When bringing a new dog into the family, breeding can be an important factor for some. If you’re debating the merits of a purebred versus those of a mixed-breed dog, consider the following information from the staff at Homestead Gardens:
* Temperaments – Some breeds were developed over the years to enhance a behavioral temperament. This will show through on dogs whether they’re full breed or mixed. That being said, each individual dog will also respond to the training he’s given in the home, which will help determine if he acts aggressively or passively in the family setting.
* Health issues – Inbreeding has resulted in the development of health issues in some purebreds. The limited gene pools for these breeds can raise the risk for dogs to develop cancer, bone disorders, heart disease or even neurological diseases. Not every purebred dog will fall victim to genetic issues, but it is a common issue families should be aware of. The good news is that if you know the breed of dog, you are more aware of health issues the dog might be facing.
* Competitions – Dog shows are very popular for some families, and this is where a full breed will be important. You’ll want to make certain the dog you get is fully registered, showing the breeding line so you can compete in conformation shows. Other shows like agility and obedience do not require you to identify the dog’s breed.
* Availability – If you want a dog today, or even this week, adopting a mixed breed through the pound or animal shelter is your best bet. Pet stores may not carry the breed you want, and people who raise purebreds often have waiting lists for future litters.
No matter your choice, at Homestead Gardens Farm & Pet, we do not discriminate – we love every dog and cat that comes through our door and will work with you to develop the diet and nutritional regimen that best fits their needs.