The latest trend in dogs is a puggle

Fri, 10 Feb 2006

The latest dog in the world of designer dogs is the puggle. This is the newest line in cross-breeds. The puggle is a cross between a pug and a beagle.

Other designer cross-breeds are the labradoodle which is a mix of a Labrador and a poodle, the cockerpoo which is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle and the popular dollie which is a cross between a dalmation and a collie.

The trend is huge in Hollywood where celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone, Uma Thurman and Julianne Moore own a ‘hot-cross’ pet.

It has been said that Stallone owns a puggle while Graham Norton, the TV presenter says he would like to have a labradoodle.

Jessica Simpson, singer is regularly seen with her Maltipoo called Daisy. Maltipoo’s are crosses between a Maltese and a toy poodle. While Kelly Osborne was photographed cuddling the ‘it’ dog of the moment, a puggle.

Cross-breeders are cashing in on the unprecedented demand for these exotic pets by charging up to £3,000 each. Bearing in mind the cost of a pedigree pup is on average £500.

It has been known for Cockerpoos to be sold for £600 and labradoodles for £1,200. The sums of money involved have sparked fears that unscrupulous breeders will exploit the popularity of designer dogs. The knock on effect, is that sales of traditional dog breeds is down for example English sheepdogs is down by 52 per cent and West Highland Terriers are down by 40 per cent.

The UK Labradoodle Association said the cross-breed is not recognised or regulated. Therefore reputable breeder will charge approximately £750 or less for a dog.

Dogs Today magazine warned these cross breeds could result in genetic problems. It has been know that crossing a Pekinese and a pug produced an animal that had a very deformed face with its eyes continually popping out.

The Dogs Trust said, "Dogs are not fashion accessories, they’re living beings."

The British Kennel Club refuses to recognise these new varieties.

Sam Goldberg, a vet and health co-ordinator of the beagle club warned that puggles were at risk from having health problems as "you are taking something with the will to run and putting it in a body that probably can’t cope with it."

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