Purebred or Mutt?
to get a puppy or adult dog, the next question is: What kind of dog is best—mixed-breed (mutt) or pure-breed?
There are fans on both sides of this question who would never consider owning the “other” choice. Then there are
people who just want a great companion and don’t care whether he’s a mutt or an AKC
You can choose either a specific breed otherwise known as
pure bred or choose one that is if a mixed breed or a mutt. Whether you have your heart set on a particular breed of dog or are
waiting to find one which seems appealing, there is another option for you to consider. A mixed breed may be exactly the kind of dog you want.
Contrary to common opinion, there is nothing substandard about mixed breed
dogs. Not only do they make ideal pets, they are also quality animals. If you have not yet made up your mind
about a specific breed, or are open to other possibilities, you might want to think about adopting a mixed breed
For people involved with professional breeding, there is a huge difference in purebreds and
so-called “mutts.” “Mutts” are of mixed breed. Some are actually purebred but have no documentation proving that
they are purebred. If you are looking for a pet and have no interest in entering into competition with your dog,
this might be a viable option for you.
Choosing a dog depends on many things. The size
of one’s home, how much exercise is needed, does it shed often or if you wants a gentle or playful companion.
Deciding to own one whether it is large or small involves a lot of
responsibility. It is not just about feeding it but includes other chores such as grooming, watching its
health and diet, cleaning up after it and most importantly, giving it some tender loving care. You
should remember, If you live in an apartment I would not suggest getting something like a German shepherd or
a Newfoundland, both breeds are large and demand more room out of your small space.
When you think about
comparing breeds of dogs, their size and appearance may be the first things to come to mind. There are many other factors involved in choosing the breed of dog that is
right for you.
Comparing breeds involves considering your and your family’s needs as well
as your prospective pets. For example, some breeds are generally
good with small children while others are not. If there are
children in your household, choosing a breed of dog which is known for gentleness and playfulness is wiser than
choosing one that is tougher or aloof. It is much better to make a
wise decision about a breed than to expect your new dog to conform to your household.
As breeds of dogs have their own personality traits and characteristics, you
should choose the best match for yourself and your family. You may
be thinking of a pet that will be a good guard dog, one that will be your companion, or one who loves to frolic
and play. When you make note of your expectations, it will be
easier to find the breed best matched to you.
Another important point to consider when comparing breeds: health
issues. As many purebreds are much more susceptible to developing
various types of health problems, knowing which issues pertain to the breed you are considering can help you to
avoid heartache and costly veterinarian expenses. You should know
what to expect from the particular breed before you make your final decision.
There are many places you can get a dog such as a kennel or
the pet store but if you want to get a pure bred animal, you must seek a reputable breeder to get the best
Breeding done in purebred dogs is done carefully. The pair is
tested for every possible disease which includes having all the information regarding the pair’s ancestors
and health records on file. Should there be no problem in the
history of the pair, then the breeding can begin. If in testing, the pair is not compatible due to diseases
that are common in a specific breed, another dog will be selected to match with the other dog.
Since the demand for the breeder’s pure bred dogs are well
sought after due to the selective nature of the breeding practices, the newborn pups will still have to be
raised with the breeder and will only be released when a number of pre-screened homes have been
found. This is done for the welfare of the select few of owners
and to control population growth.
If you opt for a purebred as we discussed previously and do
meet the criteria that a responsible breeder will request, you stand a good chance of getting the dog you
want. The restriction may seem severe but responsible breeders
care a great deal about how “their” offspring will be raised.
puppies are more predictable in terms of behavioral and physical characteristics. In many cases before picking a
pure-breed puppy, you can check out the appearance, friendliness, basic manners, and general health of his
parents. Sometimes too much breeding/inbreeding, or breeding to achieve a desirable physical characteristic
(such as the flattened nose of a Pug), can create health problems. Pure-breed dogs can be expensive. Depending
on the breed, a pure-breed puppy will typically cost several hundred dollars.
Some breeds require more
upkeep than others. Whether it is a matter of frequent shedding, or
bathing more regularly than others, you can narrow your choices down to the breeds which best match your ability
to take care of a new dog. It is also a good idea to consider how
much food and other supplies he will need on a regular basis.
When you have taken all of these points into consideration, there is an
additional factor which will also help you to choose the breed that is best for you: you want a dog that you will love, and enjoy spending time with for many years
to come. You may have a particular breed in mind, or you may be
waiting to find the right one. When you keep in mind that you and
your new dog will establish a mutually-beneficial relationship, you will find the ideal breed of dog to invite
into your life.
Mixed breeds on the other hand or mutts as people call them
could have been bred out of experimentation to produce a breed which could be better and stronger than the
two breeds. Most likely, these were the results of accidents. This is the reason why dogs of mixed breeds
just like pure breeds must be neutered since millions of dogs every year that are not wanted by people die in
There are some important benefits to mixed breeds. First, logically, a mixed breed dog will almost always be much less expensive
than its purebred counterpart. If you want a delightful pet which
does not break your budget, a mixed breed dog may be a good option for you.
Second, mixed breed dogs do not generally have the health complications
often associated with many purebred dogs. If you choose a mixed
breed, it is more likely that he will remain healthier, long into his older years.
Health wise, pure bred dogs that come from a line of strong
parents won’t have problems. This is because breeders screen the pair before the process happens.
Unfortunately, there are instances where certain breeders are
more concerned about financial gain rather than the welfare of the animal. This is especially true of those breeders who do not practice the strict
guidelines of proper breeding thereby producing inferior dogs.
Mixed bred dogs on the other hand, will fall somewhere in the
middle since proper screening was poorly done or never carried out. Certain dogs carry varied deficiencies
common to the breed and mixing the two will just pass on to the mixed breed.
A mutt is
pretty much a one-of-a-kind dog. If you’re adopting a mutt puppy from a friend, you might see what the mother is
like, but the father is often a total mystery. If you adopt from a shelter, you can only guess about both
parents. Mutts generally have fewer health problems and tend to live longer than pure-breed dogs. And mutt
puppies are much cheaper (often free).
There are a number of places
where you can acquire a mixed breed dog. If you have not yet
reached a decision about the kind of dog you want, you can also look around to see what is
available. You can find advertisements for mixed breed dogs in
nearly any newspaper, or you can visit your local animal shelter. Many people advertise dogs free-of-charge or at low prices when they are
moving, or for other reasons. Animal shelters have a surplus of
mixed breed dogs. Many animal shelters include spaying or
neutering, de-worming, and canine immunizations for dogs who are adopted.
As people tend to prefer purebred dogs, there are large numbers of mixed
breed dogs who need homes. When you consider adopting a mixed breed
dog, you can give a wonderful dog a new home of his own. In return,
your mixed breed pet will be the light of your life and a source of joy.
Some people prefer pure bred dogs than mixed bred ones. The
primary reason is that it is easier to sell and carries a certain prestige with it. Mixed bred dogs are seen
as inferior and since no one is interested, most of these are rounded up and die in an animal
Pure bred dogs are seen as a higher class which is why they
are always featured at dog shows. Mixed dogs are not allowed to join. The reasons given have not been that
clear which is why mixed breed owners still contest the rule.
simply select the "perfect" breed or the "perfect" individual puppy and have him automatically grow up to be a
"perfect" adult dog. Any puppy (mutt or pure-breed) can become a
wonderful companion if properly raised and Trained. Conversely, any puppy can become a canine nightmare if not properly raised and
trained. Regardless of pedigree (or lack thereof), you should pick a puppy that is best suited to you and your