Sort the facts from the fiction to discover what makes a dog a "designer dog." By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D. It's   human   nature.   Given   a   choice,   we   choose   the   original   gown   before   we   buy   off   the   rack. We   customize   our   homes,   our   cars   and   even   our   coffee.   We   crave   the   unique.   It   was   only   a matter of time before we started eying our dogs. No   longer   are   as   many   people   satisfied   with   their   choice   of   white   versus   white   when   they choose   a   West   Highland   White Terrier.   If   only   they   could   get   one   in   black.   Now   they   can   sort of   by   crossing   a   Westie   with   a   Schnauzer   to   produce   a   Wauzer,   which   are   available   in   black or salt-and-pepper. Gary   Garner   of   Harvey, Arkansas,   supervisor   of   the American   Canine   Hybrid   Club,   believes that   "pet   owners   want   something   out   of   the   ordinary,   something   their   neighbor   may   not have."   Nonetheless,   with   more   than   150 American   Kennel   Club   breeds   and   hundreds   more established   non-AKC   breeds,   many   quite   rare,   it   would   seem   that   something   already   would exist for everybody who has a craving to be unique. Perhaps   the   most   surprising   aspect   is   that   the   price   tags   attached   to   designer   dogs   are often   more   than   what   either   purebred   parent   breed   alone   would   bring.   Some   Internet   sites, which often attract celebrity clientèle, have prices as high as $5,000 for certain hot breeds! However,   not   everyone   is   as   smitten   with   designer   dogs.   Some   people   contend   that   "designer   dog"   is   just   a   ritzy   term   for   a   mixed   breed.   Many   purebred parent clubs don't look favorably on their purebred breeders who cross their breeds with others. The Original Designer Dogs? Aside from the ultimate in customization and the controversy, what exactly is a designer dog? Well The   Silky   Terrier   was   derived   from   a   cross   between   the   Yorkshire   Terrier   and   Australian   Terrier.   The   Bull   mastiff   was   derived   from   a   cross   between   the Bulldog and the Mastiff. Are they designer dogs? No; most designer dogs are first-generation hybrids. But exceptions exist. The Doberman Pincher was derived from crosses between the German Shepherd Dog and German Pincher, probably with later crosses to   the   Greyhound,   Weimaraner   and   Black-and-Tan   Manchester   Terrier.   The   Black   Russian   Terrier   was   derived   from   crosses   among   the   Airedale   Terrier, Rottweiler and Moscow Water Dog. Are they designer dogs? No; most designer dogs are the result of crossing only two breeds. But exceptions exist. So what's the difference between a pure breed, a mutt and a designer dog? Sometimes, the lines aren't so clear. A   breed   refers   to   a   closed   gene   pool   that   has   been   bred   only   within   itself   for   sufficient   generations   so   that   it   breeds   relatively   true.   The   exact   number   of generations required for breed status is not agreed upon. A mutt refers to a mixture of more than one pure breed. A   designer   dog   is   generally   the   first-generation   hybrid   offspring   of   two   purebred   dogs   of   different   breeds.   In   a   few   designer   dogs,   such   as   Australian Labradoodles,   more   than   two   parent   breeds   may   be   involved   in   the   recipe.   In   some   other   popular   designer   dogs,   such   as   Cockapoos   and   Labradoodles,   the designation also includes the progeny of multiple generations of hybrids bred to one another. This is where the delineation between breed and designer dog gets fuzzy. First-generation   hybrids   tend   to   be   fairly   uniform   in   type,   because   each   has   one   set   of   genes   from   one   parental   breed   and   one   from   the   other,   and   each parental   type   has   limited   genetic   variation.   However,   this   uniformity   is   lost   when   first-generation   hybrids   are   bred   to   one   another   because   they   are   sampling from   parents   each   with   more   variability   at   each   gene.   That's   why   second   generation   progeny   tend   to   be   a   mishmash   of   characteristics   of   both   original parental breeds, often with no two looking alike. For this reason, breeding second generations of designer dogs often isn't attempted. A Healthy Mix? Garner   points   out   that   the   interest   in   hybrids   may   be   fueled   by   consumer   awareness   of   breed-related   genetic   disorders.   "There   is   a   perception   that   'hybrid vigor' contributes to healthier dogs," he says. "That has been purported with plants and animals, and there is foundation to the idea." Dog   breeds   are   closed   populations   based   on   a   handful   of   founders.   Whatever   genes   are   present   in   the   founders   will   be   over-represented   in   their descendants.   If   these   genes   are   for   deleterious   recessive   traits,   then   in   a   closed   population,   the   chance   that   their   progeny   will   inherit   recessive   genes   from both parents and thus develop a genetic disease increases. Such is the case with most dog breeds, the majority of which can trace their ancestry to fewer than 50 foundation animals sometimes fewer than 10. It   is   possible   that   by   crossing   two   different   breeds,   the   likelihood   of   the   progeny   being   affected   by   genetic   diseases   will   be   lower   because   the   likelihood   that both   breeds   will   carry   the   same   deleterious   genes   is   lower.   However,   certain   disorders   like   paterllar   luxation   (in   which   the   kneecap   slides   out   of   place)   are   so widespread among certain families or sizes of dogs that interbreeding them will not decrease the incidence of the disorder. As Garner warns, "Automatically crossing two different breeds does not guarantee better quality; it still depends on the quality of the individual parents." Any   advantage   of   hybrid   vigor   is   lost   after   the   first   generation,   so   the   designer   dog   breeds   that   include   progeny   from   subsequent   generations   are   no   less prone to genetic disease than are either parental breed. Designer Desire Labradoodles   and   Puggles   (Pug-and-Beagle   hybrids)   may   be   all   the   rage   today,   but   they'll   have   a   long   way   to   go   before   they   can   claim   the   staying   power   of the   all-time   champion   designer   dog   the   one   that   never   claimed   designer   designation   the   Cockapoo.   Popular   at   least   since   1960,   the   Cockapoo   still   exists mostly as a first -generation cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. A   few   independent   organizations   exist   for   the   most   popular   hybrids   (like   the   Cockapoo   Cockapoo   Club   of America),   but   for   most   hybrids,   the   place   to   register is the American Canine Hybrid Club. According   to   the ACHC   registers,   the   most   popular   hybrids   in   2005   were   the   Labradoodle,   Goldendoodle   (Golden   Retriever   and   Poodle   cross),   Puggle   and Cavachon   (Cavalier   King   Charles   Spaniel   x   Bichon   Frise). The ACHC,   which   began   registering   dogs   in   1992,   lists   more   than   200   types   of   hybrids,   and   each one has at least one representative dog or litter. Although   most   hybrids   are   the   product   of   two   breeds,   a   few   have   more   than   two   breeds   in   their   recipe.   And   at   least   one,   the   Cantel,   is   somewhat   a   trade secret.   Dubbed   the   Cantel   because   you   "can't   tell"   if   it's   a   Poodle   or   a   Bichon,   the   exact   mixture   of   parti-colored   Poodle   and   Bichon   that   goes   into   it   is   not readily divulged by its creator.
CHOOSE A PUGGLE BREEDER WITH CARE Words to consider from a Puggle buyer
An email regarding a puppy purchased from a Seattle breeder (NOT PUGGLESVILLE) - Jan 8th, 2008
Pugglesville, We purchased a little female Puggle puppy on New Years day in the Seattle area.  She ended up being pretty sick with an extreme worm infestation, coccidia, and a high level of wood chips in her system.  We are fortunate that we insisted that the Vet run thorough tests.  After 5 days of medication, she is starting to bounce back.  Hopefully the other buyers from this litter had her siblings checked thoroughly.  I wish now we'd have waited, as I didn't have time to check out this breeder, but we'd already fallen in love with her.
Pugglesville, Not only did our Puggle puppy have coccidia, but she had giardia, and the worst infestation of worms our vet had ever seen.  This in a puppy that weighed only 4 lbs.  All of this affected her intestines to the point where they were so irritated that she continued to bleed. As of today, we've had only a week with her where she has not been on  some type of medication, special food, or having to worry about the spread of parasites.  In addition to racking up huge vet bills, our family all went through parasite cleanses because I found out these are transferable to humans, which they did.  Had we not fallen completely in love with this puppy, and been so concerned about her fate if we didn't keep her, we would have returned her.  I wish we would have been patient, and waited for you to have more litters, so we could deal with a more reputable breeder.
