Posted by Janine Allen at Friday, May 9th, 2008.
Were you thinking of the recent fad of breeding designer dogs? Actually, this term was coined by Rescue Me Dog’s founder, Cheryl O’Leary, out of respect for all the lovely mixed-breed dogs that can be found in local shelters. As a parent of both purebred and pure-cross dogs, she wanted others to know that a dog of any mixed ancestry can provide the same amount of enjoyment and purpose as its purebred cousins. I can’t think of a better word to celebrate the status of our adopted and adoptable mixed-breed dogs.
Is a Pure-Cross the type of dog for you?
Pure-Cross dogs abound in shelters and make great companions and performance dogs. If you decide to adopt one, you will have a one-of-a-kind, unique dog with the qualities of not one, but several breeds.
When adopting a Pure-Cross puppy, be sure to have shelter staff give their best educated guess on what breed-types may be in your dog. For those who have restrictions on the size of dog they wish to own, adopting a mature dog will take the risk out of a puppy growing too large for your lifestyle.
Adult dogs are a great choice for many adoptive parents. They have achieved full growth and might have established behavior characteristics relevant to their breeds. Again, utilize the knowledge of the shelter staff to help you with your decision. You can research the individual breeds to see if they have the temperament and energy levels that suit your lifestyle. Mature dogs are a great match for those looking for a dog of a certain size or certain hair coat.
Of course all Pure-Crosses, regardless of age, will need some training to fit your lifestyle and to become a happy family member. If you want to enjoy competitions usually restricted to the purebreds, there are several organizations where you can register and compete in events. They offer titles in conformation, obedience, field trials, flyball, agility, and tracking, just to name a few. Type “mixed breed registry” into your search engine to find an organization in your area.
Whether you decide to adopt a purebred or a “Pure-Cross”, your life will be enriched with a grateful companion whose life you have saved.