Designer Dogs – Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding – Book Review

Product: Designer Dogs: An Expose’: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding
Author: Madeline Bernstein with forward by Dr. Phil McGraw
Price: $14.99 hardcover – Released September 25, 2018
Best Place to Buy: Amazon 
Details: 208 pages – ISBN-10: 9781948062060
My Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0
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Designer Dogs: An Expose’: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding- The Review

Teacup dogs, cockapoos, puggles, and labradoodles are all the rage with pet owners.

According to author Madeline Bernstein (also President of LA’s branch of the SPCA), these types of dogs are severely inbred and over bred.

These breeds are some of the unhealthiest dogs you can adopt.

I really enjoyed this book… which took me me on an emotional roller-coaster ride….as it ventured into the heartbreaking and shocking realities of dog breeding coupled with encouraging and uplifting stories of pet adoption.

The focal point of this book is aimed at breeders of designer dogs… and positions many of them as nothing more than proprietors of puppy mills. Unfortunately, Bernstein also at times lumps legitimate and responsible purebred breeders into this same category….which is a shame.

Painting dog-breeding with such broad brushstrokes limits the effectiveness…when you are trying to focus on breeders who truly are operating as inhumane sellers.

The main thrust of the book centers on the major issues with designer dogs (health issues of the animals and the unsavory underbelly of the pet industry).

I would have enjoyed the book more if the the author didn’t occasionally drift off-topic to cite legal and regulatory cases….which, detract from the overall experience.

Shocking Exposure in the Pet Industry

The main revelation is the disturbing dangers of breeding our pets to be funnier-looking and unnaturally smaller for the sake of entertainment and social media posting fodder.  The bizarre celebrity aspect surrounding these breeds also add to the fervor.

In today’s instant gratification culture we now treat animals as a commodity that surfaces as a whole industry aimed at creating “disposable pets”.

Bernstein unashamedly poses many ethical questions surrounding our basic ideals on pet ownership…. and turns the industry on its head.

With so many pets in shelters and kill centers needing adoption…as a society we need to re-evaluate our priorities in how we breed and treat animals….and how we profit from them.

Shelter Crisis – Millions of Lives are at RiskErick Pleitez - Rejoyce over touch

With over 6.5 million animals put in shelters annually or put out on the streets…the cycle of made-to-order dogs rolls on. Many of these animals end up in shelters due to their owners inability or unwillingness….to pay high medical bills resulting from health complications due to their genetic over-breeding.

If you ever thought that adopting an older dog from a shelter was a better idea than buying a puppy….then this book will validate those notions…and it goes into great depth of how to adopt a dog properly.

Adoption vs. Purchase

Looking to “do the right thing” in pet adoption?…this book is for you. It’s also a fantastic resource for those who wish to purchase a purebred dog from a reputable breeder.

This book can help you navigate through the vetting process to make sure you are not enabling a puppy mill operator to stay in business.

Final Thoughts

If you care about animals and are thinking about adopting a pet in the near future…this book is a must read. It’s time for our society to question the pet industry and focus on the ethical treatment of animals and limit how they can be exploited and used as a commodity.Puppy Mill in America

This book addresses a polarizing topic as you may see in other reviews.

Feedback on this book is pretty evenly split between Love and Hate.

I guess it depends on which side of the breeding topic you find yourself.

Many breeders have expressed outrage at this expose’..but if someone is a legitimate breeder who exercises ethical, medical, and anti-inbreeding practices then they shouldn’t be worried about this book.

This serves as a notice to those who unscrupulously churn out these poor animals… your days of operating in the shadows are coming to an end.

Portions of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the SPCA of Los Angeles.

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86 Comments on “Designer Dogs – Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding – Book Review”

  1. There’s nothing more disgusting to me than when I think about some dog crossbreeds that obviously put the dog’s well-being at risk because humans had some kind of purpose in mind.  I just think about all the negative press that Pit Bulls get for instance, when every real dog lover knows that a Pit Bull is just another dog that needs a good home.  I am going to pick up this book and read it, even though I know it’s probably gonna make me angry.  Still, this needs to be brought up more and people need to pay attention.

    1. So true Brandon…my local shelter is filled with dogs labeled as “Pit-Mix” and it’s sad to say but those dogs are doomed.  They have just too much negative baggage attached to them.  Doesn’t matter how sweet or appreciative they are…the deck is stacked against them.  It always comes back to irresponsible pet ownership

  2. Hey Tim, I like your post and it made me think about a particular ability that I have; I’ve never been a dog person but I could tell which breed of dog a specific one was. I know German Shepards and Dobermans etc. I may not be a dog person but it is horrible how some dogs are treated especially when they’re put under extreme stress when it comes to breeding. I can’t understand how people would stress so much about a dog or even breeding it; your post was eye-opening. Good job!

    1. I can see you are an aware and well educated person regarding breed.  This book, Designer Dogs from Madeline Bernstein was a true eye-opener.  For me know…it’s not just what I know…I feel compelled to share the things I learn in my research.  Thank you for your vigilance and I appreciate you visiting and for sharing your feedback.

