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Design-a-Dog at the Shelter

Written by PETA | April 22, 2011

Goldendoodles, cockapoos, cockadoodledoos, and whatever else they’re called, “hybrid” dogs fetch—a pretty penny, that is. And breeders and puppy mills are cashing in on the craze. It’s really silly that some folks are shelling out as much as $1,600 for one of these dogs when animal shelters and rescue groups are overflowing with dogs in every combination of breeds imaginable, often without the costly health problems of dogs who are purebred or close to it. Perhaps rescuers could convince people to adopt if we started touting our dogs as “designer,” too, like my lovely “German Huskweiler.”
 

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Insisting on designer sunglasses is one thing, but buying a designer dog is deadly to a dog in an animal shelter.  If you know someone considering a hybrid dog, please encourage him or her to visit the local animal shelter (and note that an estimated 25 percent of shelter dogs are purebred) or look at Petfinder.com and see the hundreds of stunning mixed-breed pups with great personalities who are waiting for a family to love.
 

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Foxie says:

    I have a Saint Collard :p Roscoe is a St.Bernard x Collie mix i adopted when he was 6 weeks old, hes now nearing 3 years old and is the most incredible pup ever! So smart and happy-go-lucky and silly. He makes my day :p

  • rae says:

    my husky is a rescue and she is my angel. my brother got a puppy this year from a shelter, a lab-terrier mix, puppy is a sweet angel. he was traumatized in his past before he came to shelter. but he is doing better and better, and he learn good manners.

  • animalempath says:

    bet mine is the best.she is a gold retriever from rottweille! one-of-a-kind!will be handy in survivalist days when cash no longer exists.(a rescued big, beautiful, tranquil, loving of all creatures, golden retriever/rottweiler mix)

  • ldygrnleaf says:

    my first puppy was a dalpoinbull lol she was a dalmatian,german short hair pointer,pit mix such a sweetie when I got her she had been abused and was 20 lbs when she should have been 60. Sadly she got to the point where I could not go to work without her freaking out and she tried to bite my roommate so I did the loving thing and found her a work at home outdoorsy camping enthusiast. I am happy to say she left me at a whopping 65 lbs and is thriving with her new owner.

  • Gina says:

    I just absolutely adore my Dachseagle and my Ratcollie! Both rescues from an animal shelter in Kentucky.

  • Sara says:

    I Have a Morkiepoo ( Maltese, Yorkie, and Poodle mix), a Schnauzer Poodle mix, and a pure bred australian shepherd all of whom were adopted from our local animal shelter. I dont see why people will spend thousands of dollars when they can rescue one.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    I have a Herman Shepherd. Part Huskie part German Shepherd! And he was a recue dog! All 90 pounds of him! And he will be 12 years old next month.

  • Karisa says:

    Let’s see… I have a German Boxachow (German Shepherd, Boxer, and Chow)