WHAT KIND OF DOG IS THAT?

GermanShepherdIf you’ve ever wondered about what breed a particular dog is, now all you need is a new website. You can upload your own picture, or you can search on the site for “long-haired dogs,” “white dogs,” “miniature dogs,” or whatever you can think of. The website pulls images from the Bing library.

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Types of Breeds

Pure Breed

There are actually about 200 breeds of dogs that have been recognized by organizations such as the American Kennel Club. Each breed has different characteristics with respect to size, shape, colors, hair quality, and temperament. The perfect pet for one family might well not fit in with what another dog owner wants or needs. Of course, there are many dogs whose lineage is “mixed”, and there are also new dog “breeds” that are purposely mixed to genetically create a dog with a particular look or trait.

Mixed Breed Dogs

When a dog’s lineage comes from more than 2 different breeds, he is considered Mixed. For example, a dog whose mother is Dalmation/Scottie and father is Poodle/Boxer is definitely mixed. More often, you won’t know the breeds that are combined into a mixed breed puppy. And regardless of popular belief, it’s impossible to accurately determine what went into the mix, short of a DNA test. There are just too many ways a dog’s genes can be combined to produce certain characteristics. If you were to breed the dog in the above example (with 4 original breeds) with another similar dog, now you are further muddying the waters!

But that doesn’t mean a mixed breed dog can’t make a great pet. And to a dog lover, most of them are just too darn cute. The effect of mixed breeding often results in more moderate animals, since they are not bred for a particular trait. And often these can be more healthy, since they may not be a combination of the same genes that have a tendency to a particular defect. Even with a pure breed, there is no guarantee that a puppy will grow into a dog with all of that breed’s characteristics, but you will have a better predictor of what the adult will be. But you’ll spend a lot less money for a mixed breed.

Cross Breed Dogs

A cross breed comes from mating two pure bred dogs, or when there are just two breeds total in the animal. So for example, a Golden Retriever and Poodle will have offspring which are called Goldendoodles. Many cross breeds have become popular names, including Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Poodle), Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), and Puggle (Pug and Beagle). Mathematically, there are a very large number of other pairings of breeds possible.

Cross Breed dogs are not hybrids, because they only contain dog DNA, not a different species. Much like mixed breed, they are often a more moderate, more healthy animal, but the possible advantage to a cross breed is that you know what variables went into the puppy.

What to Get?

Great question! And the answer depends on a number of factors, based on what you want in a pet, and how much time and resources you have to spend with that pet. After all, dogs are living beings. There is no guarantee that a particular puppy will look or behave in a certain way. Just like humans, their adult personality will depend on how they were treated and nourished through their formative period.

After you bring your new puppy home, be sure that you help him become a well-mannered member of your family by providing him with obedience dog training nj. You’ll both be glad you did!