May 24, 2006

The Importance Of Breeds Of Dogs

Dogs are considered as man’s best friend. If one decides to geta dog for a pet, one can choose either a specific breedotherwise known as pure bred or choose one that is if a mixedbreed or a mutt. There is a not that much difference betweendogs that are pure or mixed. One simply came from parents of thesame breed while the other came from a family of two differentbreeds.

Choosing a dog depends on many things. The size of one’s home,how much exercise is needed, does it shed often or if one wantsa gentle or playful companion.

Deciding to own one whether it is big or small involves a lot ofresponsibility. It is not just about feeding it but includesother chores such as grooming, watching its health and diet,cleaning up after it and most importantly, giving it some tenderloving care. There are many places one can get a dog such as akennel or the pet store but if one wants to get a pure bredanimal, one must seek a reputable breeder to get the bestresults.

Breeding done in pure bred dogs is done carefully. The pair istested for every possible disease which includes having all theinformation regarding the pair’s ancestors and health records onfile. Should there be no problem in the history of the pair,then the breeding can begin. If in testing, the pair is notcompatible due to diseases that are common in a specific breed,another dog will be selected to match with the other dog.

Since the demand for the breeder’s pure bred dogs are wellsought after due to the selective nature of the breedingpractices, the newborn pups will still have to be raised withthe breeder and will only be released when a number ofpre-screened homes have been found. This is done for the welfareof the select few of owners and to control population growth.

Reputable breeders have certain requirements that one must havebefore qualifying as a potential dog owner. These are usually inthe form of written contracts or guarantees with a spay orneuter requirement that limits the registration of the puppies.The person who wants a dog must also have a secured backyard andattend certain classes such a puppy kindergarten to be familiarwith the challenges one will face come the time the dog has beengiven. This shows that pure bred dogs are well taken cared offfrom pregnancy till after birth.

Mixed breeds on the other hand or mutts as people call themcould have been done out of experimentation to produce a breedwhich could be better and stronger than the two breeds. Mostlikely, these were the results of accidents. This is the reasonwhy dogs of mixed breeds just like pure breds must be neuteredsince millions of dogs every year that are not wanted by peopledie in animal shelters.

Health wise, pure bred dogs that come from a line of strongparents won’t have problems. This is because breeders screen thepair before the process happens. There have been instances thatcertain breeders especially those dealing with pure breds do notpractice the strict guidelines of proper breeding which producesinferior dogs and do this because these people are moreconcerned about financial gain rather than the welfare of theanimal.

Mixed bred dogs on the other hand will fall somewhere in themiddle since proper screening was poorly done or never carriedout. Certain dogs carry varied deficiencies common to the breedand mixing the two will just pass on to the mixed breed.

Some people prefer pure bred dogs than mixed bred ones. Theprimary reason is that it is easier to sell and carries acertain prestige with it. Mixed bred dogs are seen as inferiorand since no one is interested, most of these are rounded up anddie in an animal shelter.

Pure bred dogs are seen as a higher class which is why they arealways featured at dog shows. Mixed dogs due to certain rulesare not allowed to join. The reasoning given has not been thatclear which is why it is still being contested by mixed breedowners.

About the author:

Jack Russell is a a long time dog fancier, visit his DogResources Blog and download his Free Dog Owners Handbook – it’sDog Gone Good!

Jack Russell

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