There are many things that should be discussed so you will have a healthy happy dog that is right for your family.
There are different schools of thought about which is generally healthier a purebred, a hybrid or a mixed breed? Let's first look at the differences between the three.
Purebreeds Purebred dogs are dogs of documented ancestry through means of a registry such as the AKC or UKC and others.
A pedigree is provided to the owner showing proof that the parents and all ancestry are of the same breed.
Mixed Breeds Mixed Breeds are dogs from unknown ancestry.
Mixes will have an expanded gene pool in comparison to the purebred.
It is most often the recessive genes from the same breed that will possibly, but not always, pass on a genetic disorder that may be commonly found in a particular breed.
Because the ancestry is not known, there is the chance that even a mix has the same breeds in it, which increase the chances of recessive genetic disorders being expressed.
Hybreeds Hybrids or Cross Breeds refer to a dog that is from two or more known, but different dog breeds.
They were bred to attain one or more of the desirable characteristics of the parents.
The mixed breed and hybrids are thought to be a safer choice than a Purebred.
And the Hybrid is usually a safer choice than the Mixed Breed.
If you get your puppy from a responsible breeder you should be increasing your odds of having a healthier pet and hers why.
Breeding a Shih-Tzu to a Mini Poodle eliminates half of the genetic illnesses that they are Breed Predisposed to because breeding two unlike breeds minimizes the chance of recessive disorders being expressed.
Most likely the offspring will be normal or carriers but not affected and will be healthier, more vigorous dogs.
This is known as the Heterosis Effect which lessens the doubling of detrimental illnesses that will hopefully stop in the first generation.
This effect often gives non-related individuals stronger and healthier descendants than Purebreds.
It should be noted, however, that only the first generation of two different purebreds will have this affect.
Breeding two Hybrids now Increases your odds of having Recessive Genetic Illnesses.
Good luck to you in which ever you choose.
This is a big decision, try to avoid making impulsive spontaneous purchases.
In other words, stay out of the pet stores.
With a little patience and research, you will make the right choice.
And no matter what dog is lucky enough to be your new pet, the one thing you can always count on: unconditional love.