Sort the facts from the fiction to discover what makes a dog a "designer dog."  By D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.  It's human nature. Given a choice, we choose the original gown before we buy off the rack.  We customize our homes, our cars and even our coffee. We crave the unique. It was only  a matter of time before we started eying our dogs.   No longer are as many people satisfied with their choice of white versus white when they  choose a West Highland White Terrier. If only they could get one in black. Now they can  sort of by crossing a Westie with a Schnauzer to produce a Wauzer, which are available in  black or salt-and-pepper.   Gary Garner of Harvey, Arkansas, supervisor of the American Canine Hybrid Club,  believes that "pet owners want something out of the ordinary, something their neighbor  may not have." Nonetheless, with more than 150 American Kennel Club breeds and  hundreds more established non-AKC breeds, many quite rare, it would seem that  something already would exist for everybody who has a craving to be unique.  Perhaps the most surprising aspect is that the price tags attached to designer dogs are  often more than what either purebred parent breed alone would bring. Some Internet sites,  which often attract celebrity clientèle, have prices as high as $5,000 for certain hot breeds!   However, not everyone is as smitten with designer dogs. Some people contend that "designer dog" is just a ritzy term for a mixed breed. Many purebred  parent clubs don't look favorably on their purebred breeders who cross their breeds with others.   The Original Designer Dogs?  Aside from the ultimate in customization and the controversy, what exactly is a designer dog? Well The Silky Terrier was derived from a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Terrier. The Bull mastiff was derived from a cross between the  Bulldog and the Mastiff. Are they designer dogs? No; most designer dogs are first-generation hybrids. But exceptions exist.  The Doberman Pincher was derived from crosses between the German Shepherd Dog and German Pincher, probably with later crosses  to the Greyhound, Weimaraner and Black-and-Tan Manchester Terrier. The Black Russian Terrier was derived from crosses among the Airedale Terrier,  Rottweiler and Moscow Water Dog. Are they designer dogs? No; most designer dogs are the result of crossing only two breeds. But exceptions exist.  So what's the difference between a pure breed, a mutt and a designer dog? Sometimes, the lines aren't so clear.   A breed refers to a closed gene pool that has been bred only within itself for sufficient generations so that it breeds relatively true. The exact number of  generations required for breed status is not agreed upon. A mutt refers to a mixture of more than one pure breed.  A designer dog is generally the first-generation hybrid offspring of two purebred dogs of different breeds. In a few designer dogs, such as Australian  Labradoodles, more than two parent breeds may be involved in the recipe. In some other popular designer dogs, such as Cockapoos and Labradoodles,  the designation also includes the progeny of multiple generations of hybrids bred to one another.   This is where the delineation between breed and designer dog gets fuzzy.   First-generation hybrids tend to be fairly uniform in type, because each has one set of genes from one parental breed and one from the other, and each  parental type has limited genetic variation. However, this uniformity is lost when first-generation hybrids are bred to one another because they are  sampling from parents each with more variability at each gene. That's why second generation progeny tend to be a mishmash of characteristics of both  original parental breeds, often with no two looking alike. For this reason, breeding second generations of designer dogs often isn't attempted.   A Healthy Mix? Garner points out that the interest in hybrids may be fueled by consumer awareness of breed-related genetic disorders. "There is a perception that 'hybrid  vigor' contributes to healthier dogs," he says. "That has been purported with plants and animals, and there is foundation to the idea."  Dog breeds are closed populations based on a handful of founders. Whatever genes are present in the founders will be over-represented in their  descendants. If these genes are for deleterious recessive traits, then in a closed population, the chance that their progeny will inherit recessive genes from  both parents and thus develop a genetic disease increases.   Such is the case with most dog breeds, the majority of which can trace their ancestry to fewer than 50 foundation animals sometimes fewer than 10.  It is possible that by crossing two different breeds, the likelihood of the progeny being affected by genetic diseases will be lower because the likelihood  that both breeds will carry the same deleterious genes is lower. However, certain disorders like paterllar luxation (in which the kneecap slides out of place)  are so widespread among certain families or sizes of dogs that interbreeding them will not decrease the incidence of the disorder.   As Garner warns, "Automatically crossing two different breeds does not guarantee better quality; it still depends on the quality of the individual parents."  Any advantage of hybrid vigor is lost after the first generation, so the designer dog breeds that include progeny from subsequent generations are no less  prone to genetic disease than are either parental breed.   Designer Desire  Labradoodles and Puggles (Pug-and-Beagle hybrids) may be all the rage today, but they'll have a long way to go before they can claim the staying power  of the all-time champion designer dog the one that never claimed designer designation the Cockapoo. Popular at least since 1960, the Cockapoo still  exists mostly as a first -generation cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.   A few independent organizations exist for the most popular hybrids (like the Cockapoo Cockapoo Club of America), but for most hybrids, the place to  register is the American Canine Hybrid Club.   According to the ACHC registers, the most popular hybrids in 2005 were the Labradoodle, Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever and Poodle cross), Puggle and  Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise). The ACHC, which began registering dogs in 1992, lists more than 200 types of hybrids, and  each one has at least one representative dog or litter.  Although most hybrids are the product of two breeds, a few have more than two breeds in their recipe. And at least one, the Cantel, is somewhat a trade  secret. Dubbed the Cantel because you "can't tell" if it's a Poodle or a Bichon, the exact mixture of parti-colored Poodle and Bichon that goes into it is not  readily divulged by its creator. 
