06/12/2017

The joy of mixed breeds – why each one will melt your heart

As some of you may know, we may be getting a puppy in the new year! It's not been an easy decision and we've taken a long time to look at the right breed for us. 

Whether it’s a cockapoo that belongs to your mum, labradooble puppies for sale in Manchester or Puggles to adopt at your local rescue centre, mixed-breed dogs are just as sought after as their pedigree counterparts. 


So, before you buy your next purebred dog, consider the magic a mixed-breed dog can bring into your life. Just remember, as with anything, there are ups and downs to consider.

Photo Credit: Liz Tumbridge (http://www.hartofthemunchkinpatch.co.uk/)

One of a Kind
Every dog is unique, even purebred dogs. Purebred dogs have their own personalities and usually show minor differences in appearance. ​However, each mixed-breed dog is one of a kind! Even if you meet a similar dog, no two are quite the same. Yes, even pedigree litter mates are genetically unique, but your mixed-breed dog truly stands alone. A wonderful reason to consider a mixed-breed.
Mixed breeds are thought to adjust more easily to a variety of households and living conditions, whereas purebreds tend to be bred with a specific skill set in mind, such as herding or hunting.


You can have your choice of size and colour
Mutts come in all sizes -- small, medium, large, and XL. They come with short, long, curly, or wiry coats in every colour. They may have small ears that stand up, or big floppy ears that flap in the wind. Mutts come with long or short legs, and big fluffy tails, or no tail at all. Whatever your taste in canine companions, you can find a mixed breed dog to fit the bill!


Worth the Gamble
Mixed-breed dogs are not necessarily predisposed to hereditary problems. This is not to say your mutt will be perfect, but mixed breed dogs are less likely to possess breed-specific hereditary heath and behaviour problems.
If your dog is a Labrador mix, she could still have hip dysplasia, but it may be less severe because the breed is basically “diluted.” A Chow mix may be less likely to have aggression problems than a purebred (though not all Chow Chows are aggressive).
Although any dog may have serious hereditary problems, it may worth the risk to get a mutt. However, while the mystery of a mutt can be exciting, it is important to prepare yourself for a few surprises along the way.


Available and affordable
Everyone knows that owning a dog is not cheap. With vet bills, dog food, treats, toys, paying for kennel stays amongst other things, owning a dog is a huge commitment. But in addition, just purchasing a particular pedigree breed can come with a high price tag – especially if that breed is “in fashion” and high demand.
Mixed breeds are readily available at reputable dog breeders, and they are usually weaned and partially house trained to boot! However, the same goes for your adopted shelter dogs. Many are usually neutered when they meet their prospective new owners and are up to date with their vaccinations.


In addition, there are always mixed breed dogs in abundance waiting to be loved! 


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