#54 – Pedigree or muttsy?

I have no idea who my grandparents was, but I turneds out OK

I have no idea who my grandparents are, but I’m still special!

My humans don’t worry much about stuff like breed. They just wants a nice doggie to do stuff with and they say I turned out just perfects for them.

Before they adopteds me, they decided that, ’cause we lives in town and the garden is kinda small, they’d better not get a very big doggie. And they decideds it would be better to get a slightly older doggie, because they had to be gone some hours of the day and a really young baby pupster might get lonelies (and need to poo a lot!). But they didn’t decides they wanted a doggie to look a certain way or anythings like that. They never really saw me before I cames to live with them, but everyone is happies anyhow.

They told me once that they hadn’t really thought they likeds Terriers before they got me, ’cause they’d met some yappy, nippy ones. Well, they was wrong and they admitts it! We was all very, very lucky, ’cause not every human and every doggie can get along just like that, you has to take time to bonds.

Some people don’t cares about breed and just wants a doggie of any kind. But some peoples want to get a special breed ’cause they likes the way that breed acts and looks like and stuff. Both is OK, as long as the humans does it properlies.

Just sitting in the garden sniffing the air in made a nice change from being stuck indoors.

Just ’cause some of us doggies are mixeds doesn’t mean we’ll be luckies and be really healthy, I had to have operations on both my knees before I was 5.

Some people say us cross breeds are healthier and this can be true if we’re luckies. But we could end up with all of the unhealthy bits of all of the dog breeds that we’re mixed with, so there’s never any guarantee. You can be unluckies like me and end up with two ouchy knees by the time you’re five. And you could end up with all the annoying personality bits of all of the doggie mixes instead of the good ones too! (The humans sometimes say that about me when I barks too much and am stubborns, but I knows they don’t really mean it!)

mendel

Mixing differnt doggies on purpose is still a gamble. Even if you mix lots of the same mixes, they could still end up with different genes from the ones you expecteds. (And yes, I know this is cats, I couldn’t find a good doggie picture!)

Some peoples even get doggies that are mixes bred on purpose ’cause they think they won’t lose so much hair or won’t make them sneezes so much and stuff. But if you mix two bits together like that, you can’t know for sure which bits will end in your doggie. The humans says that if you don’t believes me, you should reads up on something calleds Mendelian inheritances. (No I don’t understands it either, but I thinks it’s to do with eating peas? I likes peas!)

Designer breeds like Leo don't always ends up like the humans expecteds. Sometimes you just ends up with a big shaggy doggie!

Designer breeds like Leo don’t always ends up like the humans expecteds. Sometimes you just ends up with a big hairy doggie! (Thank you Gillian for letting me borrows your picture!)

So they could still end up sneezies for you AND lose hair all overs AND be a little bit crazies. Crazies can be good and lots and lots of fun, but only if the humans wants to do lots of stuff with a doggie.

But lots and lots of pedigrees can have problems too, because people cares more about how they look than if they’re able to run and play and be healthies. And some nasty humans cares more about making monies than if the puppies and their mothers and father are happies or even comfortables at all.

So if you’re going to get a pedigree pupster, you have got to be really, really, really carefuls where you get it from. So you should make sure that the pupster you get comes from parents who are happies and healthies.

When you get a pedigree dog from a good breeder, you have a good idea what they will be like.

When you get a pedigree dog from a good breeder, you have a good idea what they will be like. (Thank you again Gillian!)

The humans told me that most pedigrees have some things that can be wrong with them, but the good breeders will have done proper tests and stuff to makes sure that the parents of their pups will be as healthy as possibles. And pupsters should come from nice homes where they got to be handled and socialised and not just left out in a shed or pen all day. You should always go and see where the puspters were living and not get them if they’re not well cared for. (Not even ’cause you feel sorry for them, ’cause the nasty humans will just make more unhappy doggies if you gives them money.)

And if anyone ever offers to meet you away from their house to gives you a pupster, run away VERY fast!

This is the kind of bad things that can happen if you're not carefuls where you get your pupsters from. Holly was dumpeds when pregnant 'cause they realised it was going to be too much work!

This is the kind of bad things that can happen if you’re not carefuls where you get your pupsters from. Holly was dumpeds when pregnant ’cause they realised it was going to be too much work!

Apart from it not being nice to buy doggies from places where their mothers have horrible lives until they gets too old to have babies and then get dumpeds, you could end up with a very sick pupster as well. I’ve heard all kinds of sad stories like that from the humans.

There are peoples who just loves one kind of doggie breed and wants to breed them and this is OK, if they does it really, really properlies. Some peoples say no one should ever breed doggies on purpose because there are so many doggies being dumpeds. But that would mean the only peoples having pupsters would be the stupids or careless or greedy peoples and that would be a shame, ’cause us doggies deserves better than that!

Raising puppies properlies takes lots of time, moneys and cleanings up of pee and poo!

Raising puppies properlies takes lots of time, moneys and cleanings up of pee and poo!

A good breeder will do it ’cause they wants to have happy, healthy doggies of the breed they likes and won’t make lots (or often any!) monies out of the pupsters after they paid for all of the stuff you needs to do to raise proper, healthy babies. And they should agrees to be responsibles for and take their pupsters back if their new families can’t keep them, so the rescues don’t have even more work.

The doggies from good breeders will cost more than the ones from the bad breeders, but if you really, really wants a breed, you should starts savings and probably waitings for a really good breeder’s doggie. You can always rescue an older one too, you’d be surprised at the amount of pedigree rescue doggies that come into MADRA.

The humans say they like that I'm a 100% unique, special doggie.

The humans say they like that I’m a 100% unique, special doggie.

And remembers, us rescue doggies of no particular breed can be every bit as nice and cute and well behaveds and funny as any pedigree. Why not gives us a chance?

Us doggies never worries about stuff like what our human’s grandparents looked likes or if their hair is nice or stuff like that, we takes everyone as we finds them and we loves our humans anyhow.

Good linkie if you has your heart set on a pedigree puppy:

http://www.apbc.org.uk/articles/good_breeder

About jaspermadra

I am a rescue doggie who was saved by MADRA, a dog rescue based in Co Galway, Ireland. I was adopteds a long time ago and have a great life with my humans, so I does whatever I can to help the other doggies who aren't as lucky as me. You can find MADRA's website here: www.madra.ie
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