Sort the facts from the fiction to discover what makes a dog a "designer dog."By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.It'shumannature.Givenachoice,wechoosetheoriginalgownbeforewebuyofftherack.Wecustomizeourhomes,ourcarsandevenourcoffee.We crave the unique. It was only a matter of time before we started eying our dogs. NolongerareasmanypeoplesatisfiedwiththeirchoiceofwhiteversuswhitewhentheychooseaWestHighlandWhite Terrier.Ifonlytheycouldgetonein 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. GaryGarnerofHarvey, Arkansas,supervisorofthe AmericanCanineHybridClub,believesthat"petownerswantsomethingoutoftheordinary,something theirneighbormaynothave."Nonetheless,withmorethan150 AmericanKennelClubbreedsandhundredsmoreestablishednon-AKCbreeds,manyquite rare, it would seem that something already would exist for everybody who has a craving to be unique.Perhapsthemostsurprisingaspectisthatthepricetagsattachedtodesignerdogsareoftenmorethanwhateitherpurebredparentbreedalonewould bring. Some Internet sites, which often attract celebrity clientèle, have prices as high as $5,000 for certain hot breeds! However,noteveryoneisassmittenwithdesignerdogs.Somepeoplecontendthat"designerdog"isjustaritzytermforamixedbreed.Manypurebred 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 TheSilkyTerrierwasderivedfromacrossbetweentheYorkshireTerrierandAustralianTerrier.TheBullmastiffwasderivedfromacrossbetweenthe 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 crossestotheGreyhound,WeimaranerandBlack-and-TanManchesterTerrier.TheBlackRussianTerrierwasderivedfromcrossesamongtheAiredaleTerrier, 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. Abreedreferstoaclosedgenepoolthathasbeenbredonlywithinitselfforsufficientgenerationssothatitbreedsrelativelytrue.Theexactnumberof generations required for breed status is not agreed upon. A mutt refers to a mixture of more than one pure breed.Adesignerdogisgenerallythefirst-generationhybridoffspringoftwopurebreddogsofdifferentbreeds.Inafewdesignerdogs,suchasAustralian Labradoodles,morethantwoparentbreedsmaybeinvolvedintherecipe.Insomeotherpopulardesignerdogs,suchasCockapoosandLabradoodles,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-generationhybridstendtobefairlyuniformintype,becauseeachhasonesetofgenesfromoneparentalbreedandonefromtheother,andeach parentaltypehaslimitedgeneticvariation.However,thisuniformityislostwhenfirst-generationhybridsarebredtooneanotherbecausetheyaresampling fromparentseachwithmorevariabilityateachgene.That'swhysecondgenerationprogenytendtobeamishmashofcharacteristicsofbothoriginal parental breeds, often with no two looking alike. For this reason, breeding second generations of designer dogs often isn't attempted. A Healthy Mix?Garnerpointsoutthattheinterestinhybridsmaybefueledbyconsumerawarenessof breed-relatedgeneticdisorders."Thereisaperceptionthat'hybridvigor'contributesto healthierdogs,"hesays."Thathasbeenpurportedwithplantsandanimals,andthereis foundation to the idea."Dogbreedsareclosedpopulationsbasedonahandfuloffounders.Whatevergenesare presentinthefounderswillbeover-representedintheirdescendants.Ifthesegenesare fordeleteriousrecessivetraits,theninaclosedpopulation,thechancethattheirprogeny willinheritrecessivegenesfrombothparentsandthusdevelopageneticdisease increases. Suchisthecasewithmostdogbreeds,themajorityofwhichcantracetheirancestryto fewer than 50 foundation animals sometimes fewer than 10.Itispossiblethatbycrossingtwodifferentbreeds,thelikelihoodoftheprogenybeing affectedbygeneticdiseaseswillbelowerbecausethelikelihoodthatbothbreedswill carrythesamedeleteriousgenesislower.However,certaindisorderslikepaterllar luxation(inwhichthekneecapslidesoutofplace)aresowidespreadamongcertain familiesorsizesofdogsthatinterbreedingthemwillnotdecreasetheincidenceofthe disorder. As Garner warns, "Automatically crossing two different breeds does not guarantee better quality; it still depends on the quality of the individual parents."Anyadvantageofhybridvigorislostafterthefirstgeneration,sothedesignerdogbreedsthatincludeprogenyfromsubsequentgenerationsarenoless prone to genetic disease than are either parental breed. Designer DesireLabradoodlesandPuggles(Pug-and-Beaglehybrids)maybealltheragetoday,butthey'llhavealongwaytogobeforetheycanclaimthestayingpowerof theall-timechampiondesignerdogtheonethatneverclaimeddesignerdesignationtheCockapoo.Popularatleastsince1960,theCockapoostillexists mostly as a first -generation cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. Afewindependentorganizationsexistforthemostpopularhybrids(liketheCockapooCockapooClubof America),butformosthybrids,theplacetoregister is the American Canine Hybrid Club. Accordingtothe ACHCregisters,themostpopularhybridsin2005weretheLabradoodle,Goldendoodle(GoldenRetrieverandPoodlecross),Puggleand Cavachon(CavalierKingCharlesSpanielxBichonFrise). The ACHC,whichbeganregisteringdogsin1992,listsmorethan200typesofhybrids,andeach one has at least one representative dog or litter.Althoughmosthybridsaretheproductoftwobreeds,afewhavemorethantwobreedsintheirrecipe.Andatleastone,theCantel,issomewhatatrade secret.DubbedtheCantelbecauseyou"can'ttell"ifit'saPoodleoraBichon,theexactmixtureofparti-coloredPoodleandBichonthatgoesintoitisnot readily divulged by its creator.
