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Re: Re: What Kind of Dog to Get???

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Posted by Ole Cuss on July 30, 2001 at 15:29:02 from (

In Reply to: Re: What Kind of Dog to Get??? posted by F14 on July 30, 2001 at 14:13:43:

I agree that mixed breed dogs are generally healthier in mind and body than many purebred dogs. That's "hybrid vigor" for you; good livestock farmers know what I mean by that. The more popular the purebred dog, the more wary you should be about buying one, because many breeders will be going for quantity and not quality; not only do they fail to select for good genetics, but also neglect to weed out carriers of bad traits (bad hips, eyes, skin, etc) so you get a population bearing a laundry list of genetic defects. There's lots of ethical breeders who care about their reputation but there's also those who care only about your greenbacks. Anyhow, mutts can have health problems, too, as do any animal, but they are hardy and tough. My best ever all-around dog who was a house pet, groundhog-killing farm dog, rabbit-buster, and loyal up-front truck rider all rolled into one was Lester, a mixed terrier who showed up for supper one day in 1989 and never left, who made it to 13 (my guess) before his ticker went bad last year. I sure miss him.

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