- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
@Miss Apricot: I have to disagree with you, in this instance. Most of the time, I DO agree with you. Labradoodles, puggles, etc should not be bred or charged so much for.
The program spent decades exploring which breeds worked best for the jobs the dogs would have. Now they only breed labs and goldens and crosses of the two. Consistently, I see that the crosses make better working dogs than the purebreds. I personally ADORE purebred golden retrievers. I think they are beautiful and affectionate. I like that they have less energy than the labradors. But, for the work that these dogs too, the low level of energy that goldens TYPICALLY (not always) have is a hurdle to overcome for the trainers. Similarly, the high energy of the labs can be a hurdle. One of my mom’s past puppies (a full golden) was released for low energy. Another (a full lab) was released for high energy. The mix is TYPICALLY (see that “typically” part?) the perfect balance. You may also note that I mentioned that they do not let dogs that are “too mixed” breed. Breeders are always purebred or half lab/half golden. They do this in order to prevent the lines from getting insanely convoluted.
These dogs do not “look funny” because they are crosses. When breeder dogs are chosen, they are picked because they are the best of the best by the standards of the program. They are very intelligent, willing, affectionate, gentle, tolerant, and, above all, HEALTHY. Their puppies have a high chance of sharing those qualities and becoming excellent service dogs.
Every single one of them is beautiful, in my opinion. But I can recognize when a “dog show person” might sneer (sorry for insulting anyone, I know most of you are very kind and sweet, but that did happen once) because the ears are too high, the muzzle too short, the nose is pinkish, the tail too short, the color is too reddish.
Reddish colored goldens are considered substandard. To me, they are the most beautiful. Yes, this program has some breeders that are red. When I said “funny looking,” I meant that in the way that a show judge would look at a red golden retriever.
@sweetpea87: Exactly. You are spot on.
@urchin: Your setter is so handsome! And you’re completely right. I know so many people who adopted shelter dogs on a whim, didn’t train it and/or was surprised by some of it’s characteristics, and it ended up right back in the shelter. Or if they kept it, it was a misbehaved and obnoxious animal.
Which is NOT to say that every shelter dog ends up like that! But I’ve met a lot of really bratty ones, which were usually picked up on a whim and the people don’t know how/don’t want to deal with it.