Forum_Pirate wrote:Not really, specific breeds have a strong tendancy towards specific personalities. Beagels are almost always high energy, playful (arguably mischievous,) friendly, intelligent, long lived (upwards of 20 years at times, even though that's not a personality trait.) If you're picking based on appearance sure, but there is more too it than that.
Almost my exact thoughts. IMO both mixed and intentionally bred (not necessarily 'pure' bred, just purposefully bred) have their pros and cons.
As far as I'm aware, specifically bred dogs tend to have a more reliable disposition, and you can to an extent be confident that you know what to expect from them as they grow up. The downside being the possibility of them having health issues due to inbreeding and breeders focusing on their appearance at the cost of the animals health, but I'd also argue that can be mitigated by doing a bit of research on a persons history and just checking out their animals.
Mixes on the other hand have less health problems overall (dat hybrid vigour yo. Mongrel masterace represent!) but you can never be certain about their personality. While adopting a mix from a shelter might seem nicer, I have known people who did this and then ended up returning him after he grew up and they couldn't handle how boisterous he turned out to be.
I'm no expert but being abandoned twice in your life seems like it'd just lead to more stress and more problems for the animal. While it's not the sole determining factor, I think the instability of mixed breeds can contribute to this.
In the end so long as you look after your dog (or cat, horse, beaver w/e) and actually treat it like it was a family member and not just some accessory to show off, I could care less whether it was bought, rescued, a mutt or a purebreed.
Puppy farming is cancerous though.
FWIW: My dog is a pure breed from a working line that I got from the SPCA. I no doubt went ogrekill above cause I've had SJWs give me grief over the fact he's purebreed.
On a happier note...
Is that pic you posted a Tibetan Mastiff? I'd love to get a stock-guardian type if I ever have kids. They're awesome.
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