you refer to him as a "Heinz 57",
"Mutt" or "Crossbreed", there
are hundreds of thousands of these "just a
dog" dog breed mixes throughout the United States.
Keep in mind that
choosing to add a dog, whether purebred or
mixed breed dog, is a significant commitment of
time, resources and money. While the return on
your investment is significant, you must remember
that this is a lifetime commitment.
Don't think that
choosing a mixed breed dog means you don't have to do
your "research". While a mixed breed
dog isn't as predictable as a purebred, you still
need to know what to expect from the
"shepherd" in your shepherd mix .
Now, on to the
advantages of adding mixed breed dog to your family.
available and unfortunately, in plentiful
supply. A visit to your local humane
society will provide an overwhelming selection
of the products of random breeding. (It's
estimated that 70-80 percent of shelter
populations are mixed breeds.)
trip to the shelter should be a pre-requisite
for buying any dog (or cat for that matter) if
for no other reason than to see the damage not
neutering/ spaying a pet can cause.
Mixed breed dogs are
"affordable" to acquire. Prices range
from "free" to less than $100 if your
choose to adopt a dog at your local humane
A mixed breed dog from the humane society has
already had a general health exam, shots,
worming and- in better shelters- has already
been neutered. Shelter dogs are, by far,
the best bargain around.
However, mixed breed
No health benefits
"Mixed breed dogs are healthier than
purebreds" is a myth. The
inheritance of structural problems such as hip dysplasia is complex and can multiply through
the generations; thus mixed breed dogs are also
Unlike purebreds, mixed
breed dogs are rarely if ever screened for genetic
abnormalities, so there is no way to avoid the
painful and expensive genetic diseases that
plague pure bred dogs.
"Mixed breed dogs aren't as
high-strung and are friendlier than
purebreds," is a myth. Mixed breed
can be high-strung, laid back, friendly or
"Mixed breed dogs live longer than
purebreds," is another myth.
Mixed breed dogs are by their nature, very
unpredictable as to
size at maturity, temperament, or coat type.
Aside from initial cost, it's as
expensive to feed, house, medicate and maintain
a mixed breed dog as it is a purebred dog.
a commitment lasting the life of the dog.
truth is, mixed breed dogs can be plagued by genetic
disease, be too hyper, too hairy, too smelly, too
aggressive or too hard to train just as they can be
sweet, submissive, eager to please and beautiful.
Unlike the purebred puppy from a reputable breeder
whose parentage is carefully chosen, it's just
harder to predict which mixed breed puppy will grow
up with the traits you adore.