I'm going to second, third and fourth whiskeyandsake's answer.
Please go and volunteer at a local animal shelter near you.
I volunteer at my local SPCA, and what comes in, all because of money, makes me angry.
Please read this article and the comments that I found.http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,22659935-910,00.html
No self respecting breeder would EVER breed their dog with something other than their own kind. That kind of breeding produces a mutt.
Take the Labradoodle for example.
I have heard stories around here that if the pups don't end up curly coated (supposedly hypo-allergenic) then they are killed.
I have yet to see 2 labradoodles that look the same.
I have seen what I thought was a short deer/wolfhound, that ended up being a Labradoodle.
Why pay $1200 for a mutt, when you can go to our SPCA and get a dog that has been speutered/had shots and a vet check, for under $300?
You cannot guarantee the temperment of the Labradoodle.
You can't guarantee the looks.
You can't guarantee the dog won't shed.
The supposed "breeder" doesn't give you a health guarantee.
People who are not real breeders, but figure they can make a few bucks are called Back-yard-breeders.
They have no idea what health issues their dog has in it's lineage.
They have no idea of temerament issues.
They have no background on the stud or bitch they are breeding to.
In fact they have no idea period.
By producing MUTTS you are ensuring that thousands of
dogs die in shelters everyday.
Heavy? Yeah, so is death, and it's permanent.