Hi everyone! Just a quick question. I have heard from several people that purebred dogs have more health problems than crossbreds. And I was just wondering if this was true or not. And if it is, if anyone might know why! Thanks
Some people think purebreds have more health problems because of selective breeding. Most purebred breeders try to improve the breed...there is sometimes line breeding (breeding to a relative) involved that can cause existing health problems to intensify. However, if you purchase a purebred from a responsible breeder...they take great care to BREED OUT health problems, and will guarentee the health of their puppies...often for life (against genetic defects). They do CERF, OFA certification, genetic testing..etc to insure this. SO......all in all it depends on where you get you puppy. If you get one from a responsible breeder, your not likely to have health problems.
I remember a long time ago we had a GSD who had developed hip problems at a very young age. By the time he turned 7 he coud no longer walk,we put him down.He developed horrible mange all over his back,and had seizures.I felt so sorry for Max.I had a pitty who had cancer at 14 months ,and we had to pts.It could either be the breeding or them being pure bred dogs.Noey I have no idea where she came from,she was given to us. Max was kept in a basement in his own urine and fecees along with the rest of the litter.
I think it depends on the breeder and how well they have their pets bred. Most reputable breeders have health guarantees, plus others, like hip, heart, eyes. Any pet get sick, it could be genetic, like the golden/collie i had. She was almost 8 and had to be put to sleep, she had a tumor in her chest wall displacing her heart, my doctor and the specialist say it was genetic. You just can never tell, but like i say most breeders are very consientance of the pets they are selling.