Mixed breed dogs (lovingly known as "mutts") don't get the same recognition as pure breeds, especially since they don't get kennel club dog shows dedicated to them. But there are tons of reasons why mixed breed dogs are a perfect addition to the family. Here are just some!
Overall, mixed breed dogs tend to have better health than their purebred counterparts. Here's why: purebred dogs only get the genetics of one dog breed, which makes them more likely to inherit genetic abnormalities, these abnormalities coming from too much inbreeding. However, since mixed breed dogs have genes from many different breeds, these risks are lower.
While your primary reason for getting a dog shouldn't be a monetary consideration, it certainly is an added benefit! Since you're not buying a mixed-breed dog from a breeder (unless they're specific mixes like Cockapoos, etc.), then they're generally less expensive to get. This is because you're typically adopting them from a shelter for a nominal fee instead of buying them from a breeder than can charge thousands.
Mixed breed dogs are very special, and you can tell just by looking at them! You can be proud of your pup knowing that they're one-of-a-kind. While many German Shepherds or Labrador Retrievers look alike, mixed breeds typically look unique from each other, since they all have an interesting combination of features.
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While getting any dog means giving a pup a home, it's even more important for shelter dogs, many of whom are mixed-breeds. Typically, you find mixed breed dogs at shelters, which means that they're in real need of a home - especially since some are at risk of being euthanized if they don't find one. When you choose to take a mixed breed dog home from the shelter, you're giving them a home and helping the shelter and your pup.
Of course, our loving purebred friends have their benefits, too! The most important thing is finding a dog that you have a special bond with.