If you're ready to take on the responsibility of a new dog, perhaps you've started researching different breeds, from labs to poodles, to see which kind of dog would work best for your lifestyle. Of course, we have nothing against purebred dogs. But I can tell you from personal experience that the dog of your dreams is a mixed breed. Here are 6 reasons why.
1.They can be easier on people with allergies. If you have issues with allergies, consider finding a dog that contains poodle or a similar dog breed that doesn't shed. Dogs that don't shed give off less pet dander and saliva, two components that trigger allergies. While some breeders cross different breeds with poodles to achieve this effect, you can seek out a poodle mix from a shelter or rescue and save the money—while giving a rescue dog a home at the same time
2. All the cute looks, fewer of the frustrating traits. I'll confess, I am a beagle fanatic. I had two beagles growing up, and I am obsessed with the breed. But as cute as they are, they are a handful, in large part because of what they were bred to be! Beagles are loud, they are obsessed with smells, and if given even a small chance to escape into the woods, or neighborhood, they will. Even knowing all this, I sought out a purebred beagle to adopt, until I found my dog Scooter, who is a beagle mix. And by the grace of God, I got a dog that looked mostly like a beagle, but doesn't seem to care that much about scents, doesn't bark that much, and can go on a hike with me off-leash—something I would never even try with my beagles growing up. He's still obsessed with food, because he is very much still part beagle, but I got lucky that he lost a lot of the frustrating beagle traits that I'd resolved to deal with.
3. They're affordable. Purebred dogs can be insanely expensive. A purebred English Bulldog from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $2,000-$4,000! By contrast, I got my dog from a non-profit rescue on sale for $100. And many dogs from county shelters cost less than that! When you buy a purebred dog from a breeder, you're often paying a premium for its bloodline. Mixed breed dogs come with a significantly lower price tag.
4. It's often more ethical. There are responsible breeders that make sure their dogs are well kept, and not overbred. However, some purebred dogs come from unhealthy conditions that are not well-regulated and consequently not good for the dogs. Mixed breed dogs, on the other hand, are often breed accidentally. And while people should spay and neuter their dogs to help control the pet population, these existing mixed breed dogs can be rescued from shelters that don't aim to make money off of them.
5. They're unique. Because mixed breed dogs they don't have to meet any breed standard, they're full of variety and can be just as handsome as any purebred! I love living in a world where I can walk down the street and see a great big variety of dogs. And as an added treat, as a dog connoisseur myself, I like trying to guess what breeds the dog contains. I'll probably never know for sure, but it's fun nevertheless.
6. Mixed breed dogs are (generally) pretty healthy. Shallow gene pools can lead to purebred dogs having a higher incidence of genetic disorders. Mixed breed dogs, by definition, have more genetic variation. So while it's impossible to make predictions about an individual dog's health, there's a good chance your mixed breed dog will live a long, healthy life.
Obviously, your next dog can be whatever you want it to be. But I suggest you take a stroll down to your local animal shelter, or check in with rescue groups in your area and give a mixed breed dog a chance. You won't regret it!