Personally, I think that with most mix breeds, people don't even know what the mix really is. For one thing, a lot of mixed breeds are unintentional, meaning that sometimes, they don't even know who the father is. And I know that at a lot of shelters, they just guess at what the dog is, judging by its looks. No one really knows for sure. Also, most mixes aren't even a mix of 2 purebred dogs-they are a mix of 2 mixes! So right there, you have one dog with a combination of at least 4 different breeds!
We have a Yorkie/Poodle. Mia is a wonderful dog. Got him from a great breeder...Parents were health tested and lived in the house with his breeder with her kids. Mia was very well socialized when we got him. With mixes, you do have to be careful about WHERE you get your puppy, but there are good mix breeders out there too like Mia's.
ummmm Catlover,,,the meaning of a "mix" breed is exactly that, more that one... anyways, I had 2, they were aussie/catahula (the mom), her son was those 2 plus what the dad was (he was a wondering man,,,LOL), they were the best dogs we have ever owned,,R.I.P. The good thing about a mix is you dont have the health problems that some purebred dogs have. Ours lived to be 13, Baby, she had heart failure, and Pony was 9 with seizures. We had them put to sleep together on St. Patty's day of this year, we brought them home and buried them, now they are with us forever. Sounds sabby, but they were greatly loved!!! Good luck if you own one, their great.
jackie - that's not true about mixes not having the health problems that purebreds do. That is totally a myth that "designer dog" breeders throw around.
Actually, it's entirely possible for mixes to have just as many health issues - and even to create some new ones not normally prone to either breed.
If you breed two different breeds that are both prone to hip displaysia, the puppies have the same chance of being displaystic as they would if both parents were the same breed. Same goes for any defect.
I had a purebred Sheltie that lived to be 15. Purebreds can live long lives too. Mixed breeds can live short ones. Depends on a combination of good genes, good care, and mother nature being nice.
It depends on the BREEDER. The way she raised the dogs, the health tests done, etc. In no way is a Mix have a better chance at a longer life then a purebred. We have a Yorkie/Poodle and his parents were both tested for health issues common to the breed. I think it is important for things like that to be done with any breed, mix or pure.
Jackie-do you not understand English? I know EXACTLY what a mixed breed is. My point is, most mixed breeds, you don't even know exactly WHAT the mix is. For example-your "wandering man" that you seem so proud of. Who knows how many bitches he might have mated with? And if the owner of the bitch didn't actually see your dog, they have no idea what kind of pups they are going to end up with. That's one reason why there are so many mixed breeds out there-people like you who don't bother to spay or neuter your dogs.
My family had a PURE BRED chow chow who just died a few days before easter. He was TWENTY (20) Years old!!! MUTTS are no healthier than purebreds. Both have an equal chance at long life and equal chance at health problems.
Catlover....sorry, i misunderstood what your previously wrote. but you misunderstood mine, my dog was not the "wandering man" that you seem to think i am soo proud of, HIS father was. and both of my dogs were spayed/neutered thankyou. Read carefully