Thursday, December 15, 2005

Christmas Puggle Mania

So, we are talking Puggles again.

The general public is driving an ENORMOUS demand for purchasing Puggles (a cross between a Pug and Beagle) this Christmas.

I wonder how many of these dogs are going to be dropped off in shelters in about 2 years?

I think this Puggle Mania is a tragedy in the making. People are going to buy these dogs without doing any of the necessary research regarding the dogs, the breeders, or their own preferences when owning a dog.

The same thing happened with Chihuahua’s a few years ago, when Taco Bell (fast food chain) did all those commercials with their Chihuahua mascot. Then, before that it was the new 101 Dalmatians movie, which resulted in tons of Dalmatians being left at shelters 2 years after the movie’s release. Before that, it was that Beethoven movie with St. Bernards, and then Dogue de Bordeaux’s after that Tom Hanks movie called Turner and Hooch.

Sigh. All I can do is warn you.

I don't think it is a good idea to get a Puggle until we know more about the "breed" (if you can even call it that... a breed is typically a type of dog that has been defined, a breed standard written, and dedicated breeders have produced consistent lines of dog), and after it has been around for a few years.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Like you, I certainly won't buy a puggle until we learn more about it. But therein lies the "Catch-22" with this. How will we ever get to know more about it, until we breed more of them, and observe them with families?

It's kinda like when people tell you not to buy the first year model of a new car, but to wait a couple years until the kinks are worked out. Well, thousands of other people have to buy those cars in order for the faults to be known.