To Mutt or Not to Mut
by: Grant Carroll
When most people think of a purebred dog, they think of words like ideal, perfection, excellent, pretty, etc. However, these descriptions turn out to be far from the truth. Many pure breeds are racked with genetic disorders that bring much harm to the dogs. Purebred dogs may be considered extra special because their breed has been crafted over generations by the hand of man, but as with many things crafted by the hand of man, nature has proven it can do a much better job.
The reason pure breeds have so many genetic problems stems from something that can affect any species: inbreeding. All breeds can be traced back either to a specific mating or group of dogs. This means that through the generations, individuals had to be crossed with relatives to propagate the breed. So, even today if you mate two pugs chances are they’re at least distant cousins. In nature, individuals select mates based on health and ability to get resources. When they reproduce, bad genes in one get covered by good genes in the other. This way, each new generation is as strong and adaptable as possible.
So, the question you have to ask yourself is; “do I want a healthy, intelligent, well-balanced dog or do I want a specifically designed dog that may or may not have genetic disorders” However, it’s important to note that I’ve met many wonderful purebred dogs, and I even own two pure Chihuahuas myself. My point is that when you go with a purebred, you are taking a risk of the dog having complications that are avoidable in a mutt. This means more vet bills and heartbreak for you and your family. So, before you decide you must have that Cocker Spaniel or Dalmation, at least look at what dogs need a home from your local shelter or pound. If more people did this, it would be better for us and the dogs.
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