  3. Hi Tim I didn’t understand much about the books, I came out to your website because I was looking for some tips or advises to my mother, She is a pet lover, cats, dogs, and everything you can imagine, she has 4 dogs and 7 cats, all of them were adopted by her from the streets, I just want your advise if any of this books will have value information to her, because having an animal is not just like that, they need especial treatments. I wish you could help me, thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Paola- Thanks for reading this review.  This particular book probably won’t be the best one for you mom in her situation.  Let me say that she is a kindhearted woman and obviously cares immensely for her beloved animals.

      I would recommend this book on how to be you pets best friend.  I have read it numerous times and still go back to it as one of my favorite books relating to caring for pets.

      How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend: The Classic Training Manual for Dog Owners

  4. I’m glad that Madeline wrote this book to bring to light the ignorance that comes with breeding for entertainment.  I think the whole “toy dog” fad became increasingly popular with celebrities showing off their toy dogs which were no more than just an accessory.  I’ve also heard about a lot of people buying husky’s and malamutes because they want a dire wolf life from Game of thrones, and end up bringing the dog to the pound because they didn’t research the amount of work it takes to care for that breed.  

    I have an old mix breed dog (boxer/husky/shepherd) which was a product of two dogs being alone together.  She has her health issues but I always thought that mix breed dogs were healthier.  I can see from your post here, that even mix breeds can have their problems.  I guess it all depends on the lineage they come from.

    I would love to adopt my next dog and have looked into it a bit.  I think the one thing that turns a lot of people off is the write up on the dogs that usually say things like: not good with other pets, not good with children, needs someone home constantly, skittish. But one the flip side, a lot of that behavior could have been caused from pet owners not willing to take the time to raise them correctly.  I think that every dog can learn new behaviour, it just takes the right person to be willing to put in the time. 🙂 

    1. Nicki,

      Thank you for checking our the review of Designing Dogs.  Saw the segment on Dr. Phil and had to spend time with this book.  Glad I did.   

      You hit the nail on the head that many pet owners don’t invest in training their dogs.  Pet behavior is a huge factor in determining where an animal ends up.  Shelters are filled with pets that just don’t have the basic groundwork on manners or social interaction.  Like people, our pets need to learn appropriate behavior and the acceptable forms of displays of emotions and needs..

  5. Phenomenal post and insight into this book. 

    I have not read the book, but am very aware of the industry of Designer and Pure-bred dogs. Over the years, I have always had Pure-breds, for no other reason than they were readily available from Relatives. 

    My next dog will definitely be a Rescue Dog from a shelter and I encourage anyone thinking about a dog to consider the same. 

    Thank You for posting this!


    1. Hey Brad-  thanks for being a well-informed pet parent.  Animals sometimes are truly 3rd class citizens in many places.  I say 3rd class because many societies treat some people as 2nd class citizens so animals rights are way down the line. thank you for adopting the pets of your relatives…that is how it should happen in most cases.

      Many times very loving thoughtful people are presented with life altering events that make pet ownership a burden or unrealistic and they have to surrender their animals.  It’s truly heartbreaking.

  6. This is so bad! I feel there must be a law governing the breeding of pets because as pets as they are but they must also have rights. It even pains me more to hear that some inbred dogs are being abandoned because of different reasons, yet those reasons are as a result of breeding them. Thanks to Madeline Bernstein for revealing such information, great work.

    1. Legislation is slowly changing.  There is a lot we can do to change things.  The key to power is information and to be aware and involved.  Know where your money is going and who you are keeping in business.  That is something we all can do.  I really appreciate reading my review of Designer Dogs.  It’s an insightful and invaluable read for pet parents.

  7. I really enjoyed reading to this article and it looks like I found my next book to read. I am a proud owner of two dogs that are not from any bread in particular, I love them so much! 

    I adopted them when they were puppies and they are now 13 years old, sometimes I can’t believe that people spend ridiculous amounts of money to get a dog that looks in a particular way. Besides, as you mentioned, some of these dogs have a lot of health issues because they have been genetically modified to look a certain way.

    The best thing that we can do is bring awarness thoward this subject! 

    1. I couldn’t agree with you more.  For some celebrities especially… picking out a dog is the equivalent of choosing the right pair of shoes to make their outfit “pop”.  Total short-sided mentality. Thank you for checking out the review.

  8. Hi Tim,

    Great advice. I would like to get a dog in a year or so, and in my country we have a say that you don’t buy a friend for life but you select him. So, I will definitely go and adopt my future best friend.

    The question for you is..

    What section from this book touched you the most? I haven’t read it yet so, would like to see what you have seen when reading it.



    1. Loved the many parts of the book explaining how the designer dog fad got started and how the corrupt underground economy developed after the crazy demand for these dogs took off.

      Very interesting stories of how celebrities gravitate to these types of dogs because basically they have everything…and this is just another unique “thing”.  They literally run out of things to buy. Soo they end up here.