CHOOSE A PUGGLE BREEDER WITH CAREWords 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
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT PUGGLES...
Pugglepuppiesareoneofthebyproductsofanewphilosophyintheworldofdogbreeding.Doghybrids,alsosometimesreferredtoascrossbreeds,or "designerdogs",aredogsbornoftwodifferentbreedsofparentdog.Thesemixes,ratherthanbeinghappenstance,areinsteadcarefullycalculatedto obtain certain specific characteristics in the offspring of the parent dogs. Pugglesare,byfar,oneofthemostsoughtafterdesignerdogs.AmixofPugandBeagle,Pugglesareveryaffectionate,loyallittleclownsthatarewidely knowntobegreatwithchildrenandadultsalike.Thesearetheprimaryreasonsthebreedwascreated.Despitebeinghighlyenergetic,aPugglepuppyis alsoagreatlapdog.Theydowellinapartmentsdespitebeinglivelyandslightlyhyper.Criticswillarguethat,everytimeyoucrosstwobreeds,thereareno guaranteesastohowthepuppywillturnout.Balderdash!Puggleshavesomedistinctcharacteristics,andthefactisthattheyabsolutelyturnoutas consistent as the puppies of any other breed. APugglepuppyisshort-haired,withawrinklyface,andbody.Theyhaveashortnose,andaslender,stockybody,likebeagles.Pugglesaverageabout25 pounds,andstand,onaverage,15inches(38.1cm)attheshoulder.Theyaremediumshedders,sopeoplewhohaveallergiesshouldkeepthisinmind. OneofthebiggestbenefitsofaPuggleisthefactthattheirnosesarenotasshort,orflat,asaPug's,sotheydomuchbetterinhotweather,andhaveless breathing problems. Likeotherdesignerdogs,PugglesarenotrecognizedbytheAmericanKennelClub,orany othermajorpurebredorganization,buttheyareacceptedinsomedogshows.Becauseof continuousissues,aneworganizationcalledtheAmericanCanineHybridClubwasrecently created.Aimedatdesignerdogowners,itwillregistermixeddogsforafeewith,whatwe consider, ambiguous benefits at best.Aspets,pugglepuppieshavethemildmanneredyetplayful"lapdog"qualitiesoftenassociated with pugs, mixed with the more energetic tendencies typical of the hunting qualities of a beagle.Acheerfulclownwholovestoplaybutthenquicklytiresforashortnap,Pugglepuppiesare mid-sizeddogsthatmakeexcellenthousepets,andmanyPuggleownerstestifytotheir winning personality as one of their strongest points.Theygetalongwonderfullywithchildren,whousuallyadorethepet'slapdogqualities;atthe sametime,thepupsarealwaysreadyforawrestlingmatchortugofwar.Theirplayful disposition,however,makesthemabithardertotrainthansomedogs,atraittheysharewith both pugs and beagles.Theyretainthefriendly,laid-backdispositionofbothbreeds,butwhiletheirsizemakesthemperfectforapartments,theyneedabitmoreexerciseand attention than some traditional apartment dogs (pugs included).Likemostdogs,Pugglepuppiesalsobark,andvarywidelyastohowoftentheybark.Someinherittheodd,nasalbayingofbeagles,amixofabaying houndandthecooingofapigeon(somesaysoundinglikeGizmofromthemovieGremlins).Thatsaid,theirbarkingismuchmoreeasytodealwiththan most beagles, and many Puggle puppies are barely vocal at all.