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An email regarding a puppy purchased from a Seattle breeder (NOT PUGGLESVILLE) - Jan 8th, 2008
Pugglesville, We purchased a little female Puggle puppy on New Years day in the Seattle area.  She ended up being pretty sick with an extreme worm infestation, coccidia, and a high level of wood chips in her system.  We are fortunate that we insisted that the Vet run thorough tests.  After 5 days of medication, she is starting to bounce back.  Hopefully the other buyers from this litter had her siblings checked thoroughly.  I wish now we'd have waited, as I didn't have time to check out this breeder, but we'd already fallen in love with her.
Pugglesville, Not only did our Puggle puppy have coccidia, but she had giardia, and the worst infestation of worms our vet had ever seen.  This in a puppy that weighed only 4 lbs.  All of this affected her intestines to the point where they were so irritated that she continued to bleed. As of today, we've had only a week with her where she has not been on  some type of medication, special food, or having to worry about the spread of parasites.  In addition to racking up huge vet bills, our family all went through parasite cleanses because I found out these are transferable to humans, which they did.  Had we not fallen completely in love with this puppy, and been so concerned about her fate if we didn't keep her, we would have returned her.  I wish we would have been patient, and waited for you to have more litters, so we could deal with a more reputable breeder.
Email sent to Pugglesville from the same folks about a week later
SOME INFORMATION ABOUT PUGGLES...
Puggle puppies are one of the byproducts of a new philosophy in the world of dog breeding.  Dog hybrids, also sometimes referred to as crossbreeds, or  "designer dogs", are dogs born of two different breeds of parent dog.  These mixes, rather than being happenstance, are instead carefully calculated to  obtain certain specific characteristics in the offspring of the parent dogs.   Puggles are, by far, one of the most sought after designer dogs.  A mix of Pug and Beagle, Puggles are very affectionate, loyal little clowns that are widely  known to be great with children and adults alike.  These are the primary reasons the breed was created.  Despite being highly energetic, a Puggle puppy is  also a great lap dog.  They do well in apartments despite being lively and slightly hyper.  Critics will argue that, every time you cross two breeds, there are  no guarantees as to how the puppy will turn out.  Balderdash!  Puggles have some distinct characteristics, and the fact is that they absolutely turn out as  consistent as the puppies of any other breed.   A Puggle puppy is short-haired, with a wrinkly face, and body. They have a short nose, and a slender, stocky body, like beagles.  Puggles average about  25 pounds, and stand, on average, 15 inches (38.1 cm) at the shoulder. They are medium shedders, so people who have allergies should keep this in  mind. One of the biggest benefits of a Puggle is the fact that their noses are not as short, or flat, as a Pug's, so they do much better in hot weather, and  have less breathing problems.   Like other designer dogs, Puggles are not recognized by the American Kennel Club, or any  other major purebred organization, but they are accepted in some dog shows.  Because of  continuous issues, a new organization called the American Canine Hybrid Club was recently  created.  Aimed at designer dog owners, it will register mixed dogs for a fee with, what we  consider, ambiguous benefits at best. As pets, puggle puppies have the mild mannered yet playful "lap dog" qualities often  associated with pugs, mixed with the more energetic tendencies typical of the hunting qualities  of a beagle.  A cheerful clown who loves to play but then quickly tires for a short nap, Puggle puppies are  mid-sized dogs that make excellent house pets, and many Puggle owners testify to their  winning personality as one of their strongest points.  They get along wonderfully with children, who usually adore the pet's lap dog qualities; at the  same time, the pups are always ready for a wrestling match or tug of war. Their playful  disposition, however, makes them a bit harder to train than some dogs, a trait they share with  both pugs and beagles.  They retain the friendly, laid-back disposition of both breeds, but while their size makes them perfect for apartments, they need a bit more exercise and  attention than some traditional apartment dogs (pugs included).  Like most dogs, Puggle puppies also bark, and vary widely as to how often they bark. Some inherit the odd, nasal baying of beagles, a mix of a baying  hound and the cooing of a pigeon (some say sounding like Gizmo from the movie Gremlins). That said, their barking is much more easy to deal with than  most beagles, and many Puggle puppies are barely vocal at all. 
