How Much Do You Know About Purebreds?
Is a purebred dog right for you? You should know the pros and cons of a purebred before getting a new dog.
Advantage And Disadvantage Of Purebred Dogs
A purebred dog has been bred over many generations to get a true breed. This means that every born puppy will have the similar behaviour traits and appearance as the others. The main advantage when getting a purebred dog is you can predict his temperament traits and physical appearance.
However, they can have a lot of health issues. They usually suffer from the effects of inbreeding. Common health problems include eye diseases, heart diseases, crippling bone and joint disorders, skin diseases and more.
Are Mutts Are Healthier Than Purebreds?
We’ve all been taught that incest is
taboo. Besides the unacceptability, we all know that genetic disorder inheritance runs rampant with interbreeding, and should be abstained from.
But how is this related to dogs? Well, as long as
by inbreeding; Mating within the same bloodline or same gene pool that causes a severe limitation of the gene pool variety.
Surely you’ve heard about how
expensive, beautiful and show-dogs worthy purebreds are – But are you aware that inbreeding is 1 of the main causes of health issues in dogs? Or that purebreds themselves present a higher statistic of inherent disorders in comparison to non-purebreds?
Look what we’ve found!
The Institute of Canine Biology conducted studies on the medical records of 27,000 dogs and compared
24 genetic disorders in mixed versus purebreds. And here are their findings:
1) There was evidence of
10 genetic disorders (42%) being significantly greater in purebred dogs;
A ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (4%) proved to be greater in mixed breed dogs; and
3) For the remaining 13 disorders, there was
no difference between mixed and purebred dogs.
A similar conclusion was also drawn and written by Michele Welton where she attributed inbreeding as 1 of the main causes of health problem in dogs; besides environmental, body structure and hereditary factors. Michele Welton is a reknowned figure who has over 35 years experience as a dog breed advisor, obedience instructor, canine psychologist, veterinary technician, and author of 17 books (about dogs, cats, and pet birds).
Truth is, there are more than 300 genetic health problems found in dogs. Especially with inbred canines, their gene pool variety will be severely limited and therefore higher the chances of inheriting genetic defects!
Now do you see why purebreds may be more susceptible to more disorders now?
Remember – findings are there for a reason and should not
Although purebreds (that
have undergone selective breeding) may give you promises of being cheerful with those shiny white long furs and huge adorable eyes, to suit your lifestyle and character, nobody can guarantee they won’t change when they grow up!
Health Comes First
Be it purebreds or
mongrel, your personal preferences for certain appearances, characters or behavioural traits should not be placed a priority in the event of the horrible consequences of inbreeding.
Also, remember to have your dogs’ health checked regularly! Having a mixed or cross-bred pup doesn’t give you any liberties in skipping out on regular health checks and forgoing their best interests at heart!