      One disturbing story stands out to me….surrounding NBA player Steph Curry who bought a “goldendoodle” (Golden Retriever crossed with a Poodle) for $3,800 because it had green-eyes like him.

      Hope you enjoy the book!

  9. I had no idea about all of these terrible things that go on. I don’t think I could read the book as it would turn my stomach, but I also don’t want to hide my head in the sand. Thanks for the review on this book. We have a rescue dog that is probably a mix between a Fox Terrier and a Beagle.

  10. Wow, this is so mind blowing. I never understand how people could mistreat animals just to make money. I love dogs and also love seeing the different dog traits come out in offspring but I would never just do it for money. There are a lot of dogs in shelters that get killed because people abandon them. I recommend that anyone looking for a dog start with shelters first.

    Thanks for spreading awareness to this global problem,


  11. Uuuhhhmmm, some animals especially dogs are very clever as human being. I have never had a pet but my family has had a dog which was very clever and he had a name too( amazing).They prepared his food and treated like a baby. Unfortunately he is no longer with them as their neighbour’s dog killed him. I am sure dogs need love ans special attention . your post made me remember my family dog.

  12. Thanks Tim. a fascinating review because this is something dear to my heart.

    I had a KC registered Beagle many years ago. The runt of 5. The other 4 all ended up being put down because they turned on children as they got to be about 1 year old. Ours was soft as muck and unbelievable tolerant of kids and other small animals. there was no doubt though, that his siblings suffered from too intensive cross breeding.

    It baffles me that pets can be bred as fashion items. It is bound to cause genetic problems for several generations.

    I love the idea of adopting an older dog. Their characters have formed and they will either suit your family or not.

    I have a friend who fosters cats, I wonder if there are similar schemes for dogs here.

    “Designer Dogs” looks a good place to start and see what Adoption entails.

    1. Thanks for checking out this review.  It’s a sad business when some illicit breeders simply play the number game.  It’s all about volume…forcing these poor animals to push out litter after litter in horrible living conditions.  If many come out ill or deformed they push even harder.  it’s also sad to think of the dog birth mothers who have every pup of theirs ripped away as soon as possible.  That has to leave deep emotional scars.

  13. I love and have loved all my dogs. We have  a border collie and a kelpie. These are both working dogs but also make wonderful and loyal companions. The notion of breeding weird or quirky looking dogs to me sounds obscene especially when the consequence is health issues for the animal . I believe designer breeding like you describe from the book should be punishable by law.

    You have given a good expose of the book but I would not read it because  it would make me feel angry..

    I think dogs are amazingly loving and intuitive and the thought of breeding to create something different to satisfy someones whim to be different disgusts me .

    Thank you for sharing this topic. 

    1. So true Judy…it’s obscene of how some of these breeders operate.  I too have had working dogs as pets.  Collies, Labs, and Dachshunds…and I have put them to work on my farm.  lol

      Yes, this book is disturbing….my hope is that it finds its way into the hands of people who are not aware of the incredible injustice going on behind the scenes in puppy mills around the world.

      Thank you fro doing your part as a responsible pet parent…and please feel free to pass this info along to others you know who may need enlightening.

  14. I used to work as an Animal Health Technologist and have to agree that over the years it was apparent that pure breds tended to have many more health issues – with certain breeds being known for certain health problems. 

    Whether a pet owner has a cross breed or a pure bred it is so very important to do their due diligence and research the type of pet prior to purchase or adoption. And this includes getting them vetted and neutered so eliminate the potential of breeding. Because we all know that there are already too many pets without a home which is truly such a sad thing. 

    This is a great review! Well thought out and well written. 


    1. Really good insight Christine…especially from someone who has seen a lot in the pet health care industry.  Sadly, many pet owners give no thought about where their pet came from, their breeding history, health records, or even special needs required for different breeds.

      Thanks for checking out the review…and I agree it’s really sad how so many pets end up cast aside in our society.

  15. Hello Tim,

    This is a disturbing topic and one that can leave a person just wanting to look the other way; it is good that you took enough interest to write this article and raise the awareness level to people who do not have dogs.

    I did not know that the labradoodles had those kind of problems, we had thought about getting one of those breeds. But with all the dogs in shelters; it makes more sense to get a dog from the shelter.

    Was talking to a gentleman at my son’s soccer game who had rescued a dog from the shelter and he was telling me how many dogs they had, just mind boggling. 

    Good advice to do some research before we making any decisions. 

    Thanks for sharing this information,

    Have a great day!


    1. Hi Chad-  great feedback to my review.  Thank you.  

      In my research on this book I read statements from the man who invented the “Labradoodle” breed in the 1980’s.  He basically went on to regret the discovery noting ” So many of these dogs have physical problems, and a lot of them are just crazy.”…that’s his quote.

      Apparently, all of these dogs come out different every time…hair type, behavior….some highly unpredictable…and some aren’t even hypoallergenic – which is their main selling point!

