28 January 2014
SO MANY DOGS
The sad truth is that pure bred dogs in general tend to have health problems. Mixed breeds from the shelter tend to be the longest lived, most robust dogs, but getting a dog at the shelter doesn't have the same cache as a purebred dog.
Buying a mixed breed dog has been all the rage for the past several years. It's got all the cachet of a pure bred and poodle mixes don't shed! It's highly likely that if you buy a labradoodle or golden doodle then you're a Range Rover driving, whole foods shopping, fair-trade coffee drinking, montessori school, slow food cliche. Not coincidentally I have yet to meet a trendy poodle mix that was worth a damn, although that probably says more about trendy people buying 'trendy' dogs than it does about the dogs themselves. With enough love and training almost any dog will turn out great.