Whether you call them mutts, Heinz-57 or designer dogs, mixed-breed dogs are truly special. Purebred dogs are a big deal to many people (AKC has over 100 recognized breeds to suit any lifestyle) but there are millions of mixed breed dogs that die in animal shelters each year because there are no homes available.
Each mixed-breed dog is unique; one of a kind. Even if you meet a similar dog, no two are quite the same. Purebred littermates are genetically unique, but your mixed-breed dog truly stands alone. It can be fun guessing the breed origins of your *bff. If you really need to know, ask your vet about DNA testing which can identify up to three breeds.
Mixed-breed dogs do not generally come with a long list of hereditary problems. Not to say your mutt will be perfect, but mixed breed dogs are less likely to possess breed-specific hereditary health and behavioral problems. For instance, if your dog is a Great Dane mix, he could still have hip dysplasia, but it may be less severe because the breed has been diluted. And a Doberman mix may be less likely to have aggression problems than a purebred (though not all Doberman’s are aggressive.)
Though any dog may have serious hereditary problems, it really seems 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.
It’s up to you whether you decide to get a purebred or not – there is no right or wrong decision. Follow your heart.
No matter what type of dog you choose, your life will be forever changed!
Your mixed-breed dog will hold a special place in your heart – you will never find another quite the same.
*best forever friend