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Mutt or Pure Breed dog?

KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
What do you prefer (if you would get a dog); a mutt/mixed-breed or a pure breed dog?

We are going to get another dog here next year I hope. In Sweden it is rare with mutts so I used to be all in to pure breed dogs. We got an English Cocker Spaniel there from a good breeder and it was a complete freak (we gave it back). Then we moved to Alaska and we went to one of the rescue places and picked up our little Daisy. She is a German shepherd and Labrador retriever mix. Complete sweetheart, best friend, smart, healthy (accept for occasional fart-spurts for those who remember that thread :wink: ) and well behaved.

I have been thinking about maybe getting a pure breed dog so I could compete in obedience...but I keep on wanting to get another mutt. It's like I want to buy the personality not the breed, if you know what I mean.
AND it feels good to get a rescue dog.

It will probably be another mutt. But I was curious to hear what others think of this. Mutt or pure breed?

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  • CGECGE Posts: 1,911Registered Users
    I have one of each, honestly I think I like mutts better.

    They seem to not have as many health issues because of inbreeding, although my mutt has his share of surgeries.
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  • iris427iris427 Posts: 6,002Registered Users
    I would go for a rescue either way. So many poor doggies are put down every day for lack of a home--it seems silly to go out and buy a new puppy from a breeder when there are so many puppies and older dogs literally dying for a home. In fact just today I was browsing on petfinder and saw the cutest litter of puppies scheduled for euthanization today because no one adopted them :cry:

    If you still want a purebred, have you looked into purebred rescue organizations? Also shelters sometimes have purebreds that come in.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    hehe I found pictures of cross breeds (two known breeds mixed).

    This is a lab/pomeranian.

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  • PeppyPeppy Posts: 3,290Registered Users
    This is a lab/pomeranian.

    I guess they used a stepladder? :lol:
  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    You can compete with mixed breed too, just not at the AKC level. I am considering competing with my whippet mix. My next dog will be a pure bred, I want another golden retriever. I love them so.

    Anyway, for mixed breed trials, there is the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration, North American Dog Agility something, you can look in your area and hook up with an obedience club and go from there.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    iris427 wrote:
    I would go for a rescue either way. So many poor doggies are put down every day for lack of a home--it seems silly to go out and buy a new puppy from a breeder when there are so many puppies and older dogs literally dying for a home. In fact just today I was browsing on petfinder and saw the cutest litter of puppies scheduled for euthanization today because no one adopted them :cry:

    If you still want a purebred, have you looked into purebred rescue organizations? Also shelters sometimes have purebreds that come in.

    I totally agree. I am pretty sure we are gonna get a rescue dog. (But we want a puppy.)
    The organization we got Daisy from seems to be really great, so I am pretty sure we will get another from them.
    I have been eyeballing these two puppies (on their homepage):
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    They are Springer Spaniel/Border Collie puppies. Super cute!
    We will have to wait at least until next summer though, so I can't get one now.

  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    gekko422 wrote:
    You can compete with mixed breed too, just not at the AKC level. I am considering competing with my whippet mix. My next dog will be a pure bred, I want another golden retriever. I love them so.

    Anyway, for mixed breed trials, there is the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registration, North American Dog Agility something, you can look in your area and hook up with an obedience club and go from there.

    I wonder if they have it up here. Alaska isn't famous for having "everything". I'll have to look into it though. Would be fun!

  • souds1souds1 Posts: 32Registered Users
    I have one of each. The mutt I love, love, love! Super-awesome personality/disposition. She is 2 and her dad was a black lab/golden retriever mix and her mom was a purebred golden retriever. (was an oops pregnancy, lol) I would definitely pick a mutt. My purebred yellow lab was very high strung, hyper and destructive the first couple of years. She is 13-1/2 now, is a great dog & we love her bunches, but just hard to deal with the first 4 yrs.
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  • JoyForeverJoyForever Posts: 1,628Registered Users
    I would adopt a mutt from the humane society for sure, except that my mom and sister are very allergic to most dogs, so they'd never be able to visit me. Poodles (and to some extent, poodle mixes) they can deal with, because poodles don't shed like other dogs do.
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  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I'm the lone vote for pure breed but I have nothing against mixed breeds.

