The debate over whether purebreds or mixed breeds make better companions has been argued among dog lovers for decades, and while we think almost any dog can make a great furry friend, here are a few pros and cons to decide if a purebred or mixed breed is right for you:
Purebred Puppy Pros
- Dogs that belong to a particular breed generally share basic behavioral and physical traits, taking some of the guesswork out of your dog’s appearance and habits.
- Buying a dog from a reputable breeder will give you access to your pet’s family medical history, which can help ensure that your pet doesn’t suffer from any crippling genetic health issues.
Purebred Puppy Cons
- Purebred dogs’ shallower gene pool makes them susceptible to certain hereditary diseases.
- Purchasing a quality purebred puppy is incredibly costly.
- Poorly managed breeders are encouraged to sell inferior purebred puppies to unassuming owners in an attempt to fill demand for less expensive purebred dogs.
Mixed Breed Pros
- Mixed breed puppies’ larger gene pool makes them less likely to develop any diseases that might be lurking in their ancestral breed line.
- “Mutts” are significantly less expensive to adopt, making dog ownership a less costly endeavor.
- Adopting an animal from a local rescue saves healthy dogs from being unnecessarily euthanized and clears space in overcrowded shelters.
Mixed Breed Cons
- A mutt can have so many mixed breed lines that it nearly impossible to trace its ancestry. This makes it difficult to predict the dog’s adult size, temperament, etc.