The reason the AKC doesn’t recognize “designer” dog breeds is due to the stringent requirements for a breed standard. Most people aren’t aware of how much work ethical breeders do to weed out health problems and deformities, often reducing their profit margin to next to nothing after screening, etc. is done. In the case of these mixed breeds being sold for insane prices, consumers often aren’t aware that their Yorkie-poo may look wildly different from another Yorkie-poo. One Golden Doodle may look more like a golden-haired standard poodle while another may lean more towards a curly-haired retriever.
If a person begins a strict breeding program to legitimize a breed, the AKC has procedures for accepting new breeds. Obviously the designer dog breeders don’t care to do this because they don’t have to spend the time selectively breeding, they don’t have to spend the money on papering their litters, and they don’t feel any pressure to get titles or ribbons for their breeding stock from the AKC to prove their animals are healthy and conform to a standard. Leaving them as glorified mutts is much more profitable despite the risk of random physical attributes, health issues, and temperament.
I’ve had 3 rescue dogs in my life time and 2 pure bred. Two of the rescues were great dogs, One had health issues. One of the pure bred was not the brightest the other became too aggressive. I waited 10 years to get a small dog again and looked around for what I felt fit me and my family, I ended up deciding on a Morkie (Yorkshire/Maltese) Mutt or not, shelter dog or not, AKC or not she is what I wanted and what I got and I do not regret my choice. She’s an amazing dog, a huge personality in a small package and I would recommend her breed to anyone. And no matter what I paid for her or didn’t, where I got her or not, she makes me smile every morning and through out the day and THAT is what is important to me and my family.
I have a “designer dog” a shi poo that I got from people I met at a campground. She is absolutely wonderful and our “baby”. They had a litter that they needed help getting rid of. I paid $50 for their expenses and shots. My son has severe cat dander allergies. I am glad they are able to “breed” lower dander dogs. Otherwise, my kids would be unable to have pets. Shelters are a great place to find dogs. We can’t lose the pure bred dogs either or the traights that they portray. Not everyone is a terrior person, and not everyone appreciates a high energy dog or a low energy one either. There is a time and place for everything.
I support purebred dogs and responsible breeders help create healthier pets who have wonderful temperaments. But these custom created dogs are from a very small gene pool that cannot be healthy. Focusing on looks and not temperament is ridiculous. If there wasn’t demand for these dogs, it would all stop. I had my 3 month old Keeshond puppy (the cutest thing ever) out and some Japanese tourist saw her. They were so upset that the was a puppy and wouldn’t look like that forever. I can see them paying thousands for a dog like this and not caring that it died at age 3 from a genetic condition. Although the results can be similar, there is a difference between a mutt and a cross-bred animal. A mutt is the result of an unintended crossing either when the female escapes or a strange dog manages to get in during the time the female is in heat. Cross breeding is when the parents are deliberately selected for the qualities the pups will inherit. Cross-breeding is the correct term. The term “Designer Dogs” is just a marketing term used to raise the selling price of these pups. These dogs look cute, and by outbreeding to different strains, many of the genetic deficiencies can be eliminated, but the prices being asked are ridiculous. There is no reason why a pup should cost ten times as much as either parent.
If people dont want their dog to grow up and lose it’s puppy face, then why get a dog at all? The best part of having a pet is watching them grow up into the best friend and family that they were meant to be. Aging is part of life, it cannot be escaped under any circumstances, for anyone, or anything. If you cannot accept that your pet will have grey hairs in 10 years, it really makes for an ugly character, and people like this dont deserve to have something so loving as a dog (or any other pet) by their side. Do us all a favor and go buy a stuffed animal. It will last longer. And you wont have to worry bout it on your carpet.