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I just thought I would bring up something that has been bothering me lately. It is in no way meant to offend anyone's opinions, but I don't think everyone has been completely informed about the truth of poodle mixes.

I read an article that stated buying poodle mixes was unethical because so many were bred by irresponsible breeders and then ended up in shelters. However, it failed to mention that the same thing happens to all other breeds of dogs as well.
We have six poodle mixes and one pure poodle, because of allergies in the family. While I know poodle mixes don't always work against allergies, it helps with my families allergies and so we are very thankful for that. The article said this was not true and they didn't help with allergies, however.

The article also claimed they did not always behave properly, but all dogs are individuals no matter what. All our dogs are unique, but all of them are wonderful. Cinnamon, my miniature goldendoodle, is the most loyal, sweetest, most intelligent doggy ever and is always there when I need him.

It is certainly true that you can't predict their size completely, Cinnamon is 50 lbs and was suppose to be 30 lbs, but our family doesn't mind, because all our doodles are so gentle, from our 15 lb maltese mix to our 90 lb golden retriever mix. They are highly intelligent, gentle with most other pets, love to learn tricks, and another great thing is that during the winter they can grow thick coats to keep warm and they can then be shaved short in the summer and still look so handsome and cute!

I guess I wrote all this just because I felt a little hurt when someone told me that doodle dogs weren't friendly, healthy or useful, when that is so not true about our dogs. There are so many ethical, wonderful doodle dog breeders out there, and mix-breed dogs are often healthier then pure dogs because of hybrid vigor (heterosis). All dogs have faults, but I can't imagine life without our pack.

Sorry if I ranted, thanks so much for understanding. :)
I'm sorry to hear if you're feelings were hurt by others. We all love our dogs so I understand where you are coming from.

From what I've seen there are not "so many ethical, wonderful doodle dog breeders" most are for profit and at best clueless pet owners. There are some ethical ones out there that health test, care about temperament and screen homes. If you've found one like that I think that's great.

Heterosis will only rectify the negative impact of inbreeding depression. Living slightly longer or having higher fertility rate is better fitness but it doesn't remove the possibility of disease therefore I wouldn't say they are "healthier". They will have some homozygous genes too. Labradoodles are ranked 74 for hip stats better than a lot of pure breds (than 73 breeds) and worse than 100 other breeds. Lots of mixed breed dogs suffer from this condition. The random designer doo I met at the park has both luxating patella and hypothyroidism.

Breeding dogs together of different breeds that carry the same disease carries the same 25% risk of affected pups and 50% carriers as breeding pure. It doesn't matter if the number of other homozygous genes have decreased.

Purebred dogs not always at higher risk for genetic disorders, study finds :: UC Davis News & Information

This study of over 90,000 dogs (pure and mix) put forth what dog breeders already figured out. That mixes are not healthier by default.
 

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While I do believe any can have problems, and any can be healthy... It comes right down to how healthy are the parents? Every breed has something notorious.. And it's true when mixing, you can cancel things out through genetics. Please note, I said CAN.. That's because a lot of breed issues need to be matched by both parents to have that come again in a pup. BUT not all aliments need to be double matched.. Those that don't need a double dose (same bad gene from each parent to match up) are able to continue to be an issue, even in mixed breeds. As a matter of a fact, new issues can be made if mixed breeds are being bred as though they are full bred, an issue that I delt with.
You made an excellent post. I only wanted to point out that even recessive ailments can be produced in a mix. Many diseases are widespread across breeds. This is why polygenic and simple recessive diseases are seen in these mixed dogs who's owner bought into "mixes are healthier". Which I think is something most people tale issue with. The dishonest of some of these breeders that haven't any idea what they are doing.
 
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