June 15, 2009

Anyone else find this to be a disturbing trend?

Since when do cross breeds command such high prices? $900 seems to be the going rate for small cross breeds. I smell undeclared income.

Anyone else horrified? Would you pay that for a multiple mixed breed?

I'm not against mixed breeds, and charging enough to cover the vet checks and vaccinations of puppies, but this seems excessive to me.

Here are a few examples I found today on a 'for sale' site:

Maltese/bichon mother and Maltese/Pomeranian sire. $950

Sidney silkey/ Maltese and Silky/Maltese and Shih tzu/Bishon $750

Shih Tzu/Bichon $950

Mini 'Schnoodles' $1,2000

There are lots of mixes of Maltese, which happen to be Australia's most dumped breed.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/contentbe/dispatch/2007/02/14/20070214-B1-02.html that is a link that someone else has already posted, I like the quote at the end from a lady who works in one of the shelters over run by expensive dumped designer dogs:

"It's just that they weren't designed by a dog breeder. They were designed by a dog breeding."

Anyone here pay that much?
Night_owl, I wasn't aware that some of these breeds are going to be recognized soon. It used to take decades, even hundreds of years before breeds were recognized. What happened to that?
Launi, I am sorry to hear about the unfortunate start to life your little dog had. I am glad he has someone to take proper care of him, as due to his poor breeding he will really need it. Don't even get me started on the Spaniels bred in the USA with skulls to small for their brains, which cause painful seizures.
By the way, I love both pures and mutts.

I have a pure bred dane that I paid $1500 for, and a great dane/rhodesian ridgeback that I didn't cost me a cent. They are both beautiful, strong, healthy dogs.

No. And you smell undeclared income? Darlin' you are so right you have no idea. Boy could I tell you a story that happened in this county.
BYBr making 10 of thousands of dollars.

The crossing of 2 breeds is disturbing, now we have 3 or 4 breeds being used and nobody is temperament testing the bitch and the stud or looking at physical defects. It is sickening.

I adopted one of those 'designer dogs' from a rescue. He is a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. The breeder (gag) said he would only weight 8 pounds tops. Well, once he got past 10 he was dropped off at a shelter, my rescue picked him up and I adopted him.

He has the smallest mouth. It is so small he can eat only 2 bits of small kibble at a time. His back legs are bowed. He is missing a piece of bone on one of his front legs, has a very thin coat and weighs a slim 17 pounds.

I hate this crap. I hate these people. I cannot stand it. It makes me crazy.

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June 14, 2009

Ocimom @ 6:21 pm

NO and I'd never pay that. They are bred by backyard GREEDERS and puppy mills and are not even "breeds". They are mutt dogs. If I wanted a mixed breed dog, I'd be looking in the shelters - not lining the pockets of backyard breeders!
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Just Surfin @ 6:21 pm

It's amazing how much money stupid people will shell out for something if you stick a "designer" label on it.

Meanwhile, hundreds of those exact same mixes are killed every year in the local shelter, where they could have been adopted for under $100.
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?PitBull? @ 6:22 pm

Yes its disturbing that people are ignorant enough to buy mutts that cost that much..

When you can go to a shelter and buy the same mutt for $60 and that comes with shots/worming and a spay/neuter and BYB's don't even give their dogs health checks….
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JC @ 6:25 pm

No, this "designer breed" thing is ridiculous. I have absolutely nothing against mixed breed dogs.. I have always adopted mix shelter dogs and forever will… but really people, they are mixed breeds aka mutts. Mutts is a little harsh, but whatever. They are not a true breed of dog and people should not be charging insane prices for them. But there is a small part of me that says shame on the ignorant buyer, not shame on the seller.
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Eno @ 6:26 pm

Yess It is a disturbing trend. Dogs are just being used and abused, just to make money.
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Naysa? @ 6:27 pm

I've only payed those kinds of prices on purebreds.
My boy now is a mutt, I didn't pay a cent for him.
But I would never ever ever pay that much on a designer… Though I would never buy a designer from any one and especially not from any one who gives them designer names… Shelter yes, "breeder" NO.
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Launi *BYBrs* sighted in @ 6:28 pm

No. And you smell undeclared income? Darlin' you are so right you have no idea. Boy could I tell you a story that happened in this county.
BYBr making 10 of thousands of dollars.

The crossing of 2 breeds is disturbing, now we have 3 or 4 breeds being used and nobody is temperament testing the bitch and the stud or looking at physical defects. It is sickening.

I adopted one of those 'designer dogs' from a rescue. He is a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. The breeder (gag) said he would only weight 8 pounds tops. Well, once he got past 10 he was dropped off at a shelter, my rescue picked him up and I adopted him.

He has the smallest mouth. It is so small he can eat only 2 bits of small kibble at a time. His back legs are bowed. He is missing a piece of bone on one of his front legs, has a very thin coat and weighs a slim 17 pounds.

