Hybrid Pets: Building a Better Dog
Mutts? Don't call these mixed breeds anything but special.
Poochis and Roodles and Chugs, oh my! As delightful to say as they are to own, hybrid dogs are taking the pet world by storm.
Also referred to as designer dogs, hybrids are the result of breeding two different purebred dogs to produce a hybrid with the most highly desirable traits of each. While the names of these designer pooches might sound a bit wacky, the reason for their initial creation is not.
Hybrid dogs were first conceived to make service dogs available for people with allergies. While no dog is entirely hypoallergenic (even the hairless ones), some hybrids have been bred to shed less, which can reduce the effects of allergies in their owners. Selective breeding is also used to bring out desirable traits and appearance attributes, as well as minimize those not-so-desirable traits.
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While the American Kennel Club (AKC) and other registries do not recognize hybrids, these memorably named mixed breeds have won over the hearts of dog-lovers worldwide. From the mighty Mastador (weighing up to 200 pounds) to the itty-bitty Poochi (often a mere 3 pounds), there are an estimated 500 different hybrids available today.
While hybrid dogs may increase your chances of bringing forth certain characteristics in a pet, they're no sure thing. In fact, a hybrid may produce a dog with the least desirable traits of both parenting breeds. Working with a reputable breeder, who treats animals well and screens potential owners, can help you find a healthy mixed breed. Ask for a referral from your veterinarian, then check out breeders in person. Click here for more tips from The Humane Society of the United States.
Whether you ultimately choose a hybrid, a purebred or a perfectly pleasing mutt, the most important thing to remember in choosing a dog is that it deserves a loving, forever home; meaning your character matters just as much as your pet-to-be's.
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