After reading some of these posts I am going to say something that I know won't be a populare view point. First off, I see all of the points that everyone has made on here. With that said........
I don't care if a dog is purebred. I don't care if he has the qualities that are seen most typically in his breed. I don't care if he looks like the breed should. I will not be using my dog for hunting, or working of any sort. I want a pet. A family memeber. A companion. A dog who will be trainable, loveable, good with my kid, non shedding, small for townhome living, smart, funny, and someone who we can love for many years to come. I think most people would fit into this catergory.
So if cross breeding is only okay when it is for a reason...then why isn't having a better family dog a good enough reason? Isn't that what most people own dogs for? Are these arguements the same for all animals, or just dogs? Because I dont' typically see cats who are 'purebread' or working animals, even though it is most deffinately in their nature to hunt?
I can understand the goal is to have healthy dogs. But there is way more to that then having a purebred with papers. And that has allready beed said. Like I said before, there are bigger fish to fry. There are SOOOO many puppies and dogs out there in puppy mills, being bred way too frequently, causing all sorts of health problems. They are being abused, not fed, or fed improperly. None of the dogs are socialized. The puppies are being left to face extreem conditions at very young ages. Then they are sold way too young, for a proffit. Whats my point??? While, I see how this 'cross breed' versus 'purebred' disscussion can get heated, I don't think the enemy is cross breeds. There will allways be people who will fight tooth and nail that purebreds are the best dogs, and vise virsa. I still haven't seen any evidance of either arguement on this thread, only personal experiences. If we are using personal experiences as validation here, I could go on and on about the people I know personaly and stories I've heard of WONDERFULL cross bred dogs.
Now to talk about irresponsible breeders. I have learned ALOT from all of you on the subject. In fact, a lady I saw at a get together yesterday inquired about my dog and where I got him. I told her a bit about his two breeds, and let her know that Shih Tzu typically arent' recomended for small children, and to jump on the web and do some research. If she still decided to get one, she could search for breeders, but I told her to check for papers, and health backgrounds. I actually told her I lost the number to my breeder because I wasnt sure (after this thread) if I was comfortable with that. I also plan on talking more indepth with the breeder. I felt good about that. I just wont ever be as damning as some of you have been. I don't think my breeder is 'the enemy'. My main goal at the moment, is to encourage others to adopt a dog, and to NOT NOT NOT buy from pet stores or any thing resembiling a puppy mill.