What is better?
The big question is, when choosing your potential best friend, what kind of dog will be better and ultimately healthier? Purebred dogs, with all we now know about selective breeding and how it has essentially mutated these beautiful creatures, or cross-bred dogs?
This argument has been longstanding amongst dog lovers, so what are the merits of a mixed-breed versus a purebred puppy? The practice
of cross-breeding (as well as selective breeding) has caused some controversy amongst the dog world. The word mutt tends to be thrown around by breeders of purebred dogs, why is that? Cross-breeding dogs has been argued to be helping reverse the effects done to purebred dogs that have been bred too closely for generations. To distinguish which side is right, we first should look at the advantages and disadvantages of cross breeding dogs.
So ultimately do the pro’s outweigh the con’s? Is cross breeding a better choice to purebred dogs? This issue has long been debated and there is still no real clear cut answer, it really just depends on your own personal opinion. Purebred dogs are prone to many genetic diseases due to such close breeding, but as we have learnt today a crossbred animal are not always necessarily healthier, as there is still a possibility of them inheriting some sort of genetic disorder.
Both purebreds and cross breeds have their own advantages as well as disadvantages, but the way your pet turns out as an adult will depend entirely on how you raised it, properly socializing and training your puppy is so important and can really make all the difference. Regardless of your own preference, purebred of cross breed, I think we can all agree that it is extremely important that we work towards improving the health of all dogs, it’s the least we can do.