    I originally wanted a dog from the Humane Society, but the BF (whose parents bred dogs) was adamant that it would be a pure breed or no dog at all. Then a friend who is as much as a control freak as I am told me to go through "The Right Dog for You." That was a great help, as I think I'd have a hard time living with a little yappy dog, for instance, or a nipper or a dog that bays. I also didn't want a dog that sheds heavily.

    We narrowed it down to about 6 breeds. In terms of temperment and lifestyle, the Bouvier was a good match for us. The breed does not excel in obedience (free-thinkers & very stubborn) but has a very consistent temperment. They are inactive indoors, but active outdoors which is a little unusual. They are protective but not aggressive, and they are reserved around strangers.

    We met several breeders and asked a lot of questions, and we met a lot of bouviers and people who owned bouviers. The other breeds we considered were Great Dane, German Shepherd (sheds a LOT), doberman, poodle, schnauzer...oh, a lot more.

    The dogs typically available here at the shelter are Labs, hounds, and pit bulls. Labs are too energetic for us, we don't have the space or time for a lab. Hounds also need space that we don't have. I would happily take in a pit bull, but would prefer with that breed, because of its reputation, to get a puppy from a breeder who bred for good temperment.

    If you have the time, energy, & smarts, border collies excel in obedience and agility. You have to be able to keep them occupied. I don't know how they like the cold, though.
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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    Castella wrote:
    I'm the lone vote for pure breed but I have nothing against mixed breeds.

    I voted mixed breed since that's what I have now, but like I said, my next dog will be another golden.
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  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Castella wrote:
    I'm the lone vote for pure breed but I have nothing against mixed breeds.

    I originally wanted a dog from the Humane Society, but the BF (whose parents bred dogs) was adamant that it would be a pure breed or no dog at all. Then a friend who is as much as a control freak as I am told me to go through "The Right Dog for You." That was a great help, as I think I'd have a hard time living with a little yappy dog, for instance, or a nipper or a dog that bays. I also didn't want a dog that sheds heavily.

    We narrowed it down to about 6 breeds. In terms of temperment and lifestyle, the Bouvier was a good match for us. The breed does not excel in obedience (free-thinkers & very stubborn) but has a very consistent temperment. They are inactive indoors, but active outdoors which is a little unusual. They are protective but not aggressive, and they are reserved around strangers.

    We met several breeders and asked a lot of questions, and we met a lot of bouviers and people who owned bouviers. The other breeds we considered were Great Dane, German Shepherd (sheds a LOT), doberman, poodle, schnauzer...oh, a lot more.

    The dogs typically available here at the shelter are Labs, hounds, and pit bulls. Labs are too energetic for us, we don't have the space or time for a lab. Hounds also need space that we don't have. I would happily take in a pit bull, but would prefer with that breed, because of its reputation, to get a puppy from a breeder who bred for good temperment.

    If you have the time, energy, & smarts, border collies excel in obedience and agility. You have to be able to keep them occupied. I don't know how they like the cold, though.

    I have read that book too. I also like dogs that are inactive indoors and active outdoors (which Daisy is :D - lucky us). I narrowed our "selection" down to German Shepherd, Bernese Mountain dog...and hmm.. can't remember now. It was a while ago I read it, but I should dig out that book again.

    I am definitely not a fan of pure breed labs. They are way too intense for me. I like mellow dogs. There are a lot of Husky/lab mixes in the shelters here. Every single one I have met is super hyper and crazy around the house. It would make my days very bad in just a short time.

    Daisy has a German Shepherd temper. We call her a "soft German Shepherd". hehe She is aloof with strangers. Smart and very mellow. Quiet. She is a bit scared of strangers too though. She is normal with me and my husband, but she doesn't like "the unknown" much. Loves other dogs and is scared of most kids (loves my husbands 2 year old niece whom she has grown up with).
    We actually thought of trying to find another "Gemador Shephiever" puppy. I have seen some once before. Not sure if they are too rare though to be found twice..

    The thing with mutts is that you never really know what you get, but when we got that pure breed dog and it was psyco...well, seems you can never really know for sure anyways.