      My sister-in-law had to put hers down a few years ago because he turned highly aggressive to everyone, including the family.

      …and yes, it’s truly heartbreaking to see the line of poor dogs behind bars at shelters.  It’s a real death row for these animals.  if you adopt one they will never forget it and neither will you!

  16. Your review is very informative. I don’t like and don’t understand why some people spend their time breeding dogs for business. The worst is that some buy them and later left them on the street, and the shelters aren’t enough. Always we hear that is needed adoptions. I have seen some that are preparing their dogs for fight in illegal competitions, later dogs are abandoned on streets. The treatment sometimes in not as good as any alive being deserve. Thank you for your post.

  17. Tim,

    Animals and the treatment of them are definitely a hot button topic. I am sure this is a good Niche market within Amazon to get some great traffic. In regards to your article on the book, if any of the proceeds of the sale go to some form of protecting animals which I think it would, it would be worth noting. Most people love their animals more than they do the people in their lives and if they can help promote better conditions and laws for them, they will donate their finances to the cause. Overall, it is good article and I am sure put in front of the right audience you should sell a few copies.

    1. Hi Chris,

      You are correct that some people treat their pets better than their fellow man (and woman).  Sadly, many others treat all creatures equally poorly.

      There are definitely two sides to this issue (breeding) but I do believe that transparency, accountability, and some regulation are things to be considered when dealing with the treatment of animals….as these standards are expected in other areas of business

      As noted at the end of my review…part of the proceeds of the sale of this book will be donated to the SPCA of LA – but I appreciate you referring to it…and makes me think that I may need to put that note closer to the beginning of my review.

      Thank you so much for spending time reading my review and I truly appreciate your candid feedback.  All the best!

  18. I’ve read a lot about the health issues that come with dogs being bred to look cuter. Like the flatter nosed breeds having issues breathing. How horrible! We have two dogs, both of which were rescued in Guatemala. One looks like a border collie, but is much calmer than one. The other is probably a Rottweiler/German Shepherd cross with some random DNA tossed in. They’re both very healthy, happy dogs and we love them, even though they’re mixes.

  19. I was looking up the best breeds online and came across “Designer Dogs: An Expose’: Inside the Criminal Underworld of Crossbreeding” and didn’t know what to expect, but your review seems to put it into perspective. Cross breeders are lumped into “proprietors of puppy mills” (great analogy by the way) and it puts the perspective of dogs of perfection as opposed dogs of love and happiness. I am a huge fan of pet adoption just for the fact of giving a dog a happy home, but your thoughts of it also putting a puppy mill operator out of business is more incentive! Great review of a great book/topic. Thank you!

  20. Thank you for your thorough book review! Celebrities and their designer pets – wow. How can that exist or even why? However, you’ve raised and the book has raised the importance of pet adoption. I don’t have a dog, but a family pet at some stage would be nice, I’m glad I know about these issues and would definitely adopt a dog from a rescue shelter (now I know about these issues). And before I do I will read the book. Thank you for sharing!

  21. Tell you the truth, I almost couldn’t read this article due to learning the horrible things that happen with crossbreeding. I love my dog way to much to think of this every happening to someone else. I am glad you are giving a good review for this book because others should be aware of how these breeds are made. I know that purebreds don’t have a well life span & do have many problems as they age – the same as crossbreeding. I think any dog that is bred has a higher risk of all problems & should be taken care of by people that want to give them all their love. 

  22. Thanks for this review Tim. You have given a detailed explanation of the current cross-bred fad and the underlying causes.

    Because these dogs became a status symbol the whole thing exploded and the puppy farms got in on the act very quickly.

    This is an expose that needs to come to the forefront and I applaud you for bringing it to the attention more people by doing your book review.

  23. Thanks for the review. You give a rather in depth look at what the books has to say. I’ll need to see if it’s in my local library system, and if not, then find the funds to buy it!

    It’s such a shame, with all this over-breeding and interbreeding. We’ve had so many come through our town, left on the side of the road, because no one wanted to take care of them. You can’t keep all the little puppies you see, unfortunately. And so, like you said, they have to get taken to the pound to see if someone will want them. We really need to stop this!

  24. This is a sad reminder of how selfish humans can be (not all but quite a lot). For the sake of cuteness an animal is bred to exhibit certain characteristic that are seen as cute without a thought for the health of the animal. It is not right to ‘design’ an animal knowing full well that they will live a hindered life.

    If it happens naturally that is one story, but doing this kind of thing to another creature is inhumane in my opinion. Dogs are pretty cute naturally so why then do people feel it is necessary to come along and try and make them “cuter’? I think actual crossbreeding is better for most dogs though because of genetic diversity , because many pure breeds have a lot of health issues, Most dogs you can adopt are usually mixed breed and stand a better chance at a long, healthy and happy life.

    1. Thanks for reading my review of the book Designer Dogs…I saw the author, Madeline Bernstein, on a segment of Dr. Phil and was impressed with her credentials and the topic.

