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My view of this is probably very niave considering I knew very little about dog breeding until I began to search for my Havanese, but I’m sure others will share more experienced perspectives. This is just the opinion I’m settling into based on what I’ve learned. If I’ve got it completely wrong, hopefully someone will educate me!
In my area there is a ton of hobby breeding (I don’t even know if that’s the right word), mostly of larger poodle mixes. I even saw an add once for Havanese mixes, but they aren’t as popular here. I’m wary of them. I don’t have any problem with the idea in theory, I’m just skeptical that a hobby breeder has the resources and necessary commitment to managing the unique needs of both breeds as well as the health complexities that can come from mixed breeds, even if they are loving, well intentioned people. That being said, I have to believe there are good breeders out there who manage. I imagine it’s twice as hard to verify, and for every sketchy purebred breeder out there, there have to be at least three times as many sketchy “designer” breeders. I say this based on how many strangers have approached us and asked us about breeding our dog. I believe it’s important to continue to responsibly breed purebreds dogs, but I also don’t condem alternative breeders. It just seems like a much more complicated issue than it appears to be on the surface.
Most of the breeders I came across who breed these types of mixes are just families and don’t even advertise. There is a Goldendoodle breeder that I’ve heard several friends mention they would love a puppy from, but they also have a very long waiting list and only a couple of litters a year.
Last edited by EvaE1izabeth; 02-19-2019 at 02:33 AM.