Email sent to Pugglesville from the same folks about a week later
Puggle   puppies   are   one   of   the   byproducts   of   a   new   philosophy   in   the   world   of   dog   breeding.      Dog   hybrids,   also   sometimes   referred   to   as   crossbreeds,   or "designer   dogs",   are   dogs   born   of   two   different   breeds   of   parent   dog.      These   mixes,   rather   than   being   happenstance,   are   instead   carefully   calculated   to obtain certain specific characteristics in the offspring of the parent dogs. Puggles   are,   by   far,   one   of   the   most   sought   after   designer   dogs.     A   mix   of   Pug   and   Beagle,   Puggles   are   very   affectionate,   loyal   little   clowns   that   are   widely known   to   be   great   with   children   and   adults   alike.      These   are   the   primary   reasons   the   breed   was   created.      Despite   being   highly   energetic,   a   Puggle   puppy   is also   a   great   lap   dog.     They   do   well   in   apartments   despite   being   lively   and   slightly   hyper.      Critics   will   argue   that,   every   time   you   cross   two   breeds,   there   are   no guarantees   as   to   how   the   puppy   will   turn   out.      Balderdash!      Puggles   have   some   distinct   characteristics,   and   the   fact   is   that   they   absolutely   turn   out   as consistent as the puppies of any other breed. A   Puggle   puppy   is   short-haired,   with   a   wrinkly   face,   and   body.   They   have   a   short   nose,   and   a   slender,   stocky   body,   like   beagles.      Puggles   average   about   25 pounds,   and   stand,   on   average,   15   inches   (38.1   cm)   at   the   shoulder.   They   are   medium   shedders,   so   people   who   have   allergies   should   keep   this   in   mind. One   of   the   biggest   benefits   of   a   Puggle   is   the   fact   that   their   noses   are   not   as   short,   or   flat,   as   a   Pug's,   so   they   do   much   better   in   hot   weather,   and   have   less breathing problems. Like   other   designer   dogs,   Puggles   are   not   recognized   by   the   American   Kennel   Club,   or   any other   major   purebred   organization,   but   they   are   accepted   in   some   dog   shows.      Because   of continuous   issues,   a   new   organization   called   the   American   Canine   Hybrid   Club   was   recently created.      Aimed   at   designer   dog   owners,   it   will   register   mixed   dogs   for   a   fee   with,   what   we consider, ambiguous benefits at best. As   pets,   puggle   puppies   have   the   mild   mannered   yet   playful   "lap   dog"   qualities   often   associated with pugs, mixed with the more energetic tendencies typical of the hunting qualities of a beagle. A   cheerful   clown   who   loves   to   play   but   then   quickly   tires   for   a   short   nap,   Puggle   puppies   are mid-sized   dogs   that   make   excellent   house   pets,   and   many   Puggle   owners   testify   to   their winning personality as one of their strongest points. They   get   along   wonderfully   with   children,   who   usually   adore   the   pet's   lap   dog   qualities;   at   the same   time,   the   pups   are   always   ready   for   a   wrestling   match   or   tug   of   war.   Their   playful disposition,   however,   makes   them   a   bit   harder   to   train   than   some   dogs,   a   trait   they   share   with both pugs and beagles. They   retain   the   friendly,   laid-back   disposition   of   both   breeds,   but   while   their   size   makes   them   perfect   for   apartments,   they   need   a   bit   more   exercise   and attention than some traditional apartment dogs (pugs included). Like   most   dogs,   Puggle   puppies   also   bark,   and   vary   widely   as   to   how   often   they   bark.   Some   inherit   the   odd,   nasal   baying   of   beagles,   a   mix   of   a   baying hound   and   the   cooing   of   a   pigeon   (some   say   sounding   like   Gizmo   from   the   movie   Gremlins).   That   said,   their   barking   is   much   more   easy   to   deal   with   than most beagles, and many Puggle puppies are barely vocal at all.
DOGS, DOGS EVERYWHERE Purebred   aficionados   look   at   designer   dogs   and   tell   potential   owners   to   adopt   a   dog   from   the   pound   because   a   designer   dog   is   basically   a   mutt.      But   unless you   aspire   to   enter   your   dog   in   the   Westminster   Kennel   Club   Dog   Show,   why   exactly   do   you   need   a   purebred?      Nothing   guarantees   that   a   purebred   dog   will make you happier than one that isn’t. Bloodlines,   smudlines.      Don’t   you   really   just   want   a   good   dog   that   loves   and   obeys   you,   makes   you   laugh,   leads   a   healthy   life   and   thinks   you’re   the   greatest things since cow hoofs? Purebred,   designer,   pound   puppy,   they   all   have   one   thing   in   common. They   are   all   dogs,   and   they   all   need   love   and   companionship   of   a   good   human,      Some are   cute;   some   are,   well,   not   (only   a   Chinese   Crested   owner   could   find   that   breed   “easy   on   the   eyes”).      Some   dogs   are   rambunctious;   some   are   gentle.     Some like to run; some like to nap.  Some like to eat tennis shoes; some like to eat bugs. In   the   end,   the   type   of   dog   you   select   is   the   one   that   suits   you,      Collie   people   love   Collies.      Shih Tzu   people   love   Shih Tzu.      Maybe   after   doing   your   research, you’ll   find   that   you're   a   Cockapoo   fan   or   a   Labradoodle   enthusiast.      First   and   foremost,   just   be   sure   that   you   are   a   dog   person.      Once   you   figure   that   out,   then you might want to investigate some of the designer breeds.  All have different personalities and different lifestyle requirements.  One might be right for you. If   you   choose   a   designer   dog,   don’t   take   any   guff   from   purebred   owners.      