A mixed breed. The idea of a blend of two different purebred dogs may send the spirits of a purebred enthusiast reeling. The feeling draws empathy, but crossbreeding is how pure breeds come about! So, while we celebrate the dog
breeds we know and love wholeheartedly, we should have room in our hearts for dogs of mixed breeding. If you have in mind to crossbreed, there are unusual combinations to consider.
Why Own a Mixed Breed Dog or Mongrel?
As mentioned earlier, the reception to mixed breeds is sometimes lukewarm. These dogs cannot boast of having pure parentage, unlike their parents. That said, they, like all other dogs, deserve a home. What would persuade potential owners to adopt them?
1. Good Health
Mixed breeds are more resilient than their purebred counterparts.
A study which involved using the genetic records conducted by UC Davis showed that conditions like elbow dysplasia and aortic stenosis are less frequent in mixed breed dogs than in purebreds
2 No Cookie Cutter for the Mixed Breed
Like it or not, every mixed breed dog is in a class of its own. Because of its hybrid parentage, each mutt has unique markings on its ears, coat and tail. While purebreds have no genetic compromises, telling one from another is difficult.
3. They are less expensive than purebreds
Mutts are far less costly than their purebred counterparts. The latter cost anywhere between $800 and $2000 apiece. Adoption fees are also far less. But no matter which dog you take home, it will need veterinary care, toys and food.
4. You won't be supporting puppy mills
Puppy mills engage in the large-scale reproduction and sale of puppies to make quick profits. The welfare of the animals is hardly a top priority, with many of them forced to survive terrible conditions. These are often purebred dogs in demand. Adopting a mixed breed dog will slow the puppy mill business.
5. You'll save a life
By stepping in to save a mixed breed dog, you'll prevent the euthanasia of a healthy animal.
What to consider before buying a mixed breed dog
Where to buy the dog
Do get your pet from a rehoming centre or a reliable breeder. Please do not get the dog from a pet store which may have obtained its pets from a puppy mill.
Observe the dog
Watch the puppy's behaviour. Does it respond to noises? Is it in good health? Will it move when nudged? If the answer to these questions is yes, the dog is in good condition and can accompany you home.
Meet the puppy's parents
Find out what you can about the pup's parents. Do they have health problems? The puppy, unfortunately, may inherit these.
Watch their behaviour
How do the pup's parents behave? Are they aggressive? If the answer to this question is yes, their puppies would probably be. If a pup's parents are not responsive, their puppies are not likely to be so reactive.
Observe the Breeding Environment
Unfavourable conditions lead to the poor health of a puppy. These circumstances are not rare for mixed-breed dogs, which sometimes inherit the undesirable health conditions of both parents.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Crossbreeding Dogs
Advantages of Crossbreeding Dogs
Crossbreeding spawns new dog breeds. Fine examples are the Labradoodle. Cavoodle and the Pomsky. It creates a variety of dogs, as long as the species are compatible.
Crossbreeding lessens the likelihood of genetic diseases being
inherited, so puppies will turn out more substantial.
Crossbred puppies are as trainable as their purebred counterparts. They also adopt the desirable traits of both purebred parents, making them easy to manage.
A hybrid dog's appearance is unpredictable. A Pomsky (Pomeranian and Husky) may be small or tall, depending on which parent's traits he emulates.
Disadvantages of Crossbreeding Dogs
Purebred dog breeders express most of the concerns about crossbreeding. They fear that it will pose dangers to the dogs. Like everything else, it does have a few disadvantages.
Mixed breeding is expensive. A Pomsky, for example, will require surrogacy on the part of the Husky mother as Father Pomeranian would be a little tiny. The necessity would generate high costs.
Health and Genetics
Breeders of mixed breeds would argue that crossbreeding leads to better health. Other breeders, however, would say that it sparks genetic issues as the offspring inherit the congenital disabilities of both parents.
15 Unusual Crossbreeds that make Mixed Breeding Worth the While
Crossbreeding is by no means an easy process. Breeding a Pomsky, for example, requires the delicate blending of the Husky and the Pomeranian, two dogs of vastly different sizes. Still, all the hard work becomes worth it when mama dog whelps a litter of pups that no owner can resist cuddling. Here are some crossbreeds that one rarely comes across. They make owners forget the harsh realities of crossbreeding.