DOGS, DOGS EVERYWHERE Purebred aficionados look at designer dogs and tell potential owners to adopt a dog from the pound because a designer dog is basically a mutt.  But unless  you aspire to enter your dog in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, why exactly do you need a purebred?  Nothing guarantees that a purebred dog  will make you happier than one that isn’t.  Bloodlines, smudlines.  Don’t you really just want a good dog that loves and obeys you, makes you laugh, leads a healthy life and thinks you’re the  greatest things since cow hoofs?  Purebred, designer, pound puppy, they all have one thing in common. They are all dogs, and they all need love and companionship of a good human,   Some are cute; some are, well, not (only a Chinese Crested owner could find that breed “easy on the eyes”).  Some dogs are rambunctious; some are  gentle.  Some like to run; some like to nap.  Some like to eat tennis shoes; some like to eat bugs. In the end, the type of dog you select is the one that suits you,  Collie people love Collies.  Shih Tzu people love Shih Tzu.  Maybe after doing your  research, you’ll find that you're a Cockapoo fan or a Labradoodle enthusiast.  First and foremost, just be sure that you are a dog person.  Once you figure  that out, then you might want to investigate some of the designer breeds.  All have different personalities and different lifestyle requirements.  One might be  right for you.  If you choose a designer dog, don’t take any guff from purebred owners.  Your Puggle or  Yorkipoo will be just as great and priceless in your eyes as their dog is in theirs.  And  remember:  Their dogs were once “designer dogs,” too.  Although the Puggle, which was first registered about five years ago, is the leader in  popularity as of 2006, overall, the most registrations have gone to the Labradoodle,  Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever X Poodle), Puggle and Cavachon, in that order.  The  ACHC registers more than 200 types of hybrids, and each one they register has at least  one representative dog or litter,  Although most hybrids are the product of two breeds, a few, such as the Free-Lance  Bulldog, which is the result of the English Bull-Walker (itself a hybrid between the Bulldog  and the Treeing Walker Coonhound) bred to a French Bulldog, have more than two  breeds in their recipe.  And at least one, the Cantel, is somewhat a trade secret.  Dubbed  the Cantel because you “can’t tell” if it’s a Poodle or a Bichon, the exact mixture of the  parti-colored Poodle and Bichon that goes into is not readily divulged by it’s creator.  Although proponents of some hybrids, especially those bred for many generations past  the first cross, are eying official recognition from some of the major kennel clubs, such as  the American Kennel Club, so far that recognition has not come and doesn’t seem close   The AKC requires that a breed show sufficient numbers of generations and individuals  over a sufficient time period to demonstrate sustained interest.  All this requires  meticulous record keeping and dedicated owners.  The ACHC and other hybrid-specific clubs are providing the paperwork, and the dogs  themselves are making sure they have a devoted following.  But here’s the problem:  If a  designer dog becomes and established breed, will it still be unique? 
