Should I get a mixed breed dog?

Mixed breed dogs are what you'd consider a "mutt" - they aren't purebred, they have ancestry that has been mixed around between different kinds of dog. There are some benefits and some negatives to getting a mixed. The downsides: you can't use it as a show dog in most places, so forget about that. More practically, you won't know exactly how the dog's going to behave as an adult. That's one of the benefits of getting a purebred. Purebred dogs will generally conform to certain behaviors of their breed - it's not 100% accurate of course, but different breeds tend to act in different ways. They also have different life spans, different quirks, etc. Sheep dogs will herd things, pit bulls will be more aggressive, etc. - all on average, so your dog could end up different. With a pure bred, you know what you're getting. With a mixed, you don't.

   

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That's not to say that it's all bad. Mixed dogs don't have the definite traits of a purebred, but they also have more genetic diversity. That can avoid some of the inbreeding issues that cause health problems with some breeds, such as Dalmatians. They don't cost anywhere near as much, and they're easier to get. For some mixed dogs, it's obvious what their ancestry is. You can get at least some idea what it will behave like from that.

In the end, it comes down to getting a dog you like. If you want the dog to be exactly like one you saw in a book of a certain breed, go purebred. If you don't care, go to your local shelter and interact with the dogs or puppies - find one you like and don't worry about it too much.

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