Your   Puggle   or Yorkipoo   will   be   just   as   great   and   priceless   in   your   eyes   as   their   dog   is   in   theirs.      And remember:  Their dogs were once “designer dogs,” too. Although   the   Puggle,   which   was   first   registered   about   five   years   ago,   is   the   leader   in popularity    as    of    2006,    overall,    the    most    registrations    have    gone    to    the    Labradoodle, Goldendoodle   (Golden   Retriever   X   Poodle),   Puggle   and   Cavachon,   in   that   order.      The ACHC   registers   more   than   200   types   of   hybrids,   and   each   one   they   register   has   at   least one representative dog or litter, Although   most   hybrids   are   the   product   of   two   breeds,   a   few,   such   as   the   Free-Lance Bulldog,   which   is   the   result   of   the   English   Bull-Walker   (itself   a   hybrid   between   the   Bulldog and   the   Treeing   Walker   Coonhound)   bred   to   a   French   Bulldog,   have   more   than   two   breeds in   their   recipe.      And   at   least   one,   the   Cantel,   is   somewhat   a   trade   secret.      Dubbed   the Cantel   because   you   “can’t   tell”   if   it’s   a   Poodle   or   a   Bichon,   the   exact   mixture   of   the   parti- colored Poodle and Bichon that goes into is not readily divulged by it’s creator. Although   proponents   of   some   hybrids,   especially   those   bred   for   many   generations   past   the first   cross,   are   eying   official   recognition   from   some   of   the   major   kennel   clubs,   such   as   the American   Kennel   Club,   so   far   that   recognition   has   not   come   and   doesn’t   seem   close      The AKC   requires   that   a   breed   show   sufficient   numbers   of   generations   and   individuals   over   a sufficient   time   period   to   demonstrate   sustained   interest.     All   this   requires   meticulous   record keeping and dedicated owners. The   ACHC   and   other   hybrid-specific   clubs   are   providing   the   paperwork,   and   the   dogs themselves   are   making   sure   they   have   a   devoted   following.      But   here’s   the   problem:      If   a designer dog becomes and established breed, will it still be unique?
A designer dog is generally the first-generation hybrid offspring of two purebred dogs of different breeds
DOG BREEDING: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DOG BREEDER A   breeder   is   a   term   for   anyone   who   successfully   undertakes   the   breeding   of   two   dogs.   It   does   not   matter   if   this   person   has   plans   covering   years   of   time, encompassing multiple breedings, or is one who plans to breed but a single litter. Know Your Breeder Obligations Many   people   who   breed   dogs   recognize   their   obligations.   They   are   perfectly   willing   to   accept   the   responsibilities   assumed   when   bringing   new   life   into   the world.   These   people   offer   their   brood   matron   superior   prenatal   and   postnatal   care.   They   carefully   research   the   pedigrees   of   the   dogs   they   have   brought   to   a breeding.   Conscientiously,   they   ensure   the   sire   and   dam   are   X-rayed   (hips   and   elbows),   along   with   being   checked   for   other   problems   that   may   afflict   their breed. These   breeders   carefully   select   the   homes   in   which   the   puppies   are   placed.   Once   a   sale   has   been   made,   they   provide   detailed   instructions   for   feeding   and follow-up   veterinary   care.   These   dedicated   people   maintain   a   follow-up   program,   staying   in   touch   with   their   puppy   buyers.   They   ensure   that   puppies   and grown   dogs   have   optimum   emotional   as   well   as   physical   care.   These   responsible   breeders   are   also   prepared   to   take   back   or   help   to   relocate   at   any   age   a dog of their breeding should the owners be incapable of keeping the animal. There   is   nothing   wrong   with   breeding   and   being   a   breeder   for   most   people.   Education   is,   however,   the   key   word   for   every   person   who   contemplates   this activity.   It   does   not   matter   if   this   is   for   a   single   litter   or   for   an   entire   breeding   program   encompassing   years   of   forethought.   People   who   sell   puppies   must   be aware   of   those   prospective   buyers   who,   during   the   interview   process,   disclose   that   they   do   not   want   to   show,   they   only   want   to   breed   dogs.   Dog   shows   are, by their very definition, the place where the quality of a breeding program is proven. Most   breeders   carefully   place   their   puppies   in   responsible   homes   with   responsible   people.   Sales   of   pet-quality   puppies   without   restrictions   on   breeding   them is   a   real   crime   perpetrated   on   the   overpopulated   canine   world.   Some   people   "reason"   that   since   nature   provided   their   pet   with   the   means   of   reproduction, they   should   take   advantage   of   this   regardless   of   the   animal's   quality.   Dogs   do   not   have   the   same   libido   as   people.   It   is   not   necessary   that   every   dog   be   bred, nor is it imperative for each champion to reproduce.
NOT A PASSING FAD Designer dogs are dogs first, designs second. By Roger Sipe If you think that designer dogs are a fad, and you want to get in on it before it’s over, these dogs aren’t for you.  Dogs, by design or purebred, are by no means a fad.  And if you think there is something extra special about designer dogs, think again.  Designer dogs are not better than other dogs; they are not smarter; they are not cuddlier; they will not make you hipper; they will not make you cooler. So what are they and what do they do? They, like all breeds and types of dogs, are a lifelong commitment that will need your attention and care for the next 10 to possibly 20 years.  In return, they will give you all the love, loyalty and companionship you can handle.  Can ya dig it?