    I have talked to bernese Mountain Dog breeders up here. They are what I want mostly. A little too big maybe, sheds a lot and unfortunately do not live that long (9-10 years).
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    Love the look though. A freind has one back home in Sweden. I was around it for its first couple of years. Then I moved to the US. But it was/is a really nice dog. I am very tempted..


    I dunno. It is hard. I felt I read so many "find the right dog books" and I could never make up my mind.

    Border Collie is my favorite dog. They are amazing. I am sure I couldn't keep it happy though. I am not active enough for a dog like that. But I love them.

    The Bouvier sounds like a really nice dog too. I have been reading about it. Nice temper and supposed to be smart/wise. I like what you have said about yours.
    Do you have to do a lot of grooming? I hate grooming after having that English Cocker Spaniel. I groomed it weekly. Ick! Not my thing.

  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    Peppy wrote:
    This is a lab/pomeranian.

    I guess they used a stepladder? :lol:

    :lol: Yes, who knows how that happened.

  • StarrwithoutniteStarrwithoutnite Posts: 1,732Registered Users
    I have a purebread and we used to breed Rottweilers so Im used to pures but I have heard amazing things about mixed because they have traits of all of the breeds involved so some bad qualities get left out of the mutt while new good qualities show up that wouldnt in a pure. Either way...once I fall in love with those sweet puppy eyes...Im lost :)
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  • lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread... there are lots of organizations that do that kind of thing. Then you could have the satisfaction of rescuing a dog in need but still having the purebread that you want. Good deal!

    And since I can't resist adding pictures, here's an organization that rescues Airedale terriers (my favorite kind of dog). This story is absolutely heart breaking... /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D414" class="Popup

    ETA: Of course they have other dogs that aren't paralized if you don't have the financial resources to support that kind of adoption. There are lots of other cuties here!: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D412" class="Popup
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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    lauraloo wrote:
    I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread...

    Whole wheat or rye??? :lol:
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  • lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    gekko422 wrote:
    lauraloo wrote:
    I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread...

    Whole wheat or rye??? :lol:

    :oops:

    Hah thanks for pointing that out... I guess I was just going along typing phonetically! Whew it's been a long day...!

    Looks like Starrwithoutnite has a "purebread" too!
    I have a purebread...
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  • battinlashbattinlash Posts: 1,850Registered Users
    lauraloo wrote:
    And since I can't resist adding pictures, here's an organization that rescues Airedale terriers (my favorite kind of dog). This story is absolutely heart breaking... /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D414" class="Popup

    Oh my God, I just spent the last few minutes reading her homepage...what a sweet dog...I wonder how she ended up out there all alone? I can't believe she survived all that!
  • lauraloolauraloo Posts: 2,121Registered Users
    tantrum wrote:
    lauraloo wrote:
    And since I can't resist adding pictures, here's an organization that rescues Airedale terriers (my favorite kind of dog). This story is absolutely heart breaking... /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D414" class="Popup

    Oh my God, I just spent the last few minutes reading her homepage...what a sweet dog...I wonder how she ended up out there all alone? I can't believe she survived all that!

    I know it! I definitely teared up reading all that. I had an Airedale growing up so they definitely have a place close to my heart. I love that big ole ponytail too!
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  • quickcurlquickcurl Posts: 1,310Registered Users
    I said a mutt, too. I grew up with a dog that was a terrier/collie mix and she was the best dog ever. She had a great disposition, she was adorable and we had tons of fun together. She was given to us by a neighbor who's dog had puppies. There are so many great dogs at the shelters that need homes....I would totally go there to get a dog if I was looking to get one just because she was such a sweet dog and she was a mutt.
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  • gekko422gekko422 Posts: 4,869Registered Users
    lauraloo wrote:
    gekko422 wrote:
    lauraloo wrote:
    I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread...

    Whole wheat or rye??? :lol:

    :oops:

    Hah thanks for pointing that out... I guess I was just going along typing phonetically! Whew it's been a long day...!

    Looks like Starrwithoutnite has a "purebread" too!
    I have a purebread...

    Darn!! I am an equal opportunity mocker too!!!
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  • cyndicyndi Posts: 3,341Registered Users
    I said purebreed, but only because I don't think I could ever own anything besides a cavalier now that I have one.