A designer dog is generally the first-generation hybrid offspring of two purebred dogs of different breeds
DOG BREEDING: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DOG BREEDER A breeder is a term for anyone who successfully undertakes the breeding of two dogs. It does not matter if this person has plans covering years of time,  encompassing multiple breedings, or is one who plans to breed but a single litter.  Know Your Breeder Obligations  Many people who breed dogs recognize their obligations. They are perfectly willing to accept the responsibilities assumed when bringing new life into the  world. These people offer their brood matron superior prenatal and postnatal care. They carefully research the pedigrees of the dogs they have brought to  a breeding. Conscientiously, they ensure the sire and dam are X-rayed (hips and elbows), along with being checked for other problems that may afflict their  breed.  These breeders carefully select the homes in which the puppies are placed. Once a sale has been made, they provide detailed instructions for feeding and  follow-up veterinary care. These dedicated people maintain a follow-up program, staying in touch with their puppy buyers. They ensure that puppies and  grown dogs have optimum emotional as well as physical care. These responsible breeders are also prepared to take back or help to relocate at any age a  dog of their breeding should the owners be incapable of keeping the animal.  There is nothing wrong with breeding and being a breeder for most people. Education is, however, the key word for every person who contemplates this  activity. It does not matter if this is for a single litter or for an entire breeding program encompassing years of forethought. People who sell puppies must be  aware of those prospective buyers who, during the interview process, disclose that they do not want to show, they only want to breed dogs. Dog shows are,  by their very definition, the place where the quality of a breeding program is proven.  Most breeders carefully place their puppies in responsible homes with responsible people. Sales of pet-quality puppies without restrictions on breeding  them is a real crime perpetrated on the overpopulated canine world. Some people "reason" that since nature provided their pet with the means of  reproduction, they should take advantage of this regardless of the animal's quality. Dogs do not have the same libido as people. It is not necessary that  every dog be bred, nor is it imperative for each champion to reproduce. 
DOGS BY DESIGN
NOT A PASSING FAD Designer dogs are dogs first, designs second. By Roger Sipe If you think that designer dogs are a fad, and you want to get in on it before it’s over, these dogs aren’t for you.  Dogs, by design or purebred, are by no means a fad.  And if you think there is something extra special about designer dogs, think again.  Designer dogs are not better than other dogs; they are not smarter; they are not cuddlier; they will not make you hipper; they will not make you cooler. So what are they and what do they do? They, like all breeds and types of dogs, are a lifelong commitment that will need your attention and care for the next 10 to possibly 20 years.  In return, they will give you all the love, loyalty and companionship you can handle.  Can ya dig it?
A DOG'S SOUL Every dog must have a soul, somewhere deep inside Where all his hurts and grievances are buried with his pride. Where he decides the good and bad, the wrong way from the right, And where his judgment carefully is hidden from our sight. A dog must have a secret place, where every thought abides.  A sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides. And when accused unjustly, for himself he cannot speak. Rebuked, He finds within his soul, the comfort that he seeks. He'll love, tho' he is unloved, and he'll serve tho' badly used, And one kind word will wipe away the times when he's abused. Altho' his heart may break in two, his love will still be whole, Because God gave to every dog an understanding Soul! Author Unknown
"Living with a designer dog is just like living with any other dog -- except that designer dog owners have a lot more explaining to do!"
The personalities of all designer dogs will vary. The Puggle may be more like a Pug than a Beagle, or vica versa.
A POEM They will not go quietly, the dogs who have shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives. Old habits still make us think we hear a scratch at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor. Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And sometimes, coming home at night we miss them terribly. And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them...and always will. Author Unknown
A DOG POEM You’re special to me, Affectionate, Loyal, And good company You’re there when I’m lonely, And life seems a bore, You cheer me and offer, A comforting paw. The look in your eyes, Says you quite understand, As you thrust a bewhiskered Wet nose in my hand, You never desert me, Wherever I go, You’re a far better friend, Than all the people I know, I thank you by writing, This short monologue To my faithful, Devoted Companion - MY DOG Author Unknown
Senator Vest's "Tribute to the Dog" It is strange how tenaciously popular memory clings to the bits of eloquence men have uttered, long after their deeds and most of their recorded thoughts  are forgotten, or but indifferently remembered. However, whenever and as long as the name of the late Senator George Graham Vest of Missouri is  mentioned it will always be associated with his love for a dog.  Many years ago, in 1869, Senator Vest represented in a lawsuit, a plaintiff whose dog "Old Drum" had been willfully and wantonly shot by a neighbor. The  defendant virtually admitted the shooting, but questioned to the jury the $150 value plaintiff attributed to this mere animal. To give his closing argument,  George Vest rose from his chair, scowling, mute, his eyes burning from under the slash of brow tangled as a grape vine. Then he stepped sideways,  hooked his thumbs in his vest pockets, his gold watch fob hanging motionless, it was that heavy. He looked, someone remembered afterwards, taller than  his actual 5 feet 6 inches, and began in a quiet voice to deliver an extemporaneous oration. It was quite brief, less than 400 words:  "Gentlemen of the jury: the best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his worst enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared  with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may  become traitors to their faith. The money that man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man's reputation may be  sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to  throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.  The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or  treacherous... is his dog. Gentlemen of the Jury: a man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the  wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the  wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all  other friends desert he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the  heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of  accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace  and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head  between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death."  The jury deliberated less than two minutes then erupted in joint pathos and triumph. The record becomes quite sketchy here, but some in attendance say  the plaintiff who had been asking $150, was awarded $500 by the jury. Little does that matter. The case was eventually appealed to the Missouri Supreme  Court, which refused to hear it.  A statue of "Old Drum" was erected on the Johnson County Courthouse Square in Warrensbug, Missouri, where the trial occurred. The statue still stands  there today.
