Purebred VS Mixed Breed
Hearing the word ‘purebred’ is like hearing the words ‘original’ and ‘standard.’ It somehow gives the impression that the purebred dog is superior to the mixed breed. There are significant differences between the two, however, that may not necessarily put the purebred dog as the better one between the purebred and the mixed breed.
A mixed-breed dog actually has some advantages over the purebred. Pet owners can have the benefit of having two or more different breeds in an animal. In knowing the characteristics of each of the breeds that makes up the mixed breed dog you’ve chosen, you can have an idea of how your mixed-breed dog might be when it grows up. This makes it more delightful for the pet owners to see which characteristics of the dog’s parents are present in the dog.
A mixed breed is also less prone to genetic defects common to the purebred. Many would think that getting purebred dogs as their pet would give a guarantee of a healthy and loveable pet. While this can be true in some cases, most often it is not.
Perhaps the only advantage that the purebred dog has over the mixed breed is their predictable traits and predictable behavior. When a pet owner puts his or her heart on certain features for a pet — the size, the temperament, the energy of the dog — opting to get a purebred dog would be your best bet to ensure you’ve chosen the right dog for you.
Other reasons why we would choose a mixed-breed dog over a purebred would be because they’re inexpensive as compared to the purebred dog. However, it is the delight of knowing the dog as it grows up with you that tickles pet owners to bend towards the mixed breed more then the purebred.
This does not mean that having mixed-breed dogs do not have a downside, though. Since we cannot rightly guess how a mixed breed will become when it turns into an adult, there is a probability that it may not grow up to our expectations. For instance, a pet owner may have chosen a dog based on its lineage that it has ancestors that were good in hunting. There is a possibility that the mixed-breed dog may not have acquired this trait.
There are many, though, who believe that judging a dog based on its pedigree doesn’t really hold that much of a significance. Some pet owners believe that it is all up to how they raise the dog. True, certain qualities of a breed are needed sometimes to get the dog we want, like a heightened sense of smell for hunting and tracking and an agile body for herding (which most often only a purebred can offer). But dogs can be tamed by their owners, whether they are purebred or mixed breeds. The added general characteristic of an eagerness to please its owners makes this notion even more possible.
There is not only the health and characteristics of the dog that is in question. There is also the nurture-based generalization that should be considered. All these laid out, the better dog between the purebred and the mixed breed is still open to debate.