DESIGNER dog labels for mixed breeds are on the rise. Named to appeal to pet lovers, Moodles and Spoodles have been joined by the Dashalier, a cross between a Dachshund and a Cavalier Spaniel.
Jugs ( Jack Russell and Pug) have also entered the field, not to mention Silkyhuahuas ( silky terriers crossed with chihuahuas).
With catchy breed names and cute looks, designer dogs are rivalling purebred dogs in popularity, despite coming with a similar hefty price tag.
Much like pure bred dogs, the health and temperament of designer dogs can depend largely on whether the breeder has the knowledge, expertise and motivation to operate a sound and responsible breeding program.
Across Australia, states are scrambling to regulate the breeding of companion animals to eliminate disreputable puppy farms.
A recent review of proposed legislation in Victoria drew more than 20,000 submissions in the quest to clean up dog and cat breeding operations.
Right now though, thousands of designer dogs and pure bred dogs await adoption in pounds and shelters across the country.
So if the time is right for a dog, don’t forget the pet adoption option.
Contrary to popular opinion, animals can end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Most are unlucky, not unlovable. Moving overseas, financial hardships or a major change in life circumstances are some of the reasons pets are surrendered to shelters.
Shelters keep notes on each pet’s personality, health and sociability, which is valuable information for a prospective new owner.
Adopting an adult dog means the personality is more developed and behaviour traits are usually easier to identify than those of puppies.
Neither a breeder nor a shelter can guarantee an animal’s long- term health, but animals up for adoption in shelters undergo a general veterinary check.
A rescue dog, like any other, will need a period of adjustment, but usually flourish when placed in a loving home.
And the biggest benefi t of all? You helped save a life.