DOGS, DOGS EVERYWHEREPurebredaficionadoslookatdesignerdogsandtellpotentialownerstoadoptadogfromthepoundbecauseadesignerdogisbasicallyamutt.Butunless youaspiretoenteryourdogintheWestminsterKennelClubDogShow,whyexactlydoyouneedapurebred?Nothingguaranteesthatapurebreddogwill make you happier than one that isn’t.Bloodlines,smudlines.Don’tyoureallyjustwantagooddogthatlovesandobeysyou,makesyoulaugh,leadsahealthylifeandthinksyou’rethegreatest things since cow hoofs?Purebred,designer,poundpuppy,theyallhaveonethingincommon. Theyarealldogs,andtheyallneedloveandcompanionshipofagoodhuman,Some arecute;someare,well,not(onlyaChineseCrestedownercouldfindthatbreed“easyontheeyes”).Somedogsarerambunctious;somearegentle.Some like to run; some like to nap. Some like to eat tennis shoes; some like to eat bugs.Intheend,thetypeofdogyouselectistheonethatsuitsyou,ColliepeopleloveCollies.Shih TzupeopleloveShih Tzu.Maybeafterdoingyourresearch, you’llfindthatyou'reaCockapoofanoraLabradoodleenthusiast.Firstandforemost,justbesurethatyouareadogperson.Onceyoufigurethatout,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.Ifyouchooseadesignerdog,don’ttakeanygufffrompurebredowners.YourPuggleor Yorkipoowillbejustasgreatandpricelessinyoureyesastheirdogisintheirs.And remember: Their dogs were once “designer dogs,” too.AlthoughthePuggle,whichwasfirstregisteredaboutfiveyearsago,istheleaderin popularityasof2006,overall,themostregistrationshavegonetotheLabradoodle, Goldendoodle(GoldenRetrieverXPoodle),PuggleandCavachon,inthatorder.The ACHCregistersmorethan200typesofhybrids,andeachonetheyregisterhasatleast one representative dog or litter,Althoughmosthybridsaretheproductoftwobreeds,afew,suchastheFree-Lance Bulldog,whichistheresultoftheEnglishBull-Walker(itselfahybridbetweentheBulldog andtheTreeingWalkerCoonhound)bredtoaFrenchBulldog,havemorethantwobreeds intheirrecipe.Andatleastone,theCantel,issomewhatatradesecret.Dubbedthe Cantelbecauseyou“can’ttell”ifit’saPoodleoraBichon,theexactmixtureoftheparti-colored Poodle and Bichon that goes into is not readily divulged by it’s creator.Althoughproponentsofsomehybrids,especiallythosebredformanygenerationspastthe firstcross,areeyingofficialrecognitionfromsomeofthemajorkennelclubs,suchasthe AmericanKennelClub,sofarthatrecognitionhasnotcomeanddoesn’tseemcloseThe AKCrequiresthatabreedshowsufficientnumbersofgenerationsandindividualsovera sufficienttimeperiodtodemonstratesustainedinterest.Allthisrequiresmeticulousrecord keeping and dedicated owners.TheACHCandotherhybrid-specificclubsareprovidingthepaperwork,andthedogs themselvesaremakingsuretheyhaveadevotedfollowing.Buthere’stheproblem:Ifa designer dog becomes and established breed, will it still be unique?
