Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Overpriced Mutts!!!

Hello. You will be ecstatic to hear that I have discovered more 'designer dogs' to rant about. Also the point I have not made before: not only are people calling their mongrel puppies by new breed names, but they are charging a lot of money for these. I will now be giving the prices that people are asking for these puppies.

This weeks offerings:

CHIHUAHUA POO (Chihuahua cross Miniature Poodle)
(also known as Chi Poo, Wapoo, or Paul suggested Chiwoodle)
Two images to show the cross can look.



Chihuahua - bred originally in Mexico, it is thought by the Toltecs, where the ancestor of the modern Chihuahua was called a Techichi. Temperament loyal, ferocious and loads of personality. Worlds smallest breed of dog,height of 6 - 9 inches. Tend to neurotic if not properly trained and socialised. Can tend to fits and epilepsy.
Miniature Poodle - Bred from Standard Poodles, which are water dogs. Miniature Poodles are lap dogs. Based on personal experience of the Miniature Poodle my Austrian grandma used to have, neurotic and hysterical at the same time.
Result - tiny dog, neurotic tendencies, can be aggressive due to being small and having a complex.
In the ad in the paper sold as a non-shedding dog. I was not aware that Chihuahuas were know for shedding. Price asked: £400


SHIH-POO (Shih Tzu cross Miniature Poodle)


Shih-Tzu - one of oldest breeds of dog, cannot find much on temperament. Chinese breed, related to the Pug. Have temperature sensitivity issues, and tend to be sickly dogs. Very long haired.
Miniature Poodle - Bred from Standard Poodles, which are water dogs. Miniature Poodles are lap dogs. Based on personal experience of the Miniature Poodle my Austrian grandma used to have, neurotic and hysterical at the same time.
Result - see picture, note these are clipped, I cannot find images of the unclipped version - a spiral perm springs to mind. You would get a dog that is both sickly and neurotic. An animal that would not get out of bed before consulting it's Tarot cards, analyst and life style consultant. It would not leave the house without sunglasses (with UV filters), factor 70 suncream, and carrying an oxygen tank so as not to have to breathe the air which might make it feel ill. Price asked: $500

Once you start to Google poodle crosses, you discover that miniature poodles will cross with anything else small. Crosses come with Bichon Frise, Maltese, anything of that size. See this Wikipeadia page for a list of some of what has been done: Bich-poo
I suggest you be shocked, I am. Some of these breeds are not meant to be crossed deliberately.
Per PJKProductions, poodles seem to be the sluts of the world, they seem to be sleeping with anything now.
What next?
What's this?
Its a Ratoodle, half rat half poodle. Looks like a rat, smells like a rat, but it has short permed like fur, it doesn't shed and likes to be called "Hyacinth"

NB: I have googled the work Ratoodle, and it comes up as a Rat Terrier cross Poodle, where a Rat Terrier is an American breed, not unlike a Jack Russell but a little more sociable. Not a thing I would cross with a poodle. See the link below for pictures of the evil things they do to dogs by crossing experimentally in the interests of producing "cute".
Puppy Shop

MALCHI (Chihuahua cross Maltese Terrier)


Chihuahua - bred originally in Mexico, it is thought by the Toltecs, where the ancestor of the modern Chihuahua was called a Techichi. Temperament loyal, ferocious and loads of personality. Worlds smallest breed of dog,height of 6 - 9 inches. Tend to neurotic if not properly trained and socialised. Can tend to fits and epilepsy.
Maltese Terrier - toy dog, associated with the island of Malta. Happy friendly dog, but can get lonely if left alone too long. Do not have problems with being a small dog.
Result - this might work, but as one breed has smallness issues and one does not, I am not sure that the resulting personality would be. Price £200. More sensibly priced, possibly reflecting the unknown quantity?


CHORKIE/YORKIHUAHUA (Yorkshire Terrier cross Chihuahua)


Yorkshire Terrier - bred as a ratter, now also a toy dog. Very intelligent, and it's a terrier - bold, tenacious, and if it thinks it is right, it will fight its corner.
Chihuahua - bred originally in Mexico, it is thought by the Toltecs, where the ancestor of the modern Chihuahua was called a Techichi. Temperament loyal, ferocious and loads of personality. Worlds smallest breed of dog,height of 6 - 9 inches. Tend to neurotic if not properly trained and socialised. Can tend to fits and epilepsy.
Result: small, intelligent dog, with smallness issues and an inbred certainty this IT IS RIGHT. Could go well, could go horribly wrong. Price £275.


BICHON FRISE CROSS JAPANESE SPITZ CROSS (no name yet)
no picture available, but follow this link for a video: Video

Bichon Frise - bred originally as small dogs from water spaniel and poodle, ex working boat dogs, to meet and great people at ports. Generally friendly, happy dogs, but tend to allergies
Japanese Spitz - first bred in Japan in the 19th century as a companion dog.
Result: probably not bad, breeds seem compatible. However, I find the asking price of £445 excessive for an untried hybrid. Longevity, health, etc for this are all unknown.


I accept that I may be getting repetitive on this, but my issue is not so much with crossing the breeds, although research on Google suggests that many of the breed clubs are not happy with it. My problem is with the obscene prices that are being charged. As it is, dogs seem to be very expensive these days. Especially considering that mongrel kittens will stiff go for as low as £20. But any dog, even if not an official breed seems to fetch at least £100, frequently much more. I disagree with this.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Alyssa Bentley said...

I keep hearing that the crosses are meant to add "poodle qualities" to other kinds of dogs like labs... Personally, I think if I wanted a black dog with poodle qualities, but didn't want it to look like a poodle, I'd just get a black poodle and not cut it in a show cut. If I want a mutt, I'll go down to the pound and pick one up for under a hundred bucks.

11:57 pm  
Blogger ~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I have a ratoodle, she was free! lol I am pretty sure my friend who's female poodle made her way into the 'man' pen to woo the rat terrier there, did not have any idea that she could sell these dogs as designer dogs. I do like the fact that 'Mitzy' does not shed, and is pretty personable.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Alexandria S said...

I got a Chiwoodle with a rehoming fee of $40. Both her parents are service dogs, and she's on her way in a few years to be trained as well. I didn't realize I had such a valuable mutt 😂 To me, her personality and temperament is what makes her so perfect. I see mutts for sale all the time, half breeds for the same price as the next person is selling a purebred. It's sickening. I got my baby to keep her out of the hands of a dog fighter :/ I'm so glad I did, she's my baby now.

4:25 am  

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