The term ‘designer dog’ has been used so loosely it is time we clarified exactly what it means. A designer dog is one that has been crossbred with two popular purebreeds.
Designer dogs are said to come from sound purebred dogs of different breeds, which have been specially chosen for certain traits and characteristics.
Unlike purebred dogs, designer dogs are not considered a ‘breed’ in Australia as they are not registered or recognised with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) or your local Canine Council. This means breeders are not regulated and scrutinised for their breeding practices and the breed has no real standard.
This is not to say that particular breeders of designer dogs aren’t breeding using safe practices; it just means there is room for more ‘cowboys’ who are cashing in on this new generation of dogs and putting the general public at risk with sick or unbalanced dogs.
There is also the risk that the bad traits of the purebred are what is being transferred into these ‘designer dogs’, rather than the other way around.
Dr Paul McGreevy from the University of Sydney has researched dog breeding extensively and its genetic implications. McGreevy also discovered that some breed standards of purebred dogs, which seem to be based more on aesthetic qualities than working properties, have actually led to some health and behavioural problems in the domesticated dog.
Dog care supplies mean much more than just basic food and shelter for dogs. In fact, dog supplies nowadays include everything that may keep a dog happy and healthy. There are many pet shops that offer a comprehensive range of dog supplies. Dog care supplies are categorized as basic, functional and pampering. Basic dog supplies include dog collars, grooming supplies, beds, kennels and food. The functional dog supplies include gates, doors, and fences, and dog treats, toys and aromatherapy massage oils are examples of pampering supplies.
Dog beds are among the most important basic supplies. Beds help keep a dog’s bones and joints healthy. Many pet shops stock dog-training supplies that are essentially training aids and equipment designed to make a dog’s training easier and more effective. They also include special dog collars designed to punish a dog for undesirable behavior. Doghouses come in different size and makes, including plastic and wooden houses. A good doghouse should be big enough for a dog to turn freely inside and must be durable enough to provide long-term shelter. Dog-grooming supplies include dog shampoos, conditioners; nail clippers, brushes and combs. There are also specific dog hygiene supplies for a dog’s ears, eyes and teeth.
There are three types of dog food — moist, dry and semi-moist dog food. Dog food should be nutritionally balanced regardless of its form. In addition, all dog food supplies should be stored properly in a cool dry place, so that the nutritional value is not lost. Dog health care supplies are fast becoming an integral part of dog care. General dog health care supplies can be purchased without prescriptions. They include dog vitamins and supplements, flea, tick care dog supplies and dog dental care products. Pampering dog supplies include everything from dog crates, grooming supplies, toys, and costumes. These supplies are available online and dog owners can order by looking through online catalogues.
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