The Scoop on “poos”
CanaDogs.com is a website devoted to the interests of purebred dogs in Canada.
However, I do get questions from people who are trying to locate breeders of breeds such as “maltipoo”, “cockapoo”, and even “goldenpoo” and “schnoodle”. These dogs are not purebred animals. They are mixes. Generally speaking, anything that ends in “-poo” is a crossbred poodle.
Let me tell you why I don’t think mixing breeds is a good idea. All dogs were bred for a specific purpose, whether it is hauling freight, driving cattle, killing vermin, or being a companion. Depending on what their original function was, they have a personality and temperament that has adapted to that function. For example, when you buy a Doberman Pinscher puppy you can be reasonably sure that as an adult he’s going to be naturally protective of you and wary of strangers. Similarly, when you purchase a Corgi puppy, you won’t be surprised when as an adult, he may try herding the other family pets, or the kids, or even cars! When you start mixing breeds, the resulting dog loses that element of predictability as far as its temperament goes.
Obviously, I’m not talking about individual personality traits that specific dogs may or may not have, regardless of breed such as excessive shyness, aggression, love of water, etc. When you buy a Sporting dog you know it’s probably going to demand lots of attention and be in-your-face. When you buy a Terrier – you’re getting a big dog personality in a small dog body and an animal who won’t back down from a confrontation. With mixes, you simply don’t know what to expect. Problems with temperament and behaviour are the number one reason people end up giving up their dogs.
Another reason for not mixing breeds is health-related. Most, if not all, dog breeds have certain genetic predispositions that may make them prone to contracting various health problems. If you think you don’t need to see the vet if you buy a cross-breed, think again. Cross-breeds are no more healthy than purebreds. In fact, Dr. George Padgett, an expert on canine genetics, confirmed that cross-breeds have the same genetic diseases as the original parent breeds. In a January 1997 article in Dog World magazine, he further stated that his files contain information on 102 genetic defects identified in mongrel dogs. This is more than double the number of genetic defects identified in the American Cocker Spaniel, for example.
When you buy a purebred, you can research which health defects you should be on guard for and ensure you purchase from a breeder who has shown that these health problems do not exist in their line. You get a written health guarantee. Again, mixing dog breeds may produce an animal with multiple health problems that may not show up until many months or many vet bills later.
Buying mixed-breed dogs also encourages the practice of backyard breeding by people who don’t know much or anything about dogs. Many of these poor souls are kept in dreadful conditions and end up in pet stores – not a good environment for a young puppy who is often taken from its mother too soon. A puppy should be first with its mother and then with its new family – not stuck in a pet store cage. Many will end up at the SPCA.
If you are determined on a mixed breed, please rescue one of the too-many lost souls found at your local SPCA.
Dog House Rules:
1. Dogs are never permitted in the house. The dog stays outside in a specially built wooden compartment named, for very good reason, the doghouse.
2. Okay, the dog can enter the house, but only for short visits or if his own house is under renovation.
3. Okay, the dog can stay in the house on a permanent basis, provided his dog house can be sold in a yard sale to a rookie dog owner.
4. Inside the house, the dog is not allowed to run free and is confined to a comfortable but secure metal cage.
5. Okay, the cage becomes part of a two-for-one deal along with the dog house in the yard sale, and the dog can go wherever the hell he pleases.
6. The dog is never allowed on the furniture.
7. Okay, the dog can get on the old furniture but not the new furniture.
8. Okay, the dog can get up on the new furniture until it looks like the old furniture and then we’ll sell the whole damn works and buy new furniture…upon which the dog will most definitely not be allowed.
9. The dog never sleeps on the bed. Period.
10. Okay, the dog can sleep at the foot of the bed.
11. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you, but he’s not allowed under the covers.
12. Okay, the dog can sleep under the covers but not with his head on the pillow.
13. Okay, the dog can sleep alongside you under the covers with his head on the pillow, but if he snores he’s got to leave the room.
14. Okay, the dog can sleep and snore and have nightmares in bed, but he’s not to come in and sleep on the couch in the TV room, where I’m now sleeping. That’s just not fair.
15. The dog never gets listed on the census questionnaire as “primary resident,” even if it’s true.
If you can start the day without caffeine or pep pills,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook people taking things out on you when it’s not your fault and something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor and if you can sleep without the aid of drugs…
THEN YOU ARE PROBABLY A DOG.
The Dog’s Prayer
Treat me kindly, my beloved master,
for no heart in all the world
is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
Do not break my spirit with a stick,
for though I should lick your hand between the blows,
your patience and understanding
will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my ear.
When it is cold and wet, please take me inside for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land for you are my god and I am your devoted worshipper.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing, and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
And beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest, and I will leave you knowing with the last breath that I draw, my fate was ever safest in your hands.
When I say move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two dogs in the way.
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by Nascar and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn’t help, because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. Look at videos of dogs sleeping; they can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but doggy sarcasm.
My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using bathrooms for years, canine attendance is not mandatory.
And finally, the proper order is kiss me, then go smell other dogs’ butts. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you guys to make.