Do Mixed Breed Dogs Have an Advantage Over Purebred Dogs?

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Do Mixed Breed Dogs Have an Advantage Over Purebred Dogs?

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If thereโ€™s a debate that has no strong conclusion, itโ€™s this one. Dog lovers and experts have extensively argued about which dogs are better - mixed breed dogs or purebred dogs. Some experts recommend mixed breed dogs because of their disposition to adapt easily to their surroundings. Further, mixed breed dogs are typically sold at a much lower rate than purebred dogs, especially when bought from a dog shelter.

However, this may not always be the case. Some mix breeds can be incredibly expensive. This is usually the case when two breeds are intentionally mixed, which is how it is with Puggles (Pug + Beagles) and Labradoodles (Labrador + Poodle). Even when adopting from a shelter, you have to consider the extra costs associated with spay/neuter and vaccination fees, and other such small fees. But most dog owners overlook this additional cost because it can never compare to the warm satisfaction of having saved a dogโ€™s life.

Many canine experts recommend mix breeds because they have very low chances of being born with congenital defects. This is because the breeding process naturally excludes defective genes, leaving you with a mostly healthy pet.

However, there are experts who suggest that adopting a mix breed isnโ€™t the best of ideas. It could affect logistics. For instance, you canโ€™t always recognize the ancestry of a mix breed. In this case, you canโ€™t be certain if the pup you adopt will stay small or grow much larger. You may live in an apartment building that doesnโ€™t have enough space for a large dog, in which case you may have to give away your mix breed after heโ€™s grown too big for the space.

On the other hand, you can tell exactly how big a purebred is going to get. You can also predict its health requirements and defects if any, and what itโ€™s behavior may be like. This predictability is exploited even more by responsible breeders who pair purebreds based their temperament and physical stature. Some breeders even go as far as to get genetic test results when choosing suitable mating pairs. If this is the level of pre-mating prep, the purebred you get is likely to grow into a healthy, well behaved and intelligent dog without major hiccups.

Either way, you can control the temperament and health of any breed, pure or mixed, using todayโ€™s technology. Mixed breeds do not automatically guarantee better health and behavior. They may require genetic screening and selecting mating too.

So, when choosing to bring a dog into your life, ask yourself what type of companion you want. Based on the answer to this question, you can narrow down the breeds (pure or mixed) that could be the right match for you.

Identifying Breeds in Mixed Breed Dogs

You own a beautiful dog and know that your animal is a "blend" or as they said during olden times, a mutt. You are more than a little curious to know about your dog's ancestry and the genetic makeup of the animal. To find out, it is vital to observe a dog's muzzle shape, type of ear, the pattern and color of the coat, style of the tail, and the body type. Behavior is also important.

Physical traits

To know where your dog came from, begin by documenting the canine's observable physical traits. You can start an internet search only after you compiled the list. Think of this activity as an investigation.

The muzzle shape of your dog is essential. Canine head shapes come in three kinds: the brachycephalics are the shortest, and dolichocephalics are the longest. Pugs are, and Labrador Retriever type is mesocephalics or the middle ones. Collies are dolichocephalics or have the longest muzzles. The style of tail is also important. The thickness, shape, and length of your dog's tail provides substantial information concerning its lineage. A few dogs like English Pointers, Dobermans, and Boxers have tails docked during their puppy years. A few dogs breeds have a genetic mutation of bobtail. Such kinds include Jack Russell Terrier, Australian Shepherd, and the Brittany Spaniel. The dog breeds which naturally possess bobtails include Rottweilers, Boston Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, and English Bulldogs. A ringtail is a full trail and could arch over the dog's back. The sickle tail could do the same but always points toward the head. A screw tail looks like a corkscrew, and the otter tail looks like the tail of the otter animal. These otter tails are found in dogs which love to frolic in the water, like Labrador Retrievers. In contrast, a whiptail os straight, long, and thin.

Ears and coat

Dog ears come in different types. The common ear shapes are pricked, cropped, round, pendant, V-shaped, and semi-pricked or cocked. Only the cropped variety is the artificial one in this list. These ears are a result of surgery. The type of coat your dog has is also essential to identify its genetic ancestry. Short haired dogs have smooth fur lying close to the body. The medium layers are an inch in length and need some amount of moderate grooming to stop matting and prevent tangles. The long coated dogs frequently have fur or hair which hangs to the floor and need proper grooming as daily care and maintenance. The wire coated canines feel bristly when touched, and soft singlets are present in curly coated dogs. When it comes to coating color, solid dominates, patterns can be a few, like bicolor, tricolor, and saddle pattern, among others.

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