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. Puggle puppies are, by far, one of the most sought after designer dogs. A mix of Pug and Beagle, Puggle puppies 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.
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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.
THE BEST MEASURE YOU CAN TAKE TO MAKE YOUR PET A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY A pet is undoubtedly one of the best things you can ever take home. However, behind every pet ownership success story are struggles aplenty. Simply put, you just can't expect a pet to be a well-behaved member of the household overnight. In fact, it will take considerable time and a lot of effort (mostly on your part) to make this happen. But of course, there's no question that it's a worthwhile pursuit; you just have to know how. So without further ado, here are some of the best measures you can take to make your pet a cherished and well-mannered member of the family. Choose the right pet. To start, it's always important to know that the kind of pet you choose really does matter. While they are all cute and adorable on the surface, there are, in fact, other factors that need to be considered to ensure that you are a match made in heaven. As a rule, you can start by taking stock of your own lifestyle—that is to say, the amount of time and resources you have available (realistically) to take care of your pet's many needs. Your living space is also a very important consideration, as are your family members' and housemates' preferences, allergies, etc. With these in mind, you can then do your due diligence to find out what kind of animal is best suited to you, taking into account breed, size, activity level, and temperament. Ultimately, you need to bear in mind that pet ownership is essentially a relationship. A mismatch right from the start will only likely set it up for failure. Work on building a lasting bond. Again, remember that a pet is just another relationship that you have to nurture and work on. And if you want this relationship to be a lasting and beautiful one, you have to take great pains in forging a bond that's built on love, trust, and respect. From the get-go, this will entail devoting as much time as you can in training and establishing routines with your pet. Communication will also play a huge role, and because your pet will never be able to speak your language, it's up to you to find a middle ground. Finally, while you do need to establish who's boss, you want to do so without resorting to harsh discipline. There are, of course, more ways to bond with your pet. The important thing is to work toward creating a strong bond, as opposed to a weak one . Make sure to provide only the best care. Now, it's only natural that you will want what's best for your pet. First of all, you want your home to be well-stocked with the right pet supplies like food bowls and beds for your pet's utmost comfort, as well as the best and safest toys to keep them engaged. Not only that, but your pet's diet also matters greatly, so it's important to really do your research and find out what food and treats meet their dietary needs best. No doubt, you also want to ensure that your pet gets sufficient veterinary care. This, however, can be quite costly, and many pet owners will invariably balk at it. Thankfully, there are better ways to handle pet care costs . Pet insurance, for one, can be extremely useful in reducing out-of-pocket expenses. It's a good idea, therefore, to look into affordable yet comprehensive pet insurance plans from companies like Petfirst and Embrace and compare coverages, deductible costs, and the like. Suffice it to say, welcoming a pet into your home is only half the battle; you have to provide for their needs and the best possible care, as well as really work on making your relationship a strongly bonded one. But at the end of the day, it's really no less than what you would do for a family member—which is ultimately what a pet is, anyway.
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