designer dog breeds completely covered in our new infographic, which explains everything from the first known case of a designer breed (a Labradoodle) to the economics involved in breeding those puppies. For instance, did you know many designer dogs live longer than their purebred ancestors? While costing 25-50% more? Or that the American Kennel Club recognizes three times as many designer breeds as purebreds? You will once you read our infographic! Enough with the words. With the sudden demand for designed dog breeds, more and more types are being concocted. Cocapoodle, Labradoodle and Poogle are just some of the half-poodle designed dogs. Is intentional crossbreeding the same as intentional purebreeding? Or are these dogs more of a cocktail mixture made to fit lifestyle trends? Here are the facts about their health, price and legitimacy in the canine world.
<a href="http://www.petcarerx.com/article/populardesignerdog-breeds-facts/1139"><img href="http://www.petcarerx.com/article/populardesignerdog-breeds-facts/1139"><img src="http://cdn.petcarerx.com/LPPE/images/articlethumbs/PetCareRx-Popular-Designer-Dog-Breeds-Infographic.jpg" alt="popular-designer-dog-breeds-infographic" width="460" border="0" /></a><br /><span style="font-size: 10px;">This infographic was commissioned by PetCareRx.com. Providing quality <a href="http://www.petcarerx.com">pet meds</a> and supplies for all your pet needs.</span>
It's true that, in this age of genetic testing, it is much easier to screen for diseases and avoid them in well bred dogs, without the need to mix breeds. The idea that mixed breeds are healthier comes from their ability to avoid recessive, breed specific genetic defects. For example, if a Lab can only get a certain genetic disease if both parents are Labs and carriers of the disease, then a mix of a Lab with any other breed guarantees that the mixed breed puppies cannot contract that disease.
It is NOT TRUE that mixed breeds are healthier or live longer. Genetics tell us that it is equally likely that a dog will get the WORST of both breeds as the best. It is even less likely that dogs that have been health tested and carefully bred with be allowed to mix breed, making it less likely that a mix-breed will be from the best of the breed.
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