Dog training in Volusia, Flagler, Central Florida.

Purebred vs Mixed

blog_purebred_vs_mixedI often get asked, which is “better” — a purebred dog or a mutt? Let’s look first at health issues.

A well-bred purebred dog is less likely to have health issues than a mixed-breed dog, but a mix is likely to be healthier than a poorly bred purebred.

Let me explain: A good breeder tests for the medical concerns that are common in their breed and works to eliminate them. A puppy mill-type breeder is in it only for the money, so genetic red-flags are ignored. A mixed-breed dog is a genetic question mark, so maybe it will be healthy, maybe not. Robyn Sparks, of Charleston Canine Reproductive Services, explains it this way:

“People think a mixed-breed waters down the problems. Instead, they get the problems of both breeds. You also don’t know what issues to look for if you don’t know the breeds. Most mixes don’t have any health testing done. Health-tested parents produce healthier pups.”

So, there you have it. As far as training, it helps to know the genetic makeup of the dog, but all dogs can be successfully trained.

That big brown mutt that came from the pound may be part retriever, may be part hound. It’s up to the owner and trainer to discover what turns on that dog’s DNA and makes him want to follow commands. For some, it’s food. For others, a ball. Some dogs love a tug toy.

So, whether you endlessly researched breeders for just the right puppy, contacted a breed rescue group, or adopted from a shelter, invest in learning what works to motivate your dog.

The “better” dog is the one who has manners at home and in public and is a joy to be around! Super Dog School can help your mutt or champion be better.

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