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Purebred vs Mixed Breed


There is always the temptation to go for the purebred over a heinz 57, but do you really need a purebred if you are wanting a good pet for you and your family? After all, dogs will give you years of loving devotion and companionship, so what is the best choice?

Well a number of factors come into play, with cost being biggest issue for most. Being able to go down to your local shelter or rescue and bring home an already spayed and neutered and vaccinated pet can save you quite a bit. But it isn't just money that plays a huge part in getting a mixed breed.

Mixed, or Heinz 57s are said to have better temperaments and are easier to adapt to their new homes, have far less health issues and are quite intelligent. They also have a better chance of not inheriting congenital diseases, which happens frequently in purebreds.

On the other hand, you can't be entirely sure of the breeds in the mix, unless you know the person who bred the two together. So this is a risk when wanting to know all you can about the breed type and disposition, wanting to know how big the animal will get (if you have small housing, a large breed would end up back where it came from which can be heartbreaking - both for you and the dog).

I like to think of mixed breeds being one-of-a-kind...like a Picasso Masterpiece! They are so appreciated for the love they receive as many have been abandoned, abused and even worse! Mixed breeds tend to live longer, so you know you will have your beloved fur baby for many years to come. However, that being said, it is always great knowing you saved a life (if you got one from the humane society or shelter)...and that alone is priceless!

As for purebred, you know exactly what you are going to get in regards to temperament, behaviour, health and size. A reputable breeder can even match their dogs so that the puppies have a lessoned chance of getting diseases if two parents with a high risk of genetics were bred and shouldn't have had puppies. This type of breeder ensures you will get happy, intelligent and well-behaved dogs and some will even guarantee their puppies against potential disease and diformaties.

Thanks to modern technology, it is easy to do your research on what specific breeds and charateristics you are interested in. If you want a dog so you can compete in activities (high energy) or laid back, you can find the breed that best suits your needs. It is always recommended you do your homework and find a good match for you and/or your family.

Irregardless of whether you choose a mixed or purebred, the puppy or dog will ultimately become what you put into the relationship. The same is true for children. You have to discipline, teach and guide both human and furbabies to be proud of the way they turn out. Each of them need to be shown what they can and cannot do, they need healthy diets and exercise. All this combined with the love they give and you receive makes your decision(s) worthwhile.

Please always do your research and consult with your veterinarian before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any
treatment suggested on this page. Only your vet can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or to diagnose your pets
particular medical issue.
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