I what to know is better to get mixed breed dogs than full breed dogs . Do full breeds have more health problems?

Asked by Member 660382 on Aug 7th 2008 in Puppies
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There really is no exact answer for his question. Each breed of dogs has their own different genetic problems that can or cannot occur. By getting a mixed breed, there is no guarantee that you will not have problems, and vice versa. For example, just because you get a German Shepherd that is mixed with another breed, that does not guarantee that the dog can or will not develop hip problems - German Shepherd's can be known for this if when breeders do not properly test their dogs. Regardless of breed, you are going to have possibilites of running into health issues, and there really is no way to go around that. If you are concerned with health issues, it is probably better that you try to find a reputable breeder who breeds the breed you want, and has done the proper health tests on the parents so you can have more of a reassurance of what you can expect from your puppy.

Sergeant answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I agree with the first answer - there is no guarantee that any dog will have more or fewer health problems. If you do buy a purebred/hybrid dog, buy one from a reputable breeder (not a pet store) who can show you that the parents of the dog are healthy and do not carry genetic defects. If you adopt a mixed breed dog from a shelter, you can always take the dog to a veterinarian for a health checkup. The shelter should have proof they have vaccinated the dog and that it is negative for heartworm. Most reputable shelters and breeders will allow you to return a dog if you find it has severe health problems shortly after you get it. Some will even pay for certain health exams and tests.

Any dog can acquire "health problems" for a variety of reasons throughout its life - remember that allergies, obesity/diet related problems, infections, parasites, behavioral health problems, etc. can affect any dog.

Zack answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Gray Dawn Treader

There is no better, it depends on what you are looking for in a dog.
Purebred dogs can have more health problems if they come from a bad breeder, which most purebred dogs do. Generally speaking, dogs from good breeders who breed for health are healthier.
Mixed breeds whose parents were purebred, according to my research, have something called "hybrid vigor" but it's gone after the first generation.

Gray Dawn Treader answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Purebred or Mutt, there is no guarantee. Some great breeders give a limited health guarantee. The downside on mutts is who knows how many breeds it is mixed with. I am a mutt lover,especially rescues (they're grateful, honest!) The number one thing is to have your vet check them regularly, keep up with their shots, grooming, daily exercise, and nutritious food. (Also lots of love......)

Dahlia answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Makia 1996-2008

I agree, there is no guarantee on which will be healthier. Our Mastiff/Rotty mix has tons more health issues than either one of our Bulldogs, who are supposedly known to have tons of health issues. There is just no way of knowing. What ever you decide please feed a good wholesome food, not junk from the grocery stores, this will help your dog grow to be healthier and you will have less vet bills and problems.

Makia 1996-2008 answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Nobody can make a blanket statement claiming that either purebreds or mixed breeds have "more health problems", because genetics simply does not work that way.

Each dog that is born, whether purebred or mixed breed, carries the genetics of its parents and grandparents. The dog can inherit any of those genes, so if there are health problems in the parents or grandparents, or even further back, your puppy may or may not inherit them.

The way reputable breeders make sure that the chances of their puppies inheriting health problems are as small as possible is by testing their breeding stock. Breeders should always have OFA (or Penn Hip) done on their dogs, along with CERF, and specific testing for genetic disorders known to occur in the breed, such as Von Willebrand disease.

If your breeder does NOT perform such testing, it matters little whether he's producing purebred or mixed breed - he cannot guarantee anything about the puppies' health and may breed in genetic problems.

Abby answered on 8/7/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Abby K9 is spot on!

Member 73926 answered on 8/8/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Well there is a higher possibility that full breed health problems can be tracked more prominently than health problems of mixed breeds but that doesn't mean that that full breeds have more health problems but maybe better documentated ones.

I think people usually want full breeds so they have more of an outline of what kind of dog to expect whereas mixed breeds could go either way and alittle less predictable.

Its all a matter of preference... :-)

Member 623383 answered on 9/29/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer