A few years ago, people thought it would be a cute idea to start mixing different breeds of dogs and labeling them designer dogs. You know the ones I’m talking about, you’ve got your malti-poos, yorki-poos, labradoodles…apparently mixing anything with a poodle makes for an amusing combination.
I’ve never been a big fan of the idea, in my mind, these mixed breeds have existed by themselves without human influence. They live on the streets and in shelters, just waiting to die.
Well that sounded a little morbid now didn’t it?
Honestly though, I’ve always been a strong advocate for adopting rescue dogs. Two of mine are rescues, and the only reason I have Winston, a pure breed, is because he was a Christmas present from my parents. I don’t know for sure what Piper and Mama Sue are, but I can make an educated guess.
So, following in the form of the designer “breeds”, I have Piper, a schipperke/dachshund mix, otherwise known to no one but me as a “skipping weenie” and Mama Sue, a corgi/basset hound, or “bassorgi” or maybe a “corget”?
Anyways, I was bored last night (which usually means trouble) and I was perusing ads on Craigslist. One ad, in particular, caught my eye.
“I am looking for a miniature teacup chihuahua. Not just a miniature chihuahua, and not just a teacup chihuahua, these are smaller. A friend of mine has one but the breeder she got hers from no longer breeds. Does anyone know where I can find one of these cute little dogs?”
A miniature teacup chihuahua? Umm, hello! We already have those, they’re called rats!
Seriously though, how small do we have to breed these things before you accidentally inhale one while eating your breakfast cereal? Is there any reason that a regular sized chihuahua isn’t already small enough? I used to see those things at the dog park and would have to consciously tell myself they weren’t ants, and I shouldn’t stomp on them.
There’s an over abundance of grasshoppers running around my house, maybe I should catch them and market them as micro mini teeny tiny itty bitty teacup hairless chihuahuas.
Oh wait…I forgot to add the poodle in there, it’s nothing without the poodle.