The decision to bring a dog home is no small matter. Not only do you have to make sure you’ll have enough time, space, and energy, to take care of your new four-legged friend, but many questions need to get answered before picking out a new dog.
One of the biggest questions that many new owners contemplate is getting a mixed breed or purebred dog. Each option is unique in its way, and there is a lot to unpack about both kinds of dogs. If you’re on the fence yourself, here is a brief overview of both types to help nudge you in the right direction.
Overview of Dog Breeds
Humans have been breeding dogs for years, and they are some of the most varied species on the planet. Go to any dog park, and you’ll see dozens of dogs with unique shapes, sizes, colors, and fur. However, to be an official breed, it must be recognized by the American Kennel Club, which currently recognizes over 190 breeds.
What is a Mixed Breed Dog?
Mixed breeds are simply a combination of purebred dogs. They are unique combinations of two or more purebreds, and no two are alike. Although their genetic makeup is unique, you can generally tell what their size and disposition will be. Taking a look at their ancestors can give you an insight into how they’ll grow up.
Due to a mixed breed’s dogs combined traits, they’re often less likely to suffer from genetic defects that purebreds are prone to having. However, a mixed breed dog isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Keep in mind that they may also display their ancestors’ negative traits or have unexpected temperaments from the combination.
What is a Purebred Dog?
On the other hand, purebred dogs have parents and ancestors under the same breed umbrella. They generally meet the breed standards; there will be little surprises to their behavior, size, or temperament.
Even with the best breeding type, some purebred dogs are prone to hereditary defects and health issues. For example, many pugs suffer from breathing problems, and labradors are prone to obesity. If you choose to go the purebred dog route, make sure you’re prepared to deal with these issues if they arise.
Mixed Breeds vs. Purebreds - The Final Decision is Yours
Both mixed-breed and purebred dogs can be found at responsible breeders and shelters, so be sure to check ones in your area when you begin your search.
Whether you choose a mixed breed or a purebred as the next four-legged member of your family, the important thing is that you shower them with love and care. One way to do this is by bringing them to Pet Ponderosa. We can give them the love and attention they deserve during one of our grooming sessions or a few nights at our doggie daycare.
Our high-quality dog food, spacious kennels, and high-tech facilities are bound to make your furry friend feel right at home. To find out more about our services or make an appointment, fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friends!