      I too have had many dogs through the years and the mix breeds (mutts) always had fewer health problems and seemed more viral and had less behavioral issues.   I think in the cases of mixed breed…constantly breeding two breed together (like labs with poodles….or golden retrievers with poodle) is where problems arise from too much interbreeding.  Just like overbreeding in other pure bred dog lines…if there is no records you can buy a dog with sever health issued due to a poor genetic pool.

  25. This sounds like such a good (but kind of scary) book. It’s something that I am interested in learning more about, for sure. My daughter and I are volunteers at our local SPCA and there is never, ever a shortage of dogs. There so many unwanted dogs that it’s really, really sad. 

    I know there’s a case for wanting certain breeds based on their personalities, but I always think that someone should check out a shelter first. (Sometimes they even have specialized breeds! I’ve already seen quite a few.) There are so many amazingly loving animals waiting to be adopted. There are already way too many cats and dogs that need homes. It would be good to reduce the number of breeders. Obviously, the inhumane ones need to be charged and shut down immediately. 

    1. Hi Christina-  Many thanks to you and your daughter for volunteering your time helping your SCPA chapter.   There certainly are a lot of dogs looking to share their love . 

      I to think we need stricter laws on spaying an neutering pets…and more oversight on who is allow to breed and how animals are sold.   Whatever it takes to increase transparency and accountability.

      We are the only advocates these animals have and we all need to be a part of the solution.

      Thanks again for checking out this review and for your kindhearted work with your local animals in need!

  26. Hello. This looks like a great book when it comes to crossbreeding. I hope that others learn from this book and share the book. I, myself, would be a little sad to read it since I don’t like reading sad events that are happening around the world. I do know it’s the truth but I still think that it would make me too emotional to read it. I do hope to see more reviews from you. Maybe not about criminal reviews. 

  27. Yes, couldn’t agree more – adopting a dog is much better than buying a dog!

    As long as this horrific industry of crossbreeding is not banned, we will have this situation. Unethical breeding, no care for the animals’ suffering nor quality of life.

    It really saddens me to see this all around us, and wherever we go on the planet. 

    I am closely involved with a couple of local dog/cats shelters. We do a lot of work to get the animals off the streets. But, the irresponsible owners feel they can dispose of a pet as of an old pair of shoes. I am at a loss on how to best appeal to these people; cold-hearted breeders too.

    Thank you for this great review. I’ll be definitely checking out this book. Designer Dogs, as well as your article will towards informing the general public and hopefully make some headway on making this desperate situation better.

    1. First let me say thank you, Alenka!   Thank you for donating your time and resources to your local shelters.  Many of our challenges in society (how we treat people and animals) can be addressed with education and involvement.  I appreciate you investing in those little lives.  It’s a real eye-opener to see how it really is at these shelters.

      There is lot to do…but if we all pay more attention to what is happening in our own communities we can find solutions to some of these issues.

      Thanks for visiting and especially for the generous volunteering of your time dedicated to these animals looking for homes.

  28. I think with humans being ‘in charge’ of the world, it’s inevitable that they will try to use everything else in the world to make profit. This is the sad but a true reality not just with dogs or pets but almost everything else out there. That’s why you see global warming, decrease in natural resources – because people just care about themselves and how they can make money and profit. This is an interesting book for sure, but I have a feeling that it is not something a whole lot of people will care about. The question now becomes – how do we get more people to read books like these to help not just the pet industry, but to make people think more than just themselves. 

  29. I personally think that everybody should read this book to find out what what kind of people exist on this world. I am a fan of animals and especially dogs and I can not understand how someone can torment dogs like that. It is sad that dogs are exposed to stress but that is the world we live in.

  30. This sounds like a very interesting, and for me, a disturbing book to read. I can’t stand to see or know of an animal that’s suffering.  I would read this book to gain a stronger understanding of the horrors that exist and to keep from being complacent.   Awareness is what is needed to create an understanding of the dog breeding business, whether it be purebred or crossbreed…abuse happens across the board.  Yes, it is lovely to take home a new puppy, but the older dog has many virtues that a puppy, once it reaches about 8 months old, has lost.  

    1. I have to admit I had a few sleepless nights after spending time with this book.  It’s quite unsettling that this type of industry can thrive in 2018.  Only goes to show you that when is $$$ involved…there are some people who will ring the register at any cost.  The general public is mostly unaware of what really goes on at some of these puppy mills.

      This book gives solid practical and actionable advice on how to find a reputable breeder and a list of does and don’t on how to adopt a pet.  

  31. Wow my heart is breaking right now and at the same time is so infuriating to hear this is happening. As a dog lover this is heart breaking. Thank you so much for this amazing article covering a very important issue. The ignorance of man can be very destructive towards other animals and species. Its very sad.

  32. Wow is all I can say, although I understood the concept of crossbreeding when i perused YouTube videos and pictures of Ligers (male lion mixed with female tiger, I believe)and the Polar- grizzly bear mix, can’t remember the name for them. Dogs themselves are inbred species because they are derived from wolves. 

