Are large mixed-breed dogs better? There isn’t an easy answer to this question.
Some people claim that mixed-breed dogs are more adaptable to different types of family structures and have fewer health problems overall. But there isn’t a lot of evidence to back up these claims.
In fact, a large study of over 27,000 dogs showed that while mixed-breed dogs were less likely to have specific genetic disorders that are associated with some purebred dogs they were more likely to have different medical conditions.
Mixed-breed dogs also often got the genetic disorders that come with their lineage. So, if a mixed breed was descended from a German Shepherd that dog would also be more likely to develop hip dysplasia, just like their purebred counterparts.
From a health perspective, mixed-breed dogs are overall no better or worse than purebred dogs.
Even though mixed-breed dogs don’t get diseases at a lower rate than their purebred counterparts, they can make excellent family pets.
Many people find that having a mixed-breed dog as a companion is a wonderful experience. And many people prefer large mixed-breed dogs over their purebred counterparts. There’s just something about a large, goofy, “mutt” that melts your heart!
A subcategory of mixed breeds is the designer breed dogs. These are dogs that are bred from two purebred parents. Some of the most popular mixed-breed dogs have a poodle as one of the parents.
These are dogs like Cockapoos, Labradoodles, and Goldendoodles. Since Poodles don’t shed, these designer dogs also shed far less than most large dogs do. Another plus is that Poodles tend to have wonderful personalities.
Designer dogs can make wonderful pets as they are usually bred for both personality and coat type.
But, just like with purebred dogs, you need to make sure that you’re buying a designer dog that has a strong genetic profile. You should ask the breeder for the health history of the lineage on both sides of the dog’s line to help determine the risk for genetic illness.
Designer dogs are also much more expensive than mixed-breed dogs and can sometimes be more expensive than purebred dogs.
One of the biggest advantages of large mixed-breed dogs is cost. Mixed breed dogs are usually a fraction of the cost of purebred or designer breed dogs.
Often you can get a large mixed-breed dog as a puppy or adult at an animal shelter for just the adoption fees, whereas purebred dogs can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars.
Mixed breed dogs are also at lower risk of being stolen than some of the more desirable large breed dogs.
Overall a mixed-breed dog can be a good choice if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a purebred dog and are looking for a good family pet or personal companion.
Most large mixed-breed dogs don’t come with a history of who their parents are. Although you can now find out the genetic heritage of your dog through genetic testing, it still won’t give you a detailed health history.
When you buy a purebred or designer dog from a reputable breeder you will get the health history information.
There can also be personality issues with mixed-breed dogs. Purebred dogs have specific personality profiles, and you can match what you are looking for with their personality profile.
Mixed-breed dogs, on the other hand, don’t have specific personality profiles. Their personality will likely be a mix of whatever the dominant breeds are in their genetic makeup.
In other words, personality can be a bit of a crapshoot with mixed-breed dogs.
This isn’t a terrible thing. But if you are planning to adopt a mixed breed dog, it’s a good idea to observe the dog for a while to see what type of personality it might have to figure out if the dog is a good fit for what you are looking for.
Most of the time when people ask if big mixed-breed dogs are better than purebred dogs it’s because they are hoping for a dog that isn’t going to have as many health problems.
To minimize the chances of your dog becoming sick, it’s important to seek quality veterinary care and in the case of purebred dogs to know if the breeding pair that produced your dog has any significant genetic problems.
The reality is that even if you are careful with the selection of your dog, any dog can become ill during its life. This is true of both purebred and mixed-breed dogs. You must be committed to taking care of your dog both when it is healthy as well as when it is ill.
Another factor to consider when getting either a mixed breed or purebred dog is the dog’s personality. Personality will go a long way in determining whether the dog is a good fit for you and your home.
When you select your large mixed-breed dog you want to take into consideration what type of lifestyle you have, how much you will be home, and how much time you’ll have to exercise with your dog.
For instance, dogs that have herding backgrounds will need a lot of exercise to stay fit and not become destructive. It’s a good idea even with mixed breed dogs to do research on what you think their breed background is and determine if it’s a good fit for your family.
Also, consider why you want a dog. When you are looking at big mixed-breed dogs think about what role the dog will play in your life. Are you looking for a dog to swim or hike with? Do you want a dog that will curl up in bed with you? Are you looking for a family dog that’s good with kids? Do you want a big dog for protection?
All of the questions can help you to find the perfect large mixed-breed dog for your unique situation.