A DOG'S SOUL Every dog must have a soul, somewhere deep inside Where all his hurts and grievances are buried with his pride. Where he decides the good and bad, the wrong way from the right, And where his judgment carefully is hidden from our sight. A dog must have a secret place, where every thought abides.  A sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides. And when accused unjustly, for himself he cannot speak. Rebuked, He finds within his soul, the comfort that he seeks. He'll love, tho' he is unloved, and he'll serve tho' badly used, And one kind word will wipe away the times when he's abused. Altho' his heart may break in two, his love will still be whole, Because God gave to every dog an understanding Soul! Author Unknown
"Living with a designer dog is just like living with any other dog -- except that designer dog owners have a lot more explaining to do!"
The personalities of all designer dogs will vary. The Puggle may be more like a Pug than a Beagle, or vica versa.
A POEM They will not go quietly, the dogs who have shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still make us think we hear a scratch at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And sometimes, coming home at night we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will. Author Unknown
A DOG POEM You’re special to me, Affectionate, Loyal, And good company You’re there when I’m lonely, And life seems a bore, You cheer me and offer, A comforting paw. The look in your eyes, Says you quite understand, As you thrust a bewhiskered Wet nose in my hand, You never desert me, Wherever I go, You’re a far better friend, Than all the people I know, I thank you by writing, This short monologue To my faithful, Devoted Companion - MY DOG Author Unknown
Senator Vest's "Tribute to the Dog" It   is   strange   how   tenaciously   popular   memory   clings   to   the   bits   of   eloquence   men   have   uttered,   long   after   their   deeds   and   most   of   their   recorded   thoughts are   forgotten,   or   but   indifferently   remembered.   However,   whenever   and   as   long   as   the   name   of   the   late   Senator   George   Graham   Vest   of   Missouri   is mentioned it will always be associated with his love for a dog. Many   years   ago,   in   1869,   Senator   Vest   represented   in   a   lawsuit,   a   plaintiff   whose   dog   "Old   Drum"   had   been   willfully   and   wantonly   shot   by   a   neighbor.   The defendant   virtually   admitted   the   shooting,   but   questioned   to   the   jury   the   $150   value   plaintiff   attributed   to   this   mere   animal.   To   give   his   closing   argument, George   Vest   rose   from   his   chair,   scowling,   mute,   his   eyes   burning   from   under   the   slash   of   brow   tangled   as   a   grape   vine. Then   he   stepped   sideways,   hooked his   thumbs   in   his   vest   pockets,   his   gold   watch   fob   hanging   motionless,   it   was   that   heavy.   He   looked,   someone   remembered   afterwards,   taller   than   his   actual 5 feet 6 inches, and began in a quiet voice to deliver an extemporaneous oration. It was quite brief, less than 400 words: "Gentlemen   of   the   jury:   the   best   friend   a   man   has   in   the   world   may   turn   against   him   and   become   his   worst   enemy.   His   son   or   daughter   that   he   has   reared with   loving   care   may   prove   ungrateful. Those   who   are   nearest   and   dearest   to   us,   those   whom   we   trust   with   our   happiness   and   our   good   name,   may   become traitors   to   their   faith. The   money   that   man   has,   he   may   lose.   It   flies   away   from   him,   perhaps   when   he   needs   it   the   most. A   man's   reputation   may   be   sacrificed in   a   moment   of   ill-considered   action.   The   people   who   are   prone   to   fall   on   their   knees   to   do   us   honor   when   success   is   with   us   may   be   the   first   to   throw   the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The   one   absolutely   unselfish   friend   that   a   man   can   have   in   this   selfish   world,   the   one   that   never   deserts   him   and   the   one   that   never   proves   ungrateful   or treacherous... is his dog. Gentlemen   of   the   Jury:   a   man's   dog   stands   by   him   in   prosperity   and   in   poverty,   in   health   and   in   sickness.   He   will   sleep   on   the   cold   ground,   where   the   wintry winds   blow   and   the   snow   drives   fiercely,   if   only   he   may   be   near   his   master's   side.   He   will   kiss   the   hand   that   has   no   food   to   offer,   he   will   lick   the   wounds   and sores   that   come   in   encounters   with   the   roughness   of   the   world.   He   guards   the   sleep   of   his   pauper   master   as   if   he   were   a   prince.   When   all   other   friends desert   he   remains.   When   riches   take   wings   and   reputation   falls   to   pieces,   he   is   as   constant   in   his   love   as   the   sun   in   its   journey   through   the   heavens.   If fortune   drives   the   master   forth   an   outcast   in   the   world,   friendless   and   homeless,   the   faithful   dog   asks   no   higher   privilege   than   that   of   accompanying   him   to guard   against   danger,   to   fight   against   his   enemies,   and   when   the   last   scene   of   all   comes,   and   death   takes   the   master   in   its   embrace   and   his   body   is   laid away   in   the   cold   ground,   no   matter   if   all   other   friends   pursue   their   way,   there   by   his   graveside   will   the   noble   dog   be   found,   his   head   between   his   paws,   his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death." The   jury   deliberated   less   than   two   minutes   then   erupted   in   joint   pathos   and   triumph. The   record   becomes   quite   sketchy   here,   but   some   in   attendance   say   the plaintiff   who   had   been   asking   $150,   was   awarded   $500   by   the   jury.   Little   does   that   matter. The   case   was   eventually   appealed   to   the   Missouri   Supreme   Court, which refused to hear it. A   statue   of   "Old   Drum"   was   erected   on   the   Johnson   County   Courthouse   Square   in   Warrensbug,   Missouri,   where   the   trial   occurred.   The   statue   still   stands there today.
