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Purebred Dogs Versus Mixed Breed Dogs
There always seems to be ongoing debate regarding the merits of choosing a purebred dog or
puppy over a dog or puppy of mixed breeding. There are some reasons why a purebred dog or
mixed breed dog may be the best pet for you and your family although there are not as many
differences as many people assume. Before deciding which type of dog, purebred or mixed is
appropriate for your needs, consider the benefits of each type. Generally the issues will be the
same with purebred or mixed breed dogs regardless of the specific breed of dog that you are
There are several benefits to purchasing a purebred dog or puppy. The following are the positive
aspects to getting a purebred:
• If you plan on showing your dog in anything other than trial events or competitions it will need
to be purebred. For example, to enter AKC, CKC or KC sanctioned events for standard shows the
puppy will need to be registered as a purebred.
• For breeding purposes it is always advisable to have a purebred dog. Puppies from purebred,
registered lines are more in demand than puppies from unregistered dogs.
• Purebred dogs have a record of their lineage and breeders and potential owners can examine
the background and heritage of the puppy or dog to determine its suitability and record of
• Breeders often have both the mother and father of the litter available for prospective owners of
the puppies to see. This means that you can see the adult dogs and interact with them to
determine their temperament.
• Reputable breeders always breed to improve the line and decrease the likelihood of genetic
problems or hereditary disease.
• Good breeders offer a health certificate and will usually take the puppy or dog back if it does
not work with your family. Many breeders offer this throughout the dog’s life, not just for a short
period of time.
There are also some considerations for purchasing a purebred dog:
• They are considerably more money than a mixed breed or unregistered puppy.
• There is no guarantee that the puppy or dog will be easily trained or more intelligent than a
mixed breed dog.
• Often you may have to wait before a puppy is available, especially from certain lines or from
breeders that are very careful with regards to the health of their females.
• Your family may not meet the requirements of a purebred breeder for purchase of a puppy.
Mixed breeds have positive aspects as well. They include:
• Often have the positive traits of both breeds.
• Tend to have fewer genetic and hereditary issues, especially with recessively inherited
• Are less expensive than purebred puppies and dogs.
• Usually easier to find than purebred dogs.
• Can be very intelligent and athletic depending on the various lineages the puppy or dog may
There are some considerations to mixed breed dogs as well. They are:
• Buyers may not have the option to see the mother or father dog or to interact with them with
regards to temperament.
• May be difficult to predict the size of the puppy when it finishes growing.
• Dogs may exhibit the more aggressive sides of the breeds of lineage rather than the more
• Owners may not take as much care with the female while she is carrying the litter and the
puppies may have more health concerns.
Most dog owners, breeders and trainers agree that the socialization, training and love and
attention that goes into a puppy and dog has just as much impact as the lineage. By selecting a
mixed breed or purebred puppy and caring for it in the best possible fashion you will soon find
that you have a well-adjusted and loving member of the family.
Article written by Jim Johansson of ohmydogsupplies.com, the best store to buy toys for dogs
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