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The Debate Over Mixed Breeds and Pure Breeds

Saturday, May 22, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

There has been a debate for a long time on whether mixed breed dogs are better than pure breeds.  Some believe that there are advantages in adopting a mixed breed.  Some say that a mixed-breed has a better disposition and can more easily adapt to its new home. Mixed breeds are much cheaper than pure breds. A mixed breed has a much lower chance of being born with inherited congenital diseases, since the mating process naturally leaves out the defective genes.  Other dog lovers disagree and say that it’s better to adopt a pure bred. One reason is that with a mixed breed, you cannot be sure about the exact mix of breeds that the puppy may have come from. This means that you may think the pup will turn out to be a small dog suitable for an apartment when in fact, it grows very large and is no longer suitable.

Breeders of purebred puppies  have the advantage of being able to tell prospective owners what they can expect in regards to size, behavior and health. Responsible breeders carefully match prospective breeding pairs based on temperament and physical conformity according to PetMD.

Dog lovers who are devoted to mix breeds say that mixed breeds are less likely to exhibit the results of interbreeding. Some of these results can be in the form of temperament, intelligence and health issues.  All this is true but if you adopt a mixed breed, this doesn’t mean that it will be free of health issues.  Sometimes a mixed breed is born with the negative health traits that originated from the breed that it is descended from.

There are pros and cons to both pure breds and mixed breeds. It’s up to you to decide which is best for you.

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