Hi, this is my first post and I have a feeling it will stir up some of you.
My wife and I are looking at buying our first dog, we don't have kids yet but hope to next year. We have a reasonable sized yard which is fenced. We are looking for a medium-small/medium sized dog which can be jogged/walked and will chase a ball etc.... We have both had dogs in the past.
Our initial thought was for a Spoodle (poodle x cockaspaniel) or perhaps a cavoodle (poodle x cavalier) etc. We like the coat of the poodle but not how they jump (small kids in the future) I also don't particularly like the look of a purebred poodle regardless of size. The reason also that we don't just opt for a pure spaniel cavalier is that from personal experience they aren't too smart, so from that you can see why we thought about a cross..... quieten the poodle a bit and smarten up the cross. I know it's not a guarantee but from what I have read it happen more than not.
Now the issue that we are having is that those who like pure bred dogs have nothing but negative comments about cross breeds however I am yet to see any facts or links to official sites outlining issues with these dogs from a medical point of view. If someone can point me toward a study/fact sheet by a well respected person or company that can give me more details about cross breeds I would be most appreciative. Perhaps I am wrong about this but I assumed purebred dogs also have health issues? is this not correct? My parents had 2 Maltese and both had hip issues but they now have a Maltese X Something and no hip issue?
Anyway I guess I am a little disappointed to come to a community of "Dog" lovers only to hear sarcastic remarks about "Not really a breed" (Yes I understand that concept) and these dogs called muts and mongrels etc. For people who don't have your level of dog breed education I hate to think how they feel after reading that their $800+ investment is nothing but a pointless dog, I am sure their kids don't think so! Perhaps partly it is this peer pressure to have a perfect dog that leads some people to abandon their newly acquired pets in favor of something that comes with a piece of paper.