It’s Purebred Dog Day! We have patients of all different shapes, sizes, colors, and breeds, and we love them all! While we have a soft spot for mutts, there’s also a lot to be said about purebred dogs. An Oshawa, ON vet discusses purebred dogs in this article.
As you may know, the AKC divides their roster of Very Good Boys into seven distinct groups: the Hound, Working, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding Groups. These are divided up according to the purposes the dogs were originally bred for. Hounds, for example, were usually bred for tracking, while toy breeds are mostly cuddle buddies and companions.
While aesthetics are definitely a factor in many breeders’ operations, it’s important to remember that purebred dogs exist to do specific things. That history will play a huge role on Fido’s appearance, personality, and behavior. For instance, a Greyhound is going to want to run all-out for one hour … and then sleep for three. A Terrier, on the other hand, may keep digging holes in your yard to get that mole.
Learning about the different breeds and their traits can be quite interesting! Although no one knows exactly how long we have been friends with Fido, studies suggest that we first domesticated dogs about 30,000 years ago. But what was the first breed to come about? It may very well be the Basenji. What about size? The biggest pup on record is the English Mastiff. Males can weigh as much as 240 pounds! On the other end of the spectrum, we have the teeny-tiny Chihuahua, the smallest pup.
There are both pros and cons to getting a purebred dog. On the one hand, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Fido will look like, and what his personality will be. You’ll also be able to learn about any health issues your canine buddy may be predisposed to. On the down side? Purebreds are more expensive, and can be prone to health issues.
Are you interested in a purebred? Be sure to go through a reputable breeder. Avoid any that could be connected to puppy mills or shady operations. Consider checking out some rescues. Many rescues do work with specific breeds.
Do you have questions or concerns about caring for your dog? Contact us, your Oshawa, ON animal clinic, today!