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Mixed breed dogs are all the rage. Not the big-hearted, adopted-my-mutt-from-a-shelter kind, naturally, but the purposefully bred hybrids that purport to combine all the best qualities of Labradors and Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and Poodles--basically anything that can possibly procreate with a Poodle.

Time magazine dove down the rabbit hole to unwind the sometimes bewildering pedigree of designer doggie hybrids like the Sharmation (a Shar-Pei/Dalmation mix), the Chorkie (part Yorkshire Terrier, part Chihuahua), and the Bowzer (a Basset/Miniature Schnauzer mix that should not be confused with the similiar-sounding Super Mario Bros.

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By Seth Stutman Published: September 18, 2014, 2:46 pm Updated: September 18, 2014, 4:47 pm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  There are more than 300 different breeds of dog, and we aren’t even counting the mixed breeds!  Sue Meachem, Board Member at the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club introduced us to a Plotthound, Barbet, Field Spaniel and a Podengo.

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SAN ANGELO, Texas - Registration is open for dog/owner teams for the next six-week block of AKC Canine Good Citizen classes starting Sept. 2 and S.T.A.R. Puppy classes beginning Sept. 8 at 507 W. 47th St.

Canine Good Citizen class teaches basic obedience and good manners and is open to mix breeds and purebred dogs.

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Purebred dog breeders are at a loss after the enforcement of the rules for sending puppies to the United States changed without notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) requires puppies entering the U.S. receive the rabies vaccination when they are only three months old. Following their shots, the dogs must undergo a 30 day waiting period before they can cross the border.

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Almost 100 different purebred breeds were judged over the two day show at the Bridge View Center.  / Jacqueline Schutte

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OTTUMWA, IA. -- Ottumwa welcomed many four legged guests to the community for the Southeastern Iowa Kennel Club’s 70th Anniversary All Breed Dog Show.  Almost 100 different purebred breeds were judged over the two day show at the Bridge View Center. 

Lois Grier and her crew, the “Krisma Kerriers,” showed eight different Kerry Blue Terriers.  One of those dogs is also ranked the fourth best of that breed in the country.  Grier says she encourages anyone who likes dogs to get involved in shows, and says show experience is not necessary.

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The American Kennel Club in no way, shape or form controls the quality of the purebred dogs it registers. It is a stud registry only, tracking the bloodlines of registered dogs, on paper.

There is a standard, written by the AKC for each breed, but there's no way for the AKC to know if the puppy being registered actually conforms to that standard.

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X-ray of a dog with hip dysplasia
Courtesy of www.dogarthritisblog.info

An X-ray of a dog with hip dysplasia.

Selective breeding may have produced a beautiful variety of dog breeds, but it has also left many varieties with a legacy of genetic disease. To combat this trend, Cornell researchers have launched the Cornell Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) website, the country’s first breeding value database, where the public can find the propensity for a hip and elbow dysplasia (malformation) of more than a million individual registered purebred dogs and designer dogs, such as labradoodles.

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By Michele C. Hollow on Apr 7, 2014

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Take a look at an old photo of the iconic German Shepherd, Rin Tin Tin, who died in 1932. Now look at a photo of another of the breed, a German shepherd show dog of today. Notice the difference?

The second photo shows a German Shepherd with a sloping back and legs splayed apart.

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Welcoming a pet into a home can be a joyous event. Companion animals have a way of assimilating into a family rather quickly. Some prospective pet owners spend months researching the type of breed they prefer, while others prefer to adopt mixed-breed dogs from a nearby animal shelter.

Purebred and mixed breed dogs both make great pets.

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