Alvin, the Bichon Cockapoo

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I do not think you will find this a place where designer dogs and breeding practices are looked upon in a favorable manner.
Alvin looks like a very sweet dog. I hope he does not suffer from many of the problems that come from such breeding practices. I hope his parents are not in the disgraceful housing that so many of these puppymills here in Missouri are kept. I think you should research carefully about where and how these designer dogs are produced. Then hopefully you will not encourage such practices in the future especially for Alvin's sake.
 

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Sorry Smkie - no offense intended. I realize Alvin is a mutt and designer dog is another word for mutt, but he's a very lovable and cute pup. He's taught me that it doesn't matter who you are, you deserve attention and respect just because you're HERE - NOW.
 

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Personally, I don't have a problem with people buying mixed breeds from breeders, as long as the breeder is a responsible breeder. Check out this thread http://www.chazhound.com/forums/t787/ to see the guidelines of a responsible breeder.

If the person doesn't fit those guidelines, they should not be breeding ANYTHING, whether it's a full-blooded, registered litter or a litter of mixed breeds.

If I wanted a mixed breed and couldn't find a responsible breeder, I'd simply go to the shelter. I have no better idea what I'm getting from the shelter than what I'm getting from a bad breeder, so I might as well save a life!
 

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OOh. Looks like you got him from a puppy mill, huh?

Sometimes, it's just all about where you want your money to go as a consumer.

He is a cute fluffy little dog. Good luck with him!
 

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I think the Missouri breeder would be highly offended if you called her kennel a puppy mill. At 12 weeks, when he arrived from Missouri, he had clearly been with people. But he doesn't matter - he's a wonderful addition to the family.

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I will correct my post i should not have spoken for the general pop. I myself and me have a problem with this type of breeding becuase of the trail of horror it involves and I find it very hard not to speak out. Alvin is beautiful. There is no doubt about that. I will always have a problem with encouraging the practices that produced him. I apologize for my post. It sounded to me like you were promoting designer puppies. Designer puppies are what a great number of puppymills produce. Because of our temperate climate Missouri is a hot bed of them. He is here and now and i hope he has a wonderful life. Good luck with your contest.
 

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I think the Missouri breeder would be highly offended if you called her kennel a puppy mill.
You don't have to be a puppy mill to be a bad breeder.

I'm just saying this because a lot of people browse this forum and see your puppy and think (rightfully so!) that he's absolutely adorable. Before they go out and buy a puppy just like him, I hope that they do some research into what makes a good breeder versus a bad breeder and educate themselves on why this is SO important.
 

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I'ts good that she kept him with the mother until he was 12 weeks. There is deffinatly a benefit to this.
 

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