Purebred or Mixed Breed?
Bringing a dog into your family adds so much joy—no matter where he comes from. But there are definitely differences between purebreds and mixed breeds. Helping you understand the advantages of each can give you more insight into how to best select the next member of your family.
Because breed standards have been developed for each breed, there is plenty of information available about a breed’s origin. This helps give purebred dogs predictable traits. You will usually have a better idea of a purebred dog’s size, what he will look like when he matures, and even some behavior traits as well. For example, Terriers have a tendency to dig and bark; some Sporting dogs like to swim and carry things in their mouths; and most Herding dogs will want to chase fast-moving objects because they were used to gather and move livestock.
Mixed breed dogs have just as much to offer in the way of companionship as their purebred friends. Part of the charm of mixed breeds is that it’s not always easy to tell their mix, creating a unique,one-of-a-kind quality that only your dog has.
Remember, your dog will hopefully live a long and healthy life, so it’s worth the effort to do your research before picking out the dog that is right for your family. If you choose a purebred, research the breed you’re interested in. Be sure to get breeder referrals from vets and breed or training clubs. Only go to reputable breeders who have done their homework and are very knowledgeable about their breed. If you decide to adopt a mixed breed dog, visit your local animal shelter or rescue group. When you make the right choice, you can experience a lifetime of happiness for you and your family with your new furry friend.