There are many mysteries of the universe I simply cannot understand. All the great civilizations throughout history have pondered on whether there are other forms of intelligent life or what lies beyond death. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians all sought answers to such elusive questions. As a groomer, I too seek answers about my universe. The unexplained phenomenon of “designer” breeds still astonishes and leaves me wondering…. what is the rationale and intended concept behind these mythical creatures?
Cockerpoos, morkies, snoodles , doodles and puggles, shall I never grasp the concept of your creation and the reason behind your meteoric popularity? When shelters throughout the country are bombarded with mixed breeds, how are mutts such as you able to command four figures for the privilege of ownership? Common sense would say the Humane Society mutt for a $50 donation fee should be far more desirable, yet the more expensive you are the more the public flocks to keep up with the Joneses. Not only are you more pricey than your fellow mixes, but the majority of the time you even carry a higher price tag than the pure breeds from which you’ve been spliced.
Someone most certainly, must be playing a cosmic joke. Why mix a pug and beagle together? Is your creator merely trying to develop the ultimate challenge for groomers trimming nails? Or take for instance, the fore father of designer breeds, the cockerpoo….was the goal to creature a thick, curly coated dog that matts easily and likes to pee everywhere at the drop of a hat? The answers to these imponderables still continue to slip through my grasp.
Perhaps, it’s all in a name. Each new hot breed has some sort of cute catchy name and gimmick, turning the process of pet ownership into about the same experience as buying the latest “it” bag. Then to distinguish it from others of same ilk you must add a geographic location to the name. An Australian labradoodle is FAR better than the basic model. Then promote a rich linage going back a whooping three generations and you’ve got the latest canine trend.
Perhaps, I should breed my Italian greyhound with a dachshund and create the new Italian sausage breed? Of course I’ll have to create a teacup model with an even heftier price tag and ensure that the breed carries on the neurotic nature of my IG and the long, often problematic back of the dachshund. Nail trimming an Italian sausage will not be for the faint of heart and of course he’ll scream blood curdling, high pitched utterances all the while. The breed will lack the charming characteristics of both founding breeds and instead retain all the quirks most of us would like to forget. But with luxury item status, clever marketing and the adorable puppy faces (all photo record of adult specimens will be destroyed) I will have developed the next plague among the canine world.