Mixed Breed Dog Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
Mixed Breed Dog Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by
Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2013
All dogs are individuals – even purebreds and crossbreds – but mixed breed dogs are the hardest to pin down when it comes to predicting what any given individual will be like. There are energetic mixed breeds and placid mixed breeds. Hard-headed mixed breeds and sweet-natured mixed breeds. Introverted mixed breeds and good-natured goofballs who love everyone.
Whenever you acquire a mixed breed puppy, you can't know for sure what he or she will grow up to be like. When you acquire a puppy, you're acquiring potential – what he one day will be. But when you acquire an adult mixed breed, you're acquiring what he already IS, and this is much easier to see and judge.
If you want a dog who...
- Is truly unique – doesn't look or act exactly like any other dog
- Is often "middle-of-the-road" in temperament and behavior. The extremes of temperament and behavior so often seen in purebreds are less common in mixed breeds. Purebreds are specifically BRED to have "working behaviors" such as high energy, chasing instincts, barking and digging instincts, because these behaviors aided the breed's performance of his work. Whereas in mixed breeds, if these extreme temperaments and behaviors occur, they are by happenstance rather than deliberate design. This tendency of mixed breeds to be less strongly "programmed" by their genes can make them more flexible and better able to fit into a variety of households and living conditions.
- Usually has good genetic diversity, which can mean better long-term health
- Doesn't cost much to acquire
- Is readily available
- REALLY needs a home (may be put to sleep if no one chooses him)
A Mixed Breed Dog may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
- The unknown – you don't know what negative behavioral traits or health problems might be "hardwired" into a mixed breed dog, and typically you don't know anything about a mixed breed's parents, which can be very important in trying to judge what a puppy might turn out to be like
- Shedding – most mixed breeds are average to heavy shedders. It's uncommon to find a mixed breed dog who sheds lightly.
A Mixed Breed Dog may not be right for you.
Raising and training your Mixed Breed Dog
To learn more about training mixed breed dogs to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your mixed breed dog the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy and good-tempered mixed breed dog.
Health and temperament problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.
Once you have your mixed breed dog home, you need to KEEP him healthy – or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need. Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
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