A DOG'S PLEA Treat me kindly my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn. Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ears. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.   Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should you be in danger. And, my friend, when I am very old, and no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands. -Author Unknown
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE "GONE TO THE DOGS" WHEN: * Nobody's feet are allowed on the furniture, but your dogs are welcome to sleep on any piece they so choose. * It takes an entirely separate garbage can to handle all the poop. * All kinds of things around the house are in need of repair, but the injured dog you rescued by the side of the road requires immediate surgery and out comes the checkbook. * You and your family haven't had your annual check up in two years, but the dogs are all medically up to date. * You start barking at your children to "Sit! Stay!" * You're more concerned with the dogs' needs than your own when the budget gets tight. * At least three of your five weeks vacation are scheduled around grooming, vaccinations and dental cleaning...all for the dogs! * Dog crates double as chairs and/or tables in your family room. * You can only remember people by associating them with their dog. * Overnight guests (who share your bed) are offended by having to sleep with you and the dog(s). * You snuggle closer to the dog than the person with whom you are sleeping. * You decide to downsize from a huge house in the city to an average country cottage with lots of land in order to build the kennel of your dreams. * You spend more time looking through mail order catalogs for dog supplies than for Victoria's Secret nighties or Miles Kimball gadgets. * All your social activities revolved around other dog people. * Your voice is immediately recognized by your vet's receptionist. * Everyone in the office is eager to know if the dogs are all right because you were late for the meeting. * The whereabouts of all your important legal and personal documents escapes you, yet you know precisely where to locate the file that includes all the vet records, breed papers and registration. * Your trunk has an emergency food kit for any strays you might come across. * The majority of your charitable contributions go to animal organizations. * To win a precious .75 show ribbon, you think nothing of forking out hundreds of dollars to board/pet sit the other dogs, pay for entry fees, gas, accommodations and meals. * You no longer have to buy extra large garbage bags, because the empty, 40 pound dog food bags work just as well. * Complete strangers call you on the phone to ask a question because they heard you were a "dog person." * Your mom calls and asks how the grand-dogs are. * Every gift you ever get has something to do with dogs. * Your cookie jar has never seen the likes of people cookies. * You rip up the carpet and lay tile to make clean up so much easier. * Your children (wife, husband) complain that you always take more pictures of the dog than you do of them. * While proudly showing off your family album, your guest asks, "Isn't there anyone else in your family besides the dog?" * Any conversation you're having is effortlessly directed back to the topic of dogs. * Your first concern when planning a vacation is whether or not the hotel will take pets. * You politely bow out of an important social engagement so you can attend a dog show. * The number one priority when buying a new house is the size and landscape of the backyard. * The only (or at least first) forum you log onto is the animal forum. * You describe your children as having temperaments rather than personalities. * The cost of boarding your fur kids equals that of your entire vacation. * Your dog decides he doesn't like someone and you tend to agree. * All your non-dog friends know to dress down when visiting your house. * Your friends know which chair not to sit in. * First time visitors wonder aloud, "Do you smell something?" and you really don't. * You become the family dog kennel for all your relatives. * You don't think twice about sitting on the floor because both the couch and the chair are completely dog full. * Your desk proudly displays your canine family. * All dates must pass your dog's inspection. * The first question you ask when on a date is, "So, do you like animals?" * You buy a bigger bed that will comfortably sleep six. * You break down and buy another pillow so you can have one to sleep on. * More than half of your grocery money goes to dog food and treats. * You buy a mini van to give them all enough travel room. * Your carpeting matches the color of your dog -- purposely. * The thought of changing a baby's diaper makes you swoon, but you can pick up dog poop barehanded, if necessary, without batting an eye. * You send out specially-made holiday cards that feature you and the dogs. * Your spouse issues the ultimatum "It's them or me" and you have no problem pointing out the suitcase. * You readily allow them to give you slobbery kisses, but you don't dare wipe a toddler's nose. * Onlookers grimace at the sight of you sharing your sandwich with your four-legged pal, bite for bite. * Your dog has the best birthday party over and above any kid in the entire neighborhood. * Your dogs eat only the most nutritionally sound food, while your favorite meal is mac 'n cheese. * You've traced your dog's family tree further than you have your own. * You're more familiar with dog laws than you are with people laws. * You stagger your dog magazine subscriptions to make sure you'll receive one every week. * Your vet's office number is the first one on your speed dial list; his home is number two. * One of your vet files is labeled "Other." * Your vet takes a few extra courses just to keep up with your breed's assorted ailments. * Your file is the only one that remains in the "IN" box. * Your file rivals War And Peace.
