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There is a fashion these days to put two different breeds together and call the result something “designer”; new, fancy and different.
But really, that does not make a new breed; all that has been accomplished is a stirring of the genetic pot, kind of like mixing paint colors – and ending up with a muddy brown of an indefinable mix. For more on this, check out
Designer Dogs -- the Rest of the Story.
A real breed is created over 10’s of generations by dedicated individuals who often don’t live to see the full results of their labor.
But what do you do if you want a dog hypoallergenic like a Bichon Frise but double the size?
Or, maybe you’d like a high energy buddy somewhere between the size of a Sheltie and a Border Collie?
Or you enjoy the bright and cheerful attitude of a Pomeranian but you would like a slightly larger dog?
When I was a kid I used to love reading about the AKC breeds; their history, what they looked like, their temperament. Then one day I discovered that there was more breeds. For example, the FCI (Federacion Cynologique Internationale) recognizes over 450 breeds! That was a lot of new dog breeds -- at least, new ones to me.
What’s the breed like a Bichon but bigger? The Coton de Tulear. How about the performance dog? A delightful live wire called a Pyrenean Shepherd. The larger Pomeranian? The Middle Spitz. None of these were someone’s’ bright idea just to make a buck like the “designer” dogs; all are ancient and well established breeds.
They can be harder to find than the common ones, so part of each of breed page has a link to where you can start your puppy search.
If you want an unique and unusual breed, persistence and patience in the end will reward you with a wonderful companion.
People come to About Small Dogs to find a good dog, one that matches their lifestyle, their family and what they yearn for.
The best people to explain the finer points of what a breed is like are the people who own and are owned by them.
If you own this breed, this means YOU. What is your dog like? What stories can you tell? What would you like to say to someone who is considering your breed? What is your dog's sterling qualities? How about some of his or her not so great characteristics? Tell us a bit about the ideal owner for your breed as well.
People become good dog owners because they are educated. You know your breed better than any others. Share what you know!
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