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Old 11-21-2012, 10:46 AM
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Just go with the bichon, no designer dogs, we have had many discussions here with designer dogs.
As stated above, look for a Dog show, or even a fun match, they will point you in the right direction. Just because they have a "fancy mix name" doesn't make them anymore valuable that ones you can find in a shelter.
Please do not pay for a x breed pup, that only encourages the people that breed for bucks, not the betterment of the breed.
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When I was looking for a newfie breeder I contacted the local club and got suggestions. I then called and emailed a lot of people before picking one.

I talked to one who did the breed and some breed crosses. I considered that person to be a bad breeder. Anyone who wants you to pay a ton of money for a mutt is way off their rocker imo.
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Fwiw, crossing two breeds does NOT guarantee you getting the "best" of both breeds, nor does it guarantee you a hypoallergenic coat. And just because both parents have some health clearances (which in reality is very rare in "designer" breeders), it does not mean that the two will cross well or produce conformationally sound dogs. It is very unpredictable to say the least, and I recommend getting a solid grasp of genetics down before talking to such breeders who will try to market to you with the above garbage or "hybrid vigor."

I hope everything has worked out well with the OP, but if you are looking for a dog, stick to a reputable breeder of purebreds. If you insist on a crossbred, please go to a shelter or rescue, since they have so many designer breeds aka mutts.
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I appreciate all your comments. My cats have always been rescue - my previous cat lived 15 years and she was extraordinary. I still miss her This would be my first dog and due to allergies I would need a hair dog. I had a relative with a bich-poo and he was a riot. I agree, it does seem crazy to spend big bucks on a mutt, but our little Bernie was so well loved and his sisters were just as great. His hair was manageable, and he had a great little personality. But I do not want to get a dog from a mill - that is just a crime what they do, so I was trying to find someone who maybe just bred a couple of their dogs, had a litter or two, not a business. That's when I read this thread.
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I was trying to find someone who maybe just bred a couple of their dogs, had a litter or two, not a business. That's when I read this thread.
Hi, I think you might want to learn a bit about backyard breeders and their effect on the dog population, since that's what you pretty much just described. They are not any better than mills in terms of producing healthy dogs, good temperaments, goals for bettering their breeds, cash incentive, ensuring good homes, etc. There are many more BYBers than mills and combined produce more pups per year than mills.

IMO, you should either buy from a really responsible breeder or go the rescue/shelter route. Anything in between is not helpful to reducing dogs going to shelters and/or being euthanized.
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Ditto the others.....if you purchase a mutt from a backyard breeder you are doing the exact same thing as buying from a puppy mill....its rescue or reputable breeder or find someone rehoming theirs
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:28 AM
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Thanks for your suggestions. I will continue my research. Perhaps a pure bred breeder of bichons or poodles could help as well. Ask me about cats, and I could talk an hour, but I have a lot to learn about dogs. I have several friends who are dog people so that helps. Are there any organizations for cross bred dogs?
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Rescues, pounds and humane societies usually have a wide assortment of pups and adults available for adoption - but be prepared to act fast as ime the smaller breeds usually go really fast!
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My brother in law found a wonderful rescue dog this year. He had lost his wonderful Shepard - if I wasn't looking for a particular breed @ hair not fur, I would absolutely just go that way.
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