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Mills are very late to the designer dog craze. But let us not dismiss the fact this is how all the current breeds were developed. There are many designer breed clubs forming with the intent of forming and registering a new breed of dog that does "breed-true" Thes mutt command high price because of popular demand. The mills just fill the public demand it is not the other way around.










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I strongly disagree. Many breeds were developed by subdividing exisitng breeds,[/b]
this is going on today with much consternation by the founding breed clubs Mini Aussie's and White GSD have form their own seperate breed clubs and working toward recognition via all breed orgs but with much consternation and road blocks being but up by the the original breed clubs. And not without reason. general any division made is done sonly for the sake of appearance and has nothing to do with function.


And most others were developed with a working purpose or desired appearance in mind not simply throwing two different breeds together to get a cutesy name to sell puppies.[/b]
The curent cutsey named designer breed are being bred for appearance not the name one of the problems is that the first generation crosses tend to breed true than subsequence breedings so there are many individual that find the first generation cross the only acceptable breeding.
Puggles et al is designed because of a desire for a more pug like muzzle on other dog breeds. This is not a new phenoneneom. Take the Cavalier Charles Spanial for example . Wikipedia - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Over time, the toy spaniels were replaced in popularity by short-snouted, dome-headed dogs of Asian descent, such as the Pug and Japanese Chin. The King Charles Spaniel was bred with these dogs, resulting in the similar-shaped head of today's English Toy Spaniel breed[/b]
The whole "designer dog" craze arguable began with the labradoodle which was deliberate breeding to produce a less alergenic service dog. a noble cause.

History of the Labradoodle

There is a breed club for labradoodles dedicated to perefect the dog for the prupose it was first bred AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE CLUB OF AMERICA

The Genetic Tide Continues to Swell: Will DNA marker research stop the flood?
Any description or defense of a project involving breeding across existing breed lines for practical purposes, such as the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Club of America project, is met with aggressive rebuke. If every effort to restore genetic health, hardiness, or working ability through outcross breeding is to be condemned as a betrayal of the "purity of the breed," then the entire purebred dog concept may be doomed to failure through inbreeding depression, the general loss of vitality and viability. Those who are quick to stigmatise serious outcross programmes as "Foufons" and "crossbreds" betray their utter ignorance of population genetics, yet that ignorance still meets with general approbation. Too bad, because at this point, the application of population genetics principles may be the sole strategy that can possibly pull the purebred dog fancy out of its genetic dilemma.[/b]

I don't think the motivation of breeder of dogs in a earlier time were very much different than they are today. You will find good and bad in each era. As a matter of fact many practice used then would never be used now. To over state the nobility of the current breed as paragons of ethical breeding practicies as compared to today is a streach. THe one thing that has changes is more of an emphysis on conformation today than function. And with a continued emphysis of defineing breed through a closed registry there are many prediction a colapse of many breeds under the weight of genetic defects. A more open registry as such used by Master of hunting dogs as used in england ands allowing the known ocassional outcross to uotside bred may be ultimately healthier for the breed in general and also benefitial in correcting fundemental conformation faults in breeding stock.

Speaking Heresy:A Dispassionate View of Cross-Breeding

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Basenji Conservation
As reported in the Basenji Club of America (BCOA) Bulletin Board Newsletter dated 15 May 2007, a committee was authorized by the 2006 ballot to petition the American Kennel Club (AKC) to open the Basenji registry of the AKC studbook[/b]
An Overview of the Backcross Project
 
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