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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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"Rosie" - Thoughts on Sprockers and Labradoodles

The principal benefit from buying a Pedigree puppy is that you should have a fairly good idea of what it will eventually look like and to a less extent how it should behave.

Anyone contemplating spending their money this way should try to do some research on their chosen breed. The internet is now awash with a huge volume of information providing useful insights into these specific breed characteristics. The English Springer Spaniel Club has to it's great credit tried to take this to a new level by ensuring that everyone who buys an English Springer Spaniel "knows exactly what it says on the tin!" through in depth health surveys.

Sadly, in many other instances, the people trying to sell you a "pup" may have their own distinct vocabulary when it comes to an accurate description of the situations you are likely to encounter in the years ahead.

For "boisterous and enthusiastic" be prepared to spend a significant amount of your time at dog training! For "quick learner" be prepared to spend a significant amount of your time at the dog psychologist. The lengthy list of medical problems to which Pedigree dogs are prone is now well recognised amongst most new owners.

The ongoing concerns regarding the health and welfare of many breeds has spawned the concept of "designer breeds". This beautiful piece of marketing has led to a flood of Pedigree dogs crossed with other Pedigree dogs in the hope of achieving "hybrid vigour". This is a concept long established amongst mongrels where generally over a prolonged period and several generations through natural selection only the best "bits" get passed on.

The difficulty in mating two different breeds with two sets of problems is that whilst you might be lucky and reduce that problem list you might just as easily double your grief! Who knows with a little good fortune and a large chunk of responsible breeding we might yet improve the lot of our canine friends. If nothing else we can debate the merits of particular combinations from the new breed types."Rosie" the featured "Sprocker" puppy (Springer x Cocker spaniel) belongs to one of my nursing staff and appears to be thriving.

However, I think the marketing department will need to work on the name of the Shih-Tzu x Poodle combination to give those pups a chance!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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