How much is that doggie in the window?|
Okay, you saw the cutest puppy for sale at such and such pet store. The salesperson told you that it was the very latest, a Labradoodle puppy, or a Cockapoo puppy, or a Yorkiepoo, or some other "---poo" puppy and that it was a very rare, new breed, a designer breed. You are told that they are on sale this week only, for three hundred dollars off the list price of eighteen hundred (or whatever). Is this really a good buy?
Yes, it's a good buy - good bye to fifteen hundred dollars, and if you buy it, it will prove once again, P.T. Barnum's adage that "the human being is the only animal that can be skinned more than once."
In reality these dogs are mutts. They are cross-breeds and as such, cannot be registered by any of the highly esteemed registration organizations such as the AKC (American Kennel Club), the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) or the KC (Kennel Club of the UK). We are not saying that mutts are inferior pets, but why pay an exorbitant price for a mutt when you can get one at the local pound for about $25.00?
Well, what about a Lhasa Apso puppy or a Yorkshire Terrier puppy or a very rare parti colored Poodle puppy or some other breed being offered for sale by that pet store?
Ask yourself this question. If conscientious, responsible breeders, would never sell their well bred puppies to pet stores, and they certainly do not, where do the pet stores get their puppies? They buy the puppies at auctions, from dog brokers, or directly from the ubiquitous puppy mill breeders. Dog brokers buy from the puppy mills by the hundreds. They don't care if the puppies are too young to leave their dams, or if they have received proper veterinarian care and vaccinations. They also don't care if some of the puppies die enroute to the stores. It's just the cost of doing business! Parti colored Poodles? That just shows how little those breeders know about the Poodle breed standard. Parti colors are a disqualification for the Poodle breed! Be wary of breeders offering such puppies.