When purchasing a dog should you look for a papered purebred or a mixed breed?

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It all depends on you.

All types of Dogs are lovely and make great companions. It all depends on the owners. It is to be believed that calm owners have calm dogs. Just like babies.

If it is important to you to have a papered puppy, do your research. Visit the A.K.C. OR the C.K.C. on line. Very informative. If you know what breed you are looking for these sites will provide you with all your questions. Do your research on the breeder as well. You are looking at spending a little money if you go this route.

If a mixed breed, all are lovely, they make great companions. Think about perhaps agility classes, all dogs like that. Visit your nearest SPCA. You don't have to spend a lot of money to adopt a dog.

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If you want a working dog pedigrees are definitely the way to go, or find a breeder and talk about it with them (it's never a bad idea to go to a GOOD breeder). If your looking for a companion animal go straight to the nearest shelter or humane society. Stay far, far away from puppy mills. The more business they get the longer they'll be around.

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A dog trainer I met once told me that any dog can be trained to do just about anything. Clearly, though, some dogs are better suited for some jobs than others. You wouldn't get a Chihuahua if you wanted a guard dog, and you probably wouldn't like having a bloodhound retrieve ducks for you. Dog breeds are the result of years of breeding to "build" a dog that excels at a certain kind of work. That's why the American Kennel Club has so many different breeds registered. Working dogs, upland hunting dogs, retrievers, sight hounds, scent hounds..the list goes on. Just about any dog can be a great companion, but it's wise to seek a breed that suits you and your life. An elderly lady might not be happy trying to discipline a strong willed Akita, and an avid pheasant hunter would probably be disappointed with a Pekinese. Study up, learn about the breeds, and find a dog that suits you and your life. Mongrels can be great dogs, but a pedigreed Gordon Setter will probably be a better companion for a grouse hunter than a pit bull. The choice is yours. The options are many. Study up, choose with care, and have fun. And IF you choose to get a pedigreed dog, get one from a breeder who is trying to improve the breed, not make money. They'll still want to be paid a fair price, but the ones you want will give a health guarantee as well as a healthy dog with all it's shots, etc. They also know the breed very well, and can give you a lot of good information about diet, training, behavior and so on. NEVER buy a dog from a pet store. Typically, they get their dogs from the puppy mills the previous person mentioned, and you can easily find yourself with a sick, neurotic dog on your hands. Getting a stray from a pound is a wonderful thing to do..but choose very carefully, especially if you have children. Good luck. Choosing the breed you want is half the fun, I think.

I'd agree with all above, and add again it all depends on you, your family size, the living area, your budget, your time.

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I think both are fine dogs mixed breed dogs often live longer then purebred dogs and are as sweet as a purebred but purebreds are sometimes better at training and are better in dog shows so it is really up to which ever one you like most.