Designer dog breeding is a big controversy with dog-lovers today. Some people think of it as unethical. Some people think that it is only contributing to the mass overpopulation of pups in pounds. Some people like that these breeders are trying to develop new dogs. What's your take? Personally, I'm kind of neutral. I think that it is very ridiculous that people are selling mixed breed puppies for hundreds of dollars. The "breed" is not yet established, therefore right now most if not all of them are simply mutts. $300 for a "Puggle" is very outlandish to me. However... Name me one modern breed that does not have at least two other breeds mixed with it to combine the ancestors of that breed. Not one single modern breed has consistently been the exact same type of dog from today all the way back to hundreds and thousands of years ago. Years ago, people crossed their best or favorite dogs to develop a better dog. If they liked the result, then they continued to breed to try and develop a new breed of dog. They had a goal--for the dalmations, they wanted the perfect family/carriage dog. For the border collie, they wanted the perfect stock dog. For the sheperds, they wanted the perfect stock, guard, and family dog. So they took their best guard dog for instance, and bred it to their best stock dog. And eventually, a breed was developed. This is how a breed starts. I have a couple of breeds that I would like to develop. They are not simply experiments to see what this and this would produce. They have a purpose. Homes would be carefully selected, and population and breeding would be carefully monitored. There would not be an issue of overbreeding or unwanted pups. In the early stages of these new breeds, they would not be sold for outlandish amounts of money as a "purebred whatever." They would be placed in carefully selected homes, for a low fee if any fee at all, with the understanding that the dog would be returned if a problem arose. True, I would end up with many dogs, but I don't exactly see a good reason to explain my life plans...lol. That would take a while. Anyway, my point is, your corgi didn't come from six hundred purebred corgis. Somewhere down the line two separate breeds, or quite possibly two separate mixes, were bred to produce the beginnings of corgis. I do not support the sale and mass production of these "designer dogs." But I am not close-minded to the development of a new breed...as long as the breeder is in it for the longrun, not just until they get bored with it. So anyway, what's your view?