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Which Is Better: a Purebred Or Mixed Breed?
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You’ve made the decision to get a dog.

Congratulations! Now comes the hard part: what sort of dog should you get?

All dogs are wonderful, but not every dog is great in every situation. Before you get a specific dog you need to give some thought to the type dog you want. What size dog do you want? How much room do you have? Do you have children and/or other pets? How much time are you willing to spend exercising and/or grooming your dog? Is someone home during the day or will the dog have to spend a lot of time alone? These are all basic, simple questions—but they are important.

These answers will give you the basics you need to get an idea of the breed or breeds of dogs that would be appropriate for you. But should you go with a purebred, or get a mixed breed? There are advantages—and disadvantages—to both.

Purebred Plus: Standards

When you get a puppy, you will have a definite size range, both for her height and for her weight as an adult. You will know what type of fur she will have as an adult, and how much grooming she will require. You will know what her bark is like, and if the breed is inclined to bark a lot, a little, or somewhere in between.

You also will know something about her temperament, her intelligence, how easy she’ll be to train, how social she’ll be, and how territorial she’ll be.

Those are very valuable pluses to getting a purebred.

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