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Purebred Puppy Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you’re on the hunt for a puppy, you’ll know there is so much to consider:

Where can I find a reliable breeder? Do I have the time to devote to a furry family member? How will I ensure my dog is appropriately trained? Am I prepared financially for dog ownership?

And the list goes on!

One of the most important things to consider is what breed of dog will best suit you, your family, and your lifestyle, and whether or not that breed will be a purebred. In recent years, there’s been some controversy over purebred dogs, but not everything you hear or read is true.

Myth: Purebreds Are Never as Healthy as Mixed-Breeds

One of the most widespread myths about purebred puppies is that they encounter more health issues over the course of their lifetimes than mixed breed pups. The truth is that all dogs can encounter health problems, although some specific issues may be more common in certain breeds.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of irresponsible breeding practices that can result in adverse health outcomes for purebred pups, underscoring the importance of finding an experienced and ethical registered breeder. Some “backyard breeders” fail to conduct adequate screening practices prior to breeding, resulting in increased health risks for pups – both purebred and mixed breed.

If you’re concerned about the reliability of a breeder, know that there are tools and registries to help you find your perfect match. When you register for free with PuppyViewer, you’ll have access to tools that make it easy to connect with ethical, reputable breeders. All PuppyViewer breeders have been vetted and conform to breeding best practices.

Learn about some of the questions you’ll want to ask your breeder before buying a purebred puppy.

Myth: You Should Always Rescue

Dog and puppy rescue certainly has its place, but supporting purebred rescue groups that properly assess dogs and re-home them in their best forever home is critical. When dogs are rescued from puppy mills in disguise, commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs are rewarded, and the cycle of cruelty continues.

At PuppyViewer, it is our philosophy and hope that by supporting good, responsible breeders with ethical practices and helping dog owners choose wisely, we will reduce the number of dogs in rescue – both purebred and mixed breed!

Fact: You Should Always Choose the Breed That’s Right for You

In the end, choosing the breed that’s right for you and your family is key. All dogs deserve a good home!

At PuppyViewer, our goal is to help people make the most informed choices when they decide to get a dog. Our dog breed finder tool will help you find the best breed for you and your entire household, including information about a breed’s origins, trainability, exercise needs, and more.

What other purebred puppy myths have you encountered? Let us know in the comments below.

Your new family member is precious and choosing the right puppy takes research and time. With PuppyViewer you can be sure that your time and effort will not be wasted!

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