THE SAMPLE by Tasha Hamilton (from the Dachshund board) Let me tell you what happened when I had to go outside I'm afraid my Mom is losing it I'm thinking I should hide I got up as usual went out to do my thing And there was Mom with a little bowl What a ding-a-ling! I kept staring at her wondering what she had in mind And every time I looked at her she was watching my behind I really wanted my privacy because I had to go But she kept stalking after me as if Inspector Clouseau I couldn't hold it any more and finally had to pee Damned if Mom didn't take the bowl and shove it under me It seemed to please her very much as if she'd won a prize But who am I to argue when "that" look is in her eyes What I don't understand is why she wanted that stuff And why she had to save it when there's always more than enough Maybe the stress of the season is finally taking its toll So just wanted to warn the rest of you watch out when they get that bowl
DOG RULES: Newspapers:    If    you    have    to    go    to    the bathroom    while    playing    in    the    front    yard, always   use   the   newspaper   that's   placed   in the     driveway     every     morning     for     that purpose. Visitors:   Quickly   determine   which   guest   is afraid    of    dogs.    Charge    across    the    room, barking    loudly    and    leap    playfully    on    this person.   If   the   human   falls   down   on   the   floor and    starts    crying,    lick    its    face    and    growl gently to show your concern. Barking:   Because   you   are   a   dog,   you   are expected    to    bark.    So    bark--a    lot.    Your owners    will    be    very    happy    to    hear    you protecting    their    house.    Especially    late    at night   while   they   are   sleeping   safely   in   their beds.   There   is   no   more   secure   feeling   for   a human    than    to    keep    waking    up    in    the middle     of     the     night     and     hearing     your protective bark, bark, bark... Licking:   Always   take   a   big   drink   from   your water   dish   immediately   before   licking   your human.   Humans   prefer   clean   tongues.   Be ready to fetch your human a towel. Holes:   Rather   than   digging   a   big   hole   in   the middle    of    the    yard    and    upsetting    your human,   dig   a   lot   of   smaller   holes   all   over the   yard   so   they   won't   notice.   If   you   arrange a   little   pile   of   dirt   on   one   side   of   each   hole, maybe   they'll   think   it's   gophers.   There   are never   enough   holes   in   the   ground.   Strive daily    to    do    your    part    to    help    correct    this problem. Doors:   The   area   directly   in   front   of   a   door   is always reserved for the family dog to sleep. The    Art    of    Sniffing:    Humans    like    to    be sniffed.   Everywhere.   It   is   your   duty,   as   the family dog, to accommodate them. Dining   Etiquette:   Always   sit   under   the   table at   dinner,   especially   when   there   are   guests, so   you   can   clean   up   any   food   that   falls   on the   floor.   It's   also   a   good   time   to   practice your sniffing. Housebreaking:     Housebreaking     is     very important   to   humans,   so   break   as   much   of the house as possible. Going   for   Walks:   Rules   of   the   road:   When out   for   a   walk   with   your   master   or   mistress, never    go    to    the    bathroom    on    your    own lawn. Couches:   It   is   perfectly   permissible   to   lie   on the   new   couch   after   all   your   humans   have gone to bed. Playing:    If    you    lose    your    footing    while chasing   a   ball   or   stick,   use   the   flower   bed   to absorb your fall so you don't injure yourself. Chasing    Cats:    When    chasing    cats,    make sure   you   never--quite--catch   them.   It   spoils all the fun. Chewing:   Make   a   contribution   to   the   fashion industry...Eat a shoe.
POCKET PUGGLE MYTH One     of     the     most     common     questions regarding   Puggles   is   “Where   can   I   get   a miniature   or   "Pocket"   Puggle?     The Answer is   that   there   is   no   such   thing   as   a   Pocket Puggle.   I   have   decided   to   post   this   article to    tackle    the    questions    surrounding    the size   of   a   Puggle.      My   hope   is   this   article will    prevent    future    Puggle    owners    from being   misled   by   breeders   or   pet   shops   who are claiming to sell Pocket Puggle The   Basics:   There   are   two   different   breeds involved   in   the   creation   of   a   Puggle   (Pug   & Beagle).      Because   the   Beagle   is   the   larger of   the   two   breeds,   it   is   generally   used   as the female in this crossbreed. The   Pug:   The   height   of   the   average   male Pug   is   12-14   inches.   Females   are   slightly smaller    at    10-12    inches.    The    average weight for the Pug is 13 – 20lbs. The   Beagle:   There   are   two   standard   sizes for the Beagle. 13   inches   –   Beagles   in   this   class   should   be less than 13 inches. 15   inches   –   Beagles   in   this   class   should   be between    13    –    15    inches.        The    average weight ranges from 20 – 25lbs Conclusion:   Now   that   we   have   seen   the two   gene   pools   that   will   be   used   to   create a   Puggle   we   will   look   at   what   possibilities the   Puggle   has   for   height,   weight,   health and   temperament.      The   main   health   issue scene   in   Pugs   is   breathing   issues   caused by    their    short    muzzle.        This    problem    is generally    offset    to    a    great    extent    in    the Puggle,   due   to   the   longer   muzzle   of   the beagle.      Beagles   can   be   prone   to   heart disease,     epilepsy,     and     eye     and     back problems   which   are   also   found   less   often in Puggles due to the expanded gene pool.
