Mixing It Up – Different Isn’t Always Better
Consider this a multimedia version of my recent post for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.
I was in the elevator in my parking garage when a young couple got in carrying an adorable black-and-white puppy. Being the dog lover that I am, I had to ask what breed it was.
“It’s a Saint Bernadoodle – a mix of Saint Bernard and poodle,” they said.
I’ve never heard of such a combination before. We’ve all heard of goldendoodles…
but now it seems like breeders are throwing together any number of dogs with low-shedding breeds like poodles and brand them as special. (As an aside, the claim that poodles don’t shed isn’t true. All dogs shed, but poodles shed very little).
I did some investigating online and, sure enough, you can get almost any kind of dog mixed with a poodle. There’s the Bernadoodle, a cross with a Bernese mountain dog,
or a Newfypoo that mixes with a Newfoundland.
And don’t forget even more exotic breeds like the Leondoodle that includes a Leonberger in the mix…
and the Rottle – a combination of Rottweiler and poodle.
Or how would you like to run into a Rotterman on your morning jog? It’s a mix of Rottweiler and Doberman.
To quote one of my favorite movie characters of all time, Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski: “Has the whole world gone crazy…?”
Here’s clearly a case of innovation run amok and testimony to the fact that just because something is different, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea.
You’ve got to give credit to these dog breeders though – they’re taking what we would typically regard as a mutt or mixed breed and branding and selling it at a premium.
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