    To say the least, cross genetics happens even in the plant world, So does that make it a normal, if not natural phenomenon

    Life is fascinating to say the least and all it’s marvelous or detrimental creations. Thank you for this Article, Lakesha

    1. So true- we wouldn’t have dog breeds today without cross breeding. The dangers come into play when breeders work with a small undocumented gene pool and inbreed a family of dogs for generations. Biodiversity is gone and unhealthy animals are produced for pure profit.

  33. I find breeding of dogs very sad, there are so many problems that come up from being inbred but also there is the huge issue of so many dogs being neglected and not having homes. I’m all for adopting pets – rather give an animal a loving home than support breeding! 

    This book sounds like a very emotional and sad read, but it spreads the message that people need to hear! 

  34. Designer dogs infuriate me so much. Do these breeders not wonder at what type of medical issues these dogs may have. I guess not since there so many designer mills out there. 

    I think this book should be a mandatory read for all pet lovers. It would definitely open the eyes of those who looking to buy designer dogs. But then again those looking to buy these types of animals won’t get discourage, but at least their eyes will have been opened about how inhumane it is really is for these animals.

  35. I is very sad as to how people treat dogs and the breeding of them. Sharing this information is very important. I have had dogs since I was a child and usually we got rescues but we have also purchased our recent ones and we are always hoping that they are treated well in their early days as bad treatment or bad cross breeding by the breeder can produce not very happy dogs and this is where aggressive issues can start.  Well written review.

  36. Poor animals, and this book is starting to throw light on those illegal practices. People are willing to do all sort of things just to become famous on the social media, at the detriment of dignity.

    I’m glad that Madeline has plugged the courage, and exposed these facts which have been ignored for reasons I don’t yet understand. I hope that other good will people will follow suit.

    Great awareness articles about our beloved pets. Thanks for sharing. Really good to know.

  37. It is very sad when people have to turn to creating another other breed of dog for entertainment because they’ve run out of other better ideas for entertainment.

    This review has brought attention to the fact that man will stop at nothing to make life more interesting at the expense of mistreating animals.  How inhumane.

    Thank you for bringing this book to the fore and exposing the information therein about how animals are mistreated when interbred incorrectly.

    My heart goes out to the many pets who are suffering because of this practice.

    Your endeavours to protect future pets from this ordeal is admirable and we salute you for your efforts.  Thank you!


  38. Very interesting topic and review. When I first started reading I was thinking “Crossbred dogs are the best!” But I was thinking of all the shelter animals I’ve had in my life that were always a mesh of so many different breeds. And they are, in fact, wonderful! It is ashamed that now this (designer dog breeding) is being done in such a way that it comes at the cost of the animals health. I’ve already added this book to my cart and appreciate you bringing it to my attention! 🙂 Thanks for the review.

    1. You mention the first thing I thought of as well…crossbreeding is good!!!!!…genetic diversity and all that.  

      As a matter of fact some of the most intelligent and loving dogs I ‘ve had were mutts.   Truly one of a kind dogs.

      The problem with many of these designer dogs breeds is the crossbreeding is really just “inbreeding” to the point of disastrous health issues for these animals that are related to each generation after generation.  So many loving dogs needing homes in shelters, in kill centers, and alone on the streets.  Sad commentary on our society.

  39. this is a great review on an important topic. There are many designer breeds around today and it’s a case of supply and demand. The more popular the breed the more the demand and that’s when these illegal breeders come in and are only interested in the money.

    You should only buy from a registered breeder however there are so many dogs that need a home that adoption is a great thing to do. I adopted a dog and he was the most loving dog I ever had. 

    1. Well said…thank your visiting and for sharing your experience.  I’ve had my share of rescues and mutts.   A good dog is a good dog.  They all aren’t and money doesn’t make a dog a good one.  Just like people…there are good and bad…and they come from all walks of live, backgrounds, colors, and sizes.

  40. My niece bought a pug. I didn’t really agree with this, but she does take good care of the dog. Adoption of dogs is the way to go in my opinion and the demand for these designer dogs make for unscrupulous breeders who practice inbreeding and other nasty tricks.

    True that some breeders are responsible, but if people would just adopt, the demand to line the pockets of breeders would diminish and dogs at risk of euthanization would be saved. Morals are out the window in our society in so many dreadful ways.

    1. This book has really struck a chord…and many people hate this kind of press.  I understand that very reputable, honest, and transparent dog breeders are out there…..but as you say there are many who are in this industry for profit alone   The segment with the author on with Dr. Phil was pretty eye opening.  

  41. Hi Tim

    I was quite sad reading this article and brought back memories and a visit to a pet shop many years ago when we were looking for a dog.

    My son was young at the time and we were going around to different pet shops and looking at all the lovely cute puppies for sale.

    Anyway one particular pet shop which I might add is now closed down.  We went in and the first thing we noticed was that all the puppies were very quite, some were sleeping and others were just lying down.  I asked the shop owner why they were so quite and the reply was that they had just eaten and were having their afternoon nap. (RIGHT).

