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When it comes to dogs, the purebreds sure are the pricey ones. Getting one with papers can set you back close to a thousand dollars. Mutts, on the other hand, you can basically get for free. They crowd the animal shelters, waiting to be adopted. This is a fact of life that confuses enthusiasts of the mixed breed dog.
Most purebred dogs have health problems due to inbreeding thats just something that happens when you breed a dog with its cousin. Also with increased popularity of a certain breed, we find that weaknesses in their medical and psychological makeup increase. These inherited diseases are less likely to be a problem in mutts.
Mixed breed dogs offer the best of both worlds. They lessen some of the negative stereotypes of certain breeds. They also escape the problems of over-breeding. With purebreds, its all a beauty contestits all about conformity you have to inbreed them to get those traits, and theyre just not going to be as hardy as a dog thats got a little bit of everything in it.
But if mutts really are better dogs, then why are purebreds the ones everyones willing to hand over the big bucks for? Darwin has his "Theory of Evolution," but any capitalist can tell you about another theorythe theory of supply and demand. How much a dog costs can tell you a lot about how much it is valued by its culture. Society is hung up on image and material wealth so that they dont think about the benefits of just a mutt. They like to have the bragging rights that their dog is from a long line of hunting, herding, toy, show, etc. dogs.
But according to the AKC, the cultural prestige of a pedigree isnt the only reason why a purebred is a desirable pet. "The primary benefit of having a purebred dog is the assurance of knowing what the pup will be as an adult," the official web site states. "Youll know what it will look like when it grows up by becoming familiar with the breed and knowing the height, weight, coat and temperament called for in the breed standard."
There isnt predictability with mutts. Some mixed breed owners wont even know what breeds their mutt is a composite of, so anticipating which diseases the animal might develop when its older, or even what size it will grow to is impossible.
Some purebred owners dont want to take the chance on the surprises of how that mutt puppy may look as an adult. With any dog, good training will give you a good personality and a happier dog. Ideally, we shouldnt get hung up on looks and should adore the attention any pet will give us. Mutts are often like the citizens of the USA, a great mixture. All dogs can suffer from hereditary problems, and old age, can and will happen to all dogs.
If you think a mutt is the right kind of dog for you, the best way to go is to check with friends or go to a shelter. Once you bring a mutt into your home, it seems, its hard to let it go.
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