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The below article from Britain’s Daily Mail is an excellent article about the “designer” dogs.
The hidden suffering of the dogs bred to be cute
Britain’s dog lovers pay up to £2,000 for the designer cross-breeds
They are wooed by their cute names and celebrity endorsements
Dangerous myth that cross-breeds are healthier and more robust
But they are far more vulnerable to agonising illness and infection
Wally Conron, creator of the Labradoodle in the 80s, says he regrets creating these ‘Frankenstein' dogs
ByLouise Eccles for the Daily Mailand Harry Mount for the Daily Mail
Published: 19:35 EDT, 20 February 2014 | Updated: 20:52 EDT, 13 November 2014
The trend for cross-breed dogs, including Labradoodles (pictured), has raised disturbing questions about their vulnerability to disease and illness
Over the past five years, a canine revolution has been seen in Britain’s parks, streets and gardens.
Along with familiar dog breeds — the Labradors, spaniels and retrievers — dozens of new cross-breeds have appeared, from Chorkies (a Chihuahua and Yorkshire terrier mix) to Maltipoos (Maltese and poodle) and muggins (miniature pinscher and pug).
Britain’s dog-lovers have been buying the new cross-breeds in their droves, spending up to £2,000 to secure the rarest, most bizarre mixes.
They’ve been wooed by their cute names, by celebrity endorsements, and by the dangerous myth that cross-breeds are somehow healthier and more robust than pedigree dogs.
The cross-breeds’ popularity has been boosted further by the notion that they are ‘hypoallergenic’ and won’t trigger reactions in people who are usually allergic to dogs.
Only now is the tragic truth beginning to emerge. Far from being resilient to disease, many of these cross-breeds are, in fact, far more vulnerable to agonising illness and infection than pedigree dogs.
Today, thousands of ‘toy dogs’ sit in freezing cold, cramped cages and filthy sheds across rural England and Wales, awaiting new owners. Many suffer from parasites, kidney problems, heart disease and respiratory disorders.
Within several days of being bought by their new, unsuspecting owners, the unluckiest puppies will have to be put to sleep.
Earlier this month, the creator of the first Labradoodle — a Labrador crossed with a poodle — expressed his regret at creating these ‘Frankenstein’ dogs.
The man behind the breed, Wally Conron, said that by inventing the first designer dog in the Eighties, he had ‘created a lot of problems’.
The 85-year-old crossed a Labrador and a poodle to help a blind woman, whose husband was allergic to most guide dogs, find a puppy that did not shed its fur.
His kind gesture fuelled a new, lucrative and deeply harmful industry. The winsome-looking Labradoodle became popular among celebrities, including Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston, model Elle Macpherson, chat-show host Graham Norton, and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.
Mr Conron, from Victoria, Australia, fears he opened a ‘Pandora’s box’. While the Labradoodle remains one of the most successful cross-breeds, some suffer from congenital defects, including eye disorders and hip problems.
‘Instead of breeding out the problems, they’re breeding them in,’ said Mr Conron. ‘For every perfect one, you’re going to find a lot of crazy ones. There are a lot of unhealthy and abandoned dogs out there.’
‘You can’t walk down the street without seeing a poodle cross of some sort. I just heard about someone who wanted to cross a poodle with a Rottweiler. How could anyone do that?
‘Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine all of this would happen.’