Choosing Your Dog: Mixed Breed or Purebred

choosing your dog mixed breed or purebredThe fight for supremacy is nothing new in the dog community as each owner believes their pet is the best. No question, it becomes more magnified when choosing between a mixed breed and purebred as a new pet for the home.

Each makes a terrific companion and will bring plenty of excitement into your life. Ideally, you want to select a pup that best fits your personality. Purebreds are the perfect choice for a specific need, while mixed breeds have a better disposition and adapt to their new surroundings faster.

Here are several points to think about before choosing between a mixed breed and a purebred dog:

A Unique Surprise vs. a Predictable Pup

The book definition of a mixed breed dog is they’re the result from the crossing of two different breeds. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, with each dog having a unique look and characteristics that come directly from their dominant breed’s genes. In some cases, a mixed breed’s ancestry can be hard to trace without direct knowledge of the parents. This makes it hard to predict the size and length of a pup once they become an adult dog.

Purebreds are from a selective breed that act and look in a particular manner. Their family lineage is made up of the same breed, which makes it easier to predict a pup’s size, temperament and appearance. Buying a purebred pup from a reputable breeder should guarantee that the pet has been screened for all possible health issues and received pre/post-natal care prior to the completion of the transaction.

Affordability vs. Pedigree

If the cost of purchasing a pet is a major issue, then your only resource is adopting a mixed breed dog from a local animal shelter. The price of the purchase will be much lower than buying a purebred from a local breeder. The animal shelter fees usually are in the range of $25, and that includes a complete physical examination, all vaccination shots, de-worming and spaying or neutering of the pet.

There’s an unspoken assumption in the pet-loving community that mixed breeds are healthier than purebreds. However, there isn’t a clear definitive answer. Keep in mind, certain traits in pedigree dogs could lead to health issues developing in the later years of the pet’s life. Mixed breeds have a lower chance of being born with an inherited congenital disease because the parents are of different breeds. Think of it as a DNA crapshoot in the wacky game of genetics. Some win, some lose in the race for longevity.


The harsh reality of choosing a mixed breed dog over a purebred is their wide availability. It’s estimated that four million dogs are euthanized each year. The main reason is there aren’t enough homes available to house these poor animals. Think of adopting a mixed breed as saving a life while gaining a lifelong friend at the same time.

Breeders take their time finding homes for a purebred dog. Often, females get pregnant several times during the year to help fill out the request for a purebred pup as a family companion.

Form and Function

Consult with a local veterinarian, dog trainers and other pet owners before choosing between a mixed breed and purebred as your pet. Their answers to your questions will help to make the decision on which dog is the ideal companion for your lifestyle much easier.

Some individuals are looking for pets that can compete in competitions, and their best avenue is going to a breeder for a purebred. The process is very easy as they match your preference with a specific breed.  In some cases, it might come down to the coat and temperament of the pup.

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