Purebred vs. Mixed Breed, What's Best for You?
Posted on June 20 2023
This topic can be polarizing; Purebred vs. a rescue, aka a mutt. As a long time dog mom to both groups over many years, my current vote goes with…..drum roll please….whatever works best in YOUR family. In my current season of life I have preferred pure bred for a variety of reasons that will be listed below. Many years ago I would have rescued any dog as long as it was cute! I was in a different season of life and things such as temperament, cost, genetics, skills, grooming etc. wasn’t quite as important to me as it is now.
A couple years ago we lost Izzy, she was the best mutt EVER! She was loyal, listened SOOO good, loved everyone, she was THE perfect dog. I was blessed to end up with her when she was around 8 months old and not wanted by her family. I also grew up with a Scottish Terrier mix who become another long life companion until he passed, I then named my 1st born son after! Ian made a huge impact on me and was the dog that set the standards.
The choice between a purebred dog and a rescue dog ultimately depends on your preferences, lifestyle, and specific circumstances. Here are some factors to consider when comparing the two:
- Breed Characteristics: Purebred dogs are bred for specific traits and characteristics. If you have particular requirements in terms of size, temperament, appearance, or specialized skills, a purebred dog may be a better choice. Rescue dogs, on the other hand, come in various breeds or mixes, so their characteristics may be more unpredictable. Scottish Terriers are smart and so stubborn and silly, and that is why they are one of my favorite breeds. The size is very family friendly as well. If you have a large dog, that maybe harder to deal with when you have a small baby that is easily knocked over, large maybe harder to travel with.
- Health: Purebred dogs often have known health issues associated with their breed, such as certain genetic disorders or predispositions. By contrast, rescue dogs may have a more diverse genetic background, which can sometimes result in improved overall health. However, rescue dogs can also have their own health issues, and their medical history might be uncertain. These are also issues that can be explored better with Embark health testing. For example, Scotties are more prone to von Willebrand which is a disorder and can be easily tested for so you know if your pup is at risk and therefore avoid that heartache. It is easier to find a quality breeder that keeps health in mind with purebred dogs. (Opinion being inserted here: Mixed breed dogs are more than likely bred under irresponsible circumstances so health testing and healthy quality parents probably weren’t taken into consideration when the litter was planned, or more than likely unplanned)
- Cost: Purebred dogs are typically more expensive than rescue dogs. Purebreds hopefully come from reputable breeders (do your research) and have extensive pedigree documentation. They may require specific grooming and training, which can add to the overall cost. We pay roughly $120 every eight weeks for 2 small dogs to be groomed, on top of treats, food, toys, and accessories. Luckily since I own Duke & Fox, they have the cutest variety of dog collars and leashes, ID tags, personalized toys, collar flowers, and bow ties for all the holidays and seasons! The cost of Rescue dogs are generally more affordable, with adoption fees that often cover vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. Regardless, dogs do cost money and are fun to spoil! I can always find the best patterns to match their personality regardless of their breed/s.
- Availability: Purebred dogs are readily available from breeders, who may have specific litters or puppies for sale. An FYI...just because they are listed in a reputable directory does not make them responsible, do your homework, go to their location, ask to see health testing and pedigrees. Rescue dogs, on the other hand, can be found in shelters, rescue organizations, or through local adoption events. The selection of rescue dogs may vary, and you may need to invest more time in finding the right match for your preferences. I do find it worth while to invest in the Embark testing to better understand your dog. If it is mixed with Blue Heeler you may have that energy level explained.
- Emotional Rewards: Adopting a rescue dog can be incredibly fulfilling. Many rescue dogs have experienced difficult situations, and giving them a loving home can be a deeply rewarding experience. It's a chance to provide them with a second chance at life and contribute to reducing the number of homeless pets. Purebred dogs can also form strong emotional bonds, but the sense of fulfillment may be different.
Ultimately, both purebred dogs and rescue dogs can make wonderful companions and additions to your family. It's important to evaluate your own needs and preferences, research the characteristics of specific breeds or mixes, and consider the resources and time you can dedicate to a pet. Whether you choose a purebred or a rescue dog, providing a loving and caring home is what matters most...and spoiling them with all the cute Duke & Fox dog collars!