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Saturday Survey: Designer Dogs

I ran a post earlier this week about dog breeds used to make so-called designer cross-breeds. Your thoughts on this trend in dog husbandry?

What do you think of designer dogs

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Designer Dogs Come With Some Expensive Medical Problems

CBC News is reporting that the recent rise in the number of designer cross-breeds is leaving some folks with veterinary bills they can’t afford.

For example, the Bugg (a cross between a Boston Terrier and a Pug) ends up having double the breathing problems than either of the parent breeds.  The short snout seems to be compounded in the Bugg.

The Labradoodle, a cross between a Lab and a Poodle, is prone to hip problems, according to Fisher Glen Animal Hospital veterinarian Jane Gates.

Pocket-sized dogs have such small mouths they cannot keep all of their 42 teeth, resulting in expensive dental surgery.

Vets are suggesting that you do your research before getting a designer dog, and plan for the vet bills which will likely be higher than for other dogs.  If you have one of these dogs, you might want to consider getting vet insurance.

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!