at risk of disabilities from being genetically inbred?
Why? I don't get..
I don't understand why pure breed/bred dogs are preferred when they are at risk of? watch
- Thread Starter
- 07-04-2013 15:07
- 07-04-2013 15:14
I think it's because if they have a pure-breed dog they can put their dog in shows.
If they have a pure-breed, it's typical of the breed, so not only will be eligible for the big competitions, but will be likely to win awards as it is a fine "specimen" of the breeds.
I prefer to have cross breed dogs though, since they're healthier and can look very cute. My dog is a Dogue de Bordeaux/Labrador, so has the beautiful colouring, wrinkles and powerful build like a Dogue De Bordeaux, but has the long nose of a Lab so doesn't have any breathing problems like the Dogue De Bordeaux (they have a flat nose) and he doesn't drool as much and is slightly more lean so he's more agile..
- 14-04-2013 18:09
Pure-bred dogs, when bred by responsible people, can be tested for the diseases that they have a tendency to get. With labradors for example, they should be hip and eye tested to make sure they are not passing down bad genes to their offspring.
As well as dog shows, you pick a breed based on the temperament, size and looks you want... and purebreeds are therefore more predictable - you know what you are going to get when the dog is an adult.
ALSO - unfortunately, when you buy a puppy, the breeder won't come and check your home or ask for proof that you don't work long hours etc. whereas dog shelters will. Therefore irresponsible people will find it easier to get a puppy rather than a rescue
What the poster said above about having fewer health problems in cross-breeds is actually not always true. You can cross two different breeds together and get the worst genes of each - it's totally random.