A designer dog is generally thefirst-generation hybrid offspringof two purebred dogs of different breeds
DOG BREEDING: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DOG BREEDERAbreederisatermforanyonewhosuccessfullyundertakesthebreedingoftwodogs.It doesnotmatterifthispersonhasplanscoveringyearsoftime,encompassingmultiple breedings, or is one who plans to breed but a single litter.Know Your Breeder ObligationsManypeoplewhobreeddogsrecognizetheirobligations.Theyareperfectlywillingto accepttheresponsibilitiesassumedwhenbringingnewlifeintotheworld.Thesepeople offertheirbroodmatronsuperiorprenatalandpostnatalcare.Theycarefullyresearchthe pedigreesofthedogstheyhavebroughttoabreeding.Conscientiously,theyensurethesire anddamareX-rayed(hipsandelbows),alongwithbeingcheckedforotherproblemsthat may afflict their breed.Thesebreederscarefullyselectthehomesinwhichthepuppiesareplaced.Onceasale hasbeenmade,theyprovidedetailedinstructionsforfeedingandfollow-upveterinarycare. Thesededicatedpeoplemaintainafollow-upprogram,stayingintouchwiththeirpuppy buyers.Theyensurethatpuppiesandgrowndogshaveoptimumemotionalaswellas physicalcare. Theseresponsiblebreedersarealsopreparedtotakebackorhelptorelocate at any age a dog of their breeding should the owners be incapable of keeping the animal.Thereisnothingwrongwithbreedingandbeingabreederformostpeople.Educationis,however,thekeywordforeverypersonwhocontemplatesthis activity.Itdoesnotmatterifthisisforasinglelitterorforanentirebreedingprogramencompassingyearsofforethought.Peoplewhosellpuppiesmustbe awareofthoseprospectivebuyerswho,duringtheinterviewprocess,disclosethattheydonotwanttoshow,theyonlywanttobreeddogs.Dogshowsare, by their very definition, the place where the quality of a breeding program is proven.Mostbreederscarefullyplacetheirpuppiesinresponsiblehomeswithresponsiblepeople.Salesofpet-qualitypuppieswithoutrestrictionsonbreedingthem isarealcrimeperpetratedontheoverpopulatedcanineworld.Somepeople"reason"thatsincenatureprovidedtheirpetwiththemeansofreproduction, theyshouldtakeadvantageofthisregardlessoftheanimal'squality.Dogsdonothavethesamelibidoaspeople.Itisnotnecessarythateverydogbebred, nor is it imperative for each champion to reproduce.
DOGS BY DESIGN
NOT A PASSING FADDesigner dogs are dogs first, designs second.By Roger SipeIf 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 SOULEvery 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 anyother dog -- except that designer dog owners have alot 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 POEMThey 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 POEMYou’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 monologueTo my faithful, DevotedCompanion - MY DOGAuthor Unknown
Senator Vest's "Tribute to the Dog"Itisstrangehowtenaciouslypopularmemoryclingstothebitsofeloquencemenhaveuttered,longaftertheirdeedsandmostoftheirrecordedthoughts areforgotten,orbutindifferentlyremembered.However,wheneverandaslongasthenameofthelateSenatorGeorgeGrahamVestofMissouriis mentioned it will always be associated with his love for a dog.Manyyearsago,in1869,SenatorVestrepresentedinalawsuit,aplaintiffwhosedog"OldDrum"hadbeenwillfullyandwantonlyshotbyaneighbor.The defendantvirtuallyadmittedtheshooting,butquestionedtothejurythe$150valueplaintiffattributedtothismereanimal.Togivehisclosingargument, GeorgeVestrosefromhischair,scowling,mute,hiseyesburningfromundertheslashofbrowtangledasagrapevine. Thenhesteppedsideways,hooked histhumbsinhisvestpockets,hisgoldwatchfobhangingmotionless,itwasthatheavy.Helooked,someonerememberedafterwards,tallerthanhisactual 5 feet 6 inches, and began in a quiet voice to deliver an extemporaneous oration. It was quite brief, less than 400 words:"Gentlemenofthejury:thebestfriendamanhasintheworldmayturnagainsthimandbecomehisworstenemy.Hissonordaughterthathehasreared withlovingcaremayproveungrateful. Thosewhoarenearestanddearesttous,thosewhomwetrustwithourhappinessandourgoodname,maybecome traitorstotheirfaith. Themoneythatmanhas,hemaylose.Itfliesawayfromhim,perhapswhenheneedsitthemost. Aman'sreputationmaybesacrificed inamomentofill-consideredaction.Thepeoplewhoarepronetofallontheirkneestodoushonorwhensuccessiswithusmaybethefirsttothrowthe stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.Theoneabsolutelyunselfishfriendthatamancanhaveinthisselfishworld,theonethatneverdesertshimandtheonethatneverprovesungratefulor