I would love to talk to any of you out there, and get your opinion on this! Which makes a better pet? I think both are equal, as long as you take time to train and socialize them properly, along with the proper care. What about you?
I have a purebred and a mixed breed, and truly it all depends on how much love and attention you give your animals. Each breed has its own special qualities, so i guess it all depends on what youre looking for. I think purebreds are beautiful, and interesting, but there is something special about a shelter dog you saved, especially when you can see the traits they get from the mix of breeds
I don't think it matters whether purebreed or mix. I was trying to think of my favorite dogs--and they include both purebreeds and mixes. Growing up we had the most wonderful purebred Akita (and also a horrible Akita that bit our neighbor) and a great purebred german shepherd. My grandmother had a wonderful supposed purebred german Shepherd that had AKC papers but clearly had something--I suspect st Bernard mixed in. My parents now have a great mix--rottie, mastiff, and bullmastiff. He is one of the friendliest most amusing dogs I have come accroess. I have an equally wonderful shih tzu mix, and my friend has a great mix that looks like a collie but is a beautiful golden color. So I can think of examples of both. That said, I personally would only get a puppy that I could meet the parents--be it purebreed or mix. I think that is the best predictor of personality. Of course if getting an adult--it wouldnt matter as I would be able to see the matured personality.
I agree with kristine, meet the dog, meet the parents if possible. Just remember that you will have this dog for a long long time, and it needs to be compatible with you. Mix or pure, know what traits you want in a dog, and make sure the dog has them, or can be trained to have them.
I have had both and I don't think it matters. With the one you have more information about their background and health history, but both are equally loveable. If you do the right teats and find the right one, either can be great.
after i moved out and got married most of the dogs my husband and i had/have are mixed breeds. after our last experiences with our chow mix when i wanted another dog i chose a purebred. i wanted something i could pretty much guarantee a predictable temperament. i needed a dog who liked children and would be okay with my son and his friends. with a purebreed they have general characteristics that you can depend on. we did alot with our chow mix as far as socialization and obedience training and still his personality did not turn out as we had hoped.
mixed or pure they are all great. A pure breed is nice because you have an idea of what to expect. Mutts are wonderful companions, but if you get them young you may not know what to expect unless the owner of the mother is certain of the breeds of the parents. It is really a personally choice. If you want to rescue a dog, but you would really like a pure bred they are out there. If you want to show a dog or have it in certain competitions you will want a registered dog. These can be quite expensive depending on breed and the experience of the breeder. Remember when choosing a dog it is buyer beware! Spend a lot of time and thought on this.
I think both are great, in their own way. I don't agree with paying $100s of dollars for a glorified mixed breed dog when there are so many in the humane society. However, I also know there's things you can get out of getting a purebred dog that you can't get from adopting a humane society dog. We have one awesome dog, Bowen, that is a humane society dog. But I had always wanted a dog to show in dog shows, and you really can only get that from getting a purebred dog. I guess the thing is, if you think you are even remotely interestred in showing, or even possibly doing AKC sanctioned performance events like obedience, agility, herding, tracking, and hunting trials, get a purebred, but it can still be a rescue. There are other organizations that allow altered mixed breed dogs to compete, but it's harder to find shows and events to enter them in in some areas. If you adopt a dog from thehumane society that you suspect is a purebred , you can get it registered wtih the AKC via the indefinite listing priveledge even if you have no idea of the background of the dog or it's pedigree. All you have to do is have a veterinarian's written note that the animal is spayed or neutered, and then that's it!