??Pure Bred or Mutt??

What others wont tell you!

 

 

Fact of the matter is, no matter how good the pedigree or lineage & no matter how much testing is done on the Purebred canine, 7% to 12% (depending on the breed) of ALL pups are not only predisposed to certain genetic issues, there are also the instances of such birth defects that are not genetic - ‘coincidental anomalies’.

 

Because of the more complex genes in purebreds, they are more susceptible to these genetic issues and ‘coincidental anomalies’ than a Mutt would be…...you see, in the world of mutt-dom it is survival of the fittest , while in the world of the purebred, it is survival of the most beautiful.


A Unique Surprise or A Predictable Companion?

 

Mixed breeds, or mutts, are combinations of different breeds - one-of-a-kind dogs with unique looks and characteristics. Mutts come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and usually have quirky characteristics, such as a terrier’s whiskers on a Dalmatian’s face, or a pug’s head on a whippet’s body. As a result, their ancestry can be quite the guessing game. In most cases, you won’t know who a mutt’s momma and daddy were, so you may not be able to predict what it will look like or how big (or small) it will be as an adult, nor will you know the temperament of the dog (sometimes, until its too late). You must also consider that ALL the traits, both good and bad, of all the mixes, can be present in the mutt.

Purebreds, on the other hand, have been selectively bred to look and act in a particular manner. All their ancestors are members of the same breed, so you can evaluate their genetic history and predict their temperament, size, and appearance pretty accurately. Pups that come from a reputable breeder also will have received excellent pre- and post-natal care….as will the parents of the litter.

One thing to note, however: Although genes determine looks, personality and grooming needs, good manners depend not only on an exceptional breeding program, but also on good training by the new owners!


Affordability or Perfect Pedigree?


If cost is a concern, consider adopting a mutt from your local shelter. You’ll still have to pay, but the initial investment will be lower than with a purebred. Fees can be as little as $100.00 and usually include an exam, vaccinations, deworming, and spaying or neutering. Also, when it comes to pet insurance, mutts generally face fewer exclusions for hereditary ailments.

They also may be seen as less of a liability: Some insurance companies for example, will not write homeowners’ insurance for households with purebreds such as a Rottweiler or Doberman pinscher. 

If your priority is lineage, pedigree & beauty of an individual breed that has certain traits & aspects of that particular breed however, opt for the prestige and status of the purebred.

Availability?


Mutts are easily available and, unfortunately, in plentiful supply at shelters and on the streets. Therefore, adopting a mutt can also save a life.

On the other hand, well-bred canines take time and effort to find. Females can only get pregnant once or twice a year at most, so you may encounter a rather long waiting list for your purebred pup.   

Function and conformation of the breed


Before acquiring a canine, consult veterinarians, trainers, and owners to help you choose the right breed for your family and lifestyle. If you want your new companion to compete, for example, pick from one of the more than 150
*AKC recognized* breeds of purebreds out there. While some agility contests are open to mixed breeds, most top-level competitions are reserved for purebreds. Find one that matches your preference - whether it’s a certain size, a certain type of coat (long, short, silky, non-shedding), or a certain temperament (high - or low - energy, loyalty….etc.). If you need a dog to herd, choose a pup that was bred for that type of work, such as an Australian shepherd or Border Collie. If your looking for the most excellent jogging partner or a good sled dog then, of course, the Siberian Husky is the canine for you ☺

Keep in mind, though, that certain traits in EVERY purebred may lead to health problems such as skin & joint issues, blindness, allergies…..etc.

 

And remember that all dogs need to be loved, valued,

cared for, and again LOVED - regardless of pedigree.

 

 

 

                                                        

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