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This depends on what purpose the dog has to you.

Here are the major points that you can base your decisions on -

  • As a family pet?

This depends. As a general rule, mutts will excel in this category far beyond pure-breds. This is because they are mixed - therefore, they don't have any few particular strong drives or behaviors that accompany most pure-breds that are unwanted - such as aggression, high energy, etc. And if they are present, they are usually toned down due to the mix. However, some pure breeds will excel in this category as well as they have been bred to be great in a family setting (golden retrievers, etc)

  • As a working dog?

For this, you may want to select a particular breed that has been bred for whatever job you need - Such as collies for herding, retrievers for retrieving, pointers for hunting, and etc However, if you don't mind spending time finding the right dog, mutts can also excel in this area (usually mutts with breeds of a particular traits/behaviors that you are looking for).

  • As a protection dog?

Again, you may want to select a pure-bred, but most of the guarding potential depends on the individual dog. Pure-breds can be good, but so can mutts.

  • Lifespan?

This depends on the individual dog. A dog that has been well taken care of in its life will live longer than a dog that hasn't However, with mutts you can most usually avoid breed-specific diseases and health problems. Also, remember that larger dogs usually have a shorter lifespan than smaller dogs, due to an increased risk of hip displaysia, heart problems, etc

So much of a dogs potential is INDIVIDUAL. Just because a dog is a pure-bred, doesn't mean that it is going to act like every other dog of the breed - and just because a mutt has two breeds in its heritage, doesn't mean it will act just like those 2 breeds.

Always remember that if you do choose to buy a pure-bred, buy from a reputable breeder that has good ethics, healthy dogs, and high standards for temperment.

Also, remember that when you choose to give a mutt a home, you are almost always saving its life.

2009-10-25 15:16:39
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