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Sally

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Mixed breed dogs are my favorite kind.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a dog that wasn’t a mixed breed.  Still, I will try to keep my personal bias on this particular subject out of the picture.

Mixed breed dogs offer almost limitless possibilities for what types of dogs are available.  It can be a bit overwhelming trying to sort through all the “name brand” doodle types, and then there are your run of the mill mutts where you might not even be able to guess what type of dog it really is.

Copper was supposed to be a beagle mix.  Last I checked beagles don’t weigh 100lbs.  So, let’s break down the positives and negatives of mixed breed dogs and puppies:

Positives:

  • Easier to find a mixed breed pup from a regular rescue group
  • It is cheaper to adopt a mixed breed most of the time
  • Mixes with a poodle may cause less of an allergic reaction with those who have allergies.
  • Usually mixed breed dogs don’t show the medical problems that tend to be present in pure bred dogs (for instance, pugs tend to have breathing problems because of their short noses, pug/beagle mixes tend not to experience that as much)
  • They have a cuteness factor to me because they don’t look like every other dog.  Each mix is unique.  Personally, I like that.
  • When you adopt a mixed breed dog, most likely from a rescue group, you are opening a space for another dog to be taken in.

Negatives:

  • Breeds do have general characteristics where you can know more what to expect, for instance, what health problems tend to occur with that breed, so you can know what to look out for.
  • You know roughly what size your dog will be when fully grown if your potential pet is an unknown mix, that is only guessed on.
  • Even though breed characteristics don’t apply to every member of that breed, such as energy level, most of the time the characteristics will be fairly accurate.

So, there is less of an unknown when you choose a purebred dog, however mixed breed dogs are wonderful additions to the family as well.

With mixed breeds  you can have a good idea of the temperament of that dog if it has lived in a doggie equivalent of a foster home.  You will also have an idea of any issues that dog has, like whether they are good with children, other pets, and how they act in a real home environment.

So your choice here is do you want to open yourself to the possibility of a mixed breed dog or do you feel that you need to have a purebred dog?

Make some notes on your thoughts and talk to the other members of your family.  Decide which options you want to explore.  Our next post will be on how to actually choose your new family member and you want to know what you are looking for by this point.

If you are unsure, I will offer some breed resources and some rescue resources for you to look at.  I will also guide you through the steps from visiting a potential pet through the adoption process.

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