Why buy a Pedigree?
IN A NUT SHELL - BECAUSE THEY MAKE GREAT PETS!!
If you are reading this, then chances are you have already come through the Dogzonline website. Dogz Online was created in 1998 for the sole purpose of promoting the pure bred pedigree dog. You won't find any cavoodle, spoodle, labradoodle, puggle, spanador, pugalier or some other designer dog puppies here. Read more below as to why we (and hundred of other responsible dog owners) believe a Pedigree Pure Breed Dog is a better choice for you than a Designer Dog. We will also debunk some of the myths people have about both pure breeds and designer dogs!
First, exactly what is a pedigree pure breed dog and a designer dog?
A Pedigree Pure Bred Dog has parentage that is known AND:
· Both parents are of the same breed.
· The breed is recognised by the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) or one of its Affiliates.
· The dog's breeders are registered to breed puppies.
· The parents of any puppies are registered with the ANKC or one of its affiliates to be bred from and
· It has a pedigree showing at least 3 generations of parentage
· A puppy resulting from the deliberate mating of two unrelated breed types.
· A puppy resulting from an accidental mating of two different breed types (note these dogs used to be called mongrels or cross breeds)
· A puppy resulting from the mating of two cross bred (or designer bred) dogs.
· A puppy resulting from the mating of one pedigree or pure bred parent and one cross bred or designer bred dog.
· A designer dog has not been bred by a registered breeder
· A designer dog is not pure bred or pedigree.
The Cost Factor
Many people believe that pedigree dogs will be out of their price range. You may be pleasantly surprised, just have a look at what some pet shops are charging, then contact a registered breeder an compare! Some pedigree breeds cost more than designer or cross bred dogs, some cost considerably less. The amount of money and work that goes into properly raising a litter of puppies does not vary. Most of the expenses that pedigree owners face, breeders of designer breeds don't. These include:
· Stud Fees (the cost of using a healthy registered pure bred male over a similar female)
· Importing new blood lines (spending $8,000 - $10,000 to import a dog from the would be an average, some dogs cost a lot more).
· Importing frozen semen (average cost of $5,000 from ).
· Raising promising stock for showing and future breeding (note: some of these dogs will not measure up and will be placed into homes, it has cost time and money to get to that decision).
· Air freight to access stud dogs. To send a 13kg dog interstate and back can cost approx $400 each way.
· Vet checks and assessments for inheritable diseases such as hip dysplasia, eye disorders, blood disease, heart defects etc. These tests are sometimes performed on parents before breeding or on the puppies.
*On a personal note (and purely our own opinions).
To remain honest - we had purchased a cavalier from a pet store (and he wasnt cheap). Olley was purchased from a pet store in QLD on our honeymoon, he was only 6 weeks old. When we brought him we happened to get a sales assistant that knew where the pups had come from. She gave us the name of the lady who had bred him and we tracked her down. She was registered and did have all the pups papers (very unusual). The next day we hired a car and made the hour drive to collect copies of his papers, and see the parents. Although as said this lady was registered, but clearly was not in it to "better the breed". The conditions of Olley's parents was disgusting. They were thin and matted, and generally unhappy. This had been the third litter the dam had had (the only registered one as ANKC has strict rules in relation to the dams age and the amount of litters she can have). It was clear that these pups were mearly a "cash cow" other than anything else. It was very hard to take, and made us wonder "what have we done by supporting this practice". It did however give us renewed vigor to help stop the sale of puppies/kittens in pet stores.
Olley left us at an early age, dying of internal organ failure. We are firm believers that this was solely due to the lack of thought or care that went into his conception and birth. Simply stated "he was not a strong pedigree". We would never have traded him for anything, he was our "Olley Polley", and our "honeymoon baby"...and we believe he was sent to help us learn..so PLEASE, the next time you see a "cute puppy/kitten" in a pet store window think about the article aboveand please if you still want a cross breed:
Dont support pet store puppy/kitten sales support the RSPCA!!
or if we have now made you think a little bit and have hopefully converted you, and you want a pedigree:
Go to the Breed pages on Dogzonline and contact an expert!
A lot of the hype with Designer dogs is due to the mistaken belief that they are healthier than the pedigree pure bred dog due to so-called 'Hybrid Vigour'.
Hybrid vigour can only occur when both parents are clear from genetic problems. Their breed does not matter. It is the genetic make up of the parents that counts! The only way to be sure is to ask the breeder if they have tested for known problems.
It is easy for you to research these problems on the internet these days, not all information is accurate with some one-off cases often being attributed to an entire breed but it gives you a guide.
When looking at Designer Dogs (cross breeds), you need to consider two breeds, not one. First look at the problems that are common to those two breeds. For example, does hip dysplasia show up for both breeds? If it does, then that lovely designer breed could be a real problem. Check if the parents were tested and ask what the results were. Second, look at the unique problems for each breed and then do more research. Some genetic problems only need one parent to have the disorder, just the same as in humans. Once again ask if any testing has been done. Ask about guarantees too.
Today Tonight (an Australian television current affairs show) ran a story in 2003 regarding the misconception that the public has about the health of designer dogs. After the story aired, the station was inundated with other owners of designer dogs who also advised of similar health problems with their dogs so they ran a follow-up story the next night.
The Known VS the Unknown
The pedigree dog is infinitely more predictable as to size, characteristics, temperament and coat than its crossbred relatives.
The designer dog (or crossbred dog) is a gamble as to how it will turn out. As many of the designer dogs are first crosses, no-one can really say what its coat will be like, how big it will grow etc. Just ask many professional groomers of the coat problems with designer dogs.
Breeders of Designer Dogs may tell you by crossing 'x' and 'y' breed that they are taking the best from both breeds. They however have no control over which attributes from the parents will be used. The puppy could quite possibly get the worst attributes of both parents.
Wally Conron (the man who first bred the Labradoodle for the Royal Guide Dogs Association in
"I have opened a Pandora's Box. I'd be the first to come out and admit that. It's a pity, really...we had gone to great lengths to ensure the poodles we used did not have any problems," "I think it is a recipe for disaster because they are breeding with dogs that have hereditary problems".
Adding a dog to the family is a big step (a 10 to 15 year commitment) and the final choice of a pedigree dog or a designer dog is up to you.
Most people undertake a lot of research into the type of dog they want with consideration being given to looks, size, coat, temperament, health, longevity etc. The safest way of getting what you want or need is to consider a Pedigree Pure Bred dog. There is over 180 pedigree breeds recognized by the Australian National Kennel Association so there is one to suit everybody's situation.
If you still want a cross breed after reading this (and we have no problem with that), then please do the right thing and visit your nearest dog shelter and help save one of the thousands of homeless dogs that are put down each year. They will give you the same amount of love and enjoyment and cost a fraction of the money that you would pay for a designer dog from a pet shop.
Rachel Mara and Scott Gibson
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