You should know that bringing home a mixed pooch is a unique experience. And while crossbreeding is not a new phenomenon, it has recently become a popular topic with many other pet parents and potential adopters out there.
Several reasons make these pooches so special and if you are curious to know why that is, then let’s dive in!
Why Are Hybrid Dogs So Popular?
The main thing to remember with hybrid dogs is that since they are a mix of two purebreds, they often carry the best qualities and personality traits of two breeds in one.
As a result, most come in an unpredictable variety of dog sizes, while others have bonus qualities like being hypoallergenic and low shedding. This makes them perfect for those who may have allergy sufferers in the house or don’t want to keep spending lots of time and money on grooming.
Although, if you need a little bit more context on that before you can make that final decision to adopt, then don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered in more ways than one!
#1. Hybrids tend to be healthier
Hybrids are so special because they often come out healthier than their purebred counterparts. This is because there is no genetic inbreeding. This means that they are less likely to end up developing the negative hereditary traits of their parents. As a result, they often end up stronger and live much longer than purebreds, sometimes up to 18 or 20 years.
#2. Unpredictable Looks & Temperament
Since hybrids are a cross between two purebreds, there is never any way to predict how they will turn out. For some, that can be quite the endearing prospect. For instance, you may not even know how big or small they will end up growing up to be! This also means that you may not be able to predict what kind of personality or attitude they will end up with.
In most cases, you should have an idea by identifying the common personality traits of their parents, but it will still come down to luck and the quality of your training skills. They may end up either being sociable and super friendly, quiet and reserved or easily agitated/irritated!
#3. Can Be More Expensive To Adopt
As mentioned before, hybrid dogs often carry the best traits of their purebred parents, but that does not come without a price. For instance, some can cost over $1,000 or higher. Meanwhile, purebreds, especially the popular ones, will usually set you back about $300 to $500.
This can sometimes be a dealbreaker for some, but you will often find them to be worth the extra investment over the long term. You should also always ensure that the breeder in question is trustworthy or not. Take extra care to ask about their parents to find out about any possible future health concerns, hereditary conditions, etc.