MORE IDEAS FOR DESIGNER DOGS: * Pekingese X Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog * Great Pyrenees X Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed * Pekingese X Dachshund = Peking Dach, owned by Chinese restranteurs * Kerry Blue Terrier X Bloodhound = Blueblood, a favorite with the upper crust in Society * Poodle X Great Pyrenees = Poopyree, a dog that smells good * Pointer X Setter = Pointsetter, a traditional Christmas pet * Irish Water Spaniel X English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle * Kerry Blue Terrier X Skye Terrier = Blue Skye, a dog for optimists * Smooth Fox Terrier X Chow Chow = Smooch, a dog who loves to kiss * Airedale X Spaniel = Airel, a dog that brings in good TV reception * Labrador Retriever X Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists * Newfoundland X Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors * Terrier X Bulldog = Terribull, a dog that always makes mistakes * Keeshond X Setter = Keester, you can't get this dog off its duff * Bloodhound X Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks a lot * Chihuahua X Whippet = Chiapet, order from TV ads; 3 for $19.95 * Boxer X German Shorthair = Boxer Shorts, a dog never seen in public * Basenji X Schipperke = Baserke, a dog that's mad about its owner * Malamute X Pointer = Moot Point, owned by . . . oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway * Collie X Malamute = Commute, a dog that lives on the freeway * Deer hound X Terrier = Derriere, a dog that's true to the end
They   both   have   a   generous   lifespan   of   12-15   years,   both   are   energetic,   sturdy   little   dogs   that   have   minimal   shedding   and   make   great   family   pets.      The minimum   height   and   weight   of   a   Puggle   that   has   been   properly   is   12   inches   and   18lbs.     Any   smaller   than   this   and   you   are   looking   at   major   health   problems and poor breeding practices.  The maximum size a Puggle should reach is around 15 inches and 30lbs. A   search   for   "Pocket   Puggle"   will   return   hundreds   of   results.      Websites   that   claim   to   sell   this   "rare"   dog   and   people   who   have   decided   they   must   have   one yet few attempt to explain where term "Pocket Puggle" comes from. 1.   Runt   of   the   Litter   -   Simply   a   less   healthy   runt   of   the   litter   who   happens   to   be   smaller   than   other   Puggles.      Not   due   to   smaller   parents   but   just   through natural   selection.   I   have   always   felt   that   this   was   what   people   were   referring   to   when   discussing   "pocket   Puggles",   however,   there   are   two   other possibilities as far as what a pocket puggle could be. 2.   Pug   /Rat   Terrier   Mix   -   Clearly   this   cross   does   not   produce   a   Puggle,   but   that   doesn't   stop   breeders   from   selling   them   as   such.     Although   this   cross   does result   in   a   puppy   that   looks   similar   to   a   small   puggle.      It   is   not   a   Puggle   and   you   should   be   skeptical   of   any   breeder   that   tries   to   sell   this   mix   to   you   as   a "Pocket Puggle". 3.   Olde   English   Beagle/Pug   Mix   -   The   Olde   English   Beagle   was   at   one   point   a   legitimate   breed   of   Beagle.      It's   history   dates   back   to   the   15th   century,   but only   became   well   known   through   Queen   Elizabeth   I.      The   Queen   gained   a   strong   admiration   for   these   miniature   beagles   that   she   referred   to   as   "Glove"   or "Pocket"   Beagles.      These   beagles   at   9   inches   tall   were   so   small   they   could   fit   in   a   saddle   bag   or   pocket.      The   standards   for   these   dogs   was   written   in   the early   1900's,   but   the   breed   since   became   extinct.      Modern   Breeders   have   tried   to   recreate   this   standard,   but   have   not   successfully   re-created   any accepted standard to date. I   hope   this   article   serves   to   further   educate   Puggle   Owners   and   potential   Puggle   Owners.      It   is   often   difficult   to   get   accurate   information,   so   I   have   tried   to do   the   research   for   you   and   present   it   in   an   easy   to   read,   easy   to   understand   format.      This   type   of   information   should   better   prepare   you   for   conversations with breeders and people who insist they have "Genuine" Pocket Puggles.
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