First of all we are HUGE advocates of rescue centres and have ourselves rescued several dogs. However, rescue dogs are not for everyone and certainly now with a young family we personally would not consider a rescue dog whose history, temperament and breed characteristics cannot be truly known. Lots of people prefer to raise a dog from a puppy for this reason and many others, and both options have their pros and cons and it should be down to personal choice and circumstance and not for others to pass comment on!
Secondly there is a BIG difference between a ‘mongrel’ and a cross breed or hybrid. A mongrel is usually from unplanned and/or irresponsible breeding from parents where at least dam or sire are not from a known breed and whose pedigrees cannot be traced – short of DNA testing there is usually no way of knowing what breeds these dogs contain and so no way of knowing the exact requirements and characteristics of the dog (we appreciate there are exceptions to this and there are many people who have had the loveliest of mongrels and that is great – and lucky!)
The cross breed puppies we produce are the result of a deliberate mating between two dogs of two distinctive recognised pedigree breeds to produce a hybrid of the two breeds, and a dog with various personality and appearance traits acquired from both which can trace it's lineage back along the lines of both the pedigree sire and dam.
There are several clubs and societies actively concerned with raising the profile and standard of hybrid dogs of various types, and it is entirely feasible that in the future, certain popular hybrid crosses of dogs will come to be recognised in their own right- after all, this is often how breeds which are now established as pedigrees with their own breed standards and specifications first came to be recognised!
The main reason behind producing a hybrid dog from two distinctive breeds of parents is to combine the two best features of two particular breeds into one dog. For example with our Cockapoos the intention was to produce the ever popular cocker spaniel type dog with the signature non shedding coat for which the poodle is well known and often popular. With the Cockerdors it is to produce puppies from two fabulous and family friendly breeds that won’t grow as large as a full Labrador.
So there we have it – rescue centre or buy a puppy from a responsible breeder – either are fine so do what suits your family best and don’t be bullied! And for those that say you shouldn’t charge for puppies – a lot of money goes into maintaining our dogs and raising their puppies and keeping them all healthy and happy and if you can’t afford the initial outlay of buying the puppy then you can’t afford to own a dog at all!