treacherous... is his dog.GentlemenoftheJury:aman'sdogstandsbyhiminprosperityandinpoverty,inhealthandinsickness.Hewillsleeponthecoldground,wherethewintry windsblowandthesnowdrivesfiercely,ifonlyhemaybenearhismaster'sside.Hewillkissthehandthathasnofoodtooffer,hewilllickthewoundsand soresthatcomeinencounterswiththeroughnessoftheworld.Heguardsthesleepofhispaupermasterasifhewereaprince.Whenallotherfriends desertheremains.Whenrichestakewingsandreputationfallstopieces,heisasconstantinhisloveasthesuninitsjourneythroughtheheavens.If fortunedrivesthemasterforthanoutcastintheworld,friendlessandhomeless,thefaithfuldogasksnohigherprivilegethanthatofaccompanyinghimto guardagainstdanger,tofightagainsthisenemies,andwhenthelastsceneofallcomes,anddeathtakesthemasterinitsembraceandhisbodyislaid awayinthecoldground,nomatterifallotherfriendspursuetheirway,therebyhisgravesidewillthenobledogbefound,hisheadbetweenhispaws,his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."Thejurydeliberatedlessthantwominutestheneruptedinjointpathosandtriumph. Therecordbecomesquitesketchyhere,butsomeinattendancesaythe plaintiffwhohadbeenasking$150,wasawarded$500bythejury.Littledoesthatmatter. ThecasewaseventuallyappealedtotheMissouriSupremeCourt, which refused to hear it.Astatueof"OldDrum"waserectedontheJohnsonCountyCourthouseSquareinWarrensbug,Missouri,wherethetrialoccurred.Thestatuestillstands there today.
A DOG'S PLEATreat 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 SAMPLEby Tasha Hamilton (from the Dachshund board)Let me tell you what happenedwhen I had to go outsideI'm afraid my Mom is losing itI'm thinking I should hideI got up as usualwent out to do my thingAnd there was Mom with a little bowlWhat a ding-a-ling!I kept staring at herwondering what she had in mindAnd every time I looked at hershe was watching my behindI really wanted my privacybecause I had to goBut she kept stalking after meas if Inspector ClouseauI couldn't hold it any moreand finally had to peeDamned if Mom didn't take the bowland shove it under meIt seemed to please her very muchas if she'd won a prizeBut who am I to arguewhen "that" look is in her eyesWhat I don't understandis why she wanted that stuffAnd why she had to save itwhen there's always more than enoughMaybe the stress of the seasonis finally taking its tollSo just wanted to warn the rest of youwatch out when they get that bowl
DOG RULES:Newspapers:Ifyouhavetogotothe bathroomwhileplayinginthefrontyard, alwaysusethenewspaperthat'splacedin thedrivewayeverymorningforthat purpose.Visitors:Quicklydeterminewhichguestis afraidofdogs.Chargeacrosstheroom, barkingloudlyandleapplayfullyonthis person.Ifthehumanfallsdownonthefloor andstartscrying,lickitsfaceandgrowl gently to show your concern.Barking:Becauseyouareadog,youare expectedtobark.Sobark--alot.Your ownerswillbeveryhappytohearyou protectingtheirhouse.Especiallylateat nightwhiletheyaresleepingsafelyintheir beds.Thereisnomoresecurefeelingfora humanthantokeepwakingupinthe middleofthenightandhearingyour protective bark, bark, bark...Licking:Alwaystakeabigdrinkfromyour waterdishimmediatelybeforelickingyour human.Humansprefercleantongues.Be ready to fetch your human a towel.Holes:Ratherthandiggingabigholeinthe middleoftheyardandupsettingyour human,digalotofsmallerholesallover theyardsotheywon'tnotice.Ifyouarrange alittlepileofdirtononesideofeachhole, maybethey'llthinkit'sgophers.Thereare neverenoughholesintheground.Strive dailytodoyourparttohelpcorrectthis problem.Doors:Theareadirectlyinfrontofadooris always reserved for the family dog to sleep.TheArtofSniffing:Humansliketobe sniffed.Everywhere.Itisyourduty,asthe family dog, to accommodate them.DiningEtiquette:Alwayssitunderthetable atdinner,especiallywhenthereareguests, soyoucancleanupanyfoodthatfallson thefloor.It'salsoagoodtimetopractice your sniffing.Housebreaking:Housebreakingisvery importanttohumans,sobreakasmuchof the house as possible.GoingforWalks:Rulesoftheroad:When outforawalkwithyourmasterormistress, nevergotothebathroomonyourown lawn.Couches:Itisperfectlypermissibletolieon thenewcouchafterallyourhumanshave gone to bed.Playing:Ifyouloseyourfootingwhile chasingaballorstick,usetheflowerbedto absorb your fall so you don't injure yourself.ChasingCats:Whenchasingcats,make sureyounever--quite--catchthem.Itspoils all the fun.Chewing:Makeacontributiontothefashion industry...Eat a shoe.