I hate this crap. I hate these people. I cannot stand it. It makes me crazy.
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Night_owl @ 6:29 pm

I do find it disturbing especially now that the AKC will be allowing mixed-breed pet registrations soon so I hear- so your cross-bred dog will be able to have titles. X_X

I think in my experience most of the time it is because of ignorant people being taken advantage of or because of ignorant people who don't care enough to do the research to figure out that the pet-stores are selling dogs as a 'breed' that isn't accepted by anyone BUT the pet stores. (like the 45 minute conversation I had with a woman on why her 'pekachu' she bought from a pet store wasn't a breed accepted by the AKC…she really didn't understand that a) it not only wasn't a breed but that b) that pekachu was just something cute the pet store thought up as good advertising for all the kids (or adults who were once kids) who love pokemon.
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baree33090 @ 6:31 pm

I would NEVER pay that much for a mixed breed dog. I would much rather get a mix from a shelter, who would easily be as good and as healthy as a back yard bred mix, but for a heck of a lot less money. (Not to mention I could get an adult dog who was already house broken and may know a few commands!)
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ms manners @ 6:38 pm

Isnt that just insane?
I fostered a dog that someone originally paid $1000 for.

I have no idea what he was a mix of - he looked like a very small Pug….actually he looked just like Yoda (which is what his new owners named him :o))

Greed, greed, greed…..but as long as people are foolish enough to spend that kind of money on poorly bred dogs….
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akitagrl07 @ 6:41 pm

It is disturbing and disheartening to hear people talk about their "purebred" (or as they like to say "pure bread") "maltipoo" or "labradoodle" or "chiweenie". It's also really frustrating that they'll sit there and admit that the dog is a cross of two breeds and then CONTINUE to call it a purebred dog or talk about "hybrid vigor" or how their breed is going to be "recognized" soon. Yeah, right, and I'm the queen of France. BTW, the AKC is NOT going to "recognize" mixed breed dogs, they are simply letting SPAYED and NEUTERED dogs compete in AKC companion events like agility and fly-ball, starting in 2010. Big difference there.

ETA: I forgot about my other favorite "designer dog" breeder/owner tactic of redefining the word "mutt." Apparently now a dog is only a "mutt" if it's of unknown parentage, otherwise it's a "true designer dog." I really want to smack people when they say that.
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durdenslabs @ 6:43 pm

Night Owl is GRAVELY misaken. None of these mixes are going to be recognized any time soon. I mean, c'mon…."cockapoos" have been being mixed since the 70's and they are STILL a mutt. Same thing goes with these other mixes that have popped up in the past 10 years or so.

BYB's and puppymills are cashing in on the "designer" dog trend. These are mutts, plain and simple. The sooner people realise this, the sooner there will be less mutt on the street and in shelters.

In no way, shape, or form should a person intentionally mix breeds then sell them. I don't care if it's only for the price of shots…if you mixed it (oops litter or not) you need to suck it up and give them away as the mixed breed mutts they are and get your dogs spayed and neutered.
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hayesbrat @ 7:32 pm

no dog is a purebred dog. every dog is technically mixed somewhere so the whole purebred thing is just stupid anyway. we paid 2000 for our bulldog and hes great, i cant put a price tag on him. was he worth that much? no. my mom gets her dogs some "pure bred" free. people just want to charge you for the breed or the name or the bloodlines. just bc it has champion bloodlines doesnt make your dog a champ. it could be just as worthless as the next dog. but people will try to make you buy it anyway. theres dogs who are champ sired that run in the 3-5000's which is absurd. just bc the dog is registered doesnt make it any better than a non reg. dog. those papers are worthless anyways except to those who use their dog to show and breed after dogging everyone else who breeds. its just stupid bragging rights you pay for. alls ive ever had was mutts. we had one paperd dog and he was basically a dog bred specifically for older people we had for my grandma. i wouldnt pay a dime for a small dog anyway as those are the meanest dogs. every small dog we have seen was a vicious little rat.
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Joh @ 7:33 pm

They are NOT going to be recognised - that is utter crap repeated constantly by the breeders of these mutts!!

A cross bred or unregistered dog may be registered as an associate membership in order to compete in obedience trialling etc but this doesn't mean that they are a 'breed' or can be shown in comformation events.

It is horrifying the amount of money that people are paying for these poorly bred pups. I sold my litter of pure bred, registered, genetically cleared pups for less than some of the people are asking for mongrels!!
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Divapom @ 7:35 pm

Yes I find it disturbing. But the real reason I am answering is to clarify night owls statement. She is wrong.
AKC is NOT going to "register" mixed breed dogs.
What they are going to do is to allow them to compete for AKC titles. they will have a registry number only if they are spayed or neutered. This is for tracking purposes only for keeping track of points and titles. They will compete against other mixed breeds and not the purebreds.

You are correct, It still takes decades or longer to develop a breed.
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reputable breeders breed crap. @ 7:41 pm

that is high i'm only going to sell my pom-chi pups for males $400 for females $450 maybe i need to raise my price to $600 and $650.
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