Mixed Breed Dogs – Pets Easier to Maintain than Purebreds

mixed breed dogWhen you think of bringing a dog friend to include in your family, you have roughly two options (apart from many other options), to bring either a purebred dog or a mixed breed dog. Well, when maintenance of dogs is concerned, purebred dogs are found to suffer from more than 300 genetic health problems, including orthopedic problems like disk disease, hip dysplasia and loose kneecaps that come out of their sockets, along with other diseases like heart problems, eye diseases, epilepsy, cancers, diabetes, and so many others.

Mixed breed dogs like a Newfoundland Lab Mix too can inherit most of these diseases, but fortunately the risk is much lower than in purebreds.

Why is Risk of Diseases Low in Mixed Breeds?

 

First of all, mixed breed dogs often have a quite normal dog shape, whereas several purebred dog breeders have purposefully created breeds with unnatural – and thereby unhealthy – shapes. Examples of these are squashed faces unable to breathe, protruding eyes that have risk of getting scratched, short curved legs vulnerable to joint diseases, loose skin folds susceptible to bacterial infections, and so on.

Secondly, according to geneticists, greater genetic diversity is one of the best forecasters of good health, whereas limited genetic diversity result in poor health. And of course mixed breed dogs have typically way more genetic diversity than purebreds.

In purebreds, the goal of the breeders is to make all the individuals look as same as possible. To achieve this, breeders avoid varied genes. In fact, they want all the dogs within that breed to share the same limited group of genes so as to make all dogs look same. Thus this limited number of genes keeps recycling in each generation, which is known as inbreeding. According to geneticists, this results in mental and physical defects, a poor immune system that’s more prone to diseases and a higher likelihood of inherited health problems spreading fast across an entire breed.

All in all, the good news is if your mixed breed dog, like a Doberman Lab Mix has a normal dog shape and a good genetic diversity, it’s very good for him.

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Preventing Health Problems

 

As mentioned earlier, mixed breed dogs are not totally free from likelihood of getting diseases; only their chances of falling prey to them are lower than purebreds. So, efforts will be needed from your side to save your beloved dog from diseases. Fortunately, several health issues can be prevented with good care like sensible feeding and providing good healthcare so that your dog can live a long, healthy life.

 

Healthy Food for a Mixed Breed Dog

 

Remember that the best food for your dog is real food! This means you should feed him real chicken, beef, turkey, bison, fish, lamb or venison. Also you should include a small amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in his food. You can also infrequently give him eggs or yogurt.

Grains, meats that have not passed the USDA inspection, greasy fat, preservatives and other unidentifiable ingredients in commercial dog foods are harmful for your dog’s health. Almost all dog foods have fiber-heavy grains and cereals in them; but dogs don’t have a long winding gut to easily digest fiber. Regarding meat, unless the brand says that its meat has passed the USDA inspection, it hasn’t. Preservatives include BHT and BHA – both are supposed to cause cancer according to WHO.

Also remember that vaccinations are necessary to keep your dog away from diseases, but too many vaccinations are in fact bad for his health.

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Just as humans don’t need annual revaccinations for core diseases, dogs and cats too don’t need them as per veterinary immunological researchers.

Find a good veterinarian for your dog who practices holistic or integrated medicine and who will not over-vaccinate your dog and will also help you in bringing other good changes in his health care.