View Poll Results: What do you prefer?
Mutt 34 73.91%
Pure breed 12 26.09%
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Mutt or Pure Breed dog?

I said a mutt, too. I grew up with a dog that was a terrier/collie mix and she was the best dog ever. She had a great disposition, she was adorable and we had tons of fun together. She was given to us by a neighbor who's dog had puppies. There are so many great dogs at the shelters that need homes....I would totally go there to get a dog if I was looking to get one just because she was such a sweet dog and she was a mutt.
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I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread...
Originally Posted by lauraloo
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Hah thanks for pointing that out... I guess I was just going along typing phonetically! Whew it's been a long day...!

Looks like Starrwithoutnite has a "purebread" too!

I have a purebread...
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Originally Posted by lauraloo
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I said purebreed, but only because I don't think I could ever own anything besides a cavalier now that I have one.



But she was a rescue dog. We both lucked out.
I have one of each, honestly I think I like mutts better.

They seem to not have as many health issues because of inbreeding, although my mutt has his share of surgeries.
Originally Posted by CGE
Yep. Our family had a purebred years ago that had lots of problems. I have since had mutts and they are usually healthier. Besides, it seems like when they come from the shelter/rescue, they seem to appreciate you more.

ETA: A rescued purebred would also show the same appreciation too, I guess. I would maybe take a rescue purebred, but I just love my mutts!

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I have a purebred dog, mostly because I wanted a NON-shedding dog, and there are very few purebreeds that don't shed, and even fewer mutts that don't shed. My Splash is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is a fairly rare breed. Smart smart dog...and NO shedding
I have a purebred dog, mostly because I wanted a NON-shedding dog, and there are very few purebreeds that don't shed, and even fewer mutts that don't shed. My Splash is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is a fairly rare breed. Smart smart dog...and NO shedding
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Oh, we looked for one of them in Sweden but could never find one. It sounded like a really neat breed.

Oh, we looked for one of them in Sweden but could never find one. It sounded like a really neat breed.
How did you find it?

I first saw a Portuguese Water Dog about 15 years ago...I thought it was the greatest dog...black, CURLY, mid-sized, and non-shedding, and a good family dog. The owner was happy to share all about them. I decided that my next dog would be a PWD. So, I joined the national PWD club and found a breeder through them. http://www.pwdca.org/

Here's a picture of my Splash:

http://public.fotki.com/Redcatwaves/pets/dsc0625.html
I voted for mutt.

Those Border Collie mix pups are cute! They would be good at obedience, I bet.

My sister in Montana has a nice dog that is a Border Collie mixed with something BIG and FURRY. I thought a golden until I saw him but, no, BIGGER. Maybe Bernese or Newfie. He is actually pretty mellow and doesn't seem to need quite as much activity as a pure Border. He is almost 12 now and seems to be in good health.

I've always kind of wanted a rescue greyhound, but I don't think they would be happy in your cold climate.
Well, I know greyhounds aren't too happy in Wisconsin winters.

Kurlee, it's so funny that you like the Bernese Mtn dogs because that's what my friend had! She LOOOOOOOOOVED her dog, and it was a great dog, too! She got hers through a Bernese Rescue Group. She tried a yellow lab first and it was a disaster, but at least she was able to find a new home with a big yard and kids for the lab.

Her dog was far more obedient than mine are.

The bouviers do have a lot of grooming needs which frankly, we neglect to some extent. They have a double coat, which means less shedding, but more tendency to matt. Ozzy doesn't get many tangles because he has a nice coarse overcoat, but Diesel has extremely fine frizzy hairs that seem to matt spontaneously. If you want to show a bouvier, you need to clip their coat in a certain fashion which I would never be able to achieve.

Portugese water dogs are SWEET . All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.

Not like certain bouviers I could mention, who are all "You talkin to ME?" then they get out their cell phone and call their union rep.
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Portugese water dogs are SWEET . All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.

That's how mine is. She looks at me pretty much continuously and awaits my commands as if I'm the goddess of the universe...which, of course, I am.
I think someone mentioned this above, but you could always rescue a purebread... there are lots of organizations that do that kind of thing. Then you could have the satisfaction of rescuing a dog in need but still having the purebread that you want. Good deal!

And since I can't resist adding pictures, here's an organization that rescues Airedale terriers (my favorite kind of dog). This story is absolutely heart breaking... http://www.aire-rescue.com/index.php?id=414

ETA: Of course they have other dogs that aren't paralized if you don't have the financial resources to support that kind of adoption. There are lots of other cuties here!: http://www.aire-rescue.com/index.php?id=412
Originally Posted by lauraloo
I agree that if you want a purebreed, try to go the rescue route. But I voted for Mutts even though growing up, we've had pure breeds. When I was younger, we had pure breeds, and they were great, but they wound up having a lot of problems like mega-esophaugs, hip displasia, etc. We had rescued a mutt and she was the best ever. I can't describe it, just something very special about her.
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I love both, as long as I can get them from a rescue organization, though I agree with the person who said that there is just something about their mutt.

I grew up with purebred poodles and my family has a purebred Chihuahua now. They are wonderful, but I feel like I never really had a dog until I got my pitbull mix, Cyrano.

