Purebred Breeders understands the challenges that may come with purchasing a puppy. If you are considering getting a dog, you may be torn over whether you should look for a purebred dog or a mixed breed.
The tracking and certification of dogs as purebred is handled by specialized organizations, which each set their own rules for what they will consider a purebred dog. The typical guideline is that a dog’s sire and dam must be of the same breed, and it must be possible to trace their lineage back through many generations who are all members of the same breed.
History of Dog Breeding
Though formally certified purebred dogs is a relatively recent idea, the concept of breeding dogs for specific traits goes back almost as long as dogs have been domesticated. People chose and bred their dogs based on which did the best at desired tasks like hunting, guarding, and herding. Over time, this selection process produced dog breeds that were especially suited to the job that they were intended to do.
A group of hunters held the first official dog show in 1859. This was the beginning of the process that led to modern dog registration practices. Due to the dogs competing for titles based on their membership in a particular breed, the people in charge of the shows had to come to a consensus on what traits distinguished one breed from another. In 1880, in an effort to improve record keeping, organizations began to actually register the dogs being produced by purebred breeders.
What makes a dog purebred?
There is no actual legal definition of whether a dog is purebred. Instead, private organizations handle the process of recognizing and registering breeds and their members. There are clubs devoted entirely to a single breed. However, most people look to umbrella organizations like the American Kennel Club as the authorities on the matter of which breeds should be recognized. For example, registering a breed with the AKC requires a national club devoted to the breed, documentation and record keeping of the members of the breed, and proof that the dogs have shown consistent traits across many generations.
What you can expect with a purebred dog:
It is this consistency of traits that makes a purebred dog so appealing. When you select a puppy from purebred breeders, you can have a much more accurate idea of what it will be like as an adult than is possible with mixed breed puppies. Virtually every purebred dog of the same breed falls within a small range for characteristics like height, weight, grooming needs, and temperament.
There are many legitimate reasons to want to know what your dog will be like as it grows up. If you have a lease for an apartment which sets an upper weight limit of 25 pounds on pet dogs it can be very important to know that your new pet isn’t going to grow far larger than you expect. Likewise, if you know that you cannot provide several hours of exercise each day, you can focus on less intense breeds and avoid the most athletic ones.
Finding a Purebred Breeder
Choosing a good purebred breeder is also the best way to get a dog that will interact very well with humans and be highly trainable. In addition to being carefully selected over many generations, dogs from a good trainer are handled and socialized virtually from the moment that they are born. This gives them a level of trust in humans and responsiveness to training that it is difficult to find in dogs that grew up in less fortunate circumstances. If you don’t have the skills and experience to handle a dog that may have a troubled past, buying from a good breeder is the best way to set yourself up to have a positive experience with your new pet.
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