A DOG'S PLEA Treat me kindly my beloved friend, 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 blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn. 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 waiting ears. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth.   Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for 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 you be in danger. And, my friend, when I am very old, and no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands. -Author Unknown
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE "GONE TO THE DOGS" WHEN: * Nobody's feet are allowed on the furniture, but your dogs are welcome to sleep on any piece they so choose. * It takes an entirely separate garbage can to handle all the poop. * All kinds of things around the house are in need of repair, but the injured dog you rescued by the side of the road requires immediate surgery and out comes the checkbook. * You and your family haven't had your annual check up in two years, but the dogs are all medically up to date. * You start barking at your children to "Sit! Stay!" * You're more concerned with the dogs' needs than your own when the budget gets tight. * At least three of your five weeks vacation are scheduled around grooming, vaccinations and dental cleaning...all for the dogs! * Dog crates double as chairs and/or tables in your family room. * You can only remember people by associating them with their dog. * Overnight guests (who share your bed) are offended by having to sleep with you and the dog(s). * You snuggle closer to the dog than the person with whom you are sleeping. * You decide to downsize from a huge house in the city to an average country cottage with lots of land in order to build the kennel of your dreams. * You spend more time looking through mail order catalogs for dog supplies than for Victoria's Secret nighties or Miles Kimball gadgets. * All your social activities revolved around other dog people. * Your voice is immediately recognized by your vet's receptionist. * Everyone in the office is eager to know if the dogs are all right because you were late for the meeting. * The whereabouts of all your important legal and personal documents escapes you, yet you know precisely where to locate the file that includes all the vet records, breed papers and registration. * Your trunk has an emergency food kit for any strays you might come across. * The majority of your charitable contributions go to animal organizations. * To win a precious .75 show ribbon, you think nothing of forking out hundreds of dollars to board/pet sit the other dogs, pay for entry fees, gas, accommodations and meals. * You no longer have to buy extra large garbage bags, because the empty, 40 pound dog food bags work just as well. * Complete strangers call you on the phone to ask a question because they heard you were a "dog person." * Your mom calls and asks how the grand-dogs are. * Every gift you ever get has something to do with dogs. * Your cookie jar has never seen the likes of people cookies. * You rip up the carpet and lay tile to make clean up so much easier. * Your children (wife, husband) complain that you always take more pictures of the dog than you do of them. * While proudly showing off your family album, your guest asks, "Isn't there anyone else in your family besides the dog?" * Any conversation you're having is effortlessly directed back to the topic of dogs. * Your first concern when planning a vacation is whether or not the hotel will take pets. * You politely bow out of an important social engagement so you can attend a dog show. * The number one priority when buying a new house is the size and landscape of the backyard. * The only (or at least first) forum you log onto is the animal forum. * You describe your children as having temperaments rather than personalities. * The cost of boarding your fur kids equals that of your entire vacation. * Your dog decides he doesn't like someone and you tend to agree. * All your non-dog friends know to dress down when visiting your house. * Your friends know which chair not to sit in. * First time visitors wonder aloud, "Do you smell something?" and you really don't. * You become the family dog kennel for all your relatives. * You don't think twice about sitting on the floor because both the couch and the chair are completely dog full. * Your desk proudly displays your canine family. * All dates must pass your dog's inspection. * The first question you ask when on a date is, "So, do you like animals?" * You buy a bigger bed that will comfortably sleep six. * You break down and buy another pillow so you can have one to sleep on. * More than half of your grocery money goes to dog food and treats. * You buy a mini van to give them all enough travel room. * Your carpeting matches the color of your dog -- purposely. * The thought of changing a baby's diaper makes you swoon, but you can pick up dog poop barehanded, if necessary, without batting an eye. * You send out specially-made holiday cards that feature you and the dogs. * Your spouse issues the ultimatum "It's them or me" and you have no problem pointing out the suitcase. * You readily allow them to give you slobbery kisses, but you don't dare wipe a toddler's nose. * Onlookers grimace at the sight of you sharing your sandwich with your four-legged pal, bite for bite. * Your dog has the best birthday party over and above any kid in the entire neighborhood. * Your dogs eat only the most nutritionally sound food, while your favorite meal is mac 'n cheese. * You've traced your dog's family tree further than you have your own. * You're more familiar with dog laws than you are with people laws. * You stagger your dog magazine subscriptions to make sure you'll receive one every week. * Your vet's office number is the first one on your speed dial list; his home is number two. * One of your vet files is labeled "Other." * Your vet takes a few extra courses just to keep up with your breed's assorted ailments. * Your file is the only one that remains in the "IN" box. * Your file rivals War And Peace.
