Problems Common to Purebred Dogs

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Problems Common to Purebred Dogs
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 4:32pm

Defects include a higher risk of cancer and tumors; eye and heart disease; joint and bone disorders; skin, immune system and neurological diseases; and even epilepsy. You need to be aware of the risk of defects in your prospective new purebred puppy, a risk that is much higher than in a mix-breed puppy.

Is knowing the looks and temperament worth the risk of the potential health problems?

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 5:18pm

My ^Jebu^ was a shepherd/collie and, in his later years developed Pannis, which is an eye affliction inherent to shepherds.  Many mixed breed dogs also have a propensity to develop pure-bred afflications if the mix is dominant enough.

Does it matter...not to me.  I believe that almost every dog deserves a loving home and, if the home is loving enough, the owners will try their hardest to keep their dog happy and healthy, no matter what the risks.

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Sun, 01-06-2013 - 9:48pm

Reputable and responsible breeders breed for the betterment of the breed. 

Avoid pet stores, puppy mills and back-yard breeders who are in it only for the money and care nothing about the health of the animal.

Shelters are overflowing with great animals needing homes, and precious beings are euthanized every day in shelters all around the country.  Rescue your next pet.