There is currently a heavy push to “adopt, don’t shop” when it comes to choosing a dog for your family. While there are many wonderful companions at shelters and through rescues, there are also some excellent reasons for finding just the right dog for your situation via a responsible purebred dog breeder, especially if you want a puppy!
1) Size is an important factor for many people. You may live in a condo or apartment that allows dogs but has a weight or height limit. You don’t want to end up having to move or relinquish a beloved dog just because of size. A dog who will be small enough to travel on planes and trains with you (as opposed to cargo) is another reason. Maintenance costs are generally less for small dogs and many small dog breeds tend to have longer lives. You can make some “guesstimates” about a mixed breed puppy’s size but not always. Paws are not a reliable indicator of adult size despite all the folklore behind that idea.
2) Coat type is another important factor. Many people with allergies do better with dogs with hair coats that tend to mat versus shedding. That does mean grooming appointments or learning to groom yourself but it can open the way for you to have a dog in your life and keep the dog with you as his “forever” home. It is not always possible to truly predict the adult coat of a mixed breed pup – and that includes the designer mixed breeds.
3) Health is a significant reason to find your canine companion via a reputable purebred breeder. These breeders screen their sires and dams for known health problems. While no one can guarantee a completely health risk free pet, a breeder can give you an idea of the risks and how likely they are. Their litters are planned to minimize any health concerns. While there may be “hybrid vigor” for some canine health problems, the odds are equally good that unknown problems will crop up in your mixed breed. Any problem seen in purebred dogs has also been noted in mixed breed dogs.
4) Temperament is much more predictable in a purebred puppy than with a mixed breed. Certain breeds, and certain lines within a breed, are often noted for certain behavioral characteristics. You get to meet the dam, sometimes the sire and often relatives of the puppy you are considering. Along with size and coat, you also get an idea of what the puppy will act like as it grows. Environment is always a big part of temperament but that is your responsibility (and true) no matter where you get a puppy from.
5) Purebred dogs have been selected over many generations to do different types of work. That may be to warm your lap for a Pekingese but you may need/want a dog for more serious pursuits. If you have a hobby farm, you might want a dog who can help you with chores – from separating out lambs to rounding up the chickens at dusk. A well bred herding dog is the best choice. If you are a hunter who counts on pheasant and quail to feed your family over the year, a sporting breed dog is the perfect choice. If you want and need your dog to work alongside you at some function, your odds of a successful partner go up with a well bred and purpose bred purebred companion.
Do your homework carefully, research individual breeders and find just the right puppy for your family!