Do You Want a Purebred or Mixed-Breed Dog?
For many, the answer to this question is obvious because subconsciously they are only thinking about purebred dogs.
It is ironic that many future dog owners seek out a purebred without any idea of what breed they might want. They never consider a mixed. Before you leap into a selection of the officially recognized breeds, you need to understand the differences of a purebred versus a mixed breed.
There are differences between purebred and mixed breed dogs, but they are mostly in what the buyer wants or perceives
Possible Advantages of Purebreds
If you are seeking a dog and need it for a specific purpose, you may be better off choosing a purebred that has been selectively bred with those traits in mind.
Based on your own physical makeup or problems:
For some people, their choice as to which dog they should get is based on their own physical makeup or problems. If a respiratory condition means you should not be around dogs that shed excessively, you should select a breed that is appropriate for your own health.
Certain kinds of dogs are well known for their non-shedding characteristics. In reality, they do shed, but generally much less than typical breeds. In these situations in which a specific physical trait such as the amount that an animal shed is important in your dog, it is probably better to choose a purebred. It would be very difficult the degree of shedding that a mixed breed puppy will display as an adult.
Some Advantages of Mixed Breeds
Keep in mind when thinking about purebred dogs that many man-made alterations in the basic structure and behavior from the original historical canine model have brought along some disadvantages. Some dogs, especially those with short noses, may have difficulty breathing or giving birth to their puppies naturally. Excessively large or giant breeds usually have shorter lifespans, often by several years. Breeds with excessive skin folds are generally more prone to bacterial skin infections.
When considering your choice between a purebred and mixed breed, do not forget the cost. Purebred puppies have been known to cost $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the particular lines and breed. Mixed breed models are usually free or go for only a small adoption fee. In some households, this can mean the difference between getting a dog or not. We promise you, the child that receives his first puppy will rarely care about his color, hair coat, size, or the price paid.