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    This is going to sound odd and I haven't quite gotten the thought straight in my head so please bear with me

    At the moment there is a huge push towards people believing that crosses are healthier (fluke more than anything IMO) BUT Could it be a sign that things are going backwards?

    When I was growing up and in my early teens I didn't even know that pedigreed dogs even existed. I found out when I was around 16 and really started getting into dogs. Anyway my point is is it possible that things have started to go backwards again because of this push that designers & crosses are healthier than pures?

    More and more people are going out and buying crosses and showing them off stating that it is the healthiest dog out there. The people selling the hybrid theory (thanks Don... ) are very convincing in their arguement and cannot be swayed from it, even in the face of mountains of scientific research!

    I guess what I'm asking is are things going backwards? Are people just not seeing the purebred dogs and only having the DD's and poundies thrust at them? Is it a desire not to learn? Is it the I want it now mentality? How are people being educated about purebred dogs other than those of us who go looking for them or find these forums?
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    Oooh Angela, this thread could open a worm's nest IMO.

    I have never ventured my opinion here on purebreed versus crossbreed as I honestly think my opinion would offend some ppl and I'd be eaten alive. Sigh.

    Hell of a good topic mate!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Oooh Angela, this thread could open a worm's nest IMO.

    I have never ventured my opinion here on purebreed versus crossbreed as I honestly think my opinion would offend some ppl and I'd be eaten alive. Sigh.

    Hell of a good topic mate!!!
    I actually would like to hear your opinion if you could PM it to me? I'm weird I don't sit on either side

    I don't want it to turn into a Pure vs Cross thread, more a what are Purebred Breeders doing to elevate themselves in the public's eye and what is the attraction of so many to purposely bred crosses to begin with?

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    Will PM you.

    One thing I do think that weighs into the equation for a percentage of the population is money. Please note I am NOT talking about DDs here.

    A pedigree dog from a registered breeder is far more than buying a purebred dog from say a BYB with an ad in the paper or on the local noticeboard etc.

    Once again, crossbreed dogs are often (but not always) a far cheaper alternative for people than the thousands of dollars required for a purebred of good quality.

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    I'm not a fan of crossbred dogs, i prefer purebreds but that isn't based on health it's based on looks and temperament. I too keep away from the argument that xbreds aren't as healthy as pure simply because my own experience has been that dogs I know or have met with health issues have actually been pure and the few with serious issues were from well known Reg Breeders. That said I prefer pure and from Reg Breeder over anything else.

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    Angela, I am neither here nor there on the purebred vs crossbred thing, but I believe there can be hugh health issues in both!
    With some purebreds (or Breeders (that's registered breeders) it is mother crossed over son, father crossed over daughter and if this is done generation after generation without health checks, can be big big problem!
    I grew up with a cattle dog cross beagle and she lived to the ripe old age of 2 mths short of 21 years!

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    I personally would rather own a pure bred SBT than a cross. I luv pure bred's because of their looks,temperament & good health. My 2 pure SBT's were rescue's & my next will be either another rescue or bought from an experience reputable registered breeder

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    As much as I like you AGB...I am staying out of this one mate.

    Last time this was brought up...it didn't end pretty...sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    As much as I like you AGB...I am staying out of this one mate.

    Last time this was brought up...it didn't end pretty...sorry
    Yeah, too right Cleas...

    And isn't that the saddest thing? When we all finally get something really intersting, educational and worth discussing at great length, we lose it because of this reason.

    Very sad indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    As much as I like you AGB...I am staying out of this one mate.

    Last time this was brought up...it didn't end pretty...sorry
    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Yeah, too right Cleas...

    And isn't that the saddest thing? When we all finally get something really intersting, educational and worth discussing at great length, we lose it because of this reason.

    Very sad indeed.
    I agree this is very sad - but my main questions aren't whether pures are healthier than crosses... It is are we going backwards as a society regarding dog ownership?

    TBH Neither side is healthier than the other. Both sides have health issues and it seems that people have their heads in the sand with regards to the issues that are there.

    Why is it that now we know and understand more than ever about dog behaviour yet we have more dog bite and other dog issues than ever before?

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