Why visit the "Breeds" section if I'm adopting a mixed
Whether your canine is a purebred or a mixed breed, it is not
only about 'looks' when making a selection to add this member to
your family - it's about their personality and
temperament as well as how these things will fit into your
lifestyle if you're to make a 'forever' home.
Dogs are not 'impulse buys' (or adoptions) but much research and
thought must be put into this decision unless you and your
family are planning on doing nothing more than adding to the
huge kill rate currently in this country's shelters and
Even if a potential adoption is a mixed breed, there will be
personality traits and tendencies based upon a combination of
the one, two or more breeds - along with coat texture, care and
maintenance, exercise needs, certain health issues and the dog's
ability to get along with children, stressful situations and
events - along with yes, intelligence!
best decision possible - educate yourself and read through all
of the breeds you believe (or have been told) your new adoption
contains... BEFORE you make the final decision!
you are adopting a purebred from your local shelter or rescue
(don't be surprised - it's estimated over 30% of canines being
adopted are purebreds), check to see how closely your
new adoption is to the established "standard" as well as
what you can expect in socialization skills, training levels,
age duration, etc.