Mix Breed Dogs
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Mix Breed Dogs

A mix breed dog is often called a crossbreed or a mutt, because this dog is a mixture of two or more different breeds. Physically, it is hard to classify mix breed dogs. They come in various sizes, shapes and colors. Even their behavioral patterns cannot be classified in any way.

Mix breed dogs usually inherit the various dominant characteristics of their parents. But extreme features like the extremely curled tail of a Pug, or the extremely flattened face of the English Bull Dog seldom survive in the crossbreeds. Though mixed breed dogs can come in any shapes, they are most commonly a light to medium-brown or black in color. They will also have some white markings on their bodies. It is often difficult to predict how a mix breed dog will eventually look. But, it is possible to rule out some characteristics if you know the parents of the mix breed dog. For instance, a mix between two small purebred dogs will definitely not produce an offspring the size of a Great Dane. Purebreds like the German Shepherds, Border Collies and Spaniels often pass on their dominant physical characteristics to their young ones.

There are some theories that suggest that mix breed dogs are healthier than purebreds. This theory, called the Hybrid Vigor Theory, suggests that mix breed dogs will be less prone to the genetic weaknesses inherent in their purebred parents.

Another positive characteristic of the mix breed dog is that it will not show the extreme behavioral traits that were distinctive in its parents. Mix breed dogs are usually moderate in temperament. It should be remembered that many purebred dogs were bred to assist their breeder by using their distinctive dominant trait. The pure bred Fox Terrier can be energetic, stubborn and noisy. But if you cross this breed with a gentler one, the resulting mix breed dog may be calmer. Since the mix breed dogs are usually more manageable than their parents, these dogs also are more flexible. They are likely to adapt themselves more readily to changes, and to life within a household.

Unlike their expensive counterparts, the mix breed dogs also come cheap. Since there is no lineage to be maintained, they are easily available. There is a lot of variety among mix breed dogs. The flip side is that you have no idea what the pup may grow up to be. You will just need to place faith in the little one.

Among the most popular of all mix breed dogs are the Labradoodle, the Cockapoo and the Schnoodle. These are designer hybrid dogs that have almost become a rage. The Collie-Shepherd, the Golden Retriever-Lab mixes are also some of the most popular mix breeds. The most obvious advantages that a mix breed dog has is that they are usually very affectionate and will be highly intelligent. If you know who the parents are you can expect a lot of the aggressive qualities in moderation in your mix breed dog. Mix Breeds with Retriever, Pointer, Spaniel, Beagle, Bloodhound, Beagle, Gorgi, Mastiff, St. Bernard, Great Dane or the Great Pyrenees are usually very congenial, and make excellent household pets.

Depending upon their lineage, some of the smaller varieties of mix breed dogs exhibit the negative characteristics of their parents. Poodle mix breeds can be high-strung and nervous. Mix breed dogs of medium to big guard dogs can often become very dominating or territorial. These kinds of dogs are especially difficult in a house with small children.

One of the noblest reasons to get a mix breed dog is that they are rarely craved for and often need to be put to sleep in the shelter. Whatever your reasons for getting a mix breed dog, training and care of mix breed dogs are the same as the purebreds. Health, rapport and temperament are what add value to a pet, regardless of its heritage. So, with the right kind of training and care, a mix breed dog can be a loving, faithful and life long companion.

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