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    But she was a rescue dog. We both lucked out.
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,571Registered Users
    CGE wrote:
    I have one of each, honestly I think I like mutts better.

    They seem to not have as many health issues because of inbreeding, although my mutt has his share of surgeries.
    Yep. Our family had a purebred years ago that had lots of problems. I have since had mutts and they are usually healthier. Besides, it seems like when they come from the shelter/rescue, they seem to appreciate you more. :)

    ETA: A rescued purebred would also show the same appreciation too, I guess. I would maybe take a rescue purebred, but I just love my mutts! :D
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I have a purebred dog, mostly because I wanted a NON-shedding dog, and there are very few purebreeds that don't shed, and even fewer mutts that don't shed. My Splash is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is a fairly rare breed. Smart smart dog...and NO shedding :)
  • KurleeKurlee Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    I have a purebred dog, mostly because I wanted a NON-shedding dog, and there are very few purebreeds that don't shed, and even fewer mutts that don't shed. My Splash is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is a fairly rare breed. Smart smart dog...and NO shedding :)
    Oh, we looked for one of them in Sweden but could never find one. It sounded like a really neat breed.

  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Oh, we looked for one of them in Sweden but could never find one. It sounded like a really neat breed.
    How did you find it?


    I first saw a Portuguese Water Dog about 15 years ago...I thought it was the greatest dog...black, CURLY, mid-sized, and non-shedding, and a good family dog. The owner was happy to share all about them. I decided that my next dog would be a PWD. So, I joined the national PWD club and found a breeder through them. /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pwdca.org%2F" class="Popup

    Here's a picture of my Splash:

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  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I voted for mutt.

    Those Border Collie mix pups are cute! They would be good at obedience, I bet.

    My sister in Montana has a nice dog that is a Border Collie mixed with something BIG and FURRY. I thought a golden until I saw him but, no, BIGGER. Maybe Bernese or Newfie. He is actually pretty mellow and doesn't seem to need quite as much activity as a pure Border. He is almost 12 now and seems to be in good health.

    I've always kind of wanted a rescue greyhound, but I don't think they would be happy in your cold climate.
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    Well, I know greyhounds aren't too happy in Wisconsin winters.

    Kurlee, it's so funny that you like the Bernese Mtn dogs because that's what my friend had! She LOOOOOOOOOVED her dog, and it was a great dog, too! She got hers through a Bernese Rescue Group. She tried a yellow lab first and it was a disaster, but at least she was able to find a new home with a big yard and kids for the lab.

    Her dog was far more obedient than mine are.

    The bouviers do have a lot of grooming needs which frankly, we neglect to some extent. They have a double coat, which means less shedding, but more tendency to matt. Ozzy doesn't get many tangles because he has a nice coarse overcoat, but Diesel has extremely fine frizzy hairs that seem to matt spontaneously. If you want to show a bouvier, you need to clip their coat in a certain fashion which I would never be able to achieve.

    Portugese water dogs are SWEET :). All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.

    Not like certain bouviers I could mention, who are all "You talkin to ME?" then they get out their cell phone and call their union rep.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Portugese water dogs are SWEET . All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.


    That's how mine is. She looks at me pretty much continuously and awaits my commands as if I'm the goddess of the universe...which, of course, I am. ;)
  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    lauraloo wrote:
    I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread... there are lots of organizations that do that kind of thing. Then you could have the satisfaction of rescuing a dog in need but still having the purebread that you want. Good deal!

    And since I can't resist adding pictures, here's an organization that rescues Airedale terriers (my favorite kind of dog). This story is absolutely heart breaking... /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D414" class="Popup

    ETA: Of course they have other dogs that aren't paralized if you don't have the financial resources to support that kind of adoption. There are lots of other cuties here!: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aire-rescue.com%2Findex.php%3Fid%3D412" class="Popup

    I agree that if you want a purebreed, try to go the rescue route. But I voted for Mutts even though growing up, we've had pure breeds. When I was younger, we had pure breeds, and they were great, but they wound up having a lot of problems like mega-esophaugs, hip displasia, etc. We had rescued a mutt and she was the best ever. I can't describe it, just something very special about her.
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