MIXED BREEDS VERSUS
PURE BREEDS.. THE TRUTH
if you're considering getting a purebred dog, you should know WHY. WHY
do you want a purebred instead of a crossbred or a mixed breed? Unless
you know the pros and cons of all three, how can you make an informed
choice of which one is really best for you?
Purebred dogs have many predictable physical traits.
Purebred dogs were developed by "selective breeding", which means dogs
WITH specific traits (carried on genes inside the dog's body) were bred,
whereas dogs with DIFFERENT traits (and thus differing genes) were not
bred (i.e. their traits and genes were removed from the gene pool). The
result is that every breed ends up with a specific set of genes that
distinguishes it from every other breed. These genes include physical traits
such as size, coat, and color.
So when you see a purebred puppy, you have a pretty good idea what
genes he had to have inherited and therefore what he should grow up to
look like. If you want a certain size dog, or a certain coat or color, you can
choose a breed that has genes for those traits.
Purebred dogs have some predictable temperament/behavior traits.
SOME aspects of temperament and behavior are also carried on genes. If you want an energetic dog, you can
sheep, or hunting pheasants or rabbits, or pulling a sled, or doing police work, you can prettyu much count on
certain purebreds inheriting genes for those kinds of behaviors.
Proper raising and training can modify certain behaviors, but if a behavior is "hardwired" into your breed's
genes, it's harder to change. Don't expect to easily "mold" a purebred dog into anything you want him to be. To
minimize power struggles and stress, you should look for a breed with a temperament that already sounds very
close to what you want.
Predictable traits means you're stuck with them.
Too many people acquire a purebred dog, and then complain about its built-in characteristics. Sorry, but if you
choose, say, a Labrador Retriever, you need to accept that he WILL shed a goodly amount, he WILL have a
large powerful body that can knock over small children if he gets excited, and his enthusiastic tail WILL
occasionally send breakables flying off your coffee table.
Physical traits are carried on genes. Specific genes come with each breed. You have to research a breed's
genes before you buy. purebred behaviors can be difficult to live with.
Purebred dogs can have a lot of health problems.
•Crippling bone and joint disorders
•Eye diseases that cause reduced sight or total blindness
•Heart diseases that drastically shorten a dog's life
•Hormonal and endocrine system diseases like hypothyroidism and diabetes
•Seizure disorders such as epilepsy
•Skin diseases that cause frantic itching
•Digestive disorders that cause chronic diarrhea and vomiting
•Kidney and liver diseases
•Cancer – the number-one killer of many, many breeds
You're probably shocked
by that long list of health problems.
And you should be.
Over 300 genetic health problems occur in dogs – all kinds of dogs, purebred, crossbred, and mixed – but the
risk of these health problems occurring in a purebred dog is higher than in a crossbreed or mixed breed.
Some people call them hybrid dogs, but this is wrong. A hybrid is the offspring of two different SPECIES. Dog
They can be considered a designer breed because they are designed to be hypoallergenic and non-
shedding. Great for people with allergies.
Advantages of crossbred dogs
Crossbred dogs tend to have a moderate appearance.
The deformities that have been inflicted on purebred dogs – tiny size, giant size, very short nose, protruding
eyes, short crooked legs, a long back, loose jowls, long heavy ears, wrinkled folds of skin, etc. – can only be
maintained by deliberately and continuously breeding such dogs TOGETHER.
When a purebred dog with a deformity is bred to a purebred dog without that deformity, the hybrid puppies
tend to have an intermediate look. For example, crossbred puppies with only one Bulldog parent have more
natural-looking faces and can breathe better than purebred puppies with two Bulldog parents. Healthwise, this
is very good news!
Crossbred dogs tend to have a moderate personality.
Crossbreeding tends to produce a middle-of-the-road temperament that often fits better into the average
household than the more "extreme" temperaments of many purebred dogs. If you've already read my article
on purebred dogs, you know that the behavior of most breeds was designed for working purposes. Working
dogs need HIGH energy, STRONG chasing instincts, STRONG digging instincts, STRONG aggressive
Crossbred dogs tend to be healthier.
All dogs have defective genes. All living creatures do, in fact, including you and me! But many defective genes
don't cause any problems unless you have TWO copies of it. And unlike purebreds, parents of different
breeds tend to have different defective genes. This minimizes the risk of a crossbred puppy getting two copies
of the same defective gene.
Not only that, but this greater variety of genes that a crossbred puppy inherits tends to result in a stronger
immune system and better physical and mental health. The genetic diversity of crossbred and mixed breed
dogs is a healthy thing.
But hold on!! Not all breeders are the same.. Make sure the breeder has been doing it long
enough to know what they are doing. Make sure they are very knowledgeable in the breed they are breeding.
Make sure the breeder talks to you and answers all your questions. Make sure you trust your gut
You'll learn how to tell which breeders are good sources from which to buy & dash; and which breeders you
should run away from, as fast as you can!