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Q: Why get a pure bred?

July 15, 2008 | By Josiesue02 | 10 answers | Expired: 2336 days ago

Josiesue02

Why do people insist on spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on pure bred animals if they are not planning on using them as show dogs. I will admit, there are many pure bred dogs that I think are amazing, however, I could never ever spend hundreds of dollars on a pure bred dog when there are so many sitting in shelters that really need homes.

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Joey
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Jul 20, 2008

As an owner of a registered toy poodle, a registered boxer, and a mixed breed from the pound I can say that it depends on what your looking for. I was only 21 years years old when I got my toy poodle (she's 14 now) and I admit I wanted a cute little designer dog. My husband wanted a boxer his whole life...Brasco is 4 now. We were visiting our local Petsmart when we saw our mixed breed Mandy who was from the Macon County Humane Shelter. The advantage to getting a pure breed is that you can better predict certain personality and health traits....For example, my toy poodle is great for people with allergies because she does not shed. However, I must admit that if I do decide to get any more pure breed dogs...I plan to get him or her from a rescue group. I think if you really want a pure breed then that is the way to go. However, getting a dog from the pound is a very rewarding (for the person) nd life saving experience (for the dog)!!!!

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Marta J.
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Jul 17, 2008

Same reason some people have to have designer clothes shoes and handbags. Others just love the breed.

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Beth  R.
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Jul 16, 2008

I have my first mutt and adore him. Wouldn't trade him for the world. I had pure breds before hand and loved them as well. If you have the money and have your heart set on it, why not?
I drive a Hyundai because it is reliable and fits my budget. If I ever have a windfall of money, I am getting a cute little sports car.
One isn't intrinsically better than the other, in my humble opinion.

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Lynn C.
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Jul 16, 2008

Pure bred or mutt. Who cares? Unless you need the papers to show or compete. (don't plan on that) I have had both and have loved both. I had a shepherd mix that won my heart and I will always have shepherds or shepherd mixes. I don't think I will ever pay a bunch for a dog. It's up to the individual. There are just too many wonderful dogs out there that need homes. If you look, you can find all breeds, mixes, ages and sizes.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jul 16, 2008

Personal choice!

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Carly T.
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Jul 16, 2008

I don't know. I never had a pure bred. I prefer mutts and they usually live longer than pure breds so thats a big plus for me.

Most people buy dogs based on looks and purbreds are all fancy with there bloodlines and everything... i guess.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 15, 2008

On the topic of being hypoallergenic -- it's true that some breeds shed less and/or are less prone to messing with allergies, however -- there really is no "true" hypoallergenic dog, since all dogs have skin and saliva, skin and saliva shed and get into the environment and float around on dust particles, and that's what causes allergies. A dog who sheds or sheds more than normal has a higher chance of messing with someone's allergies obviously because dead skin particles get on the hair and float around and accumulate in the household, but "technically" there is no "true" hypoallergenic dog.

BUT, having said all that, there are breeds less prone to provoking allergies, and yes, that is another reason why someone may be enticed to purchase a purebred versus a mutt.

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Jessica F.
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Jul 15, 2008

There are a couple of reasons that apply in my household:
1.) Allergies-- buying a purebred "hypoallergenic" dog, we won't have to return it due to my husband's allergies

2.) Kids-- most times, rescues won't adopt to people with young kids. Little dogs are likely to snap at kids unless they grow up with them. Big dogs are likely to knock over and bite kids unless they grow up with them. Does that mean that people who have young kids shouldn't have pets?

3.) Knowing what you're getting into. Different breeds of dogs have different temperaments. Some people want a calm "lap dog", others want a running partner or a playmate for their kids. Knowing the breed of dog is only part of it, because there are all kinds of temperaments within a given breed. If you know the parents and relatives of a dog, then you have an excellent idea what to expect of that dog's temperament.

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Percysmom
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Jul 15, 2008

I agree with Jessica on this one! All breeds were originally bred with a purpose. Many of them still serve that purpose. Some are actually not as well suited as companions as others for this reason. As Jessica said, many people enjoy honing their dogs special talents through agility, retrieving, herding, pointing, sleding etc. They do it either for sport or work purposes. Also, there are personality traits you may prefer in one breed over another. Mixed breeds are kind of a mystery. Since you're not always sure of what they have in them, you don't know if you're going to get a digger, a runner or something else. Don't get me wrong on this one! I own a mixed breed dog and always have. Every one of my dogs has been a rescue. I've never owned a pure bred dog before but hope to some day. Australian Shepherds have interested me from the first time I read about them. They seem to have many wonderful qualities that I am looking for in a dog and I want to get involved with agility. Yes, of course a mixed breed may also have those same qualities. I know though, that I have a better shot with an Aussie since it's bred into them. I also feel that people should not be constantly criticizing others for getting a puppy. Not everyone wants to start with an adult dog. Personally, I'm not sure I want to go through pupphood next time around. As we all know it's a lot of work! It would be nice to start off with an adult dog who needs a home. If people want to buy a purebred puppy, they should do their research and use a responsible small breeder who has a comittment to the betterment of the breed. We should never give a single dollar to pet stores or puppy mills when purchasing a dog. Breeders are going to continue to breed future generations of purebred dogs and not every one is going to be a show dog. Those puppies are also going to need a home. Hopefully with education, things will even out in the future and people will become more responsible with their pets. There is more than one way to get the shelter population to go down, although I do understand that there are pets in need of a home now. Perhaps we should enact some spay and neuter laws as well for the average pet owner like myself.

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Jessica H.
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Jul 15, 2008

I personally love the looks of Aussies, and can't ever see myself not owning one. I've fallen in love with the breed's looks, temperament, and just everything about them! Does that mean I think Aussies are "better" than other breeds or mixes out there? Of course not... however in the future if I plan on getting more, I will look into adopting one from a rescue versus a breeder.

In some cases not just people who show their dogs "need" a pup from a breeder; many people participate in sports such as flyball, agility, dock diving, hunting, etc, where you really want a puppy bred from a stock line versus conformation, so there are other reasons to obtain a dog from a breeder versus a shelter. However, for a companion dog I agree with you 100% - go to a shelter or breed rescue!

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