Do mixed breed dogs have any advantages over purebreds?
October 9, 2012
If there's a debate that never seems to come to a logical conclusion among dog parents, it's the question of whether or not adopting a purebred dog is any better than adopting a mutt from a New York animal shelter. No matter what side of the aisle you may find yourself on, if you're thinking of adopting a mixed breed canine, there are many unique advantages that they have over purebred dogs that may make them an ideal choice for you and your family. Let's examine some of the benefits of caring for a mutt that you may not have thought of.
1. Mutts have plenty of variety. While it's true that you can find a purebred dog in any shape and size, you may have to trek to a specialized breeder or a high-end pet store to find the one you like. Whether you're looking for a dog who can fit in your lap or a mixed-breed canine who can join in on your active lifestyle, there's a good chance you can find a mutt with the qualities you're looking for, reports The Huffington Post.
2. Mutts are less expensive. If you haven't inquired about pricing with a high-end breeder, you may be shocked to find out that these dogs can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. On the other hand, mixed breed dogs are far less expensive and chances are, you'll be helping out your local rescue group in the process.
3. Your mutt may live longer. According to PetWave.com, many studies comparing the lifespan of mutts and purebred dogs have shown that mixed-breed dogs usually have longer lifespans than their counterparts. Because of a mutt's genetic diversity, they have a decreased risk of developing genetic disorders and diseases that may be more prevalent in purebred canines.
4. Mutts have unique personalities. While all dogs are different in their own way, mixed breed canines are a bit more unpredictable and can sometimes draw on many of the genetic traits that they possess. Purebred dogs are usually known for consistent personality traits across the board, but most mixed-breed canines have wonderful personalities and can be far more multifaceted and adaptable to various environments than purebreds.
Ultimately, whether you choose a mutt or a purebred dog, you will still gain a wonderful companion. But if you're at your local animal shelter and see a beautiful mutt staring back at you, there's no reason you shouldn't take the plunge and bring him or her home!