THE SAMPLE by Tasha Hamilton (from the Dachshund board) Let me tell you what happened when I had to go outside I'm afraid my Mom is losing it I'm thinking I should hide I got up as usual went out to do my thing And there was Mom with a little bowl What a ding-a-ling! I kept staring at her wondering what she had in mind And every time I looked at her she was watching my behind I really wanted my privacy because I had to go But she kept stalking after me as if Inspector Clouseau I couldn't hold it any more and finally had to pee Damned if Mom didn't take the bowl and shove it under me It seemed to please her very much as if she'd won a prize But who am I to argue when "that" look is in her eyes What I don't understand is why she wanted that stuff And why she had to save it when there's always more than enough Maybe the stress of the season is finally taking its toll So just wanted to warn the rest of you watch out when they get that bowl
DOG RULES: Newspapers: If you have to go to the  bathroom while playing in the front yard,  always use the newspaper that's placed in  the driveway every morning for that  purpose.  Visitors: Quickly determine which guest is  afraid of dogs. Charge across the room,  barking loudly and leap playfully on this  person. If the human falls down on the floor  and starts crying, lick its face and growl  gently to show your concern.  Barking: Because you are a dog, you are  expected to bark. So bark--a lot. Your  owners will be very happy to hear you  protecting their house. Especially late at  night while they are sleeping safely in their  beds. There is no more secure feeling for a  human than to keep waking up in the  middle of the night and hearing your  protective bark, bark, bark...  Licking: Always take a big drink from your  water dish immediately before licking your  human. Humans prefer clean tongues. Be  ready to fetch your human a towel.  Holes: Rather than digging a big hole in the  middle of the yard and upsetting your  human, dig a lot of smaller holes all over  the yard so they won't notice. If you  arrange a little pile of dirt on one side of  each hole, maybe they'll think it's gophers.  There are never enough holes in the  ground. Strive daily to do your part to help  correct this problem. Doors: The area directly in front of a door  is always reserved for the family dog to  sleep. The Art of Sniffing: Humans like to be  sniffed. Everywhere. It is your duty, as the  family dog, to accommodate them. Dining Etiquette: Always sit under the table  at dinner, especially when there are  guests, so you can clean up any food that  falls on the floor. It's also a good time to  practice your sniffing.  Housebreaking: Housebreaking is very  important to humans, so break as much of  the house as possible. Going for Walks: Rules of the road: When  out for a walk with your master or mistress,  never go to the bathroom on your own  lawn.  Couches: It is perfectly permissible to lie  on the new couch after all your humans  have gone to bed.  Playing: If you lose your footing while  chasing a ball or stick, use the flower bed  to absorb your fall so you don't injure  yourself.  Chasing Cats: When chasing cats, make  sure you never--quite--catch them. It spoils  all the fun.  Chewing: Make a contribution to the  fashion industry...Eat a shoe.