1. The Corgle
If Snoopy the Red Baron and Queen Elizabeth's favourite canine enthral you, you can have the best of both worlds. Meet the Corgle, a mix of the Corgi and the Beagle. Be warned that this is a rather lively mix that loves its family. Both breeds get along famously with their human counterparts and love other dogs so that the Gorgle will make a stellar companion too.
2. The Goberian
The Goberian is not a new country that intrepid explorers recently discovered in the desert. This dog is a mix between a Golden Retriever and the Siberian Husky. Like its Retriever parent, a Goberian puppy is likely to have webbed feet, making it a stellar swimmer. Like both parents, I to be double-coated as well. To reflect the Husky in him, your Goberian may enjoy a howl or two! The trainability of both parents will ensure their Goberian offspring is an intelligent fellow who will be able to perform a trick or two.
No, you aren't about to have a few beers. The Chug is a Chihuahua cum Pug, and both are endearing breeds. The bigger pug size means that the Chug pup will be larger than a typical Chihuahua. The Pug is brachycephalic, so the Chug will have a shorter muzzle than a Chihuahua and may be prone to breathing problems. Like its Chihuahua parent, it may have Small Dog Syndrome and bark a little at strangers.
We now move to the Chug's buddy, the Frug. It, too, is a Chihuahua mix - a Chihuahua and French Bulldog. Both pedigree parents demand attention, so the Frug is a handful of a furball. Like both parents, it has an adorable, colossal personality and never fails to ensure that you know that it is around. And you won't want to miss it either.
The Whoodle is not an enthusiastic spectator giving his favourite football team a catcall. The Whoodle is a Wheaten Terrier cum Poodle blend and is an adorable one. Both are highly intelligent breeds so the Whoodle will have more than a few bright sparks. He will be trainable and affectionate, just as his parents are. His parents' enthusiasm would have rubbed off on him, too, so he will be a ton of fun.
The Pisky is not a feeling of annoyance. However, its name does sound that way. It's a rather unusual cross between a Pitbull and Husky, and its looks are not typical either. The Pitbull and Husky are strong breeds, so that the Pisky will have substantial stamina. Like the Husky, it may howl a little. It will be an affectionate dog, emulating both its parents.
This blend between a Chinese Shar-Pei and the English Cocker Spaniel couldn't be a more unusual crossbreed. The Sharpei has acute territorial instincts, while the prim and proper cocker spaniel is more reticent. However, he (or she) is no pushover and will stand up for himself when needed. The Cocker is no stranger to rough and tumble.
What does a blend between both entail? The Cockerpei may take roughhousing a little too seriously. The little dog is a first-rate companion, but do keep it in check.
The Yorkipoo is a blend of the big-voiced, small-sized Yorkshire terrier and the
effervescent, intelligent poodle. What does one get when the two mix? A clever, active, highly trainable dog which loves affection. The Yorkipoo is pint-sized, making it an ideal apartment dweller. It will also crave lots of fun!
How does one compromise opposite personality traits? He breeds two dogs that are diametrically opposite. While the Chow Chow is quite aloof and independent, the Husky is more pleasant and willing to please his human handlers. Crossing them is likely to produce a pup that has a nice balance of the personality traits of both parents.
Unique is a rather understated word to describe this little dog. It has a unique heritage, a blend of the Basset Hound and Chinese Shar-Pei. It would inherit the territorial instincts of the Shar-Pei and the curiosity (not to mention the keen sense of smell) of the Basset Hound, making it a ready watchdog. There will be no need to install an alarm if you have one at home.
9. Golden Dox
What comes from blending the highly trainable Goldie with the short-legged, intelligent, lion-hearted dachshund? A shorter, brainy retriever that dares to do. You will have tons of fun honing its obedience skills. The Dox will also keep you informed of anyone at your doorstep.
This Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise mix produces a regal, elegant
pup. The Bichon is bubbly, classy and full of fun, so we'd expect the same from the Cavachon. The Cavalier will contribute the dignified air that makes it stand out. Prepare yourself for quite a handful.
So, should you make a crossbred dog your next pet adoptee?
The answer to this is most definitely. We should never discount any dog, crossbred or otherwise. Like other dogs, "designer dogs" have astounding qualities, and these should always be celebrated.
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