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Mixed breed dogs: the hidden truth behind these wonderful dogs

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Mixed breed dogs have many advantages that all dog lovers should know about. There is an ongoing debate between mixed breed and purebred dog owners

By Daniel Mar

There have always been some disputes amongst dog lovers regarding the superiority between pure and mixed breed dogs. Some people believe that getting mixed breed puppies is great while others still think that pure breed is genetically better. Fact remains that there are many mixed breeds in the world. At the end of the day, mixed breed dogs are just like every other dog: cute, loyal and man’s best friend.

What are mixed breed dogs?

A mixed breed dog is the offspring of two non-purebred dogs. This term is often used interchangeably with ‘crossbreed’, but there is a very important difference between the two. Crossbreeds are a result of the union of two different purebred dogs while mixed breeds have a more heterogeneous ancestry.

Nowadays, most of the world’s dogs are mixed breeds. They are not eligible for pedigree papers, or any prize competitions. Many pet owners believe this to be a very unfair way to distinguish among the two types. Nonetheless, mixed breed puppies are as charming as any purebred. Likewise, there are many unknown truths about mixed breeds that pet lovers don’t know about.

Why many pet lovers dislike mixed breed dogs?

Many dog enthusiasts disagree with mixed breed dogs because they simply don’t believe that these are the best pick for a pet. In fact, some believe that getting a mixed breed is a huge risk since you cannot be entirely sure about the precise mix of breeds that formed it. The classic example that they uphold is that you wouldn’t know how big or small a mixed breed dog can be.

Other pet owners who called themselves ‘breeders of purebred dogs’, think that mixed breed dogs are experiments that turned out wrong. With purebreds, people have the possibility of knowing exactly what to expect in regards to size, health, personality, and physical appearance.

Advantages of mixed breed dogs

You will be surprised to know that getting the best-mixed breed dogs can be one of the best decisions in your life. Here you have a list of advantages:

  1. Longer lifespan: generally, mixed breed dogs live longer than purebreds. This is not a rule because many things can happen to a dog in the course of his lifetime. However, due to genetic diversity, it has been proven that mixed breeds can live almost 18 years (sometimes even longer). The longest a purebred can live up to is 15 years (give or take 1 year).
  2. Improved health: pet owners know that purebred dogs can inherit many health problems. This is a result of the narrow gene pool that is passed down through generations. With mixed breed dogs, this is a lot less likely to occur. There is something called ‘hybrid vigor’ that refers to the better health and resistance that an animal can acquire thanks to a wide and varied gene pool. This translates to a very low incidence of hereditary disease in mixed breeds.
  3. Random appearance: breeding purebreds can guarantee that you get exactly what you want. Purebred puppies will most likely look very similar to their parent. But in the case of mixed breed puppies, you can’t predict this. This is not a bad thing though. It just makes it more exciting to see how will the dog end up like. You can still predict roughly how your puppy will look, but many details can change.
  4. Unpredictable personality: personality traits are very different when it comes to mixed breed dogs. For example, if the parents were calm, the offspring’s can turn out hyperactive! This doesn’t happen with purebreds. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that mixed breeds can be untrainable or dangerous. It just indicates that you can expect anything from mixed breed puppies. At the end of the day, what truly forms the personality in a mixed breed is its environment and upbringing.

Final thoughts

Here you have some simple facts about mixed breed dogs. But as you can see, mixed breed dogs do have plenty of advantages. According to Dr. Rex Riggs, " I still lean to the mixed breeds because I feel as a whole I see more problems with purebreds, but that is just my opinion". Mixed breed puppies will surprise you just like a purebred puppy. You now know many advantages of having a mixed breed, don’t hesitate to check it out with your own eyes.  

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