POCKET PUGGLE MYTHOneofthemostcommonquestions regardingPugglesis“WherecanIgeta miniatureor"Pocket"Puggle?The Answer isthatthereisnosuchthingasaPocket Puggle.Ihavedecidedtopostthisarticle totacklethequestionssurroundingthe sizeofaPuggle.Myhopeisthisarticle willpreventfuturePuggleownersfrom beingmisledbybreedersorpetshopswho are claiming to sell Pocket PuggleTheBasics:Therearetwodifferentbreeds involvedinthecreationofaPuggle(Pug& Beagle).BecausetheBeagleisthelarger ofthetwobreeds,itisgenerallyusedas the female in this crossbreed.ThePug:Theheightoftheaveragemale Pugis12-14inches.Femalesareslightly smallerat10-12inches.Theaverage weight for the Pug is 13 – 20lbs. TheBeagle:Therearetwostandardsizes for the Beagle.13inches–Beaglesinthisclassshouldbe less than 13 inches.15inches–Beaglesinthisclassshouldbe between13–15inches.Theaverage weight ranges from 20 – 25lbsConclusion:Nowthatwehaveseenthe twogenepoolsthatwillbeusedtocreate aPugglewewilllookatwhatpossibilities thePugglehasforheight,weight,health andtemperament.Themainhealthissue sceneinPugsisbreathingissuescaused bytheirshortmuzzle.Thisproblemis generallyoffsettoagreatextentinthe Puggle,duetothelongermuzzleofthe beagle.Beaglescanbepronetoheart disease,epilepsy,andeyeandback problemswhicharealsofoundlessoften in Puggles due to the expanded gene pool.
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Theybothhaveagenerouslifespanof12-15years,bothareenergetic,sturdylittledogsthathaveminimalsheddingandmakegreatfamilypets.The minimumheightandweightofaPugglethathasbeenproperlyis12inchesand18lbs.Anysmallerthanthisandyouarelookingatmajorhealthproblems and poor breeding practices. The maximum size a Puggle should reach is around 15 inches and 30lbs. Asearchfor"PocketPuggle"willreturnhundredsofresults.Websitesthatclaimtosellthis"rare"dogandpeoplewhohavedecidedtheymusthaveone yet few attempt to explain where term "Pocket Puggle" comes from.1.RuntoftheLitter-SimplyalesshealthyruntofthelitterwhohappenstobesmallerthanotherPuggles.Notduetosmallerparentsbutjustthrough naturalselection.Ihavealwaysfeltthatthiswaswhatpeoplewerereferringtowhendiscussing"pocketPuggles",however,therearetwoother possibilities as far as what a pocket puggle could be.2.Pug/RatTerrierMix-ClearlythiscrossdoesnotproduceaPuggle,butthatdoesn'tstopbreedersfromsellingthemassuch.Althoughthiscrossdoes resultinapuppythatlookssimilartoasmallpuggle.ItisnotaPuggleandyoushouldbeskepticalofanybreederthattriestosellthismixtoyouasa "Pocket Puggle".3.OldeEnglishBeagle/PugMix-TheOldeEnglishBeaglewasatonepointalegitimatebreedofBeagle.It'shistorydatesbacktothe15thcentury,but onlybecamewellknownthroughQueenElizabethI.TheQueengainedastrongadmirationfortheseminiaturebeaglesthatshereferredtoas"Glove"or "Pocket"Beagles.Thesebeaglesat9inchestallweresosmalltheycouldfitinasaddlebagorpocket.Thestandardsforthesedogswaswritteninthe early1900's,butthebreedsincebecameextinct.ModernBreedershavetriedtorecreatethisstandard,buthavenotsuccessfullyre-createdany accepted standard to date.IhopethisarticleservestofurthereducatePuggleOwnersandpotentialPuggleOwners.Itisoftendifficulttogetaccurateinformation,soIhavetriedto dotheresearchforyouandpresentitinaneasytoread,easytounderstandformat.Thistypeofinformationshouldbetterprepareyouforconversations with breeders and people who insist they have "Genuine" Pocket Puggles.
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