My SO suprised me with this dog for my birthday. I had told him I wanted to rescue a dog from the pound, so that's where he went to find me a dog. The staff told him Cyrano was going to be put to sleep in two hours and my SO couldn't let that happen. I sometimes get choked up when I look at Cyrano because he is just so full of life and spirit that it's hard for me to think that he could have been put to sleep and no one would have known how special he is. This is the first dog that I feel close to and that I think has taught me just as much as I've taught him. He's just so different from any other dog I've had.
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I voted mutt too, though I've had both (had a purebred beagle, Bailey who I dearly loved....we lost him to severe epilepsy, which is common among beagles, in 2003. He was only 3.) I volunteer for a rescue organization, so, mutt or purebred, I would encourage anyone thinking about getting a dog to please consider a rescue dog. There are just so many unwanted dogs out there, and rescues somehow seem to have a different kind of loyalty and love to give...they seem to be aware that you have given them a second chance in life.

Aries_jb,
I especially liked your post. I feel the same way about my dog, Riley, a 165 pound Newfoundland mix, who I adopted 3 years ago. He had been adopted 4 separate times from a local shelter, and had been returned within a few days of each adoption. When I think about what might have happened to him if this rescue organization hadn't stepped in, it kills me. He has so much love to give, and is such an amazing dog.

If someone really wants a purebred dog, and can't find a rescue, I would also encourage them to research any breeder before getting a dog, and please, don't ever buy a dog from a pet store....many of them come from appalling conditions at puppy mills. Don't mean to be on a soap box, but it's something I feel very strongly about.
Every time I go buy pet stores and they have puppies there...it makes me so sad. I really don't like to even look at the puppies.
In Sweden it is illegal to sell puppies and kittens that way. You can only get them from a breeder or rescue. Rescue didn't used to be common at all but it has gotten a little bit more common now.


I very much agree that a rescue dog seem to be so much more grateful...special. Our Daisy is just an amazing dog. She is the best friend anyone could ever have. Sometimes I almost think she can read my mind. She knows what's up before I say it most of the time.

They had this little "adoption tips" on the rescue page of the place where we got her. I thought it was nice so I saved it.

Adoption tip: Shy or reserved dogs can sometimes make awesome pets as they are usually very loyal to their companion person once they get to know you. If you have the patience to get to know one of these gems you'll be very glad you did!

Well, I know greyhounds aren't too happy in Wisconsin winters.

Kurlee, it's so funny that you like the Bernese Mtn dogs because that's what my friend had! She LOOOOOOOOOVED her dog, and it was a great dog, too! She got hers through a Bernese Rescue Group. She tried a yellow lab first and it was a disaster, but at least she was able to find a new home with a big yard and kids for the lab.

Her dog was far more obedient than mine are.

The bouviers do have a lot of grooming needs which frankly, we neglect to some extent. They have a double coat, which means less shedding, but more tendency to matt. Ozzy doesn't get many tangles because he has a nice coarse overcoat, but Diesel has extremely fine frizzy hairs that seem to matt spontaneously. If you want to show a bouvier, you need to clip their coat in a certain fashion which I would never be able to achieve.

Portugese water dogs are SWEET . All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.

Not like certain bouviers I could mention, who are all "You talkin to ME?" then they get out their cell phone and call their union rep.
Originally Posted by Castella
I can totally see that infront of me. I have been around dogs quite a bit so I kinda know the look.

Sounds like maybe a little bit too much grooming for me, but sure sounds like you have two really nice dogs.

I just got an e-mail from my friend in Sweden who has that Bernese Mountain Dog. I mentioned (and have talked about it before) that I was thinking about getting one and he has only good stuff to say about the breed. Tempting, tempting. Well, we'll see. I will have to wait until the summer at least.

Portugese water dogs are SWEET . All the ones that I've met have just been so happy and loving. Cute little curly tail & star on the chest! Another friend had one of these, and again, she just adored him. I think she loved him more than her children!!!!! Oh, and he was super obedient, he would just gaze up at her and wait for the next command.

That's how mine is. She looks at me pretty much continuously and awaits my commands as if I'm the goddess of the universe...which, of course, I am.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves


So was it hard to find your dog? Rare breed it seems. I looked a little in Sweden for a breeder before we got that other dog, but never found one.
Unfortunately there isn't that many breeders up here (Alaska) and I don't like the idea of shipping a puppy on a plane. Seems not right. I feel if I can't find it up here I should look for something else kinda.

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Purebred. The two mutts in my house are monster shedders and give me the most emotional/behavioral problems. My purebreed is a sweethart and barely sheds. They're plenty of purebred saluki rescues out there for me to choose from if and when I have the urget to get another one.
Here is our Daisy. Lots of mess in the backround. Hope you can pick out the dog.


I love both, as long as I can get them from a rescue organization, though I agree with the person who said that there is just something about their mutt.
True that!! We had purebreed German Shephards growing up who I dearly loved --- and I've owned an Australian Terrier who was also a delight (and a terror).

But my dog now, Kiley, is the best dog I've ever owned. She's a mutt - have no idea what she is... maybe part lab?? I adopted her a year ago in January -- She's really an angel.

Your dog reminds me of Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever. Another dog I would love to get. Very active though, at least when pure bred.


Or Australian Kelpie. (Another great dog!) It comes in different colors and that red color of your dog is one of them.


Both dogs are great with obedience and are medium sized dogs. Very smart.

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