Why the cross breeding?

by Kim
(NorCal)

Sofa guardian in training

Sofa guardian in training

I live in Northern California in an area with a good number of small sheep and goat farms. I have noticed that a lot of the Pyr pups for sale are crossed with Akbash or Mameara breeds. Is there a reason for this? While my Pyrs are SGDs (sofa guardian dogs) I am fascinated by the breed in its "natural" LGD role.

Thanks!

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May 08, 2015
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Crosses
by: Donna

Sadly, it's because they want an edgier dog. They do it in Ontario, as well.

This creates a real problem when farmers sell their leftover pups to the unsuspecting public. Mixing two guardian dogs can create havock because you can get a dog that is mean and aggressive.

May 10, 2015
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looking for something better that just ain't there.
by: Anonymous

Some believe that mixing breeds cuts back on genetic problems and that is pretty solid as different breeds do not share the same genetic tendency. The problem is first generation crosses will not be stable in Looks or traits. It takes many generations to perfect breeds. No matter what it is your looking for I am sure there is a breed out there for you. When talking about serious working dogs the last think you want is a unsure and unsafe dog. If you want a golden doodle or a Cockapoo go for it. But a hybrid guard dog ... run away and stick with the true blue breeds.

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