Mutts matter too!
Much has been written about why mixed breed dogs make great pets. At POA, we are dedicated to rescuing all dogs…mixed breed or pure bred. Before passing up on a mixed breed, certain characteristics might as well be considered about what getting one can mean.
Mixed breeds have something called hybrid vigor. This means that when two or more gene pools are mixed, the recessive genes that carry the health problems are buried, which is why healthier animals are often the result. Simply put, mixed-breed dogs are generally healthy dogs that typically require fewer visits to the veterinarian.
Mixed breeds are also typically less extreme in their temperament. Yes, character and behavioral traits do show up in mixed-breed dogs, but generally they have an nice overall balance.
Please don't pass up on a dog just because they aren't pure bred. Shelters are full of loyal mixed breed dogs that are eager to love you and be loved back!