    Even at my Son’s young age he later said that the dogs were too quite.  If fact the dogs looked more drugged than tired.  We did not go back to that pet shop.  A little while after I had heard that it was closed.

    Thank you for building awareness on the topic it is much needed.


    1. Thank you for sharing your story Jennifer…your experience was a common one for many of us not too long ago.  

      Puppies are so cute….heck everyone know that….just irresistible.     So when we look for puppiess for our children we often have romantic notions of them growing up together.  I’ve been there myself…but now I know what goes on behind the scenes to run an industry like that.  Thanks again for visiting and for reflecting on a personal example of the importance of this issue coming to light.

  42. Hi and thanks for this. I’m glad you shine a spot light in what I believe to be a cruel and unusual practice. It is simply not natural for dogs to be bred that small that they can fit into a little bag to look cool. I have never thought it was right and still don’t. Honestly people who think it’s ok are not considering the health issues these animals face down the line. Kenny 

  43. My husband and I have always been big believers in adopting animals from shelters instead of buying from breeders. I always love finding books that help spread the word and expose people who are mistreating animals. Thank you for this find. Do you know if amazon has an audio version on Audible? 

  44. Hi Tim,Just the breed names, Teacup, cockapoos, puggles, labradoodles, put you off this type of thing right there!  It is alarming the numbers that are in shelters, actually quite sad really.  

    We adopted our puppy Rogue from a pet rescue.  He was in a litter of 10 found on the side of the road.  Gosh knows what could have happened to them all.  And I am truly grateful for places like these that rescue these dogs.  

    But the cross-breeding is just awful and should be stopped.  Thanks for your insights into this Tim.  The things people do for their own benefits without thought for living things just makes you so mad!

  45. I’m not a pet owner but I think it’s horrible when any animal should have to go through any kind of suffering for any reason at all.

    I just don’t understand why some people would do these things. Any living creature deserves to live a happy and uninterrupted life.My sister LOVES dogs and would never stand for any abuse whatsoever. Designer dogs, are you serious? This really makes me ill! I would get the book for my sister but she would go over the edge!What if any laws are there to protect these animals?

    1. The book can be upsetting at times but there also are parts that make you smile.  Education and awareness are needed so we, as a society, can be more humane with our treatment of pets.

  46. Hi Tim,
    Just the breed names, Teacup, cockapoos, puggles, labradoodles, put you off this type of thing right there! It is alarming the numbers that are in shelters, actually quite sad really.

    We adopted our puppy Rogue from a pet rescue. He was in a litter of 10 found on the side of the road. Gosh knows what could have happened to them all. And I am truly grateful for places like these that rescue these dogs.

    But the cross-breeding is just awful and should be stopped. Thanks for your insights into this Tim. The things people do for their own benefits without thought for living things just makes you so mad!

  47. I’m a huge animal lover and even owned a pet supplies store in the past. All dogs were welcome and there were also pet-parents to-be that asked me about supplies they would need if they were to get a dog. Many were looking at breeders, which really saddened me. Only a select few were looking at adopting from shelters. 

    I feel that it all comes down to educating people about the importance of giving a home to a dog who has gone through so much in his life, rather than breeding and bringing more dogs onto this earth unnecessarily, when many are just going to end up in the shelters or the pound.

    Like you mentioned in your post and in one of your replies to a comment, many people don’t realize the amount of work that goes into raising a dog properly. Any pet, be it a dog, a cat, a bunny… when we bring them home, we have to care for them forever. 

    I think that this post and this book are both going to educate a lot of people about the unethical breeding of dogs and hopefully will turn some of them away from this.

  48. Thank you for bringing this book to our attention. I think it addresses a very important point in our society. If someone would like to own a dog out of love of animals, then he or she should be adopting those at animal shelters, giving them a good home, instead of signalling a demand for pure breeds, or worse yet, illegal cross breeding, leading to all the issues that follow.

    1. This book has been a revelation to many people.  I think the biggest success story has been how this book (Designer Dogs) has raised awareness for many who were unaware of the puppy mill industry in this country and how celebrity influence drives it.

  49. Thank you for this article. It really puts  a new perspective on animal cruelty.

    Until I read your article  I used to think animal cruelty was not feeding your dog or  leaving them out in the cold or the rain.

    To inbreed  an animal until  they have  health issues which  is unnecessary  really should be punished to the highest extent of the law  as though they harm another human.

    I adopted a dog for my daughter and the thing about it is  they’re so cute  and look so  lonely. So how can you just harm one  to the point to where  it is inhumane

    Thank you for this wonderful article. I really appreciate you putting out there how animals are being treated.

  50. Give me a “pavement-special” any day! Not only do they cost less in vet bills, due to numerous health complications, but they also tend to live longer, giving you more time with your furry-friend. 

    I absolutely advocate for adoption above purchasing. Every pet deserves love, and every pet has so much love to give. It’s absolutely amazing. 