POCKET PUGGLE MYTH One of the most common questions  regarding Puggles is “Where can I get a  miniature or "Pocket" Puggle?  The  Answer is that there is no such thing as a  Pocket Puggle. I have decided to post this  article to tackle the questions surrounding  the size of a Puggle.  My hope is this  article will prevent future Puggle owners  from being misled by breeders or pet  shops who are claiming to sell Pocket  Puggle  The Basics: There are two different breeds  involved in the creation of a Puggle (Pug &  Beagle).  Because the Beagle is the larger  of the two breeds, it is generally used as  the female in this crossbreed.  The Pug: The height of the average male  Pug is 12-14 inches. Females are slightly  smaller at 10-12 inches. The average  weight for the Pug is 13 – 20lbs.   The Beagle: There are two standard sizes  for the Beagle.  13 inches – Beagles in this class should  be less than 13 inches. 15 inches – Beagles in this class should  be between 13 – 15 inches.  The average  weight ranges from 20 – 25lbs  Conclusion: Now that we have seen the  two gene pools that will be used to create  a Puggle we will look at what possibilities  the Puggle has for height, weight, health  and temperament.  The main health issue  scene in Pugs is breathing issues caused  by their short muzzle.  This problem is  generally offset to a great extent in the  Puggle, due to the longer muzzle of the  beagle.  Beagles can be prone to heart  disease, epilepsy, and eye and back  problems which are also found less often  in Puggles due to the expanded gene  pool. 
MORE IDEAS FOR DESIGNER DOGS:  * Pekingese X Lhasa Apso = Peekasso, an abstract dog * Great Pyrenees X Dachshund = Pyradachs, a puzzling breed   * Pekingese X Dachshund = Peking Dach, owned by Chinese restranteurs   * Kerry Blue Terrier X Bloodhound = Blueblood, a favorite with the upper crust in Society   * Poodle X Great Pyrenees = Poopyree, a dog that smells good   * Pointer X Setter = Pointsetter, a traditional Christmas pet * Irish Water Spaniel X English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer, a dog fresh and clean as a whistle   * Kerry Blue Terrier X Skye Terrier = Blue Skye, a dog for optimists * Smooth Fox Terrier X Chow Chow = Smooch, a dog who loves to kiss   * Airedale X Spaniel = Airel, a dog that brings in good TV reception   * Labrador Retriever X Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever, the choice of research scientists   * Newfoundland X Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound, a dog for financial advisors   * Terrier X Bulldog = Terribull, a dog that always makes mistakes * Keeshond X Setter = Keester, you can't get this dog off its duff   * Bloodhound X Labrador = Blabador, a dog that barks a lot   * Chihuahua X Whippet = Chiapet, order from TV ads; 3 for $19.95   * Boxer X German Shorthair = Boxer Shorts, a dog never seen in public   * Basenji X Schipperke = Baserke, a dog that's mad about its owner   * Malamute X Pointer = Moot Point, owned by . . . oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway * Collie X Malamute = Commute, a dog that lives on the freeway   * Deer hound X Terrier = Derriere, a dog that's true to the end 
They both have a generous lifespan of 12-15 years, both are energetic, sturdy little dogs that have minimal shedding and make great family pets.  The  minimum height and weight of a Puggle that has been properly is 12 inches and 18lbs.  Any smaller than this and you are looking at major health  problems and poor breeding practices.  The maximum size a Puggle should reach is around 15 inches and 30lbs.   A search for "Pocket Puggle" will return hundreds of results.  Websites that claim to sell this "rare" dog and people who have decided they must have  one yet few attempt to explain where term "Pocket Puggle" comes from.  1. Runt of the Litter - Simply a less healthy runt of the litter who happens to be smaller than other Puggles.  Not due to smaller parents but just through  natural selection. I have always felt that this was what people were referring to when discussing "pocket Puggles", however, there are two other  possibilities as far as what a pocket puggle could be.  2. Pug /Rat Terrier Mix - Clearly this cross does not produce a Puggle, but that doesn't stop breeders from selling them as such.  Although this cross  does result in a puppy that looks similar to a small puggle.  It is not a Puggle and you should be skeptical of any breeder that tries to sell this mix to you  as a "Pocket Puggle". 3. Olde English Beagle/Pug Mix - The Olde English Beagle was at one point a legitimate breed of Beagle.  It's history dates back to the 15th century, but  only became well known through Queen Elizabeth I.  The Queen gained a strong admiration for these miniature beagles that she referred to as "Glove"  or "Pocket" Beagles.  These beagles at 9 inches tall were so small they could fit in a saddle bag or pocket.  The standards for these dogs was written in  the early 1900's, but the breed since became extinct.  Modern Breeders have tried to recreate this standard, but have not successfully re-created any  accepted standard to date.  I hope this article serves to further educate Puggle Owners and potential Puggle Owners.  It is often difficult to get accurate information, so I have tried to  do the research for you and present it in an easy to read, easy to understand format.  This type of information should better prepare you for  conversations with breeders and people who insist they have "Genuine" Pocket Puggles. 

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