    Thanks for posting this review. I think it will be a necessary eye opener for many.

  51. My concern in all this is the financial concern.  The breeders churn out these “teacup” dogs for the enjoyment of the owner and the owner pays a high price for the pet (I pretty sure).  The breeder doesn’t even state a word about potential medical issues as far as the genetics of the dog are concerned.

    Then in a couple years, the owner is paying out the nose for a dog that is sick due to shady breeding practices.  Now you have a messed up dog that is really unmarketable (and probably unadoptable).  You also have an owner that is shelling out hundreds (maybe even thousands) in medical bills.  Then you have the shady dog breeder laughing at both of them all the way to the bank.

    I can understand wanting to make money.  After all, I am a Capitalist.  My misgivings are when people use shady, unethical tactics to make their money…and leave this kind of carnage in their wake.

    That being said, if I consider a dog, it will be a German Shepherd from a reputable breeder or store.  Then I know what I’m getting.

  52. Thanks Tim for helping to put out the word on overbreeding and designer dogs.  We have 3 dogs who all came from the pound and they are all great, loving, and healthy dogs.  We have had two of them for 7 years and the other for 16 years.  We don’t need some special inbreed for it to be mans best friend.  You are right about the fact that we have created unhealthy dogs and then refuse to take care of there health issues.  

  53. Both pet owners and pet breeders have a responsibilty to consider the best interests of the animals. This book might help people to think twice before financially supporting unethical breeders by buying their animals. The sooner unethical breeding stops being profitable, the sooner it will stop. We have good animal protection laws in Germany, and one of those laws makes it illegal to breed animals in a manner that causes suffering to the resulting animals. 

  54. People want to make designer everything these days rather than thinking about the damage that they could be doing, to these poor animals.  

    They may seem cute but what about the problems that they will have to live with because of people wanting to breed themselves some designer dogs.

    It is unfair for these dogs to end up in a shelter when the owners no longer want to deal with high medical bills and other issues.

    1. The explosion in the pet population and the resulting overflow of dogs and cats in shelters is now at crisis levels.  Breeders prey on the fact that people want puppies and specialty dogs and this feeds the problem further.

  55. Hey Tim, I decided to check out your website on designer pups. 

    Its pretty informative. The 1st thing that caught my eye was that I didn’t know there was a criminal doggy underground.  The overall scheme is very clear.  The first paragraph told me about designer dogs.  SoI knew the site would elaborate on that, which is cool. 

    The subject of dog adoption is major.  

    I look forward to exploring more about saving dogs on your site. 

    Thanx Again for Sharing


  56. This really does look like an interesting read I can already tell that I would get sad and mad at how these animals get treated. I can say it is just true but sad fact that when you see a celebrity get a dog like these Designer Dogs it is like everyone that follows them wants one to. Then they really don’t do research on the breed which usually screws over the dog in the long run because there could be underlying problems which like you mentioned these people aren’t willing to pay for so they get rid of them

    Me I love all animals and currently I have a full bred beagle got here at 4 months old for $50, the only reason we got her for so cheap is because he was breeding hunting dogs. Well her nature was a really timid and skiddish dog so they gave my dad a huge discount on her. Then I have a full bred pitbull and to be honest with all the bad rap they get and all the pitbull type dogs I have met they are some of the sweetest dogs.

    It is just sad with any dog owner that some get rid of their dogs for medical reasons or they neglect the dog that makes them mean, scared and skiddish. I just feel people need to educate themselves before they decide to adopt or even buy a specific breed of dog. Like you know if you don’t do your research on that breed it might not be the right fit for whatever reason then you can’t take care of the dog and get rid of it. 

    I just hope other people will come across this review and decide to purchase and do their research before they do any window shopping for a pet. 

    Thanks for this review I will pick it up and read more into it this was informative and I learned so new things,


    1. Thanks for sharing the stories of how you welcomed your dogs to your family.  There sure are a lot of animals that have a perception issue from people.  Those stereotyped dogs just don’t get adopted much.  Where I live…. over the half of the dogs in shelters are pit-mixes…and they just are avoided.  It’s a shame. 

      I agree with you that most people do not do there homework when they consider getting a pet.  It ends up being an impulse buy many times….it doesn’t end well for anyone…when someone realizes they made a mistake.

      1. I agree with you and I feel it is very sad to know because of bad owners a certain breed will be over looked as like the breed as a whole is bad.

        I know for instance my boss he had gotten two golden retrievers (me I don’t believe in locking my dogs up in cages or crates). They get older bigger and rowdier both males and so for basically their whole lives except for the times they escaped their cage in the back yard.

        They were locked up the rest of the time. Now one of them
        Passed away and the other one luckily the mother in law took bud in and now
        He spending the rest of his days inside of the house with other dogs.

        All in all if you get a pet whether that is a dog cat or whatever make sure you can take care of it because it is heart breaking to see all these pets being abandoned because the owners didn’t make the right decision you know?

        Thanks for the information and replying back I hope all
        Is well

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